south african salaries

How much you will earn one day is becoming a big part of choosing what to study.  This article will give you a breakdown of South African salaries and what different people earn in different industries.

With South Africa’s economic climate becoming more hostile every day, financial security is a big consideration when deciding which field you want to enter into. What you’ll earn one day depends on a lot of different things:  where you’ll work (location, location, location), which industry you’ll work in and what position in the industry you choose to fill.

Below is a summary of what you can expect to earn monthly, within different industries (these are averages based on research within a small pool of participants, South African salaries can differ significantly in different situations):

  • Admin Clerk
    • Intermediate

R10 000 – R13 000

    • Senior 

R11 000 – R14 000

  • HR Officer
    • Intermediate

R20 000 – R25 000

    • Senior 

R25 000 – R30 000

  • Customer Support
    • Intermediate

R12 000 – R15 000

    • Senior 

R13 000 – R18 000

  • Call Centre Operator
    • Intermediate

R10 000 – R12 000

    • Senior 

R12 000 – R19 000

  • Secretary
    • Intermediate

R14 000 – R18 000

    • Senior 

R20 000 – R25 000

  • Management
    • Intermediate

R20 000 – R30 000

    • Senior 

R25 000 – R35 000

  • Beautician
    • Intermediate

R5 000 – R8 000

    • Senior 

R6 000 – R12 000

  • Quantity Surveying
    • Intermediate

R25 000 – R37 000

    • Senior 

R30 000 – R50 000

  • Foreman
    • Intermediate

R15 000 – R25 000

    • Senior 

R33 000 – R42 000

  • Construction Manager
    • Intermediate

R30 000 – R60 000

    • Senior 

R54 000 – R63 000

  • Financial Manager
    • Intermediate

R40 000 – R50 000

    • Senior 

R5 000 – R63 000

  • Project Manager
    • Intermediate

R37 000 – R50 000

    • Senior 

R50 000 – R60 000

  • Industrial Design
    • Intermediate

R17 000 – R25 000

    • Senior 

R13 000 – R33 000

  • Interior Design
    • Intermediate

R30 000 – R60 000

    • Senior 

R18 000 – R25 000

  • Graphic Design
    • Intermediate

R16 000 – 20 000

    • Senior 

R21 000 – R30 000

  • Web Design
    • Intermediate

R18 000 – R22 000

    • Senior 

R24 000 – R34 000

  • Photography
    • Intermediate

R11 000 – R20 000

    • Senior 

R20 000 – R30 000

  • Journalism
    • Intermediate

R20 000 – R27 000

    • Senior 

R25 000 – R34 000

  • Teacher
    • Intermediate

R15 000 – R20 000

    • Senior 

R20 000 – R25 000

  • Headmaster
    • Intermediate

R28 000 – R41 000

    • Senior 

R41 000 – R53 000

  • Architect
    • Intermediate

R20 000 – R32 000

    • Senior 

R33 000 – R45 000

  • Civil Engineer
    • Intermediate

R30 000 – R46 000

    • Senior 

R48 000 – R63 000

  • Chemical Engineer
    • Intermediate

R25 000 – R40 000

    • Senior 

R40 000 – R58 000

  • Electrical Engineer
    • Intermediate

R33 000 – R44 000

    • Senior 

R40 000 – R53 000

  • Electronic Engineer
    • Intermediate

R25 000 – R40 000

    • Senior 

R40 000 – R54 000

  • Industrial Engineer
    • Intermediate

R40 000 – R48 000

    • Senior 

R43 000 – R53 000

  • Mechanical Engineer
    • Intermediate

R33 000 – R45 000

    • Senior 

R46 000 – R58 000

  • Mining Engineer
    • Intermediate

R35 000 – R50 000

    • Senior 

R50 000 – R80 000

  • Engineering Technician
    • Intermediate

R20 000 – R28 000

    • Senior 

R26 000 – R33 000

  • Draftsman
    • Intermediate

R19 000 – R26 000

    • Senior 

R20 000 – R27 000

  • Bookkeeper
    • Intermediate

R14 000 – R19 000

    • Senior 

R17 000 – R24 000

  • Accountant
    • Intermediate

R33 000 – R45 000

    • Senior 

R35 000 – R47 000

  • Chartered Accountant
    • Intermediate

R41 000 – R48 000

    • Senior 

R48 000 – R53 000

  • Auditor
    • Intermediate

R30 000 – R38 000

    • Senior 

R39 000 – R47 000

  • Corporate Lending
    • Intermediate

R42 000 – R60 000

    • Senior 

R50 000 – R75 000

  • Credit Management
    • Intermediate

R25 000 – R32 000

    • Senior 

R32 000 – R40 000

  • Financial Analyst
    • Intermediate

R43 000 – R52 000

    • Senior 

R45 000 – R52 000

  • Risk Analyst
    • Intermediate

R40 000 – R44 000

    • Senior 

R42 000 – R52 000

  • Investment Manager
    • Intermediate

R25 000 – R37 000

    • Senior 

R34 000 – R44 000

  • Asset Manager
    • Intermediate

R31 000 – R38 000

    • Senior 

R36 000 – R46 000

  • Portfolio Manager
    • Intermediate

R25 000 – R34 000

    • Senior 

R27 000 – R35 000

  • Treasury Manager
    • Intermediate

R35 000 – R40 000

    • Senior 

R45 000 – R48 000

  • Actuary
    • Intermediate

R28 000 – R37 000

    • Senior 

R40 000 – R50 000

  • Claims Assessor
    • Intermediate

R15 000 – R20 000

    • Senior 

R23 000 – R30 000

  • Financial Services Consultant
    • Intermediate

R11 000 – R22 000

    • Senior 

R20 000 – R25 000

  • Software Developer
    • Intermediate

R33 000 – R43 000

    • Senior 

R43 000 – R53 000

  • Systems Analyst
    • Intermediate

R32 000 – R42 000

    • Senior 

R43 000 – R52 000

