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Photographer Average Salary in Johannesburg 2024

How much money does a person working as Photographer make in Johannesburg?


Average Monthly Salary
18,200 ZAR
( 218,000 ZAR yearly)

LOW
8,720
ZAR
AVERAGE
18,200
ZAR
HIGH
28,500
ZAR
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 as Photographer in Johannesburg typically earns around 18,200 ZAR. Salaries range from 8,720 ZAR (lowest) to 28,500 ZAR (highest).


Salary Variance

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



Photographer Pay Scale and Salaries in Johannesburg

Median and salary distribution Johannesburg Photographer monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
17,000 ZAR or more
10% of people earn
15,000 to 17,000 ZAR
20% of people earn
10,500 ZAR or less
65% of people earn
10,500 to 15,000 ZAR
Minimum Salary
8,720 ZAR
Median
17,100 ZAR
Maximum
28,500 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 for the position Photographer in Johannesburg range from 8,720 ZAR (starting salary) to 28,500 ZAR (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 17,100 ZAR, half of the professionals who work as Photographer in Johannesburg earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Photographer in Johannesburg earn less than 13,900 ZAR, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 19,600 ZAR while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Photographer in Johannesburg compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 10,500 ZAR to 15,000 ZAR. About 20% of salaries are below the 10,500 ZAR mark, while 10% fall within the range of 15,000 ZAR to 17,000 ZAR. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 17,000 ZAR.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Photographer / Johannesburg

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
10,200 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+42%
14,500 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+31%
19,000 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+23%
23,400 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+6%
24,900 ZAR
20+ Years+10%
27,200 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Johannesburg Photographer
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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. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Photographer and this is what we found.


All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 10,200 ZAR.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 14,500 ZAR, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 19,000 ZAR, 31% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 23,400 ZAR, 23% 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 24,900 ZAR, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 27,200 ZAR, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty 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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary Comparison By Education / Photographer / Johannesburg

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Photographer.

High School
12,700 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+16%
14,700 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree+46%
21,400 ZAR
Master's Degree+23%
26,400 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level monthly Johannesburg Photographer
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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 salaries by education level for the position Photographer in order to make a comparison.


Level 1: High School

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 12,700 ZAR.


Level 2: Certificate or Diploma

At this level, the average salary becomes 14,700 ZAR, 16% more than the previous level.


Level 3: Bachelor's Degree

At this level, the average salary becomes 21,400 ZAR, 46% more than the previous level.


Level 4: Master's Degree

At this level, the average salary becomes 26,400 ZAR, 23% more than the previous level.



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.

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 to a higher-paying job. The numbers seem to support the theory. 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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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Photographer / Johannesburg

Salary comparison by gender South Africa Photographer 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? For the people who work as Photographer in South Africa, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 8%.

Male
18,700 ZAR
Female-7%
17,300 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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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Photographer / Johannesburg

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

Individuals working as Photographer 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 Photographer
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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

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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 / Photographer / South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Photographer
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100% of surveyed staff 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
100%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Average Hourly Wage / Photographer / Johannesburg


