IT job types and salaries: what you should earn

MyBroadband recently conducted an IT salary survey, revealing that the average basic monthly salary of an IT professional or people working in the IT space is R31,738 per month.

The average overall salary of IT professionals in South Africa, although interesting, does not help individuals to compare their salary with their peers.

To accurately assess what the salary for a person should be, the field of expertise, years of experience, seniority, and company size should be taken into account.

This article provides an overview of the salary scales of IT professionals, listed by IT field. The basic monthly salary and total annual package (which includes bonuses) are given.

Company size and job level

It is not surprising to see that employees in larger companies earn more than their counterparts in smaller operations.

Company size / Job level – Basic monthly salary Under 10 10 to 100 101 to 1000 Over 1000
Administrative R7 053 R10 799 R15 059 R14 759
Support – tech support, helpdesk R9 791 R13 912 R15 192 R19 463
Professional R22 364 R28 373 R32 776 R37 893
Middle management R19 263 R30 485 R37 927 R49 072
Top management R30 365 R57 501 R72 333 R63 467
Company size / Job level – Total annual package Under 10 10 to 100 101 to 1000 Over 1000
Administrative R88 144 R140 315 R190 941 R195 777
Support – tech support, helpdesk R127 511 R179 299 R191 568 R260 034
Professional R290 312 R355 341 R416 169 R503 683
Middle management R255 343 R392 877 R513 016 R670 105
Top management R397 186 R772 558 R984 222 R890 000

IT salaries and fields of expertise

The following table provides an overview of the average monthly salaries and annual pay packages of IT professionals, based on age, experience, and qualification.

