A person working as an Elementary School Teacher in South Africa typically earns around 21,500 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 10,500 ZAR (lowest) to 33,500 ZAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Elementary School Teacher salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Elementary School Teacher salaries in South Africa range from 10,500 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 33,500 ZAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 21,900 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 21,900 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 21,900 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 Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 14,600 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 14,600 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 28,300 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 28,300 ZAR.
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
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 Elementary School Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Elementary School Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 12,500 ZAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 16,000 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 22,100 ZAR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Elementary School Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 27,400 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 29,400 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 31,300 ZAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
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 Elementary School Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Elementary School Teacher is 15,600 ZAR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 25,000 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 Elementary School Teacher employees in South Africa earn 7% less than their female counterparts on average.
Elementary School Teacher(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 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 2019. 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.
An Elementary School Teacher is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.
70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.
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 average salary for Elementary School Teacher is 35% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Academic Advisor||35,900 ZAR||+67%|
|Academic Coach||33,200 ZAR||+55%|
|Academic Manager||38,800 ZAR||+81%|
|Academic Specialist||29,300 ZAR||+36%|
|Academic Staff||25,400 ZAR||+18%|
|Achievement Coach||33,400 ZAR||+55%|
|Admissions Specialist||29,800 ZAR||+39%|
|Agricultural Sciences Teacher||26,400 ZAR||+23%|
|Anthropology Teacher||28,700 ZAR||+34%|
|Arabic Language Teacher||24,400 ZAR||+14%|
|Archeology Teacher||29,200 ZAR||+36%|
|Architecture Teacher||31,800 ZAR||+48%|
|Art Teacher||26,300 ZAR||+22%|
|Assistant School Principal||36,900 ZAR||+72%|
|Assistant Teacher||23,100 ZAR||+8%|
|Biochemistry Professor||50,300 ZAR||+130%|
|Biology Teacher||28,900 ZAR||+35%|
|Bursary Scheme Manager||33,200 ZAR||+55%|
|Business Teacher||28,600 ZAR||+33%|
|Chemistry Teacher||27,600 ZAR||+28%|
|Child Care Coordinator||28,500 ZAR||+33%|
|Child Care Worker||23,000 ZAR||+7%|
|Clinical School Psychologist||38,300 ZAR||+78%|
|College Aide||33,000 ZAR||+54%|
|College and Career Readiness Specialist||35,000 ZAR||+63%|
|College President||60,200 ZAR||+180%|
|Communications Teacher||26,800 ZAR||+25%|
|Community Education Officer||24,200 ZAR||+13%|
|Computer Science Teacher||25,500 ZAR||+19%|
|Computer Teacher||24,700 ZAR||+15%|
|Creative Writing Trainer||32,500 ZAR||+51%|
|Credit Counselor||33,500 ZAR||+56%|
|Cultural Studies Teacher||26,700 ZAR||+24%|
|Curriculum Developer||36,500 ZAR||+70%|
|Curriculum Specialist||35,300 ZAR||+64%|
|Deputy Controller of Examinations||31,600 ZAR||+47%|
|Director of Learning Technology||35,300 ZAR||+64%|
|Distance Learning Coordinator||31,300 ZAR||+46%|
|Economics Lecturer||48,100 ZAR||+120%|
|Education Administrator||29,700 ZAR||+38%|
|Education Assistant Director||36,900 ZAR||+72%|
|Education Assistant Principal||30,500 ZAR||+42%|
|Education Assistant Professor||38,200 ZAR||+78%|
|Education Consultant||37,500 ZAR||+75%|
|Education Coordinator||29,800 ZAR||+39%|
|Education Counselor||32,800 ZAR||+53%|
|Education Director||49,600 ZAR||+130%|
|Education Program Specialist||32,900 ZAR||+53%|
|Education Researcher||37,100 ZAR||+73%|
|Education Resource Specialist||28,300 ZAR||+32%|
|Education Services Facilitator||29,900 ZAR||+39%|
|Educational Psychologist||40,400 ZAR||+88%|
|EFL Teacher||28,600 ZAR||+33%|
|eLearning Trainer||25,300 ZAR||+18%|
|Elementary School Teacher||21,500 ZAR||+0%|
|Engineering Lecturer||44,000 ZAR||+100%|
