How Much Does A Bricklayer Earn In South Africa

A bricklayer, which is related to but different from a mason, is a craftsman and tradesman who lays bricks to construct brickwork. The terms also refer to personnel who use blocks to construct blockwork walls and other forms of masonry.


Below are salaries earn by A Bricklayer In South Africa

A person working as a Bricklayer in South Africa typically earns around 8,880 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 4,620 ZAR (lowest) to 13,600 ZAR (highest).

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

Bricklayer Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

Salary RangeBricklayer salaries in South Africa range from 4,620 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 13,600 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

Median SalaryThe median salary is 8,530 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Bricklayer(s) are earning less than 8,530 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 8,530 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.

Percentiles Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Bricklayer(s) are earning less than 5,920 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 5,920 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Bricklayer(s) are earning less than 10,600 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 10,600 ZAR.

Bricklayer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does 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 Bricklayer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Bricklayer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 5,250 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 7,040 ZAR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year’s experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 9,150 ZAR per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, Bricklayer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 11,100 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 12,100 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 12,700 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Bricklayer average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 – 2 Years5,250 ZAR
2 – 5 Years+34%7,040 ZAR
5 – 10 Years+30%9,150 ZAR
10 – 15 Years+21%11,100 ZAR
15 – 20 Years+9%12,100 ZAR
20+ Years+5%12,700 ZAR

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Bricklayer is 6,240 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 8,930 ZAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor’s Degree gets its holder an average salary of 12,300 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Bricklayer average salary difference by education level in South Africa

High School6,240 ZAR
Certificate or Diploma+43%8,930 ZAR
Bachelor’s Degree+38%12,300 ZAR

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

Male9,270 ZAR
Female-7%8,600 ZAR

Bricklayer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

How often do employees get salary raises?


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

Bricklayer Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

A Bricklayer 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

Bricklayer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 51 ZAR. This means that the average Bricklayer in South Africa earns approximately 51 ZAR for every worked hour

How much are Bricklayers paid in South Africa?

A Bricklayers and related workers typically earns between R5 541 and R10 466 net per month at the start of the job. After 5 years of service, this is between R6 753 and R13 329 per month for a working week of 45 hours.

How much do Bricklayers charge per 1000 bricks in South Africa?

The Industry standard for Bricklayers is R 600 per 1000 bricks laid.

How many bricks can a bricklayer lay per day in South Africa?

Bricklayers on average lay 300-500 bricks per day subject to weather conditions and the complexity of the job.

How many bricks do I need for a 3 bedroom house?

The total number of bricks required to finish the walling is about 16,320 while using blocks for the same house will be about 4,080. From this comparison, a person building a tandard residential 3-bedroom house would spend about sh4. 9m if they considered using bricks and approximately sh12.

How much will it cost to build a 3 bedroom house in South Africa?

Statistics from house owners have revealed that building a beautiful 3-bedroom house takes in between $150,826 and $434,187. In South African Rands, the amount is between R2,546,000 and R7,329,241 as of 10th July 2020.

How many bricks are on a pallet in South Africa?

There are 255 bricks on a pallet.

Is it cheaper to build or buy a house in South Africa ?

It is still much cheaper to buy an existing house than to build a similar size new house. Second hand housing in South Africa is now on average one third cheaper than similar size new housing.