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Human Resources Average Salaries in Johannesburg 2024

How much money does a person working in Human Resources make in Johannesburg?

Average Monthly Salary
32,100 ZAR
( 385,000 ZAR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Human Resources in Johannesburg typically earns around 32,100 ZAR. Salaries range from 13,400 ZAR (lowest average) to 54,600 ZAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Human Resources domain in Johannesburg exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Human Resources
Benefits Administrator20,400 ZAR
Benefits Analyst25,900 ZAR
Benefits Manager42,000 ZAR
Benefits Specialist25,300 ZAR
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer41,800 ZAR
Chief Happiness Officer43,700 ZAR
Chief Human Resources Officer52,900 ZAR
Chief Listening Officer37,800 ZAR
Chief People Officer53,600 ZAR
Chief Remote Work and Collaboration Officer37,100 ZAR
Compensation Analyst26,300 ZAR
Compensation and Benefits Manager42,300 ZAR
Compensation and Benefits Officer18,600 ZAR
Compensation and Benefits Specialist25,300 ZAR
Compensation Manager42,600 ZAR
Corporate Director of Human Resources52,800 ZAR
Corporate Recruiter34,700 ZAR
Corporate Trainer26,400 ZAR
Director of Talent Acquisition51,300 ZAR
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist33,400 ZAR
Employee Benefits Administrator30,100 ZAR
Employee Benefits Consultant38,800 ZAR
Employee Benefits Coordinator16,100 ZAR
Employee Communications Manager37,400 ZAR
Employee Development Specialist34,200 ZAR
Employee Engagement Specialist36,200 ZAR
Employee Experience Manager41,100 ZAR
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator31,600 ZAR
Employee Performance Specialist27,100 ZAR
Employee Relations Analyst35,800 ZAR
Employee Relations Manager36,400 ZAR
Employee Relations Practitioner37,600 ZAR
Employee Relations Representative26,500 ZAR
Employee Relations Specialist34,300 ZAR
Employee Services Manager38,500 ZAR
Employee Services Specialist36,700 ZAR
Employee Wellness Officer26,500 ZAR
Employment Advice Worker17,100 ZAR
Employment Interviewer24,900 ZAR
Employment Relations Officer16,000 ZAR
Employment Service Specialist19,700 ZAR
Employment Services Coordinator23,900 ZAR
Enrollment Counselor34,400 ZAR
Equal Opportunity Representative25,100 ZAR
Executive Human Capital Management53,200 ZAR
Executive Recruiter35,700 ZAR
Expatriate Administration Manager36,800 ZAR
Expatriate Administration Supervisor24,000 ZAR
Global Mobility Manager42,600 ZAR
Head of Culture42,100 ZAR
Head of Human Resources50,900 ZAR
Headhunter38,100 ZAR
Health Benefits Coordinator22,100 ZAR
HRIS Analyst19,100 ZAR
HRIS Manager32,300 ZAR
HRIS Officer15,900 ZAR
HRIS Supervisor17,800 ZAR
Human Resources Administration Specialist21,000 ZAR
Human Resources Administrative Assistant15,700 ZAR
Human Resources Administrative Coordinator21,800 ZAR
Human Resources Administrator22,100 ZAR
Human Resources Advisor35,400 ZAR
Human Resources Analyst30,900 ZAR
Human Resources Assessor20,300 ZAR
Human Resources Assistant13,600 ZAR
Human Resources Assistant Manager37,400 ZAR
Human Resources Associate13,400 ZAR
Human Resources Compliance Officer32,900 ZAR
Human Resources Consultant42,800 ZAR
Human Resources Coordinator15,200 ZAR
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager29,400 ZAR
Human Resources Data Scientist30,700 ZAR
Human Resources Deputy Manager 40,100 ZAR
Human Resources Development Manager45,100 ZAR
Human Resources Director55,100 ZAR
Human Resources Executive35,100 ZAR
Human Resources Generalist26,500 ZAR
Human Resources Manager49,600 ZAR
Human Resources Officer20,500 ZAR
Human Resources Recruiter35,700 ZAR
Human Resources Representative20,200 ZAR
Human Resources Section Head34,500 ZAR
Human Resources Services Manager44,700 ZAR
Human Resources Shared Services Manager35,900 ZAR
Human Resources Specialist26,400 ZAR
Human Resources Superintendent18,900 ZAR
Human Resources Systems Administrator27,200 ZAR
Human Resources Technology Consultant32,100 ZAR
Human Resources Training Executive34,500 ZAR
Human Resources Transformation Consultant35,400 ZAR
Human Resources Vice President52,600 ZAR
Industrial Organizational Psychologist44,500 ZAR
Job Evaluation Specialist35,300 ZAR
Labor Relations Director39,700 ZAR
Labor Relations Manager42,100 ZAR
Labor Relations Specialist19,600 ZAR
Learning and Development Manager42,600 ZAR
Learning and Development Specialist31,600 ZAR
Occupational Health and Safety Officer18,900 ZAR
Organizational Development Consultant39,400 ZAR
Organizational Development Manager46,100 ZAR
Organizational Development Specialist22,900 ZAR
Payroll Assistant17,100 ZAR
Payroll Supervisor20,600 ZAR
People Development Officer26,000 ZAR
People Operations Analyst33,700 ZAR
Personnel Officer14,600 ZAR
Personnel Recruiter35,100 ZAR
Records Clerk12,700 ZAR
Records Manager22,000 ZAR
Recruiter35,000 ZAR
Recruiting Coordinator18,800 ZAR
Recruiting Manager46,900 ZAR
Recruitment Consultant36,200 ZAR
Recruitment Officer20,000 ZAR
Recruitment Supervisor29,100 ZAR
Remote Collaboration Consultant28,300 ZAR
Remote Work Compliance Manager38,400 ZAR
Remote Work Coordinator24,400 ZAR
Remote Work Manager34,500 ZAR
Research Associate16,000 ZAR
SAP Resource Manager36,400 ZAR
Talent Acquisition Manager47,200 ZAR
Talent Acquisition Specialist29,400 ZAR
Talent Brand Manager42,200 ZAR
Talent Management Officer21,900 ZAR
Technical Recruiter23,200 ZAR
Training Administrator19,600 ZAR
Training and Development Manager45,500 ZAR
Training and Development Section Head36,100 ZAR
Training Executive41,300 ZAR
Training Manager44,400 ZAR
Training Officer18,000 ZAR
Training Specialist26,900 ZAR
Workforce Planning Analyst30,200 ZAR

