Average Salary For Mechanics In South Africa

A mechanic is an artisan, skilled tradesperson, or technician who uses tools to build, maintain, or repair machinery.


Below are salaries earned by Mechanic In South Africa

A person working as a Mechanic in South Africa typically earns around 11,700 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 6,080 ZAR (lowest) to 17,900 ZAR (highest).

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

Mechanic Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

Salary Range

Mechanic salaries in South Africa range from 6,080 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 17,900 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

Median Salary

The median salary is 11,200 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mechanic(s) are earning less than 11,200 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 11,200 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 Mechanic(s) are earning less than 7,780 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 7,780 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mechanic(s) are earning less than 14,000 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 14,000 ZAR.

Mechanic 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 Mechanic salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Mechanic with less than two years of experience makes approximately 6,900 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level of between two and five years is expected to earn 9,260 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 12,000 ZAR per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, Mechanic(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 14,600 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 15,900 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 16,800 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Mechanic average salary change my experience in South Africa

0 – 2 Years6,900 ZAR
2 – 5 Years+34%9,260 ZAR
5 – 10 Years+30%12,000 ZAR
10 – 15 Years+21%14,600 ZAR
15 – 20 Years+9%15,900 ZAR
20+ Years+5%16,800 ZAR

Mechanic 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 Mechanic salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Mechanic is 8,200 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 11,700 ZAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor’s Degree gets its holder an average salary of 16,200 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Mechanic average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School8,200 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+43%11,700 ZAR
Bachelor’s Degree+38%16,200 ZAR

Mechanic 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 Mechanic employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male12,200 ZAR
Female-7%11,300 ZAR

Mechanic Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

How often do employees get salary raises?


Mechanic(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Mechanic Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

A Mechanic 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 Bonus26%
No Bonus74%

Mechanic Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 67 ZAR. This means that the average Mechanic in South Africa earns approximately 67 ZAR for every worked hour.

How much does a qualified mechanic earn in South Africa?

Auto Mechanic – Salary Differences

Toyota MechanicR 13 510/month+19%
Motorcycle MechanicR 10 440/month-8%
RSA (Assistant Mechanic)R 6 020/month-47%
Motor Mechanic ApprenticeshipR 4 650/month-59%

How much do mechanics charge per hour in South Africa?

This year the report shows that the labor rates can vary across passenger brands from as little as R300 to as much as R1 195 per hour. On average Premium Brands will charge around R810 per hour while Volume Brands average R587.

How much does a qualified diesel mechanic earn in South Africa?

A Qualified Diesel Mechanic with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of R 18 000, while an experienced Diesel Mechanic with 10-20 years of experience makes on average R 23 000. Diesel Mechanics with more than 20 years of experience may earn more than R 27 000 per month.

How do you price a mechanic job in South Africa?

Most auto repair shops quote labor charges using a “flat rate” manual or computer program that provides the average time it takes an experienced technician to perform a given car repair. That flat-rate time is then multiplied by the shop’s hourly labor rate to reach the total labor charge for the service.