South African salaries in 2019: what top IT and tech professionals earn

Specialist recruitment firm, Michael Page, has published its latest salary survey – showing what skilled professionals in 164 different jobs in South Africa can expect to earn in 2019.

While the majority of sectors remain under pressure, significant drivers for more positive development will come from the banking & financial services, IT and transportation sectors, the recruiter said.

“As a result of limited household spending and private investment over the last 3 years, local and international organisations continue to be cautious when expanding into the African markets.

“Salaries and bonuses have tended to follow a consistent pattern over the past five years, with steady increases to reflect inflationary pressures.”

Below are the average salaries IT and tech professionals can expect to earn in 2019.

The averages represent annual salaries in thousands of rands (R’000).


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

From Average To
Executive / Leadership
Chief Information Officer (CIO) R1 200 R1 350 R1 600
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) R1 000 R1 200 R1 400
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) R1 100 R1 250 R1 400
IT Director R900 R1 400 R1 500
Head of IT R900 R1 400 R1 500
IT Manager R800 R900 R1 200
IT Security
IT Security Manager R900 R1 000 R1 100
IT Security Engineer R700 R800 R900
IT Security Analyst R400 R400 R550
Applications
IT Applications Director R1 000 R1 100 R1 400
Business Applications Manager R800 R850 R950
Applications Developer R400 R650 R1 200
Technical / Functional Consultant R600 R900 R1 100
Business Analysis and Project Management
Head of Project Management Officer R1 100 R1 200 R1 400
Business Intelligence Manager R600 R850 R1 000
IT Business Partner R700 R800 R1 000
Programme Manager R800 R900 R1 000
IT Project Manager R600 R650 R800
Senior IT Business Analyst R600 R700 R800
Business Analyst R400 R500 R600
BI Analyst R400 R500 R650
Architecture
Chief Enterprise Architect R1 000 R1 200 R1 300
Senior Information Architect R800 R900 R1 000
Enterprise Architect R900 R1 000 R1 100
Information Architect R700 R800 R900
Networking
Network Architect R450 R700 R800
Network Manager R500 R600 R750
Network Engineer R300 R350 R650
Network Administrator R200 R250 R500
Data / Database Administration
Data Architect R900 R950 R1 200
Database Administrator R650 R750 R950
Database Developer R500 R650 R900
Data Analytics Manager R700 R900 R1 100
Data Scientist R700 R800 R900
Data Analyst R400 R500 R700
Technical Services
Technical Support Manager R500 R650 R700
IT Support Engineer R300 R400 R500
Application Support Analyst R500 R600 R700

Multinational corporations (MNCs)

From Average To
Executive / Leadership
Chief Information Officer (CIO) R1 400 R1 650 R2 200
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) R1 100 R1 450 R1 800
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) R1 400 R1 500 R1 600
IT Director R1 400 R1 650 R2 200
Head of IT R1 400 R1 650 R2 000
IT Manager R900 R1 300 R1 400
IT Security
IT Security Manager R1 100 R1 300 R1 600
IT Security Engineer R900 R950 R1 000
IT Security Analyst R500 R550 R600
Applications
IT Applications Director R1 100 R1 400 R1 700
Business Applications Manager R1 000 R1 200 R1 500
Applications Developer R400 R700 R1 400
Technical / Functional Consultant R700 R900 R1 200
Business Analysis and Project Management
Head of Project Management Officer R1 300 R1 500 R2 000
Business Intelligence Manager R1 200 R1 500 R1 600
IT Business Partner R900 R1 000 R1 400
Programme Manager R1 100 R1 400 R1 700
IT Project Manager R800 R950 R1 200
Senior IT Business Analyst R500 R800 R1 200
Business Analyst R400 R600 R900
BI Analyst R500 R650 R900
Architecture
Chief Enterprise Architect R1 200 R1 400 R2 000
Senior Information Architect R800 R1 000 R1 500
Enterprise Architect R1 100 R1 300 R1 700
Information Architect R800 R850 R1 200
Networking
Network Architect R800 R900 R1 300
Network Manager R800 R900 R1 200
Network Engineer R300 R400 R800
Network Administrator R300 R350 R600
Data / Database Administration
Data Architect R1 200 R1 200 R1 700
Database Administrator R700 R850 R950
Database Developer R500 R750 R900
Data Analytics Manager R1 200 R1 400 R1 600
Data Scientist R800 R1 200 R1 600
Data Analyst R400 R500 R800
Technical Services
Technical Support Manager R500 R700 R800
IT Support Engineer R300 R500 R600
Application Support Analyst R500 R600 R800

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