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Computer Operator Average Salary in South Africa 2019

How much money does a Computer Operator make in South Africa?

21,479 ZAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Computer Operator in South Africa typically earns around 21,479 ZAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Computer Operator salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Computer Operator Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Computer Operator

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Computer Operator salaries in South Africa range between 9,451 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 32,433 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 21,694 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Computer Operator are earning less than 21,694 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 21,694 ZAR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Computer Operator are earning less than 14,015 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 14,015 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Computer Operator are earning less than 27,605 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 27,605 ZAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Computer Operator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
11,404 ZAR
2 - 5 Years    +31%  
14,967 ZAR
5 - 10 Years    +18%  
17,725 ZAR
10 - 15 Years    +27%  
22,551 ZAR
15 - 20 Years    +12%  
25,309 ZAR
20+ Years    +20%  
30,250 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Computer Operator salaries by experience level. A Computer Operator with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 11,404 ZAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 14,967 ZAR per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 17,725 ZAR per month, 18% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Computer Operator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 22,551 ZAR per month, 27% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 25,309 ZAR per month, 12% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 30,250 ZAR per month, 20% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Computer Operator

Computer Operator Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
15,311 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree    +29%  
19,793 ZAR
Master's Degree    +26%  
24,964 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Computer Operator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Computer Operator is 15,311 ZAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 19,793 ZAR per month, 29% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 24,964 ZAR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Computer Operator


Computer Operator Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
19,760 ZAR
Male    +16%  
22,875 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Computer Operator employees in South Africa earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Computer Operator

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
18,687 ZAR
Public Sector    +28%  
23,949 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Computer Operator employees in South Africa earn 28% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly South Africa Computer Operator

Computer Operator Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

How are Computer Operator salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly South Africa Computer Operator
Average Salary 2016    =  
19,772 ZAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
20,504 ZAR
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
21,078 ZAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
21,479 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Computer Operator salaries in South Africa are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Computer Operator Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

124 ZAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa for Computer Operator is 124 ZAR. This means that the average Computer Operator in South Africa earns approximatly 124 ZAR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Computer Operator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Computer Operator and Information Technology monthly South AfricaWe compared South Africa salaries for Computer Operator, Information Technology, and All Jobs and we found that Computer Operator salaries are 29% less than those of Information Technology. We also found out that Information Technology salaries are 3% less than those of All Jobs.

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Computer Operator21,479 ZAR=
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein18,997 ZAR
Cape Town24,574 ZAR
Durban22,282 ZAR
Johannesburg22,476 ZAR
Port Elizabeth19,996 ZAR
Pretoria20,923 ZAR
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