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Salaries in South Africa

A REVIEW OF THE TOP 10 SECTORS

This salary review has been compiled exclusively for South African job seekers and the HR/Recruitment industry, to give a true representation of cost-to-company salary packages in South Africa across various sectors. It contains up-to-date salary information as well as regional differences in monthly remuneration using actual salary offerings on our website (20 000+ jobs monthly) for the measurable period (April 2017 to November 2017).

Skill levels covered in our report include intermediate and senior.

Intermediate? You have more skills than a beginner but you're not quite an expert yet.
Senior? You have more skills and experience compared to a person with intermediate skills

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Architectural Draughting

Intermediate R20,117 - R27,395
Senior R24,762 - R32,694

Architecture

Intermediate R25,200 - R33,500

Automotive Engineering

Intermediate R24,980 - R31,250

Chemical Engineering

Intermediate R37,578 - R45,567
Senior R37,140 - R58,333

Civil / Structural Engineering

Intermediate R33,680 - R46,575
Senior R53,224 - R80,853

Electrical Engineering

Intermediate R31,252 - R42,343
Senior R45,934 - R61,342

Electronic Engineering

Intermediate R31,847 - R39,302
Senior R43,606 - R53,574

Industrial Engineering

Intermediate R34,449 - R42,461
Senior R35,778 - R49,867

Environmental Engineering

Intermediate R34,375 - R49,750
Senior R50,439 - R64,352

Mechanical Engineering

Intermediate R32,875 - R45,277
Senior R48,821 - R60,004

Engineering Technician

Intermediate R19,580 - R24,877
Senior R27,148 - R35,268

Engineering Draughtsman

Intermediate R16,402 - R25,864
Senior R20,833 - R32,857

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Engineers and architects can expect larger paycheques in Gauteng compared to the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. While salaries in Gauteng are just above average, salaries in the Western Cape can range from 5-6% below average. KwaZulu-Natal salaries, on the other hand, are well below average (-8% to -20%).

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Architecture & Engineering Jobs

Architecture and engineering salary trends

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION

Quantity Surveying

Intermediate R29,856 - R40,532
Senior R40,157 - R52,703

Consulting Engineering

Intermediate R29,960 - R39,107
Senior R41,126 - R49,979

Building Project Management

Intermediate R26,585 - R35,795
Senior R41,220 - R51,627

Metal, Iron, Steel & Rebar Works

Intermediate R18,250 - R23,583

Electrician

Intermediate R18,184 - R21,828
Senior R24,840 - R31,402

Building Foreman

Intermediate R23,929 - R30,833
Senior R35,500 - R43,532

Construction/Demolition Equipment Operator

Intermediate R23,929 - R30,833

Structural Engineering

Intermediate R32,060 - R45,412
Senior R56,495 - R81,432

Civil Engineering

Intermediate R38,659 - R54,056
Senior R53,559 - R70,462

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

While earning potential for workers in the construction sector is average in Gauteng, those residing in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will get the shorter end of the stick, particularly in the Western Cape, where salaries are over 15% below the national average.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Building & Construction Jobs

Building and construction salary trends

WAREHOUSING & LOGISTICS

Warehouse Operations

Intermediate R11,681 - R15,060
Senior R17,407 - R23,570

Dispatch & Receiving

Intermediate R8,357 - R11,886
Senior R8,993 - R14,029

Packing & Packaging

Intermediate R6,013 - R7,500

Route Management & Control

Intermediate R17,259 - R21,125

Distribution/Courier Service

Intermediate R8,848 - R12,530

Air, Land & Sea Freight

Intermediate R13,517 - R16,576

Logistics Management

Management R36,192 - R44,808
Senior Management R42,755 - R50,685

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Although Gauteng once again comes out tops when it comes to earnings, salaries are only slightly above average for workers in the warehousing & logistics sector. This is followed by the Western Cape where earnings are slightly below the average. Remuneration in these regions far outweighs that of KwaZulu-Natal, where some workers earn between 21% and 27% below average.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Warehousing & Logistics Jobs

Warehousing and logistics salary trends

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Software Development

Intermediate R33,352 - R43,523
Senior R41,726 - R53,253

Technical & Business Architecture

Intermediate R52,273 - R61,042
Senior R53,898 - R61,121

Business Analysis

Intermediate R39,670 - R48,550
Senior R44,758 - R52,867

Systems Analysis

Intermediate R34,432 - R42,423
Senior R46,045 - R53,656

Database Design, Development & Administration

Intermediate R30,460 - R36,468
Senior R37,273 - R46,090

Systems & Network Administration

Intermediate R28,022 - R36,168
Senior R36,786 - R45,278

UX & GUI Design

Intermediate R30,857 - R42,695
Senior R39,398 - R49,399

IT Project Administration & Management

Intermediate R42,021 - R50,443
Senior R49,683 - R61,107

Data Analysis & Data Warehousing

Intermediate R32,704 - R40,463
Senior R41,125 - R49,184

Networking Planning, Design & Installation

Intermediate R20,663 - R28,118
Senior R35,228 - R42,676

Telecommunication Technical Product Specialist

Intermediate R16,722 - R27,444

IT Management

Management R49,519 - R59,494
Senior Management R52,424 - R58,590

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

The Western Cape and Gauteng remain the top places to work for ICT professionals. Salaries in these regions are above average, most likely due to skill shortages. Salaries in KwaZulu-Natal are not nearly as competitive.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Information Technology Jobs

