Starting salaries for IT professionals in South Africa

Most new entrants in the South African IT job market have one question: “How much will I earn when I start working?”

To answer this question, MyBroadband asked various IT and telecommunications companies in Gauteng, Cape Town, and Durban how much they pay new IT professionals.

What emerged from their feedback is that there is not a big difference in starting salaries between the different regions. However, the type of job is a big differentiator.

While the starting salary of a helpdesk agent can be as low as R5,000 a month, some technical professionals start on salaries as high as R18,000 per month.

The table below provides an overview of the starting salaries by profession in South Africa, based on feedback from prominent IT companies.

Starting IT salaries
Profession Low-end High-end Average
Tech helpdesk support R6,000 R10,000 R7,529
PR and communications R8,000 R12,000 R10,080
Computer technician R10,500 R12,500 R11,000
Designer R9,500 R13,000 R11,243
Network engineer R8,500 R14,000 R12,150
Web developer R10,000 R16,500 R12,400
Systems administrator R9,000 R17,500 R13,917
Database administrator R13,000 R17,000 R14,375
Programmer or software engineer R13,000 R18,000 R15,286

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