  • Database Developer
    • Intermediate

R33 000 – R42 000

    • Senior 

R39 000 – R48 000

  • System Administrator
    • Intermediate

R21 000 – R27 000

    • Senior 

R29 000 – R39 000

  • Data Analyst
    • Intermediate

R33 000 – R44 000

    • Senior 

R39 000 – R47 000

  • Advocate
    • Intermediate

R35 000 – R66 000

    • Senior 

R66 000 – R80 000

  • Attorney
    • Intermediate

R20 000 – R30 000

    • Senior 

R30 000 – R50 000

  • Legal Assistant
    • Intermediate

R25 000 – R30 000

    • Senior 

R40 000 – R45 000

  • Artisan
    • Intermediate

R16 000 – R23 000

    • Senior 

R23 000 – R27 000

  • Machinist
    • Intermediate

R17 000 – R23 000

    • Senior 

R20 000 – R28 000

  • Plant and Production Control
    • Intermediate

R23 000 – R28 000

    • Senior 

R24 000 – R32 000

  • Process Control
    • Intermediate

R20 000 – R26 000

    • Senior 

R27 000 – R30 000

  • Quality Control
    • Intermediate

R17 000 – R23 000

    • Senior 

R21 000 – R28 000

  • Brand Management
    • Intermediate

R24 000 – R30 000

    • Senior 

R33 000 – R40 000

  • Product Management
    • Intermediate

R26 000 – R33 000

    • Senior 

R31 000 – R40 000

  • Research and Analysis
    • Intermediate

R25 000 – R34 000

    • Senior 

R29 000 – R39 000

  • Advertising
    • Intermediate

R17 000 – R25 000

    • Senior 

R25 000 – R34 000

  • Communications and PR
    • Intermediate

R22 000 – R26 000

    • Senior 

R30 000 – R41 000

  • Representative and Sales Consulting
    • Intermediate

R15 000 – R22 000

    • Senior 

R22 000 – R29 000

  • Telesales and Telemarketing
    • Intermediate

R12 000 – R18 000

    • Senior 

R23 000 – R30 000

  • Registered Nurse
    • Intermediate

R17 000 – R22 000

    • Senior 

R22 000 – R27 000

  • Pharmacist
    • Intermediate

R33 000 – R42 000

    • Senior 

R42 000 – R50 000

  • General Practitioner
    • Intermediate

R40 000 – R54 000

    • Senior 

R54 000 – R66 000

  • Physician
    • Intermediate

R45 000 – R70 000

    • Senior 

R70 000 – R100 000

  • Chef
    • Intermediate

R12 000 – R16 000

    • Senior 

R15 000 – R23 000

  • Waiter
    • Intermediate

R3 000 – R5 000

    • Senior 

R5 000 – R8 000

  • Restaurant Manager
    • Intermediate

R9 000 – R13 000

    • Senior 

R13 000 – R18 000

  • Hotel Manager
    • Intermediate

R14 000 – R23 000

    • Senior 

R23 000 – R67 000

  • Laboratory Technician
    • Intermediate

R13 000 – R16 000

    • Senior 

R16 000 – R20 000

  • Laboratory Assistant
    • Intermediate

R8 000 – R13 000

    • Senior 

R13 000 – R16 000

  • Police Officer
    • Intermediate

R13 000 – R18 000

    • Senior 

R18 000 – R24 000

  • Security Guard
    • Intermediate

R2 000 – R5 000

    • Senior 

R5 000 – R8 000

  • Paramedic
    • Intermediate

R12 000 – R20 000

    • Senior 

R20 000 – R30 000

  • Warehouse Operations
    • Intermediate

R11 000 – R13 000

    • Senior 

R15 000 – R20 000

  • Dispatch and Receiving
    • Intermediate

R11 000 – R14 000

    • Senior 

R54 000 – R63 000

  • Freight
    • Intermediate

R12 000 – R14 000

    • Senior 

R15 000 – R17 000

  • Route Management
    • Intermediate

R11 000 – R13 000

    • Senior 

R13 000 – R19 000

Click on the button below to download your own, free infographic – just like this.

Professionals Earn

*(Total pages in infographic = 8)

So, What Will YOU Earn?

As you can see, the amount that you earn depends on what industry you’re working in, what job you’re performing and how senior you are within your company. Remember: what you study should not only be based on what you earn, but rather on what you enjoy and excel at. When choosing what to study, it is a good idea to choose what industry you wish to work in, what your aspirations are, where your passions lie and whether money is the deciding fact, and then consider the earning prospects of different careers within the industry.

Another thing to keep in mind is that entrepreneurship is on the rise. Many of these careers, when looked at in a freelancing or entrepreneurship context, will allow you the ability to earn more as you are your own boss and you have the ability to decide how much effort and work you wish to put in.

Hard work pays off after all.

EduConnect 2Cents

If you are trying to decide what to study or trying to choose between two fields, try and find someone to job shadow to find out what it’s like to work within a specific industry.  EduConnect has loads of advice on choosing what to study, where to study and deciding what career path suits you best.


Join the conversation

Please note: With this comments section, we are trying to stimulate great conversation between members of our amazing community. We don’t guarantee the participation of EduOne team members, however, should you have a specific question, you are welcome to get in touch with us here. Be cool, be cool. Our team will do our best to moderate comments to the discussion but if we all follow the general rules of engagement ( be cool, don’t attack people, don’t discriminate and don’t be a troll), we should be okay.