The Republic of South Africa (South Africa) is the southernmost country on the African continent, bordered to the north by Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and to the northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini. It is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. It has a unique diversity of flora and fauna, fascinating coastal areas and stunning wildlife.

Salary in South Africa

South Africa is considered the most prosperous and economically developed country in Africa, which is partly confirmed by its membership in such a famous world association as the G20. It is the only representative of the African continent. That is why today not only tens of thousands of tourists are sent here, but also a large number of migrant workers. Next, let's find out what is the salary in South Africa in 2020.

Minimum salary in South Africa

According to official South African government data, the national minimum wage in South Africa in 2020 is 20.76 rand per hour or 3,600 rand per month, which at the current exchange rate is 1.2 and 205 dollars. The rate has been in effect since March. Some categories of workers have different rates (rand per hour):

  • Agricultural workers – 18.68

  • Domestic workers – from 15.57

  • Employees of the Extended Public Works Program – 11.42

  • Builders – from 37.04 to 75.35

  • Janitors (work under contract) – from 20.83 to 22.84

Important. The South African Law "The National Minimum Wage Act " was approved in November 2018, and entered into force on January 1, 2019. The document provides for an annual review of the order and size of benefits and minimum wage rates.

Average salary in South Africa

According to the South African Statistics Service, the average salary in South Africa in 2020 is 21,996 rand per month (about $1,240). Local workers receive about 263,952 rand ($14,865) per year. Compared to the same period last year, the average salary in South Africa has increased by 1,106 rand ($62).

According to BankservAfrica's clearing center, after paying taxes, South African workers receive an average of 14,385 rand per month (about $810). Over the past year, the largest increases in employment were recorded in the utilities sector (74,000), trade (58,000) and business services (38,000).


Sector of economy Rands per month Dollars per month
Supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 43,487 2,450
Transportation and storage 25,538 1,725
Public, social and personal services 25,385 1,440
Mining 25,139 1,415
Finance, insurance, real estate and business services 24,036 1,355
Productivity 18,798 1,060
Construction 16,752 945
Wholesale and retail trade 14,266 805

Note. Information on average wages by sector is based on official data from the South African Statistics Department.

In conclusion, we note that the income tax rate in South Africa ranges from 18 to 45%. At the minimum rate is taxable income of less than 205,900 rand per year, and at the maximum rate of income over 1,577,301. By the way, the unemployment rate in South Africa in 2020 reaches 29%.

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