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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 salaries in South Africa. It contains up-to-date salary information as well as regional differences in remuneration using actual salary offerings on our website (20 000+ jobs monthly) for the latest measurable period (October 2016 to March 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

Architecture

Intermediate R26,312 - R30,360
Senior R34,762 - R49,571

Chemical Engineering

Intermediate R28,542 - R38,021

Civil/Structural Engineering

Intermediate R34,463 - R47,074
Senior R46,738 - R70,301

Electrical Engineering

Intermediate R32,445 - R42,889
Senior R46,042 - R60,864

Electronic Engineering

Intermediate R26,233 - R39,063
Senior R40,833 - R52,879

Industrial Engineering

Intermediate R38,557 - R46,721
Senior R46,829 - R55,842

Environmental Engineering

Intermediate R29,375 - R39,271
Senior R44,583 - R64,944

Mechanical Engineering

Intermediate R36,576 - R48,021
Senior R51,214 - R63,157

Engineering Drafting

Intermediate R16,905 - R24,402
Senior R23,011 - R30,844

THE ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING SECTOR IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PAYING SECTORS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN JOB MARKET. DEMAND FOR ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS IS PARTICULARLY HIGH IN GAUTENG WHERE ABOUT 50% OF SECTOR-RELATED RECRUITMENT TAKES PLACE. THUS, PROFESSIONALS IN THIS REGION ARE THE HIGHEST EARNERS

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 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 R24,770 - R34,295
Senior R36,510 - R45,522

Consulting Engineering

Intermediate R36,658 - R43,208
Senior R44,460 - R53,369

Building Project Management

Intermediate R29,504 - R38,465
Senior R36,500 - R48,956

Concrete Works

Intermediate R26,549 - R37,348
Senior R33,801 - R45,139

Electrician

Intermediate R18,168 - R23,150
Senior R27,140 - R32,816

Building Foreman

Intermediate R21,133 - R28,542
Senior R28,322 - R35,846

Construction/Demolition Equipment Operator

Intermediate R18,015 - R20,212

Structural Engineering

Intermediate R35,660 - R50,433
Senior R50,754 - R70,876

Civil Engineering

Intermediate R29,611 - R40,417
Senior R45,912 - R63,698

WORKERS IN GAUTENG AND KWAZULUNATAL SEEM TO BE BETTER EARNERS THAN THEIR WESTERN CAPE COUNTERPARTS. SALARIES ARE COMPARATIVE TO LAST YEAR, APART FROM A NOTABLE INCREASE OF BETWEEN 14% AND 35% FOR QUANTITY SURVEYOR.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 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 R13,478 - R16,292
Senior R16,765 - R22,458

Dispatch & Receiving

Intermediate R7,983 - R10,117
Senior R15,171 - R21,667

Packing & Packaging

Intermediate R3,480 - R4,786

Route Management & Control

Intermediate R12,063 - R17,938

Distribution/Courier Service

Intermediate R10,591 - R13,721

Air, Land & Sea Freight

Intermediate R10,117 - R12,600

Logistics Management

Intermediate R32,561 - R38,923
Senior R37,304 - R44,278

OVERALL, THE WAREHOUSING & LOGISTICS SECTOR IS ONE OF THE LOWEST PAYING SECTORS. SALARY OFFERINGS SEEM TO HAVE REDUCED SINCE LAST YEAR, APART FROM DISTRIBUTION/COURIER SERVICES AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, WHERE NOTABLE INCREASES IN SALARIES ARE EVIDENT YEAR-ON-YEAR. REGIONALLY, MAJOR SALARY GAPS EXIST BETWEEN PROVINCES WITH GAUTENG IN TOP POSITION, FOLLOWED BY THE WESTERN CAPE AND KWAZULU-NATAL.

Warehousing & Logistics Jobs

Warehousing and logistics salary trends

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Software Development

Intermediate R32,539 - R43,358
Senior R42,327 - R52,825

Technical & Business Architecture

Intermediate R49,429 - R53,389
Senior R57,284 - R66,558

Business Analysis

Intermediate R37,392 - R43,831
Senior R44,200 - R51,270

Systems Analysis

Intermediate R34,204 - R39,811
Senior R42,986 - R50,351

Database Design, Development & Administration

Intermediate R29,012 - R36,189
Senior R39,643 - R50,616

Systems & Network Administration

Intermediate R25,710 - R31,071
Senior R35,760 - R42,533

UX & GUI Design

Intermediate R25,972 - R37,384
Senior R35,796 - R43,812

IT Project Administration & Management

Intermediate R38,524 - R44,571
Senior R43,974 - R50,625

Data Analysis & Data Warehousing

Intermediate R31,174 - R39,802
Senior R39,597 - R46,656

Networking Planning, Design & Installation

Intermediate R20,778 - R28,327
Senior R29,286 - R36,627

Telecommunication Technical Product Specialist

Intermediate R20,825 - R31,502

IT Management

Management R48,253 - R58,113
Senior Management R45,905 - R58,337

ICT SKILLS REMAIN AMONG SA'S MOST SOUGHT AFTER SKILL SETS. GIVEN THE HIGH DEMAND FOR ICT PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IT IS ALSO ONE OF SA'S TOP PAYING SECTORS. A STEADY INCREASE IN SALARIES IS EVIDENT ACROSS MOST OCCUPATIONS SINCE THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 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 R14,861 - R18,917

