IT salaries in SA: are you underpaid or overpaid?

ActiveTechPros released their latest IT Salary and Skills Report, providing insight into the average salaries of IT professionals in South Africa.

The latest report, which is published annually, compiled a set of salary data based on aggregated data from 179 South African IT professionals from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012.

According to the report the average gross yearly salary of IT professionals in South Africa in 2012 was R344,927 – up from R330,893 in 2011.

Salary by years of work experience

IT professionals with less than 5 years’ experience on average earned R205,405 per year. This salary increased to R291,744 for professionals with between 5 and 10 years’ work behind them, and to R428,715 for people with more than a decade’s working experience.

Annual Salary by Job Function and Years of Work Experience (ZAR)
Job Function Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years Average
IT Management 232,000 286,233 487,121 440,353
Project Management 188,945 258,310 535,333 304,444
Systems Development 238,250 354,314 422,154 353,205
Communications 174,667 253,571 273,460 246,235
Support 161,626 249,739 319,320 267,008
Administration 227,500 266,766 252,619 259,869
Average 205,405 291,744 428,715 344,927

Salary by industry

When it comes to job function, the biggest earners were IT managers, project managers and developers.

It is further interesting that the “Government, Education and Health” sector paid the best salaries to technology professionals.

Annual Salary by Job Function and Industry (ZAR)
Job Function IT, Web & Telecom Government, Education and Health Legal and Finance Media, Marketing and Sales Manufacturing, Services and Others Average
IT Management 465,383 507,837 404,544 390,358 406,186 440,353
Project Management 264,154 371,220 378,833 N/A 243,000 304,444
Systems Development 346,928 433,400 356,143 504,000 188,000 353,205
Communications 244,167 230,000 194,000 17,000 306,627 246,235
Support 253,235 252,450 278,333 N/A 429,000 267,008
Administration 254,588 283,667 600,000 N/A 183,782 259,869
Average 340,099 378,175 365,354 349,409 306,535 344,927

Salary by region

Not surprising is that IT professionals in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub, earned higher salaries than their counterparts in other regions.

Professionals in the rest of Gauteng and Cape Town also earned higher than average salaries.

Annual Salary by Job Function and Region (ZAR)
Job Function Gauteng Joburg W-Cape KZN Cape Town Mpuma Tshwane EC
IT Management 439,700 417,879 451,600 434,285 410,500 778,000 720,000 445,000
Project Management 252,769 550,000 498,267 N/A 324,000 189,560 N/A 650,000
Systems Development 365,389 443,769 150,800 130,000 380,000 182,000 297,800 N/A
Communications 273,750 21,000 380,000 246,253 N/A 180,000 230,000 200,000
Support 316,811 343,316 143,200 180,000 72,000 193,250 N/A N/A
Administration 306,789 303,417 N/A 155,833 N/A N/A 32,000 200,000
Average 349,798 398,116 334,827 254,317 348,900 286,010 312,567 388,000

Please note: The results from this survey should be interpreted with the relatively small sample size in mind.

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