Information technology and communication salary trends

MEDICAL & HEALTH

Dietician/Nutrition

Intermediate R21,722 - R28,167
Senior R23,000 - R36,984

Nursing/Professional Care Giving

Intermediate R17,700 - R22,671
Senior R22,407 - R27,290

Medical Assistance & Support

Intermediate R18,392 - R27,353
Senior R21,850 - R29,815

Therapist

Intermediate R19,037 - R33,460
Senior R26,542 - R36,875

Pharmacist

Intermediate R34,708 - R42,216
Senior R34,933 - R43,500

Optometrist

Intermediate R22,750 - R31,000
Senior R27,786 - R35,834

Hospital Management

Management R37,944 - R45,959
Senior Management R41,278 - R55,139

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal seem to be more favourable work locations for medical & health professionals. Salaries in these regions are just above average. Remuneration is on the lower end of the scale for professionals residing in the Western Cape where professionals can expect to earn 8-10% below average.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Medical & Health Jobs

Medical and Health salary trends

FINANCE

Accounting Jobs

Accounts Payable & Receivable

Intermediate R18,971 - R23,417
Senior R21,333 - R28,417

Bookkeeping

Intermediate R15,523 - R19,116
Senior R18,138 - R22,575

Financial/Project Accounting

Intermediate R34,570 - R40,500
Senior R35,752 - R42,637

Cost & Management Accounting

Intermediate R43,646 - R50,280
Senior R42,806 - R50,722

Chartered Accounting

Intermediate R45,869 - R54,404
Senior R49,854 - R59,777

Internal Auditing

Intermediate R28,231 - R33,691
Senior R33,760 - R41,613

Payroll & Wages

Intermediate R16,460 - R20,174
Senior R25,350 - R29,145

Purchasing & Procurement

Intermediate R23,308 - R28,672
Senior R27,163 - R34,547

Taxation

Intermediate R32,339 - R40,806
Senior R35,438 - R42,625

Banking Jobs

Corporate Lending

Intermediate R33,279 - R43,325

Credit Management

Intermediate R23,764 - R29,217
Senior R34,830 - R44,034

Debt, Rent/Cash Collection

Intermediate R13,833 - R16,524
Senior R16,542 - R20,188

Financial Advisory Jobs

Financial Analysis

Intermediate R43,484 - R50,825
Senior R50,746 - R57,275

Risk Management

Intermediate R28,167 - R36,039
Senior R40,667 - R48,861

Investment Management

Intermediate R29,842 - R36,171
Senior R36,806 - R42,978

Stock Broking & Asset Management Jobs

Asset Management

Intermediate R31,844 - R41,076
Senior R43,125 - R53,699

Portfolio Management

Intermediate R29,139 - R34,617
Senior R33,575 - R38,417

Treasury Management

Intermediate R32,652 - R36,708
Senior R37,083 - R44,583

Insurance Jobs

Actuarial Management / Administration

Intermediate R31,294 - R39,224
Senior R39,179 - R47,391

Risk Assessment

Intermediate R25,698 - R30,711

Claims Assessment

Intermediate R17,354 - R23,430
Senior R22,893 - R27,393

Financial Management Jobs

Financial Management

Management R54,873 - R63,682
Senior Management R59,297 - R68,881

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Home to Africa’s largest stock exchange, Gauteng remains the top paying province for finance professionals. Salaries in Gauteng are 6-7% above average. KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, on the other hand, have lower earning potential where salaries can range from average to 9% below average in KwaZulu-Natal and up to 24% below average in the Western Cape.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Finance Jobs

Finance salary trends

MARKETING

Brand Management

Intermediate R20,607 - R25,057
Senior R30,019 - R36,219

Product Management

Intermediate R26,754 - R33,439
Senior R36,410 - R46,100

Market Research & Analysis

Intermediate R24,465 - R29,923
Senior R26,167 - R36,300

Advertising

Intermediate R15,362 - R18,982
Senior R21,667 - R30,296

Communications & Public Relations

Intermediate R19,753 - R25,940
Senior R26,396 - R35,689

Events Coordination & Planning

Intermediate R20,750 - R22,417

Marketing Assistance

Intermediate R9,608 - R12,369

Marketing Coordinator

Intermediate R15,986 - R21,771
Senior R21,300 - R23,235

Marketing Management

Management R35,939 - R41,001
Senior Management R34,349 - R44,462

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Marketing professionals residing in Gauteng seem to have the upper hand when comparing paycheques across various provinces. Salaries in Gauteng are well above average while in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, salaries are well below average with some professionals in KwaZulu-Natal earning up to 18% below the average.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Marketing Jobs

