South African IT salaries – How much people really get paid in 2019

MyBroadband conducted its 2019 IT Salary Survey in April, where the results revealed that IT and telecoms professionals in South Africa continue to earn good salaries.

The survey was conducted in April and was completed by 3,055 respondents from a wide range of IT professions and companies.

Interesting results from the 2019 IT Salary Survey include:

  • 64% of IT professionals received a salary increase this year, down from 74% last year.
  • The average salary increase for 2018/2019 was 6.45%.
  • 59% of IT professionals received a bonus last year, in line with last years’ figure.
  • 55% of IT professionals think they are fairly paid, while 40% think they are underpaid, and 2% think they are overpaid.

IT salaries in South Africa

The survey results showed that the average gross monthly salary for IT professionals in South Africa is R44,330 – up from R42,673 in 2018.

Average salaries are not particularly valuable when benchmarking your own salary against your peers, however, as experience and seniority are not taken into account.

Breaking down the data into professions and seniority/experience provides a much better view of salary levels in South Africa.

The table below provides an overview of the gross basic monthly salaries in South Africa, excluding bonuses.

The levels in the table should be interpreted as follows:

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

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

IT Salaries in South Africa
Job Entry-level Experienced Mid-level Senior High-end
C-Level Executive R42,800 R53,770 R82,000 R120,000 R162,000
IT Manager R20,000 R35,375 R55,500 R76,214 R96,306
Consultant R21,000 R30,000 R55,000 R76,750 R102,000
Project Management R28,800 R34,000 R52,000 R70,500 R98,000
Database Design and Administration R22,000 R30,188 R49,250 R60,500 R71,000
Programming R22,000 R33,000 R46,472 R65,250 R82,650
Analyst R20,450 R30,221 R44,571 R53,000 R75,000
Security R18,720 R26,000 R43,000 R65,500 R87,800
Sales and Marketing R15,000 R22,154 R35,500 R58,000 R80,400
Education R12,000 R21,350 R30,000 R43,250 R73,900
Systems Administrator R16,500 R22,000 R28,888 R40,000 R52,000
Communications and Media R16,050 R19,550 R28,672 R40,000 R59,500
Networking R13,600 R18,250 R28,000 R41,000 R80,600
Web Development R11,768 R19,275 R28,000 R43,500 R61,600
Tech Support R8,120 R13,500 R18,000 R25,000 R37,878

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