100 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Photographer in Johannesburg is 100 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 as Photographer in Johannesburg is 50 ZAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising / Graphic Design / Events-100%
Advertisement Fraud Analyst34,700 ZAR+91%
Advertising Account Executive36,100 ZAR+99%
Advertising Account Manager40,400 ZAR+120%
Advertising Account Planner21,000 ZAR+16%
Advertising and Promotions Manager52,400 ZAR+190%
Advertising Coordinator24,900 ZAR+37%
Advertising Data Analyst34,000 ZAR+87%
Advertising Manager53,300 ZAR+190%
Advertising Operations Manager52,400 ZAR+190%
Advertising Sales Director54,900 ZAR+200%
Advertising Strategic Planner34,000 ZAR+87%
Advertising Team Leader29,900 ZAR+65%
Animation Director43,700 ZAR+140%
Animator24,300 ZAR+34%
Art Director32,000 ZAR+76%
Art Manager32,500 ZAR+79%
Artificial Intelligence Advertising Analyst34,800 ZAR+92%
Artist26,000 ZAR+43%
Artworker20,000 ZAR+10%
Assistant Art Director26,700 ZAR+47%
Audio and Video Equipment Technician18,700 ZAR+3%
Audio Engineer22,700 ZAR+25%
Audiosual Technician19,500 ZAR+7%
Branding Consultant40,600 ZAR+120%
Broadcast Administrator33,600 ZAR+85%
Catering Sales21,800 ZAR+20%
Catering Trainer24,300 ZAR+34%
Color Consultant22,200 ZAR+22%
Commercial and Industrial Designer19,900 ZAR+10%
Conference Organiser24,300 ZAR+34%
Content and Media Production Lead38,800 ZAR+110%
CopyWriter22,900 ZAR+26%
Creative Content Strategist38,100 ZAR+110%
Creative Designer24,600 ZAR+35%
Creative Director32,200 ZAR+77%
Creative Technologist40,400 ZAR+120%
Crowd Management Specialist34,000 ZAR+87%
Design Strategist33,800 ZAR+86%
Designer 18,600 ZAR+2%
Desktop Publisher16,500 ZAR-9%
Digital Campaign Manager34,900 ZAR+92%
Digital Media Manager42,100 ZAR+130%
Digital Media Strategist40,200 ZAR+120%
Director of Events54,600 ZAR+200%
Director of Graphic Design29,500 ZAR+62%
Director of Social Media Marketing39,900 ZAR+120%
Event Experience Designer37,600 ZAR+110%
Event Security Specialist31,200 ZAR+72%
Event Technology Consultant30,800 ZAR+69%
Event Technology Integration Specialist30,700 ZAR+69%
Events and Promotions Manager53,600 ZAR+190%
Events Director55,700 ZAR+210%
Exhibit Designer27,300 ZAR+50%
Exhibit Display Coordinator24,200 ZAR+33%
Exhibit Display Manager34,300 ZAR+89%
Experiential Designer30,100 ZAR+66%
Finisher16,500 ZAR-9%
Gamification Specialist32,900 ZAR+81%
Graphic Artist21,000 ZAR+16%
Graphic Design Specialist23,500 ZAR+29%
Graphic Designer20,300 ZAR+12%
Graphics Artist20,200 ZAR+11%
Graphics Design Supervisor28,300 ZAR+56%
Group Creative Director36,100 ZAR+99%
Imagery Analyst19,500 ZAR+7%
Imaging Technologist18,700 ZAR+3%
Immersive Storyteller27,700 ZAR+52%
Interaction Designer16,000 ZAR-12%
Lead Generation Specialist42,500 ZAR+130%
Media Analyst26,600 ZAR+46%
Media Executive33,100 ZAR+82%
Media Planner28,100 ZAR+55%
Media Production Coordinator23,900 ZAR+32%
Media Production Manager45,600 ZAR+150%
Media Project Manager43,600 ZAR+140%
Media Relations Representative37,600 ZAR+110%
Media Sales Executive42,000 ZAR+130%
Meeting and Event Planner26,300 ZAR+45%
Mobile Advertising Specialist40,600 ZAR+120%
Motion Graphic Artist25,600 ZAR+41%
Motion Graphics Designer27,100 ZAR+49%
Multimedia Artist21,000 ZAR+16%
Multimedia Specialist18,700 ZAR+3%
NFT Designer23,200 ZAR+28%
NFT Specialist26,500 ZAR+46%
Photographer18,200 ZAR+0%
PPC Campaign Manager33,000 ZAR+82%
Print Production Manager34,300 ZAR+89%
Product and Brand Manager52,400 ZAR+190%
Sales Promotion Manager50,600 ZAR+180%
Search Engine Optimization Specialist (SEO)22,000 ZAR+21%
Sketch Artist22,000 ZAR+21%
Social Media Event Strategist28,000 ZAR+54%
Social Media Executive41,200 ZAR+130%
Social Media Graphic Designer25,600 ZAR+41%
Social Media Manager43,700 ZAR+140%
Social Media Marketing Manager42,900 ZAR+140%
Social Media Strategist40,200 ZAR+120%
Special Events Supervisor32,400 ZAR+78%
Technical Typist14,900 ZAR-18%
User Experience UX Designer22,600 ZAR+24%
UX Designer20,300 ZAR+12%
Virtual / Augmented Reality Advertiser31,600 ZAR+74%
Virtual / Augmented Reality Event Producer27,100 ZAR+49%
Virtual / Augmented Reality Showroom Designer26,600 ZAR+46%
Virtual Events Planner27,000 ZAR+49%
Virtual Trade Show Manager26,100 ZAR+44%
Voice Search Optimization Specialist33,800 ZAR+86%
Web Accessibility Designer26,500 ZAR+46%
Web3 Designer24,800 ZAR+36%
Webinar Designer28,300 ZAR+56%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cape Town19,600 ZAR
Johannesburg18,200 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 for the job title Photographer in Johannesburg?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 17,100 ZAR and 19,600 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 a careers like Photographer in Johannesburg ranges from 8,720 ZAR to 13,900 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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