IT salaries in South Africa in 2017 – What people really earn

MyBroadband’s 2017 South African IT Salary Survey took place in July, with its results providing an accurate reflection of how much IT professionals and executives earn.

The survey was completed by 3,062 South Africans who work in the IT sector, and includes executives and professionals from large tech companies.

To ensure accurate results, MyBroadband applied various filters to eliminate entries which were unlikely to be a true reflection of local salaries.

Average IT salaries

The survey results showed that:

  • The average salary for IT professionals and executives in South Africa in 2017 is R41,455 per month.
  • This is an increase over the 2016 average of R35,184.

While the increase in the average IT salary is no surprise – considering the shortage of IT skills in SA – the impact of the struggling economy was visible in the feedback.

30% of IT professionals said they did not receive a salary increase in 2017, and 41% did not receive a bonus last year.

The median annual salary increase among IT employees who did receive an increase was 10%.

IT salaries in South Africa

Along with average IT salaries, the survey results also provide an overview of salaries (gross monthly value) for prominent IT professions – as detailed in the table below.

Here is how the data below must be interpreted:

  • Entry-level – Salary of a qualified professional with little relevant experience (10th percentile).
  • Experienced – Salary of a professional with relevant experience (25th percentile).
  • Mid-level – Salary of a professional with between 5 and 10 years relevant experience (median).
  • Senior – Salary of a professional who has progressed to a senior level (75th percentile).
  • High-end – Salary of someone who is very senior, considered well paid (90th percentile).

It should be noted that the results contain salaries from IT professionals working in small and large companies in South Africa.

Employees who work in large corporates in Gauteng and Cape town can expect to earn more than people working at SMEs in smaller towns.

Gross Monthly Salary
Position Entry-level Experienced Mid-level Senior High-end
Tech Support R8,500 R11,610 R17,000 R25,960 R36,300
Communications, PR, and Media R8,800 R15,400 R21,660 R53,750 R60,000
Web Development R8,840 R15,900 R22,750 R33,850 R48,200
Networking R9,650 R18,570 R29,500 R45,250 R68,200
Systems Administration R15,040 R21,000 R30,000 R40,000 R56,600
Design and Animation R10,600 R17,500 R31,000 R50,500 R57,400
Sales and Marketing R16,540 R20,750 R32,500 R54,500 R87,400
Security R17,000 R22,700 R34,000 R50,000 R80,000
Database Design and Administration R18,200 R24,880 R34,500 R51,000 R65,690
Education, Training, Research R15,000 R20,000 R37,860 R66,660 R77,440
Analyst R19,400 R25,000 R38,000 R52,000 R65,000
Consultant R14,650 R25,000 R40,000 R65,000 R80,000
Mobile App Development R25,520 R30,780 R40,250 R56,420 R66,500
Programming and Software Development R23,000 R33,000 R47,000 R60,000 R76,000
Project Management R18,060 R29,630 R47,500 R67,750 R87,000
IT Management R18,500 R28,750 R48,000 R66,090 R87,550
C-level Executive R46,000 R65,000 R98,000 R112,000 R144,000

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