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Payroll Administrator Average Salary in Cape Town 2022

How much money does a Payroll Administrator make in Cape Town?

Average Monthly Salary
32,200 ZAR
( 387,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working as a Payroll Administrator in Cape Town typically earns around 32,200 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 15,800 ZAR (lowest) to 50,300 ZAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Payroll Administrator salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Payroll Administrator Salary Distribution in Cape Town

Median and salary distribution monthly Cape Town Payroll Administrator
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Payroll Administrator salaries in Cape Town range from 15,800 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 50,300 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 32,900 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Payroll Administrator(s) are earning less than 32,900 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 32,900 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Payroll Administrator(s) are earning less than 21,900 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 21,900 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Payroll Administrator(s) are earning less than 42,400 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 42,400 ZAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Payroll Administrator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Cape Town Payroll Administrator
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Payroll Administrator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Payroll Administrator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 18,700 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 24,100 ZAR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 33,200 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Payroll Administrator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 41,100 ZAR per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 44,100 ZAR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 47,000 ZAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Payroll Administrator average salary change by experience in Cape Town

0 - 2 Years
18,700 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+29%
24,100 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+38%
33,200 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+24%
41,100 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+7%
44,100 ZAR
20+ Years+7%
47,000 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Payroll Administrator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Payroll Administrator(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Payroll Administrator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Payroll Administrator is 23,400 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 26,800 ZAR per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 36,100 ZAR per month, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 45,500 ZAR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Payroll Administrator average salary difference by education level in Cape Town

High School
23,400 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+15%
26,800 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree+35%
36,100 ZAR
Master's Degree+26%
45,500 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in South Africa costs anywhere from 156,000 Rand(s) to 467,000 Rand(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Payroll Administrator Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Payroll Administrator employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

31,400 ZAR
29,100 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in South Africa for all Careers

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Payroll Administrator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Payroll Administrator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Payroll Administrator(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

South Africa / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in South Africa is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Payroll Administrator Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Payroll Administrator
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A Payroll Administrator is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

48% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Payroll Administrator Average Hourly Wage in Cape Town

190 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Cape Town is 190 ZAR. This means that the average Payroll Administrator in Cape Town earns approximately 190 ZAR for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Payroll Administrator VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Payroll Administrator is 14% less than that of Accounting and Finance. Also, Accounting and Finance salaries are 3% more than those of All Jobs.

