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Information Technology Average Salaries in Johannesburg 2021

How much money does a person working in Information Technology make in Johannesburg?

Average Monthly Salary
33,500 ZAR
( 402,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working in Information Technology in Johannesburg typically earns around 33,500 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 17,400 ZAR (lowest average) to 54,600 ZAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Information Technology careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
2nd Line Systems Engineer29,400 ZAR
ABAP Developer28,200 ZAR
Advertising Account Planner27,700 ZAR
Android Developer30,000 ZAR
Angular Developer29,100 ZAR
Application Consultant36,800 ZAR
Applications System Specialist28,400 ZAR
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist37,500 ZAR
Artificial Intelligence Developer39,700 ZAR
AS400 Programmer32,500 ZAR
Assistant Information Technology Manager36,900 ZAR
Assistant Service Delivery Manager36,200 ZAR
Avaloq Developer28,900 ZAR
BizTalk Developer 32,300 ZAR
Blockchain Associate31,200 ZAR
Blockchain Developer28,000 ZAR
Build and Release Engineer29,900 ZAR
Business Intelligence Analyst33,200 ZAR
Business Intelligence Developer32,200 ZAR
Business Objects Developer31,100 ZAR
Business Process Consultant34,800 ZAR
Business Systems Analyst30,500 ZAR
C# Developer35,800 ZAR
C++ Developer34,700 ZAR
Capacity Planning Manager42,200 ZAR
Change Administrator29,000 ZAR
Chief Information Security Officer46,000 ZAR
Client Delivery Manager43,800 ZAR
CMS Developer26,100 ZAR
Computer Animator27,200 ZAR
Computer Hardware Engineer26,100 ZAR
Computer Networks Architect33,900 ZAR
Computer Operator22,500 ZAR
Computer Technician24,800 ZAR
Copy Editor25,300 ZAR
CRM Application Administrator29,500 ZAR
Cross Platform Security Manager45,100 ZAR
Curam Developer26,900 ZAR
Data Analyst31,100 ZAR
Data Architect31,900 ZAR
Data Center Technician26,800 ZAR
Data Entry Supervisor19,800 ZAR
Data Manager42,500 ZAR
Data Modeling Analyst32,400 ZAR
Data Quality Analyst31,700 ZAR
Data Security Analyst30,700 ZAR
Data Security Manager44,300 ZAR
Data Warehousing Manager41,300 ZAR
Data Warehousing Specialist31,300 ZAR
Database Administration Manager41,200 ZAR
Database Administrator32,500 ZAR
Database Analyst32,300 ZAR
Database Developer33,500 ZAR
Database Report Writer29,700 ZAR
Delivery Manager31,700 ZAR
Developer / Programmer30,800 ZAR
Development Manager44,600 ZAR
Director of Application Development45,500 ZAR
Director of Technology52,400 ZAR
Disaster Recovery Analyst30,500 ZAR
Documentation Specialist28,100 ZAR
E-Commerce Manager39,300 ZAR
E-Commerce Marketing Analyst36,100 ZAR
E-Commerce Marketing Manager41,600 ZAR
E-Commerce Sales Manager41,600 ZAR
E-Commerce Strategy Manager42,200 ZAR
Enterprise Architecture Manager38,800 ZAR
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect39,600 ZAR
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager50,400 ZAR
ERP / CRM Technical Consultant31,600 ZAR
ERP Analyst34,800 ZAR
ERP Project Manager42,300 ZAR
Ethical Hacker27,600 ZAR
Financial Systems Manager48,600 ZAR
Flash Developer28,100 ZAR
Front End Developer26,300 ZAR
Full Stack Developer33,300 ZAR
Functional Analyst32,400 ZAR
Game Developer28,400 ZAR
GIS Analyst27,600 ZAR
GIS Developer30,600 ZAR
Global BI Analyst33,300 ZAR
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer27,300 ZAR
Graphics Programmer27,700 ZAR
Graphics Web Designer25,700 ZAR
Hardware Design Engineer31,200 ZAR
Hardware Engineering Manager46,300 ZAR
Hardware Technician23,900 ZAR
Head of Development44,600 ZAR
Help Desk Analyst30,500 ZAR
Help Desk Manager35,100 ZAR
Help Desk Support22,700 ZAR
Helpdesk Manager36,300 ZAR
Imaging Programmer28,900 ZAR
Informatics Optimization Specialist31,900 ZAR
Information Assurance Analyst32,900 ZAR
Information Program Director42,900 ZAR
Information Security Administrator34,400 ZAR
Information Security Analyst39,600 ZAR
Information Security Engineer31,900 ZAR
Information Security Manager47,500 ZAR
Information Security Specialist37,400 ZAR
Information Services Consultant38,500 ZAR
Information Technology Administrator27,100 ZAR
Information Technology Asset Manager41,000 ZAR
Information Technology Consultant37,900 ZAR
Information Technology Coordinator24,300 ZAR
