South Africa’s best and worst paying jobs

Staffing solutions firm Quest’s latest salary survey has outlined the best and worst jobs in “white collar” businesses in South Africa.

A white-collar worker is a person who performs professional, managerial, or administrative work, generally in an office, cubicle, or other administrative setting.

The survey looked at various salaries from jobs and department roles across businesses on a national level, a provincial level as well as a sector level. The data collected and analysed was taken from 418 fully completed surveys.

The salaries were also split between permanent and non-permanent positions, with both 0-5 years and more than 5 years experience groups, listing the median, minimum and maximum salaries surveyed (less the lowest 10% of responses received and less the highest 10% of responses received).

Nationally, chartered accountants earn the highest median salary, with CAs with under five years experience looking at R42,500 per month, and R52,500 per month with more than five years experience.

However, Quest noted that engineers, analysts and quantity surveyors (as a group) earn the highest salaries in comparison to all other positions reviewed in the survey once they have five or more years experience.

All figures are based on survey samples as indicated in the tables below.

The maximum reported salary for CAs was listed at R97,500 (for over 5 years experience) and a minimum of R17,000 (for under 5 years experience).

On the opposite side of the national permanent salary spectrum, tea ladies earn the lowest median wage at R3,000 per month, moving up to R5,000 per month for more than 5 years experience.

Other low-earning white-collar jobs include assistants, drivers, receptionists and typists (R7,000 median, moving up to between R7,000 and R11,000 with more experience).

The tables below represent the national averages for both experience groups.

The full salary report, with detailed industry and provincial breakdowns, is available here: Quest salary report

Finance

0-5 years experience
n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
Accounts Clerk 75 11,000 5,000 19,000
Bookkeeper 102 16,000 7,000 27,000
Bookkeeper: Balance Sheet 47 15,000 7,000 27,000
Chartered Accountant 61 42,500 17,000 72,500
Credit Controller 63 13,000 7,000 27,000
Creditors Clerk 77 11,000 7,000 21,000
Debtors Clerk 73 11,000 5,000 17,000
Financial Manager 105 29,000 11,000 57,500
Payroll Administrator 73 13,000 7,000 25,000
5+ years experience
n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
Accounts Clerk 87 13,000 7,000 23,000
Bookkeeper 132 19,000 13,000 32,500
Bookkeeper: Balance Sheet 62 20,000 11,000 32,500
Chartered Accountant 79 52,500 21,000 97,500
Credit Controller 98 17,000 11,000 32,500
Creditors Clerk 93 13,000 7,000 25,000
Debtors Clerk 101 13,000 7,000 21,000
Financial Manager 199 42,500 21,000 77,500
Payroll Administrator 105 17,000 9,000 29,000

Human resources

0-5 years experience n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
HR Assistant 75 11,000 5,000 25,000
HR Manager 80 26,000 11,000 45,000
Trainer 52 17,000 5,000 29,000
Training Manager 46 26,000 7,000 52,500
5+ years experience n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
HR Assistant 75 17,000 7,000 27,000
HR Manager 137 32,500 19,000 62,500
Trainer 55 21,000 9,000 42,500
Training Manager 65 32,500 13,000 57,500

Marketing and sales

0-5 years experience n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
Brand Manager 25 27,000 5,000 52,500
CSR/Enquiries Clerk 27 11,000 3,000 32,500
Key Accounts Manager 37 23,000 11,000 57,500
Marketing Manager 52 29,000 11,000 62,500
Marketing Support Staff 51 11,000 3,000 25,000
PR/Communications Mgr. 35 25,000 7,000 47,500
Sales Manager 55 27,000 9,000 57,500
Sales Representative 77 15,000 5,000 32,500
Telesales Representative 37 9,000 3,000 19,000
5+ years experience n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
Brand Manager 33 37,500 11,000 67,500
CSR/Enquiries Clerk 30 12,000 6,000 28,750
Key Accounts Manager 69 32,500 17,000 77,500
Marketing Manager 97 37,500 17,000 67,500
Marketing Support Staff 57 15,000 7,000 29,000
PR/Communications Mgr. 36 32,500 11,000 52,500
Sales Manager 115 42,500 19,000 72,500
Sales Representative 112 19,000 9,000 37,500
Telesales Representative 55 13,000 5,000 21,000

IT and support

0-5 years experience n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
Data Capturer 46 9,000 5,000 19,000
Database Administrator 34 14,000 5,000 29,000
Infrastructure Manager 25 27,000 7,000 57,500
IT Manager 45 29,000 9,000 57,500
IT Support 59 13,000 5,000 25,000
Network Administrator 37 15,000 5,000 32,500
5+ years experience n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
Data Capturer 56 9,000 5,000 21,000
Database Administrator 46 17,000 7,000 32,500
Infrastructure Manager 41 37,500 13,000 77,500
IT Manager 94 32,500 17,000 62,500
IT Support 69 17,000 11,000 29,000
Network Administrator 41 19,000 9,000 32,500

Other

0-5 years experience n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
Admin/Office Manager 74 13,000 5,000 23,500
Branch Manager 48 28,000 7,000 67,500
Business Analyst 38 23,000 9,000 52,500
Cleaner/Tea Lady 113 3,000 3,000 7,000
Clerical Assistant 67 7,000 3,000 15,000
Driver 88 7,000 3,000 11,000
Executive Secretary / PA 74 15,000 7,000 29,000
Procurement Manager 45 29,000 11,000 52,500
Receptionist 134 7,000 5,000 15,000
Typist 30 7,000 3,000 19,000
5+ years experience n Median Min (10%) Max (90%)
Admin/Office Manager 107 19,000 9,000 42,500
Branch Manager 72 35,000 13,000 62,500
Business Analyst 44 32,500 15,000 57,500
Cleaner/Tea Lady 161 5,000 3,000 9,000
Clerical Assistant 69 11,000 5,000 17,000
Driver 120 7,000 5,000 13,000
Executive Secretary / PA 121 17,000 11,000 32,500
Procurement Manager 81 32,500 11,000 57,500
Receptionist 152 9,000 7,000 17,000
Typist 28 10,000 5,000 19,000

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