Marketing salary trends

SALES

Real Estate & Property Agent

Intermediate R12,598 - R16,230

Travel Agent

Intermediate R12,090 - R18,795
Senior R17,462 - R25,115

Short Term, Life & Medical Insurance Broking

Intermediate R11,328 - R23,068
Senior R18,909 - R28,180

Commodities & Financial Service Agent

Intermediate R18,706 - R24,882

Representative & Sales Consulting

Intermediate R12,550 - R20,101
Senior R20,898 - R28,473

Account Management

Intermediate R19,449 - R23,094
Senior R24,500 - R29,079

Telesales & Telemarketing

Intermediate R7,939 - R14,670
Senior R15,938 - R21,313

Merchandiser, Product Promotor & Demonstrator

Intermediate R10,454 - R13,138
Senior R14,567 - R18,300

Retail

IIntermediate R12,631 - R15,350
Senior R13,571 - R18,962

Wholesale

Intermediate R12,898 - R17,203
Senior R19,310 - R22,786

Trade Broking

Intermediate R17,779 - R22,574
Senior R31,361 - R37,069

Sales Management

Management R35,395 - R44,333
Senior Management R36,249 - R44,423

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Salaries of sales professionals in Gauteng are slightly above average while earning potential in the Western Cape seems to vary slightly from just above average to below average. KwaZulu-Natal, on the other hand, lags behind, with salaries between 21% and 30% below average.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Sales Jobs

Sales salary trends

ADMIN, OFFICE & SUPPORT

Admin Clerk

Intermediate R11,540 - R14,539
Senior R13,250 - R16,641

Personal Assistant

Intermediate R17,453 - R21,481
Senior R24,106 - R28,394

Data Capturing

Intermediate R8,837 - R11,132

Secretary

Intermediate R15,530 - R18,229
Senior R17,756 - R20,950

Teller & Cashier

Intermediate R8,176 - R9,710

Reservation & Ticketing Clerk

Intermediate R12,491 - R14,659
Senior R13,714 - R17,714

Switchboard & Reception

Intermediate R10,022 - R12,077
Senior R10,925 - R14,939

Client & Customer Support

Intermediate R10,720 - R14,611
Senior R14,811 - R19,140

Call Centre Operator

Intermediate R13,603 - R15,877
Senior R16,100 - R19,975

Call Centre Supervisor

Intermediate R12,400 - R15,496
Senior R17,333 - R24,167

Human Resources Officer

Intermediate R19,587 - R23,455
Senior R26,073 - R31,322

Health, Safety & Environment

Intermediate R22,333 - R26,641
Senior R24,783 - R34,984

Office Management

Management R24,980 - R32,214
Senior Management R27,100 - R33,227

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Gauteng boasts high salaries for workers in support and administrative roles. With salaries far above the national average, professionals residing in Gauteng can expect to earn up to 27% more than their Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal counterparts.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Admin, Office & Support Jobs

Admin, Office and Support salary trends

MANUFACTURING & ASSEMBLY

Materials Control

Intermediate R18,991 - R23,917
Senior R24,688 - R36,741

Artisan

Intermediate R17,287 - R23,741
Senior R18,615 - R23,894

Metallurgy & Boiler Making

Intermediate R19,549 - R23,412
Senior R19,472 - R26,231

Plastic Works

Intermediate R21,361 - R28,417

Printing

Intermediate R14,533 - R18,789

Tool & Die Making

Intermediate R25,146 - R31,829
Senior R29,061 - R35,990

Assembling & Fabricating

Intermediate R17,633 - R24,283
Senior R23,803 - R28,515

Machinist

Intermediate R18,316 - R22,383
Senior R21,808 - R28,560

Plant & System Operator

Intermediate R11,961 - R16,500

Plant & Production Control

Intermediate R17,654 - R21,463
Senior R22,545 - R28,480

Process Control

Intermediate R17,852 - R25,065

Quality Control

Intermediate R16,965 - R21,743
Senior R25,606 - R32,519

Plant Management

Management R48,583 - R62,305
Senior Management R53,690 - R64,643

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Regionally, there does not seem to be noteworthy differences in remuneration within the manufacturing & assembly sector.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between April 2017 to November 2017. These salary ranges represent monthly 'cost to company' remuneration and only serve as an indication of the average salary offerings for each occupation.

Manufacturing & Assembly Jobs

Manufacturing and Assembly salary trends

Findings are based on actual salary offerings on the CareerJunction website (20 000+ jobs monthly) for the latest measurable period (April 2017 to November 2017). Custom labour market reports are now available to purchase from CareerJunction - ideal for larger organisations such as Government organisations, SETAS, Higher Education organisations and corporate companies. Research is done using a sample size of over 100 000 job ads and 1.7 million online CVs.