A person working as Agricultural Engineer in South Africa typically earns around 29,200 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 14,300 ZAR (lowest) to 45,600 ZAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Agricultural Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Agricultural Engineer salaries in South Africa range from 14,300 ZAR per month (starting salary) to 45,600 ZAR per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.
The median salary is 27,300 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Agricultural Engineer(s) are earning less than 27,300 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 27,300 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Agricultural Engineer(s) are earning less than 22,300 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 22,300 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Agricultural Engineer(s) are earning less than 31,200 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 31,200 ZAR.
We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 17,000 ZAR to 23,900 ZAR. Approximatly 20% fall under the 17,000 ZAR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 23,900 ZAR to 27,100 ZAR. Only 5% of people grossed 27,100 ZAR or more.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
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 Agricultural Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 17,000 ZAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 21,800 ZAR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 30,100 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Agricultural Engineer whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 37,300 ZAR per month, 24% 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 40,000 ZAR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 42,600 ZAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
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 Agricultural Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary is 21,200 ZAR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 34,000 ZAR per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in South Africa costs anywhere from 156,000 Rand(s) to 467,000 Rand(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.
You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.
Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Agricultural Engineer employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.
Agricultural Engineer(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 21 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.
The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.
"Agricultural Engineer" is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.
The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.Company Performance Bonuses
Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.Goal-Based Bonuses
Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.Holiday / End of Year Bonuses
These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.
People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting Cast|
Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.
Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.
Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.
Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.
|Average Salary 2019|
|Average Salary 2020||+4%|
|Average Salary 2021||+3%|
|Average Salary 2022||+2%|
Agricultural Engineer salaries in South Africa are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 2% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.
The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Agricultural Engineer' in South Africa is 83 ZAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.
The average salary for Agricultural Engineer is 56% more than that of Gardening / Farming / Fishing. Also, Gardening / Farming / Fishing salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Agricultural and Food Science Technician||19,900 ZAR||-32%|
|Agricultural and Food Scientist||46,200 ZAR||+58%|
|Agricultural Consultant||46,400 ZAR||+59%|
|Agricultural Engineer||29,200 ZAR||-0%|
|Agricultural Inspector||27,800 ZAR||-5%|
|Agricultural Manager||48,900 ZAR||+67%|
|Animal Attendant||14,100 ZAR||-52%|
|Animal Nutritionist||28,100 ZAR||-4%|
|Animal Trainer||16,500 ZAR||-44%|
|Aquaculture and Seafood Farmer||16,100 ZAR||-45%|
|Bee Keeper||9,120 ZAR||-69%|
|Commercial Horticulturist||22,800 ZAR||-22%|
|Farm Manager||38,800 ZAR||+33%|
|Floral Designer||11,900 ZAR||-59%|
|Forestry and Logging Worker||8,310 ZAR||-72%|
|Garden Center Helper||8,550 ZAR||-71%|
|Garden Centre Manager||24,400 ZAR||-17%|
|General Farm Assistant||9,090 ZAR||-69%|
|Greenhouse Assistant||8,810 ZAR||-70%|
|Greenhouse Manager||21,300 ZAR||-27%|
|Horticultural Worker||8,980 ZAR||-69%|
|Tree Pruner||8,580 ZAR||-71%|
|Tree Specialist||14,300 ZAR||-51%|
|Cape Town||30,600 ZAR|
|Port Elizabeth||27,800 ZAR|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in South Africa earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.
A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 27,300 ZAR and 31,200 ZAR. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.
The base salary for Agricultural Engineer in South Africa is ranges from 22,300 ZAR to 31,200 ZAR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
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