Average lifeguard salary in South Africa 2022

average lifeguard salary

The average lifeguard salary in South Africa is R13,006.00 per month. Lifeguards are also given annual performance bonuses. A lifeguard’s average bonus is R1,484.00 per year. Bonuses, on the other hand, for lifeguards can range from R93.00 to R10,000.00 per year.

Aside from bonuses and salary, employers in South Africa provide lifeguards with employer commissions. According to Payscale, lifeguards receive contributions from their employers for medical, dental, and vision insurance.

The majority of lifeguards in South Africa are men, accounting for 88.9% of the workforce. Female lifeguards, on the other hand, account for 11.1% of the workforce. There is a wage disparity between men and women who work as lifeguards.

According to Salary Explorer data, women earn an average of R15,700.00 per month. According to the same data, men earn an average monthly salary of R17,500.00. In South Africa, men earn 11% more than women on average as lifeguards.

Every 18 months, the salary of a lifeguard can increase significantly. Every 18 months, a lifeguard’s salary rises by 9%. When compared to the increase in salaries across all professions in South Africa, lifeguards’ salaries increase by 12.5% more.

A lifeguard’s salary can rise depending on a variety of factors. Here are some of the factors that influence their pay. 

Level of Education 

A lifeguard’s salary is determined in part by their level of education in the field. However, those who do not have a formal education in the field can still work as lifeguards. In South Africa, also those with a high school education can work as lifeguards.

A lifeguard with a high school education can expect to earn R10,100.00 per month on average. Those with a certificate or diploma in the field make more money per month. A lifeguard with a certificate or diploma earns R19,400.00 per month on average, which is 93% more than a lifeguard with a high school diploma.

Company 

The company for which a lifeguard works has a significant impact on one’s income. Working as a lifeguard for a financially rewarding company can be a good place to start. Working for an employer who offers a salary increase as well as benefits can be a good long-term investment.

The level of experience of a lifeguard is another important factor in determining his or her salary. Below, we examine the salary of a lifeguard based on their level of experience in the field.

Salary of a lifeguard based on their level of experience 

Salary of a lifeguard with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2022 

A lifeguard’s monthly salary in South Africa with 0 – 2 years of experience is R8,660.00. Lifeguards with 0 years of experience earn the lowest salary of any South African lifeguard. Lifeguards with 0 years of experience earn an average monthly salary of R7,630.00.

Lifeguards with 2 years of experience earn the most income in this category, with an average monthly salary of R9,150.00. A lifeguard’s salary in this category can reach R10,500.00 per month, and those with two years of experience are more likely to earn it.

Salary of a lifeguard with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2022

A lifeguard with 3 to 5 years of experience can expect to earn R11,600.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 34% increase over the average salary of lifeguards with 0 to 2 years of experience.

Lifeguards with 3 years of experience are the lowest paid in this category, with an average monthly salary of R10,750.00. Lifeguards with 5 years of experience earn the highest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R13,700.00.

Salary of a lifeguard with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2022 

A lifeguard with 6 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn R17,100.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 48% increase over the average salary of lifeguards with 3 to 5 years of experience.

Lifeguards with 6 years of experience earn the least in this group, with an average monthly salary of R14,900.00. Lifeguards with 10 years of experience are the highest paid in this category, with an average monthly salary of R18,640.00.

Salary of a lifeguard with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2022 

A lifeguard with 11 to 15 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R20,800.00. The salary is a 22% increase over the average salary of lifeguards with 6 to 10 years of experience.

In this category, lifeguards with 11 years of experience earn the least, with an average monthly salary of R19,000.00. Lifeguards with 15 years of experience earn the highest salary in this category with an average salary of R21,250.00 per month.

Salary of a lifeguard with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2022 

A lifeguard with 16 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn R22,700.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 9% increase over the average salary of lifeguards with 11 to 15 years of experience.

Those with 20 or more years of experience earn the most in this category, with an average monthly salary of R24,600.00. Lifeguards with 16 years of experience earn the least in this category, with an average salary of R22,100.00 per month.

Conclusion 

A lifeguard’s salary is determined by a variety of factors, and those who want to earn a high salary as a lifeguard must obtain a diploma and work for a more financially rewarding employer. Years of field experience will also help you earn a higher salary as a lifeguard.

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