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General Farm Assistant Average Salary in South Africa 2024

How much money does a person working as General Farm Assistant make in South Africa?


Average Monthly Salary
9,090 ZAR
( 109,000 ZAR yearly)

LOW
4,180
ZAR
AVERAGE
9,090
ZAR
HIGH
14,500
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 General Farm Assistant in South Africa typically earns around 9,090 ZAR. Salaries range from 4,180 ZAR (lowest) to 14,500 ZAR (highest).


Salary Variance

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



General Farm Assistant Pay Scale and Salaries in South Africa

Median and salary distribution South Africa General Farm Assistant monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
8,620 ZAR or more
10% of people earn
7,550 to 8,620 ZAR
20% of people earn
5,200 ZAR or less
65% of people earn
5,200 to 7,550 ZAR
Minimum Salary
4,180 ZAR
Median
8,690 ZAR
Maximum
14,500 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 General Farm Assistant in South Africa range from 4,180 ZAR (starting salary) to 14,500 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 8,690 ZAR, half of the professionals who work as General Farm Assistant in South Africa 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 General Farm Assistant in South Africa earn less than 7,000 ZAR, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 10,000 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 General Farm Assistant in South Africa compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 5,200 ZAR to 7,550 ZAR. About 20% of salaries are below the 5,200 ZAR mark, while 10% fall within the range of 7,550 ZAR to 8,620 ZAR. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 8,620 ZAR.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / General Farm Assistant / South Africa

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
4,750 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
6,340 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+48%
9,370 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+22%
11,400 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
12,500 ZAR
20+ Years+8%
13,500 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa General Farm Assistant
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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 General Farm Assistant 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 4,750 ZAR.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,340 ZAR, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 9,370 ZAR, 48% 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 11,400 ZAR, 22% 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 12,500 ZAR, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 13,500 ZAR, 8% 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 / General Farm Assistant / South Africa

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

High School
5,520 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+93%
10,700 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa General Farm Assistant
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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 General Farm Assistant in order to make a comparison.


Level 1: High School

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 5,520 ZAR.


Level 2: Certificate or Diploma

At this level, the average salary becomes 10,700 ZAR, 93% more than the previous level.



Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / General Farm Assistant / South Africa

Salary comparison by gender South Africa General Farm Assistant 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 General Farm Assistant in South Africa, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 12%.

Male
9,600 ZAR
Female-11%
8,590 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 / General Farm Assistant / South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for individuals working as General Farm Assistant? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as General Farm Assistant in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa General Farm Assistant
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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 / General Farm Assistant / South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa General Farm Assistant
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68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
32%
No Bonus
68%

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 / General Farm Assistant / South Africa


52 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as General Farm Assistant in South Africa is 52 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 General Farm Assistant in South Africa is 24 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
Gardening / Farming / Fishing-100%
Agri-Tourism Manager40,700 ZAR+350%
Agricultural and Food Science Technician19,900 ZAR+120%
Agricultural and Food Scientist46,200 ZAR+410%
Agricultural Consultant46,400 ZAR+410%
Agricultural Engineer29,200 ZAR+220%
Agricultural Inspector27,800 ZAR+210%
Agricultural Manager48,900 ZAR+440%
Agroforestry Specialist26,500 ZAR+190%
Agronomist42,900 ZAR+370%
Algal Biotechnologist31,900 ZAR+250%
Animal Attendant14,200 ZAR+56%
Animal Nutritionist28,100 ZAR+210%
Animal Trainer16,500 ZAR+81%
Aquaculture and Seafood Farmer16,100 ZAR+77%
Aquaponics Engineer27,900 ZAR+210%
Aquaponics Technician24,000 ZAR+160%
Aquatic Ecologist33,900 ZAR+270%
Bee Keeper9,120 ZAR+0%
Beekeeper Educator15,100 ZAR+66%
Commercial Horticulturist22,800 ZAR+150%
Community Supported Agriculture Coordinator14,900 ZAR+64%
Compost Technician12,500 ZAR+37%
Conservation Agent15,500 ZAR+70%
Diver14,700 ZAR+62%
Edible Landscaping Designer20,800 ZAR+130%
Farm Manager38,800 ZAR+330%
Farmer9,950 ZAR+9%
Fish Hatchery Technician10,400 ZAR+14%
Floral Designer11,900 ZAR+31%
Food Waste Reduction Specialist21,000 ZAR+130%
Forage Consultant23,000 ZAR+150%
Foreman8,530 ZAR-6%
Forestry and Logging Worker8,310 ZAR-9%
Garden Center Helper8,550 ZAR-6%
Garden Centre Manager24,400 ZAR+170%
Gardener9,040 ZAR-1%
General Farm Assistant9,090 ZAR-0%
Greenhouse Assistant8,810 ZAR-3%
Greenhouse Manager21,300 ZAR+130%
Groundsman8,600 ZAR-5%
Grower9,380 ZAR+3%
Guerrilla Gardener14,600 ZAR+61%
Horticultural Worker8,980 ZAR-1%
Hydroponic Facility Manager28,800 ZAR+220%
Hydroponic Farmer13,700 ZAR+51%
Hydroponic Farming Infrastructure Installer23,500 ZAR+160%
Hydroponic Systems Engineer25,000 ZAR+170%
Mariculture Specialist24,900 ZAR+170%
Organic Farming Instructor20,300 ZAR+120%
Organic Farming Specialist23,000 ZAR+150%
Organic Seed Farmer14,000 ZAR+54%
Precision Agriculture Specialist19,100 ZAR+110%
Reef Restoration Technician16,100 ZAR+77%
Regenerative Agriculture Specialist21,400 ZAR+140%
Seaweed Farmer11,200 ZAR+23%
Sustainable Agriculture Consultant30,200 ZAR+230%
Sustainable Fisheries Manager28,800 ZAR+220%
Tree Pruner8,580 ZAR-6%
Tree Specialist14,300 ZAR+57%
Urban Agriculture Specialist31,800 ZAR+250%
Urban Farmer15,500 ZAR+70%
Urban Gardening Consultant21,800 ZAR+140%
Vertical Farming Specialist22,700 ZAR+150%
Vertical Garden Designer17,100 ZAR+88%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cape Town10,600 ZAR
Johannesburg9,410 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 General Farm Assistant in South Africa?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 8,690 ZAR and 10,000 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 General Farm Assistant in South Africa ranges from 4,180 ZAR to 7,000 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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