Average security guards salary in South Africa 2023

Average security guards salary

In South Africa, the average security guards salary is R5,541.00 (Indeed). The entry-level salary that one receives in the field is probably determined by the level of security that they offer. Security guards also receive a higher salary the more experience they have in the industry.

Since most security guard jobs in South Africa are hourly based, basic pay doesn’t matter all that much in the industry. However, depending on the firm one works for, there are additional benefits to being a security guard that might be counted as income. Performance bonus plays a significant role in income as it can be as high as R10,000.00 per year. 

The 10th percentile of workers in the industry makes an average hourly rate of R12.36 (Payscale). Those in the 10th percentile earn a median pay of R2,224.80 per month, working an average of 45 hours per week. This amount is less than the hourly minimum wage in South Africa, which is R23.19.

The 90th percentile of security guards earns an hourly rate of R23.58, making them the highest paid (Payscale). R4,244.40 is the typical monthly income for people in the 90th percentile. According to their degree of PSiRa certification and industry experience, people in the 99th percentile can earn over R20,000.00 monthly.

Since the salary of security guards is highly influenced by their level of experience, among other things, we look at the salary level of security guards based on their level of experience below. 

Average security guards salary with 0–2 years of work experience in 2023 

A security guard with 0 to 2 years of work experience earns an average monthly salary of R5,520.00. At this point, all that is needed to become a security guard is a high school education and any kind of PSiRa certification. However, as a PSiRa certification can raise one’s salary by no more than 68%, a field-specific diploma may be useful.

The lowest-earning security guards in this group are individuals who have no prior experience. Security officers with 0 years of work experience can expect to earn R2000.00 per month on average. Security officers with less work experience do not get as many hours as those with more experience, which has an impact on their pay.

Those with 2 years of work experience in the field make the most money in this category. With 2 years of experience, security guards may expect to make R4,350.00 per month on average. For those with 2 years of job experience, salaries might reach R6,930.00 per month.

Average security guards salary with 3–5 years of work experience in 2023

A security guard with 3 to 5 years of work experience earns an average salary of R7,400.00. Compared to the average salary of security guards with 0 to 2 years of experience, the salary for security guards at this level increases by 34%.

Security guards in this salary range are able to earn a higher salary since overtime work pays more per hour. For a higher monthly income, security guards may find themselves working longer hours. The highest salary that can be earned by security guards with 3 to 5 years of working experience is R10,000.00.

Average security guard salary with 6-10 years of work experience in 2023

A security guard with 6 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average salary of R9,620.00 per month. Security guards with 6 to 10 years’ worth of experience are paid 30% more than those with 3 to 5 years’ worth of experience.

The lowest paid individuals in this group can make R20.50 per hour or R4,920.00 per month. The highest salary goes to those with 10 years of work experience and can reach R13,960.00 per month.

Average security guards salary with 11–15 years of work experience in 2023 

Security guards with 11 to 15 years of experience can expect to earn an average monthly salary of R11,600.00. Security guards with 11 to 15 years of experience are paid, on average, 21% more than those with 6 to 10 years of experience.

At this point, a security guard’s work has perks like performance bonuses. A security guard with between 11 and 15 years of experience might earn up to R18,900.00 per month. The minimum monthly salary for this criteria is R6,800.00.

Average security guards salary with 16–20 years of work experience in 2023

A security guard with 16 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average salary of R12,700.00 per month. The salary is 9% higher than what security guards with 11 to 15 years of experience earn. Salaries are probably greater for those with a PSiRa diploma or higher certification.

Individuals in this category can earn as much as R17,500 each month. However, low salaries can also be received in this category, with security guard jobs paying below R10,000.00 per month. When compared to the average income for security guards with 16 to 20 years of experience, those with 20+ years of job experience receive only a 5% salary boost.


A security guard’s salary is impacted by their level of PSiRa certification as well as their level of industry experience. A security guard must put in 60 hours of work each week, as opposed to employment with a regular 45-hour work week. The hours in turn force a security guard’s minimum wage to increase because the standard wage will be 25% higher due to the increased number of hours worked each week.

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