Average Salary For Music Producers In South Africa

A record producer is a recording project’s creative and technical leader, commanding studio time and coaching artists, and in popular genres typically creates the song’s very sound and structure. The record producer, or simply the producer, is likened to a film director and art director.


Below are salaries earned by a Music Producer In South Africa

A person working as an Associate Producer in South Africa typically earns around 43,400 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 22,600 ZAR (lowest) to 66,400 ZAR (highest).

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

Music Producer Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

Salary Range

Music Producer salaries in South Africa range from 22,600 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 66,400 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

Median Salary

The median salary is 41,700 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Music Producers (s) are earning less than 41,700 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 41,700 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 Associate Producer(s) are earning less than 28,900 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 28,900 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Associate Producer(s) are earning less than 51,900 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 51,900 ZAR.

Associate Producer 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 Music Producer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Associate Producer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 25,600 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level of between two and five years is expected to earn 34,400 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 44,700 ZAR per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience

Additionally, Music Producer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 54,100 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 59,200 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 62,200 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Music Producer average salary changes by experience in South Africa

0 – 2 Years25,600 ZAR
2 – 5 Years+34%34,400 ZAR
5 – 10 Years+30%44,700 ZAR
10 – 15 Years+21%54,100 ZAR
15 – 20 Years+9%59,200 ZAR
20+ Years+5%62,200 ZAR

Music Producer 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 Music Producer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Music Producer is 30,900 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 35,300 ZAR per month, 14% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor’s Degree gets its holder an average salary of 49,800 ZAR per month, 41% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master’s Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 60,300 ZAR per month, 21% more than someone with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Music Producer average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School30,900 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+14%35,300 ZAR
Bachelor’s Degree+41%49,800 ZAR
Master’s Degree+21%60,300 ZAR

Music Producer 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 Associate Producer employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male45,300 ZAR
Female-7%42,000 ZAR

Music Producer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

How often do employees get salary raises?

Music Producer

Music Producers (s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Music Producer Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

A Music Producer is considered to be a moderate 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.

47% of surveyed staff reported that they haven’t received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus

No Bonus

Music Producer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 250 ZAR. This means that the average Associate Producer in South Africa earns approximately 250 ZAR for every worked hour.

How much money does a music producer make in South Africa?

R484,018 (ZAR)/yr.

How do I become a music producer in South Africa?

How To Be A Music Producer in South Africa

Learn how to play an instrument.

Listen to different genres.

Familiarize yourself with a DAW.

Get the basic tools of the trade.

Establish a reputation for yourself.

Practice, Practice, Practice.

Is it hard to be a music producer in South Africa?

Being a music producer is difficult for a number of reasons. The first one is that it takes a long time to get to a level where your music is actually worth releasing. There are intricacies involved in music production that not only take a while to understand in theory but require deliberate practice.

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What qualifications do you need to become a music producer in South Africa?

While you don’t need a degree to be a music producer, a number of producers will have a degree or some technical training alongside running their own production projects. The following subjects at the degree or HND level are most likely to provide you with relevant skills or knowledge: music. music production.

Where does a music producer work in South Africa?

music studio

The typical workplace of a music producer is a music studio where the majority of time is spent working with sound engineers and artists to perfect the production of a song. While a lot of time is spent with other professionals, there is also time spent alone in the studio making a track sound just right.