|Engineering Teacher||37,200 ZAR||+73%|
|English Teacher||24,900 ZAR||+16%|
|ESL Teacher||26,700 ZAR||+24%|
|Faculty Assistant||33,800 ZAR||+57%|
|Foreign Language Teacher||25,000 ZAR||+16%|
|GED Teacher||25,100 ZAR||+17%|
|Geography Teacher||24,700 ZAR||+15%|
|Head of Mathematics Department||37,300 ZAR||+74%|
|Head of School||42,600 ZAR||+98%|
|High School Teacher||30,200 ZAR||+41%|
|History Teacher||26,300 ZAR||+22%|
|Infant Teacher||20,100 ZAR||-6%|
|Instructional Assistant||27,600 ZAR||+28%|
|Kindergarten Teacher||22,500 ZAR||+5%|
|Language Instructor For Expatriate||21,300 ZAR||-1%|
|Law Teacher||39,900 ZAR||+86%|
|Learning Designer||31,300 ZAR||+46%|
|Library Assistant||17,700 ZAR||-18%|
|Library Director||30,800 ZAR||+43%|
|Library Specialist||24,400 ZAR||+14%|
|Life Sciences Teacher||27,500 ZAR||+28%|
|Math Lecturer||49,700 ZAR||+130%|
|Mathematics Teacher||29,300 ZAR||+36%|
|Middle School Teacher||27,700 ZAR||+29%|
|Music Teacher||25,300 ZAR||+18%|
|Nursery Manager||40,100 ZAR||+87%|
|Nursery Worker||16,600 ZAR||-23%|
|Physical Education Specialist||30,800 ZAR||+43%|
|Physical Education Teacher||23,900 ZAR||+11%|
|Physics Teacher||27,200 ZAR||+27%|
|Political Science Teacher||29,600 ZAR||+38%|
|Post Doctoral Researcher||42,100 ZAR||+96%|
|Preschool Education Administrator||29,000 ZAR||+35%|
|Preschool Teacher||22,200 ZAR||+3%|
|Primary School Teacher||25,200 ZAR||+17%|
|Product Specialist||31,200 ZAR||+45%|
|Professor - Accounting||46,600 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Architecture||47,400 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Biology||45,900 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Business Administration||44,800 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Chemical Engineering||49,100 ZAR||+130%|
|Professor - Chemistry||48,400 ZAR||+130%|
|Professor - Civil Engineering||44,900 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Communication||44,600 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Computer Science||47,000 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Dentistry||49,000 ZAR||+130%|
|Professor - Drama||45,100 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Economics||48,700 ZAR||+130%|
|Professor - Education||48,000 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Electrical Engineering||50,000 ZAR||+130%|
|Professor - English||45,300 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Environmental Engineering||48,500 ZAR||+130%|
|Professor - Foreign Languages||45,000 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Geological Sciences||46,600 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - History||47,100 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Industrial Engineering||46,700 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Law||50,700 ZAR||+140%|
|Professor - Legal Support||45,200 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Liberal Arts||47,300 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Marketing||50,400 ZAR||+130%|
|Professor - Mathematics||51,700 ZAR||+140%|
|Professor - Mechanical Engineering||50,500 ZAR||+140%|
|Professor - Medical Administration||51,000 ZAR||+140%|
|Professor - Medicine||57,400 ZAR||+170%|
|Professor - Music||43,900 ZAR||+100%|
|Professor - Nursing||45,200 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences||47,600 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Philosophy||48,000 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Physical Therapy||50,500 ZAR||+140%|
|Professor - Physics||52,200 ZAR||+140%|
|Professor - Psychology||47,400 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Rehabilitation||44,200 ZAR||+110%|
|Professor - Social Work||43,500 ZAR||+100%|
|Professor - Sociology||47,500 ZAR||+120%|
|Professor - Special Education||48,400 ZAR||+130%|
|Psychology Teacher||38,900 ZAR||+81%|
|Public Management Assistant Professor||41,900 ZAR||+95%|
|School Counselor||38,700 ZAR||+80%|
|Science Educator||27,000 ZAR||+26%|
|Science Laboratory Assistant||23,200 ZAR||+8%|
|Science Teacher||25,900 ZAR||+21%|
|Secondary Mathematics Teacher||26,800 ZAR||+25%|
|Secondary School Teacher||26,200 ZAR||+22%|
|Special Education Teacher||27,200 ZAR||+27%|
|Special Needs Assistant||23,400 ZAR||+9%|
|Statistics Lecturer||47,500 ZAR||+120%|
|Student Accounts Coordinator||26,800 ZAR||+25%|
|Student Development Specialist||32,800 ZAR||+53%|
|Student Employment Specialist||31,200 ZAR||+45%|
|Student Services||23,400 ZAR||+9%|
|Student Support Manager||33,600 ZAR||+56%|
|Substitute Teacher||21,500 ZAR||+0%|
|Teacher Aide||20,500 ZAR||-5%|
|Teacher Trainer||31,800 ZAR||+48%|
|Training and Development Specialist||36,400 ZAR||+69%|
|Training Coordinator||25,400 ZAR||+18%|
|University Teacher||44,600 ZAR||+110%|
|Vocational Education Teacher||25,600 ZAR||+19%|
|Cape Town||25,100 ZAR|
|Port Elizabeth||20,800 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.