Cape Town VS South Africa

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We compared Payroll Administrator salaries in Cape Town and South Africa and we found that Cape Town salaries are 7% more than those of South Africa.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Account Examiner19,500 ZAR-40%
Account Executive32,200 ZAR-0%
Accountant25,600 ZAR-21%
Accounting Assistant19,200 ZAR-40%
Accounting Associate18,300 ZAR-43%
Accounting Clerk15,300 ZAR-53%
Accounting Coordinator23,500 ZAR-27%
Accounting Manager53,900 ZAR+67%
Accounting Supervisor35,500 ZAR+10%
Accounting Technician18,100 ZAR-44%
Accounts Executive31,700 ZAR-2%
Accounts Payable and Receivable Specialist25,000 ZAR-22%
Accounts Payable Clerk18,000 ZAR-44%
Accounts Payable Manager50,700 ZAR+57%
Accounts Receivable Clerk18,300 ZAR-43%
Accounts Receivable Manager50,500 ZAR+57%
Assistant Accounting Manager47,300 ZAR+47%
Assistant Auditor25,100 ZAR-22%
Audit Supervisor46,600 ZAR+45%
Auditing Clerk20,000 ZAR-38%
Auditing Manager54,300 ZAR+68%
Billing Coordinator23,700 ZAR-26%
Billing Specialist27,400 ZAR-15%
Billing Supervisor38,700 ZAR+20%
Bookkeeper15,900 ZAR-51%
Bookkeeping Specialist24,700 ZAR-23%
Budget Analyst44,000 ZAR+37%
Budget Manager50,400 ZAR+56%
Business Support Analyst28,300 ZAR-12%
Capital Markets Associate38,900 ZAR+21%
Cash Flow Analyst39,000 ZAR+21%
Cash Management Officer30,000 ZAR-7%
Cashbook Clerk16,600 ZAR-49%
Chartered Accountant32,000 ZAR-1%
Collections Clerk15,600 ZAR-52%
Collections Specialist25,100 ZAR-22%
Corporate Treasurer47,000 ZAR+46%
Cost Accountant25,200 ZAR-22%
Cost Accounting Manager51,600 ZAR+60%
Cost Analyst39,600 ZAR+23%
Credit and Collection Manager48,900 ZAR+52%
Credit and Collection Staff18,800 ZAR-42%
Credit and Loans Officer19,000 ZAR-41%
Credit Controller34,100 ZAR+6%
Debt Adviser41,200 ZAR+28%
Debt Collector21,200 ZAR-34%
Debtors Clerk16,600 ZAR-49%
Deputy CFO67,900 ZAR+110%
Derivative Trader44,200 ZAR+37%
Escrow Assistant21,500 ZAR-33%
External Auditor35,000 ZAR+9%
Finance Associate22,900 ZAR-29%
Finance Executive53,100 ZAR+65%
Finance Licensing Clerk18,300 ZAR-43%
Finance Licensing Manager46,200 ZAR+43%
Finance Licensing Specialist27,700 ZAR-14%
Finance Officer23,100 ZAR-28%
Finance President77,300 ZAR+140%
Finance Relationship Manager57,600 ZAR+79%
Finance Release Analyst27,700 ZAR-14%
Finance Team Leader 58,600 ZAR+82%
Financial Actuary39,900 ZAR+24%
Financial Administrator42,900 ZAR+33%
Financial Analyst44,600 ZAR+38%
Financial Applications Specialist30,200 ZAR-6%
Financial Assistant20,600 ZAR-36%
Financial Associate20,000 ZAR-38%
Financial Claims Analyst32,300 ZAR+0%
Financial Claims Manager45,300 ZAR+41%
Financial Commercial Analyst37,800 ZAR+17%
Financial Compliance Analyst41,100 ZAR+28%
Financial Consultant33,600 ZAR+4%
Financial Controller38,800 ZAR+20%
Financial Coordinator23,300 ZAR-28%
Financial Customer Service Manager44,000 ZAR+37%
Financial Dealer and Broker27,900 ZAR-13%
Financial Encoder21,400 ZAR-34%
Financial Manager73,700 ZAR+130%
Financial Operations Manager61,600 ZAR+91%
Financial Policy Analyst38,900 ZAR+21%
Financial Project Manager53,500 ZAR+66%
Financial Quantitative Analyst45,100 ZAR+40%
Financial Reporting Consultant37,100 ZAR+15%
Financial Reporting Manager47,900 ZAR+49%
Financial Services Sales Agent26,500 ZAR-18%
Fixed Assets Administrator25,200 ZAR-22%
Forensic Accountant29,100 ZAR-10%
Fraud Detection Supervisor31,400 ZAR-3%
Fraud Prevention Manager49,700 ZAR+54%
Fund Accountant24,600 ZAR-24%
Grants Coordinator18,900 ZAR-41%
Internal Auditor35,300 ZAR+10%
Internal Control Adviser40,100 ZAR+24%
Internal Control Officer21,200 ZAR-34%
Inventory Accountant25,200 ZAR-22%
Investment Analyst51,500 ZAR+60%
Investment Fund Manager55,700 ZAR+73%
Investment Underwriter22,400 ZAR-31%
Investor32,500 ZAR+1%
Investor Relations Manager48,400 ZAR+50%
KYC Team Leader48,500 ZAR+50%
Management Economist56,000 ZAR+74%
Paymaster21,100 ZAR-35%
Payroll Clerk22,500 ZAR-30%
Payroll Manager45,300 ZAR+41%
Pensions Administrator25,500 ZAR-21%
Pricing Analyst41,100 ZAR+28%
Private Equity Analyst42,900 ZAR+33%
Proposal Development Coordinator21,400 ZAR-34%
Receivables Accountant23,400 ZAR-27%
Regulatory Accountant27,000 ZAR-16%
Retirement Plan Analyst40,600 ZAR+26%
Revenue Management Specialist40,400 ZAR+25%
Revenue Recognition Analyst46,500 ZAR+44%
Risk Management Director58,300 ZAR+81%
Risk Management Supervisor50,700 ZAR+57%
Tax Accountant23,900 ZAR-26%
Tax Advisor38,400 ZAR+19%
Tax Associate20,500 ZAR-36%
Tax Manager50,100 ZAR+55%
Teller14,800 ZAR-54%
Treasury Accountant26,300 ZAR-18%
Treasury Analyst43,100 ZAR+34%
Underwriter18,200 ZAR-44%
Underwriting Assistant16,400 ZAR-49%
Vice President of Finance69,800 ZAR+120%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein26,800 ZAR
Cape Town32,200 ZAR
Durban32,200 ZAR
Johannesburg29,300 ZAR
Port Elizabeth28,600 ZAR
Pretoria30,100 ZAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in South Africa earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
30,200 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,300 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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