A person working as a Police Officer in South Africa typically earns around 18,600 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 8,550 ZAR (lowest) to 29,600 ZAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Police Officer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Police Officer salaries in South Africa range from 8,550 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 29,600 ZAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 20,100 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Police Officer(s) are earning less than 20,100 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 20,100 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Police Officer(s) are earning less than 12,900 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 12,900 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Police Officer(s) are earning less than 26,800 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 26,800 ZAR.
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
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Police Officer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Police Officer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 9,710 ZAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,000 ZAR per month, 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 19,200 ZAR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Police Officer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 23,400 ZAR per month, 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 25,500 ZAR per month, 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 27,600 ZAR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Police Officer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Police Officer is 11,100 ZAR per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 17,400 ZAR per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 29,100 ZAR per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+57%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Police Officer employees in South Africa earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.
Police Officer(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2021. 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.
A Police Officer is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Police Officer is 25% less than that of Law Enforcement / Security / Fire. Also, Law Enforcement / Security / Fire salaries are 20% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accreditation Coordinator||27,800 ZAR||+50%|
|Accreditation Manager||39,300 ZAR||+110%|
|Control Room Operator||10,100 ZAR||-46%|
|Criminal Investigator||34,900 ZAR||+88%|
|Facility Monitor||20,800 ZAR||+12%|
|Fire Chief||35,800 ZAR||+93%|
|Fire Dispatcher||17,600 ZAR||-5%|
|Fire Education Specialist||30,200 ZAR||+62%|
|Fire Extinguisher Technician||11,400 ZAR||-39%|
|Fire Fighter||19,300 ZAR||+4%|
|Fire Inspector||34,800 ZAR||+87%|
|Fire Investigator||34,900 ZAR||+88%|
|Fire Prevention Engineer||29,400 ZAR||+58%|
|Forensic Investigator||32,400 ZAR||+74%|
|Forensic Science Technician||33,700 ZAR||+81%|
|Fraud and Forensic Specialist||36,100 ZAR||+94%|
|Fraud Examiner||37,200 ZAR||+100%|
|Grants Specialist||40,500 ZAR||+120%|
|Intellectual Property Associate||31,000 ZAR||+67%|
|Intelligence Research Specialist||51,500 ZAR||+180%|
|Jail Officer||15,300 ZAR||-18%|
|Juvenile Probation Officer||24,800 ZAR||+33%|
|Juvenile Supervision Officer||24,900 ZAR||+34%|
|Parole Officer||16,700 ZAR||-10%|
|Police Captain||39,400 ZAR||+110%|
|Police Communications Officer||23,200 ZAR||+25%|
|Police Officer||18,600 ZAR||+0%|
|Police Patrol Officer||16,800 ZAR||-10%|
|Prison Officer||14,000 ZAR||-25%|
|Prisoner Custody Officer||12,700 ZAR||-32%|
|Private Detective / Investigator||33,300 ZAR||+79%|
|Security Adviser||32,600 ZAR||+75%|
|Security Guard||9,340 ZAR||-50%|
|Security Management Specialist||49,400 ZAR||+170%|
|Security Manager||46,700 ZAR||+150%|
|Security Officer||11,000 ZAR||-41%|
|Security Supervisor||26,100 ZAR||+40%|
|Security Systems Installer||26,800 ZAR||+44%|
|Security Technician||11,600 ZAR||-38%|
|Surveillance Operator||13,100 ZAR||-30%|
|Traffic Controller||18,700 ZAR||+1%|
|Cape Town||20,900 ZAR|
|Port Elizabeth||18,400 ZAR|
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.