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Average Salary in Johannesburg 2024

How much money does a person working in Johannesburg make?

Average Monthly Salary
33,500 ZAR
( 402,000 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 Johannesburg typically earns around 33,500 ZAR. Salaries range from 8,430 ZAR (lowest average) to 149,000 ZAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

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

Pay Scale and Salaries in Johannesburg

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

5% of people earn
66,500 ZAR or more
10% of people earn
52,100 to 66,500 ZAR
20% of people earn
20,300 ZAR or less
65% of people earn
20,300 to 52,100 ZAR
Minimum Salary
8,430 ZAR
30,600 ZAR
149,000 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 Johannesburg range from 8,430 ZAR (starting salary) to 149,000 ZAR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 30,600 ZAR, which means that 50% of the population in Johannesburg earns less than that while the other half earns more. 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population in Johannesburg earn less than 22,100 ZAR while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 46,300 ZAR while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights into how salaries are actually distributed in Johannesburg. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 20,300 ZAR to 52,100 ZAR. Approximately 20% fall under the 20,300 ZAR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 52,100 ZAR to 66,500 ZAR. Only 5% of people grossed 66,500 ZAR or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary is primarily determined by the level of experience one possesses, with higher levels of experience resulting in higher wages.

In Johannesburg, employees with two to five years of experience typically earn an average of 32% more than entry-level and junior workers in all industries and fields.

Individuals with more than five years of experience tend to earn an average of 36% more than those with less than five years of experience.

After ten years of work, salaries increase by 21%, with an additional 14% increase for those who have worked for over 15 years.

These figures should be used as rough estimates, as considering individual job titles can lead to more accurate assessments.

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.

The correlation between higher education and higher salary is widely acknowledged, but how much of an income increase can one expect from obtaining a degree?

We conducted a study in Johannesburg comparing the salaries of professionals with different levels of college degrees who held similar positions in various industries.

Our results showed that individuals with a certificate or diploma earned an average of 17% more than those who only completed high school.

Those who obtained a Bachelor's Degree earned 24% more than their counterparts with a certificate or diploma.

Professionals with a Master's Degree earned 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, those who held a PhD earned an average of 23% more than those with a Master's Degree while performing the same job.

Is investing in a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Is pursuing higher education worth the investment?

Earning a Master's degree or any post-graduate qualification in South Africa is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 156,000 ZAR to 469,000 ZAR and a duration of around two years. It's important to note that during this period, any salary increases are unlikely, assuming ongoing employment. Salary reviews are typically conducted after completing the program and obtaining the degree.

Many individuals pursue advanced education as a means of transitioning to higher-paying positions, and the statistics indicate that this is an effective strategy. On average, individuals who change jobs after earning a higher degree receive a salary increase of about 10% more than the typical annual raise.

Ultimately, deciding whether or not to pursue advanced education depends on a variety of factors, including the personal situation and experience. However, if one can afford the financial costs of obtaining a higher degree, the return on investment is likely to be worthwhile, with the ability to recoup the costs in approximately a year.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Johannesburg

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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 South Africa, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 8% across all career fields.

32,600 ZAR
30,300 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Johannesburg

How much are annual salary increments in Johannesburg? How often do employees get salary raises?

South Africa

Employees in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa
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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.

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 in South Africa

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

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant23,400 ZAR
Accounting Assistant17,600 ZAR
Accounting Manager49,600 ZAR
Bookkeeper15,200 ZAR
Chartered Accountant30,800 ZAR
Corporate Treasurer45,700 ZAR
Financial Analyst42,000 ZAR
Financial Manager62,100 ZAR
Internal Auditor30,300 ZAR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant17,300 ZAR
Office Manager27,300 ZAR
Receptionist16,300 ZAR
Secretary14,600 ZAR

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director32,000 ZAR
Creative Director32,200 ZAR
Graphic Designer20,300 ZAR
Photographer18,200 ZAR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer43,800 ZAR
Air Traffic Controller36,100 ZAR
Flight Attendant22,600 ZAR
Pilot56,000 ZAR

Architect40,900 ZAR
CAD Drafter16,200 ZAR

Mechanic12,000 ZAR
Service Advisor22,400 ZAR

Bank Branch Manager57,600 ZAR
Teller11,800 ZAR

Teacher24,600 ZAR
Translator30,800 ZAR

Business Planning
Business Analyst42,800 ZAR
Business Development Manager51,300 ZAR
Project Manager40,600 ZAR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny13,100 ZAR
Nursery Teacher11,900 ZAR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer31,600 ZAR
Construction Project Manager54,800 ZAR
Health and Safety Officer14,300 ZAR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative12,900 ZAR
Customer Service Manager42,900 ZAR
Customer Service Representative12,600 ZAR

Civil Engineer30,000 ZAR
Electrical Engineer31,100 ZAR
Engineer30,400 ZAR
Mechanical Engineer29,700 ZAR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer71,800 ZAR
Chief Financial Officer67,800 ZAR
General Manager55,600 ZAR
Project Manager35,400 ZAR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef19,800 ZAR
Executive Chef23,300 ZAR
Hotel Manager61,400 ZAR
Receptionist12,100 ZAR
Travel Agent20,200 ZAR
Waiter / Waitress10,700 ZAR

Health and Medical
Dentist81,200 ZAR
Dietitian63,600 ZAR
Laboratory Technician23,600 ZAR
Nurse26,100 ZAR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager49,600 ZAR
Human Resources Officer20,500 ZAR

Information Technology
Computer Technician24,800 ZAR
Database Administrator32,500 ZAR
Developer / Programmer30,800 ZAR
Information Technology Manager54,900 ZAR
Network Engineer27,200 ZAR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer19,300 ZAR

Attorney64,200 ZAR
Legal Assistant16,600 ZAR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist36,600 ZAR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer28,100 ZAR
Pharmacist43,700 ZAR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier11,700 ZAR
Sales Manager59,000 ZAR
Sales Representative21,300 ZAR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher23,600 ZAR
Secondary School Teacher27,800 ZAR

Average Hourly Wage in Johannesburg

190 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Johannesburg is 190 ZAR.This is the rate that the average individual gets 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 a person in Johannesburg is 49 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
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 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 Johannesburg?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Johannesburg would range anywhere between 30,600 ZAR and 46,300 ZAR.

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 in Johannesburg ranges from 8,430 ZAR to 22,100 ZAR. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, 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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