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Librarian Average Salary in South Africa 2021

How much money does a Librarian make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
21,300 ZAR
( 256,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working as a Librarian in South Africa typically earns around 21,300 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 9,810 ZAR (lowest) to 33,900 ZAR (highest).

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

Librarian Salary Distribution in South Africa

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in South Africa range from 9,810 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 33,900 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 23,000 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 23,000 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 23,000 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 14,800 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 14,800 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 30,700 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 30,700 ZAR.

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

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

Librarian Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Librarian salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Librarian with less than two years of experience makes approximately 11,100 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 14,900 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 22,000 ZAR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five 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.

Additionally, Librarian(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 26,800 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 29,200 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 31,600 ZAR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 - 2 Years
11,100 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
14,900 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+48%
22,000 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+22%
26,800 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
29,200 ZAR
20+ Years+8%
31,600 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Librarian Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Librarian(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Librarian salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Librarian is 12,900 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 25,000 ZAR per month, 93% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in South Africa

Certificate or Diploma
12,900 ZAR
Bachelor's Degree+93%
25,000 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Librarian Salary Comparison By Gender

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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? Male Librarian employees in South Africa earn 11% less than their female counterparts on average.

20,100 ZAR
22,500 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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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Librarian(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Librarian(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

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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

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.

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%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2020. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Librarian Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Librarian
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A Librarian 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.

67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% 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
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.

Librarian Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

120 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 120 ZAR. This means that the average Librarian in South Africa earns approximately 120 ZAR for every worked hour.

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

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.

