IT salaries in South Africa – how much people earn in 2020

Specialist recruitment firm Michael Page has published its latest salary guide which sheds light on the average IT salaries in South Africa in 2020.

According to Michael Page it has seen a decline in demand across most industries within South Africa, with certain industries feeling the impact more than others.

“Companies are looking for ways to increase output and productivity, while at the same time cutting costs,” the group said.

“Therefore, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, digital and in broader terms, technology is playing a bigger role in achieving the above mentioned goals.”

South Africa is also facing a brain drain of highly skilled labour who are opting to emigrate, the group noted, saying that this is creating a talent gap in the market.

According to Michael Page’s survey data, 46% of job seekers in South Africa are not optimistic about the local job market and economy.

There is, however, some optimism in the market with 62% of people believing that the environment will improve in the next six months.

One of the top reasons people are looking for a new job is because their current role isn’t offering opportunities for further development.

“Job seekers wanting their responsibilities to broaden, as well as seeking a better salary package, are other reasons motivating their job search,” the group said.

Professional salaries in South Africa

Michael Page’s data for its salary benchmark is derived from the its proprietary database, capturing job advertisements and placements throughout 2019.

It is also supplemented with data and insights from other studies such as quarterly job market surveys, and insights from interactions with clients and candidates.

The tables below outline the salary ranges and averages for South African IT professionals across all sectors.

The averages represent total annual salaries.


Information Technology Salaries at South African SMEs

From Average To
Executive / Leadership
Chief Information Officer (CIO) 1,100,000 1,300,000 1,500,000
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) 900,000 1,100,000 1,300,000
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) 900,000 1,200,000 1,300,000
IT Director 800,000 1,300,000 1,400,000
Head of IT 900,000 1,200,000 1,400,000
IT Manager 750,000 800,000 1,000,000
IT Security
IT Security Manager 700,000 800,000 850,000
IT Security Engineer 600,000 750,000 800,000
IT Security Analyst 100,000 350,000 500,000
Applications
IT Applications Director 950,000 1,000,000 1,300,000
Business Applications Manager 700,000 800,000 900,000
Applications Developer 300,000 800,000 1,200,000
Technical / Functional Consultant 600,000 900,000 1,200,000
Business Analysis and Project Management
Head of Project Management Officer 900,000 1,100,000 1,400,000
Business Intelligence Manager 500,000 800,000 900,000
IT Business Partner 600,000 750,000 900,000
Programme Manager 700,000 800,000 900,000
IT Project Manager 500,000 650,000 800,000
Senior IT Business Analyst 500,000 650,000 800,000
Business Analyst 300,000 450,000 500,000
BI Analyst 300,000 450,000 500,000
Architecture
Chief Enterprise Architect 1,000,000 1,200,000 1,600,000
Senior Information Architect 700,000 850,000 950,000
Enterprise Architect 800,000 950,000 1,100,000
Information Architect 600,000 700,000 750,000
Networking
Network Architect 350,000 650,000 750,000
Network Manager 450,000 550,000 650,000
Network Engineer 200,000 350,000 600,000
Network Administrator 150,000 250,000 480,000
Data / Database Administration
Data Architect 900,000 950,000 1,100,000
Database Administrator 650,000 800,000 950,000
Database Developer 400,000 800,000 890,000
Data Analytics Manager 650,000 850,000 1,000,000
Data Scientist 650,000 700,000 850,000
Data Analyst 300,000 450,000 600,000
Technical Services
Technical Support Manager 480,000 600,000 700,000
IT Support Engineer 200,000 350,000 450,000
Application Support Analyst 450,000 550,000 750,000

Information Technology Salaries at Multinational Corporations

From Average To
Executive / Leadership
Chief Information Officer (CIO) 1,200,000 1,700,000 2,000,000
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) 1,000,000 1,400,000 1,800,000
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) 1,000,000 1,400,000 1,800,000
IT Director 1,200,000 1,600,000 2,000,000
Head of IT 1,200,000 1,600,000 1,800,000
IT Manager 900,000 1,200,000 1,400,000
IT Security
IT Security Manager 1,000,000 1,600,000 2,000,000
IT Security Engineer 800,000 800,000 1,000,000
IT Security Analyst 350,000 400,000 600,000
Applications
IT Applications Director 1,000,000 1,300,000 1,650,000
Business Applications Manager 900,000 1,100,000 1,400,000
Applications Developer 400,000 900,000 1,100,000
Technical / Functional Consultant 700,000 850,000 1,200,000
Business Analysis and Project Management
Head of Project Management Officer 1,200,000 1,400,000 1,600,000
Business Intelligence Manager 1,200,000 1,400,000 1,600,000
IT Business Partner 900,000 950,000 1,800,000
Programme Manager 1,000,000 1,200,000 1,400,000
IT Project Manager 800,000 950,000 1,100,000
Senior IT Business Analyst 500,000 750,000 1,100,000
Business Analyst 300,000 500,000 800,000
BI Analyst 300,000 600,000 800,000
Architecture
Chief Enterprise Architect 1,500,000 1,700,000 2,000,000
Senior Information Architect 700,000 900,000 1,200,000
Enterprise Architect 900,000 1,100,000 1,500,000
Information Architect 600,000 750,000 900,000
Networking
Network Architect 700,000 900,000 1,200,000
Network Manager 600,000 800,000 1,100,000
Network Engineer 200,000 350,000 700,000
Network Administrator 150,000 350,000 500,000
Data / Database Administration
Data Architect 1,100,000 1,300,000 1,600,000
Database Administrator 650,000 850,000 900,000
Database Developer 400,000 800,000 950,000
Data Analytics Manager 1,100,000 1,300,000 1,500,000
Data Scientist 650,000 1,200,000 1,600,000
Data Analyst 300,000 300,000 750,000
Technical Services
Technical Support Manager 480,000 600,000 700,000
IT Support Engineer 200,000 400,000 500,000
Application Support Analyst 450,000 550,000 750,000

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