Real-world salaries of IT professionals in South Africa

Many employees often wonder how their salaries compare with the rest of the market.

21st Century is a key player when it comes to answering this question, and its salary benchmarks help companies see whether their pay packages are competitive.

“Our salary benchmarking comprises of comparing the internal salaries of employees to what the market is paying for similar job positions,” said Bryden Morton, Data Manger and Reward Analyst for 21st Century.

He said the data can also be used for recommendations to companies on how to fix payment inequality and related issues.

IT salaries in South Africa

MyBroadband asked 21st Century for the latest salary packages of prominent IT professions.

Care should be taken to consult the grade attached to each job when making comparisons between the benchmarks of two jobs.

Any single position can exist at multiple job grades depending on the content, complexity and responsibility attached to that job.

A job grade in effect values a position and ranks it against similar positions. An example is that Management positions can exist at Paterson grades D1, D2, D3, DU and extend into the Paterson E Band depending on the tasks, duties, responsibilities etc. attached to the job.

It is highly recommended that the grade of the job is always consulted when making comparisons between jobs.

As a specific example, it would not be appropriate to directly compare the Data Capture (Advanced) which has a grade of BU with the Database Administrator which has a grade of C3.

The tables below detail the latest IT salaries for the South African market, based on real-world figures.

IT Jobs Salary Benchmark
Title Total Guaranteed Annual Package
Information Systems Manager (Senior/Group) R994,156
Systems Architect R836,977
Database Manager R641,993
Information Systems Manager R554,746
Network Technician R463,587
Database Administrator R281,828
Tester Technician R368,564
Customer Support / Helpdesk / Technician R196,055
Data Capturer (Advanced) R181,862
Customer Support / Helpdesk / Technician (Basic) R120,000

Information Systems Manager

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R521,450 R827,039 R1,088,040
Total Guaranteed Package R697,224 R994,156 R1,259,351

Systems Architect

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R485,037 R759,200 R1,006,594
Total Guaranteed Package R542,073 R836,977 R1,032,300

Database Manager

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R369,161 R579,486 R759,066
Total Guaranteed Package R422,309 R641,993 R840,824

Information Systems Manager

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R291,260 R437,130 R638,808
Total Guaranteed Package R363,683 R554,746 R747,158

Network Technician

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R290,942 R386,784 R705,891
Total Guaranteed Package R332,154 R463,587 R696,754

Database Administrator

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R159,644 R246,906 R425,186
Total Guaranteed Package R177,935 R281,828 R516,018

Tester Technician

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R197,526 R326,579 R484,476
Total Guaranteed Package R249,487 R368,564 R552,104

Customer Support / Helpdesk / Technician

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R113,305 R160,573 R259,835
Total Guaranteed Package R96,866 R196,055 R316,446

Data Capturer (Advanced)

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R99,303 R135,399 R209,701
Total Guaranteed Package R133,977 R181,862 R262,088

Customer Support / Helpdesk / Technician (Basic)

Annual Salaries Low End Average Top End
Basic Salary R70,813 R89,418 R147,054
Total Guaranteed Package R74,582 R120,000 R180,525

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