South African salaries in 2018: what top 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 2018.

The salary information is based on Michael Page’s extensive recruitment database, which covers more than 1,536 job roles, and over 100,000 candidates.

According to the recruiter, South Africa’s professional labour market has been, and continues to be, an unpredictable environment, with lingering political uncertainty, and companies expecting a mixed-bag of results.

“Despite the ongoing mix of good and bad news that we have experienced over the past 3 years, Michael Page has recorded its 3 strongest results in this time, and like most South Africans, we like to approach the future with a positive and optimistic mindset,” the group said.

“The majority of our clients now believe that 2018 will be a continuation of the current market, with some sectors expecting solid growth while others are forecasting at trading conditions.”

However, demand for skilled professionals in the workplace remains high, particularly in the financial services sector, in all roles from bankers and accountants to IT and support. The IT sector, meanwhile, is seeing stable demand, the group said.

“There is also the continued investment from multinational rms across a variety of industry sectors who are investing or setting up in South Africa,” it said.

As per its salary survey for 2018, here are the average salaries professionals can expect to earn in 2018. The data covers professionals in the finance, IT, engineering, human resources, marketing, procurement, supply chain and legal sectors.

The averages represent annual salaries, in thousands of rands (R’000). Sectors marked with a * show the salary ranges for large companies.


Finance and Accounting*

From Average To
Senior Finance
Group / Regional CFO 3 500 4 750 6 000
Finance Director 2 000 2 750 3 500
Financial Controller 890 945 1 000
Controlling Roles
Credit Manager 700 800 900
Finance Manager 850 1 025 1 200
Senior FP&A Analyst 700 800 900
Finance Analyst / Associate 550 625 700
Financial Accountant CA (SA) 650 700 750
Financial Accountant (Standard) 500 550 600
Audit
Chief Audit Officer 1 750 2 125 2 500
Head of Internal Audit 1 100 1 250 1 400
Audit Manager 850 925 1 000
Senior (Internal) Auditors 700 800 900
(Internal) Auditors 450 550 650
Treasury
Head of Treasury 1 000 1 200 1 400
Treasury Manager 750 925 1 100
Tax
Tax Director 1 800 2 200 2 600
Tax Manager 900 1 250 1 600
Senior (Internal) Auditor 650 750 850

Information Technology*

From Average To
Executive / Leadership
Chief Information Officer (CIO) 1 200 1 600 2 000
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) 1 000 1 400 1 800
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) 1 000 1 400 1 800
IT Director 1 200 1 600 2 000
Head of IT 1 200 1 600 1 800
IT Manager 900 1 200 1 400
IT Security
IT Security Manager 1 000 1 200 1 400
IT Security Engineer 750 850 900
IT Security Analyst 400 350 600
Applications
IT Applications Director 1 000 1 300 1 600
Business Applications Manager 900 1 100 1 400
Applications Developer 400 900 1 200
Technical / Functional Consultant 700 850 1 200
Business Analysis and Project Management
Head of Project Management Officer 1 200 1 400 2 000
Business Intelligence Manager 1 200 1 400 1 600
IT Business Partner 800 950 1 200
Programme Manager 1 000 1 300 1 600
IT Project Manager 800 950 1 100
Senior IT Business Analyst 500 750 1 100
Business Analyst 300 500 800
BI Analyst 300 600 800
Architecture
Chief Enterprise Architect 700 1 300 1 800
Senior Information Architect 600 900 1 200
Enterprise Architect 200 1 100 1 500
Information Architect 150 750 900
Networking
Network Architect 700 900 1 200
Network Manager 600 800 1 100
Network Engineer 200 350 700
Network Administrator 150 350 500
Data / Database Administration
Data Architect 1 100 1 300 1 600
Database Administrator 650 850 900
Database Developer 400 850 950
Data Analytics Manager 1 100 1 300 1 500
Data Scientist 650 1 200 1 600
Data Analyst 300 300 750
Technical Services
Technical Support Manager 480 600 700
IT Support Engineer 200 400 500
Application Support Analyst 450 550 750

Engineering and Manufacturing

From Average To
Manufacturing Director 1 200 1 550 1 900
Factory / Plant Manager 700 1 050 1 400
Production Manager 750 975 1 200
Production Engineer 500 600 700
Quality Manager (QA / QC) 550 725 900
Quality Engineer (QA / QC) 480 565 650
Maintenance Manager 750 975 1 200
Maintenance Engineer 480 615 750
HSE Manager 550 750 950
HSE Engineer 480 590 700
R&D / NPD Director 850 1 225 1 600
R&D / NPD Manager 550 700 850
R&D / NPD Engineer 480 565 650
Regulatory Affairs Director 950 1325 1 700
Regulatory Affairs Manager / Associate 500 700 900
Regulatory Affairs Engineer 480 615 750
Continuous Improvement Engineer 480 590 700
Project Director 800 1 300 1 800
Project Manager 600 900 1 200
Project Engineer 480 565 650
Design Manager 450 550 650

