Average Salary For Operation Manager In South Africa

At both large and small organizations, operations managers supervise, hire, and train employees, manage quality assurance programs, strategize process improvements, and more. Operations managers are ultimately responsible for maintaining and increasing the efficiency of a business, agency, or organization.


Below are salaries earned by Operation managers Earn In South Africa

Operations Manager Average Salary

The average salary for an Operations Manager in SA is R 382 600 gross per year (R 31 880 gross per month), which is 36% higher than South Africa’s national average salary.

Salary Ranges: an Operations Manager can expect an average starting salary of R 153 000. The highest salaries can exceed R 821 100.

Total compensation includes salary, bonus, and profit-sharing.

R 0R 545 800R 1 091 500
Basic SalaryR 153 000 – 821 100
BonusR 5 000 – 83 400
Profit-SharingR 0 – 187 000
Total CompensationR 158 000 – 1 091 500

Operations Manager Salary Range – South Africa

R 153 000

Average salary
R 382 600

R 821 100

R 442 000

Among Operations Managers in South Africa, Assistant Operations Managers or Food Operations Managers tend to have the lowest salaries, while experienced and highly skilled IT Operations Managers, Business Operations Managers, or Regional Operations Managers enjoy the highest salaries.

Operations Manager – Salary Differences

Regional Operations ManagerR 758K/year+98% 
Business Operations ManagerR 505K/year+32% 
IT Operations ManagerR 486K/year+27% 
Retail Operations ManagerR 406K/year+6% 
Security Operations ManagerR 222K/year -42%
Food Operations ManagerR 188K/year -51%
Assistant Operations ManagerR 161K/year -58%

Operations Manager – Pay by Experience Level

In South Africa, a Junior Operations Manager with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average compensation of R 200 000 gross per year.

An intermediate-level Operations Manager with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of R 350 000, while a Senior Operations Manager with 10-20 years of experience makes on average R 440 000. Operations Managers with more than 20 years of experience may earn more than R 700 000 yearly.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of an Operations Manager in SA

Late Career▲ +83%
Senior▲ +15%
Average SalaryR 382 600/year
Intermediate Level▼ -9%
Junior▼ -48%

What does an Operations Manager earn in South Africa?

According to PayScale, the average operations manager salaries in South Africa for various levels of experience are Entry level (0-5 years): R234,667. Mid-career (5-10 years): R342,468. Experienced (10-20 years): R405,203.

What does an operations manager do in South Africa?

Operations managers oversee the production of goods and/or provision of services. Their job is to make sure an organization is running as well as it possibly can, with a smooth efficient service that meets the expectations and needs of customers and clients.

Who qualifies as an operations manager in South Africa?

An operations manager needs to be an expert in the specific business processes that he or she is expected to perform. While at the same time, the operations manager also needs to be a generalist who can execute dozens of general business tasks in the performance of his or her duties.

Where can I study operations management in South Africa?

What are the Top Operations Management Institutes in South Africa?

Academy of York, Randburg.

Lyceum, Durban.

Intec College, Johannesburg.

Norcal Academy, Cape town.

Damelin, Bloemfontein.

Skills Academy, Pretoria.

Enterprises University of Pretoria, Pretoria.

Durban University of Technology, Durban.

What is the next step after operations manager in South Africa?

So, if you’re serious about your career, read on to see what you could expect as a further step. Career-wise, the Operations Manager’s most obvious next step is into director-level positions. Longer-term, managing director-level positions may also be a sensible target.