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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. It contains up-to-date salary information as well as regional differences in monthly remuneration using actual salary offerings on our website (16 000+ jobs monthly) for the latest measurable period (December 2017 to May 2018).

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 R20,333 - R26,500
Senior R27,870 - R35,361

Civil / Structural Engineering

Intermediate R31,467 - R42,742
Senior R54,806 - R74,779

Electrical Engineering

Intermediate R31,729 - R41,019
Senior R45,741 - R59,792

Electronic Engineering

Intermediate R35,190 - R45,032
Senior R44,167 - R54,808

Industrial Engineering

Intermediate R31,632 - R40,382
Senior R41,472 - R47,861

Environmental Engineering

Intermediate R31,667 - R46,111
Senior R58,468 - R75,941

Mechanical Engineering

Intermediate R30,794 - R39,892
Senior R46,111 - R56,625

Engineering Technician

Intermediate R19,200 - R24,231
Senior R27,667 - R38,600

Engineering Draughtsman

Intermediate R16,181 - R23,974

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Regionally, there does not seem to be striking differences in remuneration within the architecture & engineering sector. As in most cases, Gauteng remains a favourable location for work as salaries are slightly above average while salaries are slightly below average in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction. 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 R33,667 - R50,463
Senior R46,364 - R60,227

Consulting Engineering

Intermediate R30,463 - R39,722
Senior R37,093 - R46,907

Building Project Management

Intermediate R25,922 - R34,844
Senior R42,019 - R54,026

Metal, Iron, Steel & Rebar Works

Intermediate R25,292 - R29,933
Senior R27,635 - R37,926

Electrician

Intermediate R18,929 - R22,235
Senior R23,051 - R28,012

Building Foreman

Intermediate R21,667 - R26,714
Senior R33,056 - R41,250

Structural Engineering

Intermediate R30,385 - R41,250
Senior R51,367 - R71,377

Civil Engineering

Intermediate R35,298 - R49,872
Senior R43,889 - R65,278

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Unlike many other sectors, salaries within the building & construction sector are not as competitive in Gauteng and fall in line with or just above the national average. Salaries in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are slightly lower, ranging between 6% and 11% 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. 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 R11,756 - R15,497
Senior R13,214 - R23,871

Dispatch & Receiving

Intermediate R8,607 - R12,813
Senior R8,667 - R13,583

Packing & Packaging

Intermediate R8,167 - R11,500

Distribution / Courier Service

Intermediate R11,967 - R13,295
Senior R16,200 - R21,600

Logistics Management

Intermediate R41,798 - R47,333
Senior R44,667 - R53,531

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Professionals that work in Gauteng within in warehousing & logistics sector seem to have the upper hand when comparing paycheques across various provinces. Salaries in Gauteng are well above average while remuneration in the Western Cape is average and up to 17% below average in KwaZulu-Natal.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction. 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 TECHNOLOGY

Intermediate R34,616 - R46,342
Senior R42,493 - R54,924

Technical & Business Architecture

Intermediate R41,056 - R56,833
Senior R41,146 - R58,981

Business Analysis

Intermediate R39,679 - R46,046
Senior R48,864 - R57,907

Systems Analysis

Intermediate R30,654 - R35,167

Database Design, Development & Administration

Intermediate R31,611 - R39,929

Systems & Network Administration

Intermediate R28,239 - R34,440
Senior R32,485 - R38,735

UX & GUI Design

Intermediate R29,048 - R44,381
Senior R38,848 - R51,970

IT Project Administration & Management

Intermediate R34,740 - R44,951
Senior R44,510 - R54,688

Data Analysis & Data Warehousing

Intermediate R32,901 - R43,308
Senior R39,111 - R47,833

IT Management

Management R56,726 - R66,012
Senior Management R57,361 - R68,281

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

The Western Cape and Gauteng remain favourable locations to work for IT professionals. Salaries in these regions are very close to the national average while 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. 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

Nursing / Professional Care Giving

Intermediate R18,766 - R24,125
Senior R22,333 - R28,167

Medical Assistance & Support

Intermediate R18,296 - R25,000

Radiographer

Intermediate R22,500 - R27,760
Senior R24,917 - R36,250

Therapist

Intermediate R24,490 - R30,870
Senior R26,937 - R36,460

Pharmacist

Intermediate R35,568 - R42,348
Senior R39,257 - R45,219

Optometrist

Intermediate R21,200 - R32,600
Senior R26,750 - R33,200

Medical Technologist

Intermediate R20,742 - R30,733

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

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

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction. 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 R18,121 - R22,720
Senior R22,427 - R28,480