Human Resources Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Johannesburg

Median and salary distribution Johannesburg Human Resources monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
29,900 ZAR or more
10% of people earn
25,700 to 29,900 ZAR
20% of people earn
16,700 ZAR or less
65% of people earn
16,700 to 25,700 ZAR
Minimum Salary
13,400 ZAR
29,300 ZAR
54,600 ZAR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Human Resources in Johannesburg range from 13,400 ZAR (starting average salary) to 54,600 ZAR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Human Resources is 29,300 ZAR, implying that half of the workforce in Johannesburg earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Human Resources in Johannesburg earn less than 23,100 ZAR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 34,400 ZAR, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Human Resources in Johannesburg. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 16,700 ZAR to 25,700 ZAR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 16,700 ZAR mark, while 10% ranged from 25,700 ZAR to 29,900 ZAR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 29,900 ZAR or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 in Human Resources in Johannesburg 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.

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.

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.
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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Human Resources in Johannesburg, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 ZAR to 469,000 ZAR and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Human Resources / Johannesburg

Salary comparison by gender South Africa Human Resources monthly
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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? In the field of Human Resources in South Africa, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 8%.

31,300 ZAR
29,000 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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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Human Resources / Johannesburg

How much are annual salary increments in Johannesburg for individuals working in Human Resources? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Human Resources in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately % every months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Human Resources
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa
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The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Human Resources / South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Human Resources
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100% of surveyed staff in Human Resources reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while % said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from % to % 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.

Hourly Average Wage / Human Resources / Johannesburg

190 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Human Resources in Johannesburg is 190 ZAR.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working in Human Resources in Johannesburg is 77 ZAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein29,100 ZAR
Cape Town34,900 ZAR
Durban33,300 ZAR
Johannesburg32,100 ZAR
Port Elizabeth30,300 ZAR
Pretoria31,500 ZAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in South Africa is 7% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
30,400 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,400 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Human Resources in Johannesburg?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 29,300 ZAR and 34,400 ZAR. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Human Resources in Johannesburg ranges from 13,400 ZAR to 23,100 ZAR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

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

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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