Librarian VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Librarian is 35% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Coach33,200 ZAR+56%
Academic Manager38,800 ZAR+82%
Academic Specialist29,300 ZAR+37%
Academic Staff25,400 ZAR+19%
Accompanist27,700 ZAR+30%
Achievement Coach33,400 ZAR+57%
Admissions Specialist29,800 ZAR+40%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher26,400 ZAR+24%
Anthropology Teacher28,700 ZAR+35%
Arabic Language Teacher24,400 ZAR+14%
Archeology Teacher29,200 ZAR+37%
Architecture Teacher31,800 ZAR+49%
Archivist23,300 ZAR+9%
Art Teacher26,300 ZAR+23%
Assistant School Principal36,900 ZAR+73%
Assistant Teacher23,100 ZAR+8%
Biochemistry Professor 50,300 ZAR+140%
Biology Teacher28,900 ZAR+36%
Bursary Scheme Manager33,200 ZAR+56%
Business Teacher28,600 ZAR+34%
Chemistry Teacher27,600 ZAR+29%
Child Care Coordinator28,500 ZAR+34%
Child Care Worker23,000 ZAR+8%
Clinical School Psychologist38,300 ZAR+80%
College Aide33,000 ZAR+55%
College and Career Readiness Specialist35,000 ZAR+64%
College President60,200 ZAR+180%
Communications Teacher26,800 ZAR+26%
Community Education Officer24,200 ZAR+13%
Computer Science Teacher25,500 ZAR+20%
Computer Teacher24,700 ZAR+16%
Creative Writing Trainer32,500 ZAR+52%
Credit Counselor33,500 ZAR+57%
Cultural Studies Teacher26,700 ZAR+25%
Curriculum Developer36,500 ZAR+71%
Curriculum Specialist35,300 ZAR+66%
Demonstrator23,500 ZAR+10%
Deputy Controller of Examinations31,600 ZAR+48%
Director of Learning Technology35,300 ZAR+66%
Distance Learning Coordinator31,300 ZAR+47%
Economics Lecturer48,100 ZAR+130%
Education Administrator29,700 ZAR+39%
Education Assistant Director36,900 ZAR+73%
Education Assistant Principal30,500 ZAR+43%
Education Assistant Professor38,200 ZAR+79%
Education Consultant37,500 ZAR+76%
Education Coordinator29,800 ZAR+40%
Education Counselor32,800 ZAR+54%
Education Director49,600 ZAR+130%
Education Program Specialist32,900 ZAR+54%
Education Researcher37,100 ZAR+74%
Education Resource Specialist28,300 ZAR+33%
Education Services Facilitator29,900 ZAR+40%
Educational Psychologist40,400 ZAR+89%
EFL Teacher28,600 ZAR+34%
eLearning Trainer25,300 ZAR+19%
Elementary School Teacher21,500 ZAR+1%
Engineering Lecturer44,000 ZAR+110%
Engineering Teacher37,200 ZAR+74%
English Teacher24,900 ZAR+17%
ESL Teacher26,700 ZAR+25%
Faculty Assistant33,800 ZAR+58%
Foreign Language Teacher25,000 ZAR+17%
GED Teacher25,100 ZAR+18%
Geography Teacher24,700 ZAR+16%
Head of Mathematics Department37,300 ZAR+75%
Head of School42,600 ZAR+100%
High School Teacher30,200 ZAR+42%
History Teacher26,300 ZAR+23%
Infant Teacher20,100 ZAR-6%
Instructional Assistant27,600 ZAR+29%
Instructor29,100 ZAR+36%
Kindergarten Teacher22,500 ZAR+6%
Language Instructor For Expatriate21,300 ZAR-0%
Law Teacher39,900 ZAR+87%
Learning Designer31,300 ZAR+47%
Lecturer46,700 ZAR+120%
Librarian21,300 ZAR-0%
Library Assistant17,700 ZAR-17%
Library Director30,800 ZAR+44%
Library Specialist24,400 ZAR+14%
Life Sciences Teacher27,500 ZAR+29%
Math Lecturer49,700 ZAR+130%
Mathematics Teacher29,300 ZAR+37%
Mentor31,500 ZAR+48%
Middle School Teacher27,700 ZAR+30%
Music Teacher25,300 ZAR+19%
Nursery Manager40,100 ZAR+88%
Nursery Worker16,600 ZAR-22%
Paraprofessional36,800 ZAR+73%
Physical Education Specialist30,800 ZAR+44%
Physical Education Teacher23,900 ZAR+12%
Physics Teacher 27,200 ZAR+28%
Political Science Teacher29,600 ZAR+39%
Post Doctoral Researcher42,100 ZAR+97%
Preschool Education Administrator29,000 ZAR+36%
Preschool Teacher22,200 ZAR+4%
Primary School Teacher25,200 ZAR+18%
Principal38,900 ZAR+82%
Product Specialist31,200 ZAR+46%
Professor - Accounting46,600 ZAR+120%
Professor - Architecture47,400 ZAR+120%
Professor - Biology45,900 ZAR+120%
Professor - Business Administration44,800 ZAR+110%
Professor - Chemical Engineering49,100 ZAR+130%
Professor - Chemistry48,400 ZAR+130%
Professor - Civil Engineering44,900 ZAR+110%
Professor - Communication44,600 ZAR+110%
Professor - Computer Science47,000 ZAR+120%
Professor - Dentistry49,000 ZAR+130%
Professor - Drama45,100 ZAR+110%
Professor - Economics48,700 ZAR+130%
Professor - Education48,000 ZAR+130%
Professor - Electrical Engineering50,000 ZAR+130%
Professor - English45,300 ZAR+110%
Professor - Environmental Engineering48,500 ZAR+130%
Professor - Foreign Languages45,000 ZAR+110%
Professor - Geological Sciences46,600 ZAR+120%
Professor - History47,100 ZAR+120%
Professor - Industrial Engineering46,700 ZAR+120%
Professor - Law50,700 ZAR+140%
Professor - Legal Support45,200 ZAR+110%
Professor - Liberal Arts47,300 ZAR+120%
Professor - Marketing50,400 ZAR+140%
Professor - Mathematics51,700 ZAR+140%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering50,500 ZAR+140%
Professor - Medical Administration51,000 ZAR+140%
Professor - Medicine57,400 ZAR+170%
Professor - Music43,900 ZAR+110%
Professor - Nursing45,200 ZAR+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences47,600 ZAR+120%
Professor - Philosophy48,000 ZAR+130%
Professor - Physical Therapy50,500 ZAR+140%
Professor - Physics52,200 ZAR+140%
Professor - Psychology47,400 ZAR+120%
Professor - Rehabilitation44,200 ZAR+110%
Professor - Social Work43,500 ZAR+100%
Professor - Sociology47,500 ZAR+120%
Professor - Special Education48,400 ZAR+130%
Psychology Teacher38,900 ZAR+82%
Public Management Assistant Professor41,900 ZAR+96%
School Counselor38,700 ZAR+81%
Science Educator27,000 ZAR+27%
Science Laboratory Assistant23,200 ZAR+9%
Science Teacher25,900 ZAR+21%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher26,800 ZAR+26%
Secondary School Teacher26,200 ZAR+23%
Special Education Teacher27,200 ZAR+28%
Special Needs Assistant23,400 ZAR+10%
Statistics Lecturer47,500 ZAR+120%
Student Accounts Coordinator26,800 ZAR+26%
Student Development Specialist32,800 ZAR+54%
Student Employment Specialist31,200 ZAR+46%
Student Services23,400 ZAR+10%
Student Support Manager33,600 ZAR+58%
Substitute Teacher21,500 ZAR+1%
Teacher24,300 ZAR+14%
Teacher Aide20,500 ZAR-4%
Teacher Trainer31,800 ZAR+49%
Training and Development Specialist36,400 ZAR+71%
Training Coordinator25,400 ZAR+19%
Tutor26,600 ZAR+25%
University Teacher44,600 ZAR+110%
Vocational Education Teacher25,600 ZAR+20%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein19,800 ZAR
Cape Town25,300 ZAR
Durban24,300 ZAR
Johannesburg23,500 ZAR
Port Elizabeth20,300 ZAR
Pretoria23,100 ZAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
30,200 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,300 ZAR
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