Nursing/Professional Care Giving

Intermediate R17,922 - R23,316
Senior R19,006 - R24,733

Medical Assistance & Support

Intermediate R20,763 - R26,721

Therapist

Intermediate R19,464 - R26,167

General Practitioner

Intermediate R32,500 - R45,19
Senior R47,591 - R60,998

Pharmacist

Intermediate R28,424 - R36,100
Senior R38,400 - R49,792

Hospital Management

Management R40,619 - R61,195

MEDICAL STAFF SEEM TO EARN HIGHER SALARIES IN GAUTENG COMPARED TO THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE. GAUTENG SHOWS THE HIGHEST RECRUITMENT ACTIVITY FOR MEDICAL STAFF IN SOUTH AFRICA. 4 OUT OF 10 JOBS POSTED ARE LOCATED IN GAUTENG.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 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 R17,576 - R20,551
Senior R19,841 - R22,721

Bookkeeping

Intermediate R15,410 - R18,541
Senior R16,667 - R21,620

Financial/Project Accounting

Intermediate R32,302 - R38,362
Senior R33,005 - R39,996

Cost & Management Accounting

Intermediate R34,962 - R42,208
Senior R38,466 - R43,542

Chartered Accounting

Intermediate R37,308 - R44,236
Senior R51,574 - R65,840

Internal Auditing

Intermediate R31,370 - R37,290
Senior R37,424 - R43,907

Payroll & Wages

Intermediate R15,949 - R19,970
Senior R17,942 - R22,526

Purchasing & Procurement

Intermediate R23,334 - R28,462
Senior R28,833 - R37,121

Taxation

Intermediate R32,662 - R40,564
Senior R33,822 - R42,143

Insurance Jobs

Actuarial Management

Intermediate R30,724 - R43,389
Senior R41,311 - R51,773

Risk Assessment

Intermediate R24,295 - R27,360
Senior R28,484 - R35,214

Claims Assessment

Intermediate R15,886 - R20,444
Senior R20,692 - R25,548

Employee Benefits Management/Administration

Intermediate R16,278 - R20,852

Financial Services Consulting

Intermediate R11,750 - R17,839

Financial Management Jobs

Financial Management

Management R53,708 - R64,983
Senior Management R56,114 - R65,322

Banking Jobs

Corporate Lending

Intermediate R45,278 - R55,618
Senior R51,863 - R69,632

Credit Management

Intermediate R28,144 - R33,833
Senior R36,278 - R44,500

Debt, Rent/Cash Collection

Intermediate R14,179 - R17,097

Financial Advisory Jobs

Financial Analysis

Intermediate R40,605 - R49,073
Senior R45,305 - R55,977

Risk Management

Intermediate R35,275 - R40,952
Senior R38,194 - R47,639

Investment Management

Intermediate R24,875 - R30,794
Senior R33,558 - R41,123

External Auditing

Intermediate R22,798 - R27,381
Senior R28,705 - R33,467

Stock Broking & Asset Management Jobs

Asset Management

Intermediate R24,340 - R32,545
Senior R34,132 - R42,941

Portfolio Management

Intermediate R29,250 - R35,285

Treasury Management

Intermediate R30,321 - R36,556
Senior R37,408 - R43,222

GIVEN THE VASTNESS OF THE FINANCE SECTOR AS WELL AS THE GREAT NEED FOR SKILLS, FINANCE PROFESSIONALS ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST EARNERS IN THE SA LABOUR MARKET, PARTICULARLY THOSE RESIDING IN GAUTENG. YEAR-ON-YEAR, SALARY OFFERINGS HAVE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 20% FOR FINANCIAL MANAGERS.

Finance Jobs

Finance salary trends

MARKETING

Brand Management

Intermediate R27,525 - R32,512
Senior R29,056 - R36,104

Product Management

Intermediate R25,298 - R30,864
Senior R30,067 - R40,944

Market Research & Analysis

Intermediate R22,145 - R28,232
Senior R29,449 - R37,846

Advertising

Intermediate R14,210 - R17,940
Senior R22,190 - R29,524

Communications & Public Relations

Intermediate R16,929 - R22,856
Senior R30,467 - R39,125

Shop Decoration & Visual Display

Intermediate R10,885 - R12,577

Marketing Assistance

Intermediate R12,586 - R18,346

Marketing Management

Management R37,092 - R45,626
Senior Management R37,124 - R46,765

OVER 60% OF RECRUITMENT ACTIVITY FOR MARKETING PROFESSIONALS TAKES PLACE IN GAUTENG. DUE TO THE HIGH DEMAND FOR THESE SKILLS, SALARY OFFERINGS IN GAUTENG ARE HIGHER COMPARED TO THE WESTERN CAPE. KWAZULU-NATAL COMES IN AT A CLOSE THIRD.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 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 R15,386 - R19,178

