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Doctor / Physician Average Salaries in South Africa 2022

How much money does a person working in Doctor / Physician make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
73,200 ZAR
( 878,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working in Doctor / Physician in South Africa typically earns around 73,200 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 26,900 ZAR (lowest average) to 124,000 ZAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Doctor / Physician careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advanced Nutrition Aide46,100 ZAR
Advanced Practice Provider43,700 ZAR
Allergist62,200 ZAR
Behavioral Health Specialist34,900 ZAR
Chiropractor40,200 ZAR
Clinical Psychologist105,000 ZAR
Correctional Treatment Specialist60,500 ZAR
Counseling Psychologist76,800 ZAR
Dermatologist100,000 ZAR
Dietitian61,300 ZAR
Doctor82,500 ZAR
Emergency Department Physician74,900 ZAR
Exercise Physiologist79,200 ZAR
Forensic Pathologist88,000 ZAR
General Medical Practitioner61,400 ZAR
Genetic Counselor54,400 ZAR
Internist102,000 ZAR
Interventionist98,400 ZAR
Invasive Cardiologist131,000 ZAR
Mental Health Therapst55,200 ZAR
Naturopathic Physician96,000 ZAR
Neurologist98,500 ZAR
Neurophysiology Technologist27,900 ZAR
Nuclear Medicine Physician83,900 ZAR
Obstetrician / Gynecologist89,700 ZAR
Occupational Health Safety Specialist45,600 ZAR
Ophthalmologist71,200 ZAR
Optometrist71,400 ZAR
Pediatrician74,600 ZAR
Physical Therapist54,200 ZAR
Physical Therapy Director62,600 ZAR
Physician - Anesthesiology117,000 ZAR
Physician - Cardiology125,000 ZAR
Physician - CCU71,200 ZAR
Physician - Dermatology101,000 ZAR
Physician - Emergency Room75,500 ZAR
Physician - Endocrinology96,600 ZAR
Physician - Family Practice67,200 ZAR
Physician - Gastroenterology91,300 ZAR
Physician - Generalist73,300 ZAR
Physician - Geriatrics63,200 ZAR
Physician - Hematology / Oncology88,600 ZAR
Physician - Immunology / Allergy101,000 ZAR
Physician - Infectious Disease86,700 ZAR
Physician - Internal Medicine106,000 ZAR
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine84,800 ZAR
Physician - Nephrology104,000 ZAR
Physician - Neurology104,000 ZAR
Physician - Nuclear Medicine88,400 ZAR
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology93,600 ZAR
Physician - Occupational Medicine72,400 ZAR
Physician - Ophthalmology61,700 ZAR
Physician - Otolaryngology57,900 ZAR
Physician - Pain Medicine54,100 ZAR
Physician - Pathology68,900 ZAR
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology85,200 ZAR
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology81,400 ZAR
Physician - Pediatrics73,800 ZAR
Physician - Physiatry80,400 ZAR
Physician - Podiatry73,900 ZAR
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine58,400 ZAR
Physician - Radiation Therapy95,900 ZAR
Physician - Radiology96,000 ZAR
Physician - Rheumatology84,800 ZAR
Physician - Sports Medicine84,100 ZAR
Physician - Urology109,000 ZAR
Physician Assistant50,900 ZAR
Physiotherapist56,900 ZAR
Podiatrist63,500 ZAR
Preventive Medicine Physician73,600 ZAR
Psychiatrist84,400 ZAR
Psychololgist83,100 ZAR
Psychometrician71,300 ZAR
Radiologist88,500 ZAR
Registered Respiratory Therapist50,800 ZAR
Skin Care Specialist49,700 ZAR
Urologist108,000 ZAR
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist51,000 ZAR

Doctor / Physician Jobs Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Doctor / Physician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Doctor / Physician salaries in South Africa range from 26,900 ZAR per month (minimum average salary) to 124,000 ZAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 70,300 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 70,300 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 70,300 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 43,700 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 43,700 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 93,000 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 93,000 ZAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Doctor / Physician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Doctor / Physician
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in South Africa who work in Doctor / Physician earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

76,400 ZAR
70,900 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in South Africa for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa
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Doctor / Physician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Doctor / Physician professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Doctor / Physician professionals in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Doctor / Physician
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

South Africa / All Professions

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.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

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

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in South Africa is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2021. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Doctor / Physician Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Doctor / Physician
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Doctor / Physician is considered to be a high bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

25% of surveyed staff in Doctor / Physician reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 75% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

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.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

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.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting 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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

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.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

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.

Doctor / Physician Hourly Average Wage in South Africa

420 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 420 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximately 420 ZAR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

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.

Doctor / Physician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Doctor / Physician and Health and Medical monthly South Africa
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The average salary for Doctor / Physician is 57% more than that of Health and Medical. Also, Health and Medical salaries are 49% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein71,100 ZAR
Cape Town85,200 ZAR
Durban81,400 ZAR
Johannesburg78,400 ZAR
Port Elizabeth73,900 ZAR
Pretoria76,900 ZAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
30,200 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,300 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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