Average Salary For Police Captain In South Africa

A police captain is a high-level officer in a police department who is typically responsible for an entire district or precinct.


Below are salaries earned by a Police Captain Earn In South Africa

A person working as a Police Captain in South Africa typically earns around 39,400 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 20,500 ZAR (lowest) to 60,300 ZAR (highest).

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

Police Captain Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

Salary Range

Police Captain salaries in South Africa range from 20,500 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 60,300 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

Median Salary

The median salary is 37,900 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Police captains (s) are earning less than 37,900 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 37,900 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 Police Captain(s) are earning less than 26,300 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 26,300 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Police Captain(s) are earning less than 47,100 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 47,100 ZAR.

Police Captain 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 Police Captain salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Police Captain with less than two years of experience makes approximately 23,300 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level of between two and five years is expected to earn 31,300 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 40,600 ZAR per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, Police Captain(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 49,200 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 53,800 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 56,500 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Police Captain average salary change my experience in South Africa

0 – 2 Years23,300 ZAR
2 – 5 Years+34%31,300 ZAR
5 – 10 Years+30%40,600 ZAR
10 – 15 Years+21%49,200 ZAR
15 – 20 Years+9%53,800 ZAR
20+ Years+5%56,500 ZAR

Police Captain 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 Police Captain salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Police Captain is 27,700 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 39,600 ZAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor’s Degree gets its holder an average salary of 54,800 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Police Captain average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School27,700 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+43%39,600 ZAR
Bachelor’s Degree+38%54,800 ZAR

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

Male41,200 ZAR
Female-7%38,200 ZAR

Police Captain Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

How often do employees get salary raises?

Police Captain

Police Captain(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 21 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Police Captain Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

A Police Captain 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.

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven’t received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% 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

Police Captain Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 230 ZAR. This means that the average Police Captain in South Africa earns approximately 230 ZAR for every worked hour.

How much does a police captain make in South Africa?

The average pay for a Police Captain Precinct is ZAR 342,015 a year and ZAR 164 an hour in South Africa. The average salary range for a Police Captain Precinct is between ZAR 244,601 and ZAR 427,086.

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