Information Technology Director55,400 ZAR
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer27,600 ZAR
Information Technology Manager54,900 ZAR
Information Technology Operations Manager50,900 ZAR
Information Technology Product Manager44,900 ZAR
Information Technology Project Administrator26,900 ZAR
Information Technology Project Coordinator34,200 ZAR
Information Technology Project Leader37,900 ZAR
Information Technology Project Manager51,500 ZAR
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager37,900 ZAR
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)33,900 ZAR
Information Technology Quality Specialist32,800 ZAR
Information Technology Support21,800 ZAR
Information Technology Team Leader38,300 ZAR
Information Technology Trainer31,900 ZAR
Information Technology Training Analyst32,200 ZAR
Interface Design Manager38,000 ZAR
Interface Designer25,000 ZAR
IOS Developer35,300 ZAR
Java Developer34,300 ZAR
Javascript Developer30,000 ZAR
Lead Developer38,000 ZAR
Linux Administrator31,000 ZAR
Lotus Domino Administrator32,500 ZAR
Lotus Notes Developer30,900 ZAR
Mail Server Administrator29,900 ZAR
Major Incident Manager36,000 ZAR
Managed Service Specialist31,300 ZAR
Microsystems Engineer31,100 ZAR
Mobile Developer32,800 ZAR
Multimedia Developer26,600 ZAR
Multimedia Services Manager35,100 ZAR
Network Administration Team Lead36,000 ZAR
Network Administrator29,100 ZAR
Network Analyst29,600 ZAR
Network and Infrastructure Manager50,300 ZAR
Network Engineer27,200 ZAR
Network Engineering Manager37,600 ZAR
Network Security Systems Manager38,400 ZAR
Network Specialist32,200 ZAR
Network Technician24,400 ZAR
Nodejs Developer33,900 ZAR
NT Systems Administrator28,300 ZAR
Numerical Control Programmer25,600 ZAR
Online Banking Manager52,200 ZAR
Online Banking Specialist37,300 ZAR
OPS Manager43,100 ZAR
Oracle Database Administrator29,000 ZAR
Oracle Developer34,500 ZAR
Perl Developer27,400 ZAR
PHP Developer27,400 ZAR
Python Developer32,900 ZAR
Records Manager25,900 ZAR
Remedy Developer26,100 ZAR
Reporting Analyst30,200 ZAR
Ruby Developer29,600 ZAR
Salesforce Administrator30,700 ZAR
Salesforce Developer24,300 ZAR
SAP Consultant32,400 ZAR
SAS Programmer30,000 ZAR
Scrum Master26,500 ZAR
SEO Associate26,800 ZAR
SEO Manager39,000 ZAR
Service Delivery Manager42,300 ZAR
Service Level Manager40,400 ZAR
Service Support Lead33,400 ZAR
SharePoint Administrator31,100 ZAR
Sharepoint Consultant31,700 ZAR
Sharepoint Developer33,300 ZAR
Shift Leader32,200 ZAR
SOA Analyst31,600 ZAR
SOC Engineer31,200 ZAR
Software Analyst30,400 ZAR
Software Architect30,500 ZAR
Software Development Manager42,800 ZAR
Software Engineer32,800 ZAR
Software QA Engineer28,600 ZAR
Software Sales28,200 ZAR
Software Specialist27,100 ZAR
Software Support Engineer25,400 ZAR
Software Test Engineer28,600 ZAR
Solutions Architect42,300 ZAR
Storage Engineer26,900 ZAR
Supervisor23,100 ZAR
Support Analyst29,600 ZAR
Support Specialist33,300 ZAR
System Administrator30,000 ZAR
Systems Analyst30,600 ZAR
Systems Architect30,100 ZAR
Systems Consultant36,900 ZAR
Systems Engineer25,700 ZAR
Systems Integrator29,700 ZAR
Technical Analyst26,300 ZAR
Technical Consultant36,900 ZAR
Technical Manager32,700 ZAR
Technical Project Manager41,700 ZAR
Technical Sales32,000 ZAR
Technical Trainer32,300 ZAR
Technical Writer27,100 ZAR
Technology Business Analyst32,100 ZAR
Technology Director54,100 ZAR
Technology Specialist38,000 ZAR
Teradata Developer27,000 ZAR
Test Analyst31,100 ZAR
Tester27,000 ZAR
Testing Manager41,200 ZAR
TIBCO Developer25,900 ZAR
UNIX Administrator32,100 ZAR
Usability Engineer29,500 ZAR
User Experience Consultant35,000 ZAR
User Experience Design Expert34,200 ZAR
User Experience Designer26,900 ZAR
User Experience Researcher33,100 ZAR
User Interface Designer31,700 ZAR
VB Developer25,300 ZAR
VB.NET Developer32,000 ZAR
Video Game Designer26,900 ZAR
Visual Information Specialist27,700 ZAR
Web Applications Manager38,300 ZAR
Web Content Specialist32,600 ZAR
Web Designer27,400 ZAR
Web Developer29,500 ZAR
Web Editor26,200 ZAR
Web Project Manager36,200 ZAR
Web Promotions Specialist29,900 ZAR
Web Security Administrator32,900 ZAR
Web Security Manager45,500 ZAR
Web Support Analyst22,900 ZAR
Web Writer26,200 ZAR
Webmaster26,400 ZAR
Windows System Administrator27,600 ZAR
Wireless Consultant35,600 ZAR
Writer and Documentor28,700 ZAR

