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Average salary
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SALARY PAYMENT IN South African Rand (ZAR, R)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES English

PAYROLL TAX 2.00%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 12 hours

What is the average salary in South Africa?

The average salary in South Africa is ZAR 26,032 a month.

What is the average salary in Cape Town?

It is hard to pinpoint an average salary in Cape Town, but it is roughly between ZAR 30,000 and ZAR 55,000 per month.

Are there regional variations in the South Africa average wage?

Yes, South Africa has significant regional variations in average salary. In places like Johannesburg and Cape Town salaries are typically between ZAR 30,000 and ZAR 55,000. Whereas an area like Limpopo the average salary can be as low as ZAR 20,000 per month.

How does the average salary in South Africa compare to surrounding countries?

South Africa is surrounded by countries like Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. For reference, South African minimum wage is roughly USD 1,435 per month.

  • Namibia: Roughly USD 1,074 per month
  • Botswana: Roughly USD 685 per month
  • Zimbabwe: Roughly USD 2,000 per month

Average salary in South Africa based on Industry

Figures based on data from Paylab.

What is the median income for tech workers in South Africa?

The average salary for tech workers in South Africa is ZAR 35,000 per month.

What is the median income for engineers in South Africa?

The average salary for engineers in South Africa is ZAR 35,000 per month.

What is the median income for salespeople in South Africa?

The average salary for salespeople in South Africa can vary between ZAR 20,000 and ZAR 30,000 per month.

What is the median income for my industry in South Africa?

For an in-depth analysis and benchmarking of wages or salaries in your industry including up-to-date, expert advice on hiring employees in Africa, contact us for a free consultation on your hiring project.

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FAQs

If your budget to hire workers in South Africa is less than the average salary then, if you are open to remote work, it is recommended to look for talent that do not live/work in Johannesburg or Cape Town where salaries are the highest. Regions such Limpopo or the Eastern Cape are home to the lowest salaries in South Africa.

In addition, looking to surrounding countries like Namibia or Botswana could result in being able to hire similarly skilled employees at a lower rate.

Average salary is the lowest in Limpopo, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga.

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