Procurement*

From Average To
VP of Procurement 1 800 2 100 2 400
Procurement Director 1 800 1 800 2 000
Head of Procurement 1 000 1 200 1 400
Procurement Manager 700 850 1 000
Category Manager 900 1 100 1 200
Category Specialist 900 1 100 1 200
Buyer / Procurement Specialist / Purchasing Officer 500 625 750
Assistant Buyer 400 500 650

Human Resources

From Average To
Generalist
VP HR / Chief HR Officer 2 500 2 900 3 200
HR Director 1 400 1 800 2 000
Head of HR 1 400 1 600 1 800
Regional HR Manager / HR Business Partner 900 1 100 1 300
HR Manager 800 1 000 1 200
HR Of cer 400 450 500
Learning and Development / Training
Head of Learning Development / Director 1 000 1 200 1 400
Learning & Development / Training Manager 700 850 1 000
Learning & Development / Training Officer 400 450 500
Reward
Head of Reward / C&B 1 000 1 200 1 400
Compensation & Benefits Manager 700 800 950
Compensation & Bene ts Officer / Analyst 400 500 600
Recruitment / Talent Acquisition
Head of Talent Acquisition / Director 900 1 100 1 300
Talent Acquisition Manager 700 800 1 100
Talent Acquisition Specialist 450 600 700

Legal

From Average To
In House
Junior Counsel 500 650 700
Legal Counsel 550 680 750
Senior Legal Counsel 750 900 1 200
GC 1 200 1 500 3 000
Legal Secretary 300 450 500
Top SA
Candidate Attorney 300 350 400
Associate 400 500 600
Senior Associate 700 800 1 000
Partner 900 1 300 2 000
Legal Secretary 300 350 400
Boutique Law Firm
Candidate Attorney 200 300 400
Associate 200 400 500
Senior Associate 500 600 700
Partner 700 1 000 1 500
Legal Secretary 150 250 300
International Law Firm
Candidate Attorney 300 350 400
Associate 450 500 680
Senior Associate 700 850 1 000
Partner 950 1 300 2 500
Legal Secretary 300 450 500

Supply Chain and Logistics*

From Average To
VP of Supply Chain 2 000 2 400 2 800
Supply Chain / Logistics Director 1 600 2 000 2 400
Supply Chain Manager 800 1 050 1 300
Demand Planning Manager 750 900 1 100
Customer Service Manager 700 850 950
Distribution Manager 570 625 700
Supply Planning Manager 700 800 900
Logistics Manager 700 900 1 100
Fleet / Transportation Manager 550 625 700
Warehouse Manager 550 725 900
Demand / Supply / Inventory Planner 480 540 600
Logistics Executive / Coordinator / Specialist 350 380 420
Warehouse Supervisor 240 320 400
Supply Chain Coordinator 240 280 350

Sales and Marketing (Consumer)

From Average To
Sales
VP of Sales 1 200 1 500 2 500
General Manager 1 500 1 800 2 500
Head of Sales / Sales Director 1 200 1 500 1 800
Regional Sales Manager / GCC Sales Manager 800 1 000 1 500
Country Manager 900 1 500 1 800
Key Account Manager / National Account Manager 850 1 000 1 200
Key Account Executive 500 1 700 900
Marketing
CMO 1 200 1 500 2 500
Head of Marketing / Marketing Director 1 200 1 500 2 000
Marketing Manager / Group Product Manager / Category Manager 800 950 1 500
Senior Brand Manager 750 850 1 200
Brand Manager 550 750 850
Assistant Brand Manager / Marketing Executive 400 550 700
Trade Marketing
Head of Trade Marketing 700 1 000 1 300
Trade Marketing Manager (Regional Role) 700 850 1 000
Trade Marketing Manager (Country Specific) 700 850 1 000
Trade Marketing Executive 500 650 850
Consumer Insights
Consumer Insights Director 850 1 025 1 200
Consumer Insights Manager 650 850 1 000
Consumer Insights Executive 400 500 750

Sales and Marketing (B2B)

From Average To
Sales
General Manager 1 500 2 000 2 500
Head of Sales / Sales Director 1 000 1 250 1 500
Regional Sales Manager 500 875 1 250
Business Development Manager 750 1 100 1 450
Project Sales Manager 300 500 700
Key Account Manager / Area Sales 600 900 1 200
Business Development Executive 400 600 800
Sales Engineer / Specification Specialist 700 950 1 200

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