Information Technology Jobs Salary Distribution in Johannesburg

Median and salary distribution monthly Johannesburg Information Technology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology salaries in Johannesburg range from 17,400 ZAR per month (minimum average salary) to 54,600 ZAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 35,500 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 35,500 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 35,500 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 people working in Information Technology are earning less than 23,800 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 23,800 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 47,700 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 47,700 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.
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Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Information Technology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Information Technology
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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 employees in South Africa who work in Information Technology earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

32,600 ZAR
30,300 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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Information Technology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Information Technology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Information Technology

Information Technology professionals in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Information Technology
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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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2020. 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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Information Technology Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Information Technology
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Information Technology is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

50% of surveyed staff in Information Technology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% 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.

Information Technology Hourly Average Wage in Johannesburg

190 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Johannesburg is 190 ZAR. This means that the average person in Johannesburg 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.

Information Technology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Information Technology and Information Technology monthly Johannesburg
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The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.

Johannesburg VS South Africa

Salary Comparison Between Johannesburg and South Africa monthly Information Technology
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We compared Information Technology salaries in Johannesburg and South Africa and we found that Johannesburg salaries are 7% more than those of South Africa.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein30,400 ZAR
Cape Town36,400 ZAR
Durban34,800 ZAR
Johannesburg33,500 ZAR
Port Elizabeth31,600 ZAR
Pretoria32,800 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
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