Average Salary For Jockey In South Africa

A jockey is someone who rides horses in horse racing or steeplechase racing, primarily as a profession. The word also applies to camel riders in camel racing. The word “jockey” originated from England and was used to describe the individual who rode horses in racing.


Below are salaries earned by A Jockey In South Africa

A person working as a Jockey in South Africa typically earns around 19,400 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 10,100 ZAR (lowest) to 29,700 ZAR (highest).

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

Jockey Salary Distribution in South Africa

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

Salary Range

Jockey salaries in South Africa range from 10,100 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 29,700 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

Median Salary

The median salary is 18,700 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Jockey(s) are earning less than 18,700 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 18,700 ZAR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.


Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Jockey(s) are earning less than 12,900 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 12,900 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Jockey(s) are earning less than 23,200 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 23,200 ZAR.

Jockey Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How do experience and age affect your pay?

The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Jockey salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Jockey with less than two years of experience makes approximately 11,500 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level of between two and five years is expected to earn 15,400 ZAR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two years of experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 20,000 ZAR per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, Jockey(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 24,200 ZAR per month, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 26,500 ZAR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 27,900 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Jockey average salary changes by experience in South Africa

0 – 2 Years11,500 ZAR
2 – 5 Years+34%15,400 ZAR
5 – 10 Years+30%20,000 ZAR
10 – 15 Years+21%24,200 ZAR
15 – 20 Years+9%26,500 ZAR
20+ Years+5%27,900 ZAR

Jockey Salary Comparison By Education

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Jockey salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Jockey is 13,600 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 19,500 ZAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor’s Degree gets its holder an average salary of 27,000 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Jockey average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School13,600 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+43%19,500 ZAR
Bachelor’s Degree+38%27,000 ZAR

Jockey Salary Comparison By Gender

Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Disc Jockey employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male20,300 ZAR
Female-7%18,800 ZAR

Disc Jockey Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Disc Jockey(s)?

How often do employees get salary raises?

Disc Jockey

Disc Jockey(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Jockey Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

A Jockey is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

74% of surveyed staff reported that they haven’t received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus

No Bonus

Jockey Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 110 ZAR. This means that the average Disc Jockey in South Africa earns approximately 110 ZAR for every worked hour.

How much do jockeys earn in South Africa?

R209,576 (ZAR)/yr.

How do you become a jockey in South Africa?

A youngster wishing to become a jockey must apply to the Jockey Club of Southern Africa. Applicants are medically examined and short-listed at the various local offices. If successful after the final interview they are sent to the South African Jockeys’ Academy for training.

At what age can you become a jockey in South Africa?

Complete an apprenticeship

You must be at least 16 years old to start a jockey apprenticeship, though this number could vary by state.

What does it take to become a jockey in South Africa?

To be a jockey you need to be committed, dedicated, highly motivated, and a very good rider with good horsemanship skills. You will also need to be light – Flat Jockeys are usually around 8 stone, with Jump Jockeys weighing slightly more at around 9st 7lbs.

How long does it take to train as a jockey in South Africa?

Becoming a jockey takes years of hard work, dedication, and a love for the sport. Depending on which path you want to take – Jockey Academy or Apprenticeship it can take between 2 to 6 years to become qualified. Even then, you will have to work your way up and build a name for yourself.

At what age do jockeys retire in South Africa?

You would usually retire from riding by age 45 (35 for jump jockeys). At the end of your riding career, you can get advice on retraining and employment from the Jockeys Employment and Training Scheme.