IT salaries in SA: best paying jobs revealed

ActiveTechPros released their latest IT Salary and Skills Report recently, allowing IT professionals to compare their salary against follow IT professionals globally.

The latest ActiveTechPros IT Salary & Skills Report, which is published annually, compiled a set of salary data based on aggregated data from their users for the period of January 1 – December 31 2011 .

According to the report the average gross yearly salary of IT professionals in South Africa in 2011 was R330,893.

IT professionals with less than 5 years experience on average earned R164,590 per year, increasing to R 337,596 for between 5 and 10 years’ work behind them and to R 430,507 when they have notched up over a decade of working experience.

IT managers, project managers and developers topped the IT salary charts in South Africa, as shown in the table below.

Annual Salary by Job Function and Years of Work Experience (ZAR)
Job Function Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years Total
IT Management 375,067 436,963 510,480 477,617
Project Management 198,100 336,545 478,778 356,456
Systems Development 176,725 381,467 378,444 303,427
Communications 197,429 224,700 365,818 273,321
Support 76,128 169,261 318,285 161,281
Administration 150,229 328,962 260,212 281,678
Other IT Professionals 189,500 428,000 324,000 315,286
Total 164,590 337,596 430,507 330,893
Number of Respondents 75 122 117 314
% of Respondents 24% 39% 37% 100%

Unsurprisingly higher qualifications translate into higher salaries, as shown in the table below.

Annual Salary by Job Function and Education Level (ZAR)
Job Function Vocational/Tech school Diploma Bachelor’s degree Master’s degree MBA degree PhD Total
IT Management 346,472 467,767 548,804 586,000 511,892 N/A 477,617
Project Management 275,362 348,409 380,624 348,000 490,333 N/A 356,456
Systems Development 337,923 250,605 333,479 100,000 N/A N/A 303,427
Communications 258,429 260,467 289,000 510,000 N/A 50,000 273,321
Support 125,446 183,072 195,955 N/A N/A N/A 161,281
Administration 259,680 258,555 356,725 410,000 N/A N/A 281,678
Other IT Professionals N/A 193,250 580,000 20,000 834,000 N/A 315,286
Total 264,226 297,344 398,503 406,824 537,635 50,000 330,893
Number of Respondents 72 126 88 17 10 1 314
% of Respondents 23% 40% 28% 5% 3% 0% 100%

The following tables provide an overview of salaries based on province, company size and the sector in which IT professionals work.

Annual Salary by Job Function and Industry (ZAR)
Job Function IT, Web & Telecom (ITWT) Government, Education and Health (GEH) Legal and Finance (LF) Media, Marketing and Sales (non-IT) (MMS) Manufacturing, Services and Others (non-IT) (MSO) Total
IT Management 476,392 418,384 564,846 450,825 476,255 477,617
Project Management 337,313 301,700 525,125 313,000 323,750 356,456
Systems Development 264,240 455,900 379,819 211,333 254,696 303,427
Communications 278,500 287,667 406,000 200,000 203,200 273,321
Support 160,376 182,223 167,000 96,800 157,873 161,281
Administration 237,386 325,268 346,250 235,207 349,531 281,678
Other IT Professionals 453,750 185,000 N/A N/A 22,000 315,286
Total 305,713 340,228 434,082 303,086 305,324 330,893
Number of Respondents 155 45 50 18 46 314
% of Respondents 49% 14% 16% 6% 15% 100%
Annual Salary by Job Function and Company Size (ZAR)
Job Function 1 to 99 100 to 999 1000 & above Total
IT Management 475,283 446,755 508,182 477,617
Project Management 286,421 312,467 433,015 356,456
Systems Development 278,006 261,430 352,286 303,427
Communications 161,889 231,889 410,900 273,321
Support 139,100 130,771 221,653 161,281
Administration 234,037 237,995 360,563 281,678
Other IT Professionals 110,750 592,000 580,000 315,286
Total 285,738 295,228 400,113 330,893
Number of Respondents 102 96 116 314
% of Respondents 32% 31% 37% 100%
Annual Salary by Job Function and States (ZAR)
Job Function Gauteng Western Cape Johannesburg KwaZulu-Natal Cape Town Tshwane Eastern Cape North West
IT Management 485,857 529,685 434,689 452,400 400,000 N/A 463,800 N/A
Project Management 371,551 413,143 250,667 200,000 342,000 341,997 240,000 N/A
Systems Development 349,594 234,273 398,500 128,045 354,713 60,000 N/A N/A
Communications 301,714 205,500 293,750 116,000 N/A 600,000 200,000 N/A
Support 186,212 112,343 159,846 175,000 72,000 199,166 N/A 39,500
Administration 247,192 215,795 403,000 305,000 410,000 32,000 210,000 480,000
Other IT Professionals 317,333 N/A N/A 411,667 20,000 N/A N/A N/A
Total 352,607 300,406 314,563 269,394 328,912 282,394 357,886 259,750
Number of Respondents 157 47 37 21 18 8 7 4
% of Respondents 50% 15% 12% 7% 6% 3% 2% 1%

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