Project management
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R15 732 R26 131 R37 699 R38 006 R43 408 R54 212
Annual package R202 845 R331 462 R494 971 R494 239 R574 697 R749 064
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R17 633 R21 189 R29 483 R41 722 R49 427
Annual package R247 836 R268 125 R385 610 R544 849 R679 482
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R28 468 R31 652 R31 647 R41 297 R44 664
Annual package R365 027 R418 850 R413 835 R546 566 R598 253
Programming, software development
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R16 517 R27 717 R41 740 R44 726 R47 212 R46 248
Annual package R207 140 R351 584 R527 601 R577 603 R604 322 R574 300
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R14 926 R21 678 R32 661 R45 654 R45 343
Annual package R190 100 R272 887 R415 169 R582 660 R577 418
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R31 624 R33 552 R33 944 R36 381 R40 862
Annual package R402 578 R426 722 R426 739 R466 236 R531 909
Database design and administration
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R16 958 R25 500 R38 566 R40 306 R41 015 R45 110
Annual package R211 361 R327 472 R494 445 R520 274 R517 106 R580 971
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R13 402 R19 450 R28 234 R41 726 R48 597
Annual package R170 074 R242 989 R367 245 R533 051 R621 901
Database  Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R28 835 R34 422 R32 545 R32 967 R36 554
Annual package R370 506 R436 304 R414 359 R423 490 R469 071
Systems administration
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R12 099 R21 152 R28 667 R30 330 R35 332 R43 378
Annual package R154 380 R275 920 R373 389 R393 999 R456 773 R600 966
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R11 004 R14 722 R22 985 R32 435 R40 419
Annual package R142 763 R187 595 R297 373 R423 323 R546 135
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R22 566 R24 704 R24 756 R33 548 R42 195
Annual package R289 241 R321 091 R326 222 R440 119 R554 934
Networks
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R11 537 R19 758 R25 809 R31 509 R37 798 R40 550
Annual package R150 134 R259 487 R334 589 R405 822 R498 343 R519 632
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R13 362 R13 980 R21 202 R31 154 R40 508
Annual package R178 938 R181 835 R275 045 R403 831 R537 721
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R20 114 R24 875 R23 001 R32 799 R41 364
Annual package R260 060 R319 095 R302 730 R430 343 R547 743
Security
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R13 530 R22 075 R29 676 R34 733 R44 895 R45 795
Annual package R170 243 R289 296 R384 712 R447 809 R591 408 R594 222
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R9 500 R15 372 R24 175 R35 348 R45 479
Annual package R125 750 R197 407 R315 081 R458 843 R603 333
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R24 539 R29 303 R25 633 R36 370 R38 083
Annual package R316 319 R380 555 R338 579 R475 543 R481 454
Design (website design, graphic and multimedia design)
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R15 263 R21 490 R28 800 R31 571 R35 813 R41 000
Annual package R189 765 R276 339 R371 242 R404 156 R457 807 R500 000
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R15 659 R15 867 R24 105 R34 259 R34 999
Annual package R194 259 R200 617 R315 572 R436 480 R455 869
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R22 257 R21 433 R24 174 R28 748 R33 287
Annual package R282 004 R273 957 R312 729 R368 423 R465 626
Sales, marketing
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R8 706 R17 035 R24 465 R29 587 R33 478 R37 494
Annual package R113 922 R226 028 R320 378 R395 961 R463 597 R518 353
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R10 308 R15 854 R20 464 R31 337 R40 376
Annual package R133 516 R205 111 R267 190 R426 042 R543 933
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R15 558 R17 925 R24 441 R34 195 R45 393
Annual package R208 672 R236 945 R325 865 R452 683 R601 000
Tech support (helpdesk, IT technician etc)
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R11 134 R16 809 R22 289 R25 790 R31 668 R28 697
Annual package R142 174 R217 924 R288 855 R331 736 R408 871 R393 424
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R10 798 R12 932 R18 880 R27 417 R31 845
Annual package R138 537 R165 997 R244 415 R357 455 R415 135
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R17 897 R18 713 R20 206 R26 594 R42 751
Annual package R230 796 R243 525 R265 549 R340 003 R543 468
Education, training, research
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R11 641 R19 865 R24 306 R28 386 R27 470 R31 098
Annual package R149 891 R259 767 R322 718 R363 992 R368 764 R402 089
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R11 071 R17 657 R21 812 R28 629 R33 941
Annual package R146 082 R230 185 R282 099 R377 522 R439 148
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R21 767 R18 057 R21 089 R28 583 R28 214
Annual package R285 168 R230 461 R279 358 R372 091 R380 745
Internet, ecommerce, website management
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R13 627 R20 029 R27 814 R31 305 R41 104 R44 000
Annual package R172 553 R258 789 R355 973 R398 569 R544 756 R599 333
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R12 274 R15 250 R22 638 R33 384 R47 507
Annual package R162 442 R193 848 R290 568 R426 521 R630 717
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R21 961 R20 818 R23 715 R34 200 R42 729
Annual package R281 304 R267 121 R310 181 R441 386 R576 917
Analyst, consultant
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R15 078 R27 632 R39 892 R46 104 R52 431 R52 621
Annual package R191 042 R355 157 R519 529 R595 764 R680 248 R698 360
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R17 407 R22 951 R31 408 R46 418 R50 052
Annual package R222 451 R292 894 R405 397 R598 806 R660 080
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree Master’s degree
Basic monthly salary R29 725 R39 176 R36 054 R40 108 R47 334
Annual package R378 479 R495 290 R467 446 R526 657 R650 566
Communications, writer, media
Age 20 to 25 25 to 30 30 to 35 35 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60
Basic monthly salary R9 389 R19 708 R25 479 R28 464 R29 541 R32 400
Annual package R120 556 R248 710 R330 048 R386 652 R401 654 R431 250
Experience Under 2 years 2 to 5 years 5 to 10 years 10 to 20 years Over 20 years
Basic monthly salary R13 500 R16 490 R20 141 R32 635 R31 701
Annual package R177 167 R210 135 R258 943 R449 817 R414 028
Qualification Certificate Matric Diploma Degree
Basic monthly salary R21 039 R18 114 R20 716 R33 770
Annual package R263 809 R248 455 R289 799 R447 658

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