Travel Agent

Intermediate R12,333 - R19,190
Senior R15,422 - R21,250

Short Term, Life & Medical Insurance Broking

Intermediate R13,571 - R19,377
Senior R17,810 - R25,083

Commodities & Financial Service Agent

Intermediate R17,208 - R20,106
Senior R21,071 - R25,952

Representative & Sales Consulting

Intermediate R12,715 - R18,175
Senior R21,625 - R29,644

Account Management

Intermediate R13,269 - R17,731
Senior R17,375 - R24,000

Telesales & Telemarketing

Intermediate R11,201 - R14,433
Senior R16,982 - R21,771

Merchandiser, Product Promotor & Demonstrator

Intermediate R7,238 - R11,088
Senior R15,743 - R23,857

Retail

Intermediate R11,797 - R14,794
Senior R17,182 - R22,785

Sales Management

Management R30,435 - R37,827
Senior Management R33,583 - R43,656

HOME TO SA'S LARGEST CITIES, GAUTENG AND THE WESTERN CAPE BOAST A PROMINENT SALES INDUSTRY WITH EARNINGS WELL ABOVE ITS NEIGHBOURING PROVINCES. YEAR-ON- YEAR, SALARY OFFERINGS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY FOR TRAVEL AGENTS, TELESALES & TELEMARKETING CONSULTANTS AS WELL AS SALES MANAGERS.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 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 R10,366 - R12,979
Senior R11,455 - R16,016

Personal Assistant

Intermediate R15,005 - R19,164
Senior R21,092 - R25,203

Data Capturing

Intermediate R6,404 - R9,071

Secretary

Intermediate R16,857 - R21,523
Senior R20,538 - R25,318

Teller & Cashier

Intermediate R6,289 - R7,678

Reservation & Ticketing Clerk

Intermediate R9,037 - R11,351
Senior R9,490 - R11,693

Switchboard & Reception

Intermediate R8,403 - R10,228
Senior R9,850 - R11,750

Client & Customer Support

Intermediate R10,701 - R14,894
Senior R12,911 - R15,667

Call Centre Operator

Intermediate R9,721 - R12,562
Senior R15,091 - R19,636

Call Centre Supervisor

Intermediate R10,944 - R14,111
Senior R16,750 - R22,780

Human Resources Officer

Intermediate R16,583 - R20,608
Senior R23,787 - R27,773

Health, Safety & Environment

Intermediate R17,202 - R21,637
Senior R21,771 - R28,136

Office Management

Management R24,681 - R35,958
Senior Management R29,214 - R35,921

DESPITE A HIGH DEMAND FOR ADMIN WORKERS, AN OVERSUPPLY OF CANDIDATES MAKES THIS SECTOR A VERY COMPETITIVE ONE FOR JOB SEEKERS. SALARY OFFERINGS ARE NOT PRONE TO NOTABLE INCREASES YEAR-ON-YEAR. ADMIN STAFF IN KWAZULUNATAL SEEM TO EARN CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN THEIR GAUTENG AND WESTERN CAPE COUNTERPARTS.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 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

Food Processing

Intermediate R14,286 - R17,114

Materials Control

Intermediate R19,639 - R23,924
Senior R28,078 - R38,057

Artisan

Intermediate R20,487 - R25,115
Senior R21,486 - R25,680

Metallurgy & Boiler Making

Intermediate R18,611 - R20,784

Printing

Intermediate R10,650 - R13,818

Tool & Die Making

Intermediate R22,278 - R28,787
Senior R28,607 - R32,357

Machinist

Intermediate R16,280 - R21,936
Senior R23,542 - R27,733

Plant & System Operator

Intermediate R13,733 - R19,308

Plant & Production Control

Intermediate R15,557 - R20,295
Senior R23,389 - R29,302

Process Control

Intermediate R16,437 - R19,093
Senior R22,625 - R30,429

Quality Control

Intermediate R16,374 - R20,003
Senior R19,983 - R25,044

Plant Management

Management R48,492 - R55,542
Senior Management R51,769 - R61,157

IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT THE MAJORITY OF MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY IN SA TAKES PLACE IN GAUTENG, THE WESTERN CAPE AND KWAZULU-NATAL. AS A RESULT, LABOUR DEMAND IN THESE 3 PROVINCES IS VERY HIGH WITH OVER 80% OF VACANCIES LOCATED HERE. REGIONALLY, THERE ARE NO MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN SALARY OFFERINGS.

The salary ranges above are based on actual salary offerings for intermediate and senior level candidates, which were posted on CareerJunction between October 2016 to March 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 (October 2016 to March 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 1.5 million online CVs.