Bookkeeping

Intermediate R14,305 - R17,525
Senior R18,329 - R23,421

Financial/Project Accounting

Intermediate R36,303 - R41,843
Senior R36,140 - R42,334

Cost & Management Accounting

Intermediate R42,419 - R48,308
Senior R42,500 - R49,145

Chartered Accounting

Intermediate R42,110 - R48,421
Senior R52,729 - R60,795

Internal Auditing

Intermediate R32,824 - R42,210
Senior R43,403 - R49,479

Payroll & Wages

Intermediate R17,343 - R21,372
Senior R23,886 - R27,201

Purchasing & Procurement

Intermediate R24,762 - R31,425
Senior R28,655 - R35,794

Taxation

Intermediate R31,505 - R37,591
Senior R37,146 - R44,867

Banking Jobs

Credit Management

Intermediate R29,727 - R40,444
Senior R40,128 - R49,968

Debt, Rent / Cash Collection

Intermediate R15,214 - R18,028
Senior R19,684 - R23,124

Financial Advisory Jobs

Financial Analysis

Intermediate R46,973 - R53,537
Senior R51,806 - R57,639

Risk Management

Intermediate R42,803 - R50,379
Senior R51,806 - R57,639

Investment Management

Intermediate R31,042 - R38,646
Senior R37,143 - R48,690

Stock Broking & Asset Management Jobs

Asset Management

Intermediate R33,583 - R42,567

Portfolio Management

Intermediate R26,571 - R31,583

Insurance Jobs

Actuarial Management / Administration

Intermediate R33,021 - R42,958
Senior R38,426 - R48,421

Claims Assessment

Intermediate R17,007 - R20,852

Employee Benefits Management / Administration

Intermediate R15,400 - R18,767

Financial Management Jobs

Financial Management

Management R56,127 - R65,689
Senior Management R58,284 - R67,653

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Home to Africa’s largest stock exchange, Gauteng remains the top paying province for finance professionals. Salaries in Gauteng are considerably higher compared to the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal where earning potential is between 18% and 26% 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. 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 R26,167 - R33,833
Senior R31,456 - R42,289

Product Management

Intermediate R28,861 - R36,019
Senior R37,404 - R45,535

Market Research & Analysis

Intermediate R18,500 - R23,750
Senior R27,200 - R30,400

Advertising

Intermediate R13,477 - R21,128
Senior R22,200 - R31,000

Intermediate R21,688 - R26,823
Senior R26,566 - R35,045

Marketing Assistance

Intermediate R11,833 - R14,833
Senior R18,400 - R24,267

Marketing Coordinator

Intermediate R15,665 - R20,772
Senior R18,300 - R22,696

Marketing Management

Management R39,417 - R47,083
Senior Management R37,990 - R42,976

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

There are major differences in remuneration for marketing professionals across Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Gauteng comes out tops with above average salaries (1-7%), followed the Western Cape where salaries are up to 13% below average and KwaZulu-Natal with salaries far below average (35-37%).

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction. 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 R16,045 - R19,644

Travel Agent

Intermediate R14,125 - R16,300

Short Term, Life & Medical Insurance Broking

Intermediate R7,422 - R19,762

Intermediate R15,373 - R24,192
Senior R22,292 - R29,524

Intermediate R19,148 - R25,167
Senior R25,583 - R31,250

Telesales & Telemarketing

Intermediate R8,816 - R12,810
Senior R15,567 - R23,219

Retail

Intermediate R12,049 - R14,633
Senior R15,470 - R21,152

Wholesale

Intermediate R13,125 - R18,706
Senior R21,778 - R26,211

Trade Broking

Intermediate R23,212 - R27,464
Senior R31,071 - R39,028

Sales Management

Management R33,179 - R40,292
Senior Management R37,105 - R48,757

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Although Gauteng once again comes out tops when it comes to earnings, salaries are only slightly above average for sales professionals. This is followed by the Western Cape where earnings are average to slightly below the average (8%) and KwaZulu-Natal, where earnings are between 7% and 14% below average.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction. 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

Intermediate R11,020 - R14,166
Senior R12,481 - R15,306

Personal Assistant

Intermediate R16,726 - R20,729
Senior R23,158 - R28,134

Data Capturing

Intermediate R9,800 - R12,450

Secretary

Intermediate R16,727 - R20,696
Senior R19,967 - R25,067

Switchboard & Reception

Intermediate R9,824 - R11,093
Senior R10,400 - R12,300

Intermediate R15,302 - R18,713
Senior R15,865 - R20,054

Call Centre Operator

Intermediate R14,508 - R17,145

Intermediate R20,065 - R24,199
Senior R24,796 - R31,025

Health, Safety & Environment

Intermediate R19,683 - R24,189
Senior R24,767 - R30,606

REGIONAL SALARY DIFFERENCES

Professionals in admin and support roles can expect larger paycheques in Gauteng and the Western Cape compared to KwaZulu-Natal. While salaries in Gauteng are between 8% and 13% above average, salaries in the Western Cape can range from 1% to 12% below average. KwaZulu-Natal salaries, on the other hand, are well below average (up to 29%).

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction. 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 R17,056 - R24,929
Senior R26,875 - R33,722

Artisan

Intermediate R19,861 - R26,372
Senior R22,375 - R27,083

Metallurgy & Boiler Making

Intermediate R20,014 - R22,778
Senior R19,417 - R25,354

Tool & Die Making

Intermediate R26,519 - R31,061
Senior R26,875 - R31,636

Assembling & Fabricating

Intermediate R23,667 - R30,333
Senior R25,417 - R31,932

Machinist

Intermediate R20,819 - R24,574
Senior R21,276 - R25,378

Intermediate R23,427 - R29,311
Senior R30,744 - R39,756

Process Control

Intermediate R21,466 - R25,518

Quality Control

Intermediate R20,022 - R27,322
Senior R26,327 - R32,360

Plant Management

Management R44,976 - R51,806
Senior Management R50,313 - R62,188

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. 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 (16 000+ jobs monthly) for the latest measurable period (December 2017 to May 2018). 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 85 000 job ads and 1.7 million online CVs.