Facility Manager remuneration- South Africa 2021

Salaryexplorer did some interesting research re the salary levels of FMs in South Africa. The following is a brief summary of the highlights. Please see the full report on https://bit.ly/3gKCGFn

How much does a Facility Manager earn in South Africa?

A person working as a Facility Manager in South Africa typically earns around 42,400 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 20,800 ZAR (lowest) to 66,100 ZAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Facility Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.


 Facility Manager Salary Distribution (South Africa)



Facility Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect salary?


The research shows that experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. A breakdown of Facility Manager salaries by experience level provides the following chart.

Facility Managers: Average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 – 2 Years 24,600 ZAR
2 – 5 Years +29% 31,700 ZAR
5 – 10 Years +38% 43,700 ZAR
10 – 15 Years +24% 54,100 ZAR
15 – 20 Years +7% 58,000 ZAR
20+ Years +7% 61,800 ZAR

Facility Manager Salary Comparison by Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

The following diagram depicts the average salary difference between different Facility Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.



It must be noted that the diagram unfortunately does not take all the different NQF levels of the SA national education framework (NQF) into consideration. It seems to lump NQF5 and NQF6 qualifications together and does not provide for NQF level 8. This oversight will necessarily distort the breakdown of salary based on educational levels.

The research confirms the general truth that higher education equals a bigger salary. The following diagram provides a comparison based on the education level achieved by FMs..


Facility Manager average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School 30,800 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma +15% 35,300 ZAR
Bachelor’s Degree +35% 47,500 ZAR
Master’s Degree +26% 59,800 ZAR


The research confirms the well-known fact that a higher level of education generates a higher level of income. It also affirms that people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. It clearly finds that if you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

The research looks at typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers (not only FM) and finds the following:


When it comes to the Comparison of Facility Manager salary by gender the industry falls short as male FM employees in South Africa earn on average, 8% more than their female counterparts. This number is however in keeping with gender based salaries across all career fields.


 Average Annual Salary Increments for Facility Manager in South Africa is also covered.

Facility Manager(s) in SA are likely to get a salary increase of approximately 10% every two years or 21 months to be exact. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is an 8% every 18 months. The average salary increase in SA over one year (12 months) is 5%.


The survey results caution that these figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, with performance and contribution to the success of the organization coming out on top.


The data shows that 81% of respondents indicated that they received at least one form of monetary bonus in the last year and those FMs who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.


Facility Manager is considered a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement of FMs in direct revenue generation. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually involved in the revenue generation cycle of the organisation. The most common form of bonus were awarded to the employee based on their exceptional performance.