A person working in Engineering in South Africa typically earns around 26,300 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 8,340 ZAR (lowest average) to 55,600 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||27,800 ZAR|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||22,200 ZAR|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||32,300 ZAR|
|Associate Engineer||25,900 ZAR|
|Autocad Operator||18,100 ZAR|
|Automation Engineer||31,000 ZAR|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||27,700 ZAR|
|Biochemical Engineer||26,300 ZAR|
|BMS Engineer||27,800 ZAR|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||15,600 ZAR|
|Broadcast Engineer||29,500 ZAR|
|CAD Design Engineer||28,500 ZAR|
|CAD Designer||17,300 ZAR|
|CAE Engineer||27,300 ZAR|
|Ceramics Engineer||26,400 ZAR|
|Civil Engineer||29,900 ZAR|
|Commissioning Engineer||29,200 ZAR|
|Communications Engineer||32,600 ZAR|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||24,900 ZAR|
|Contract Associate Engineer||26,800 ZAR|
|Control Systems Engineer||28,000 ZAR|
|Controls Engineer||27,800 ZAR|
|Controls Software Engineer||25,200 ZAR|
|Corrosion Engineer||26,400 ZAR|
|Design Engineer||29,700 ZAR|
|Drafting Manager||33,800 ZAR|
|Drilling Engineer||28,200 ZAR|
|Electrical Draughtsman||15,200 ZAR|
|Electrical Engineer||32,000 ZAR|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||41,800 ZAR|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||29,700 ZAR|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||14,500 ZAR|
|Energy Engineer||31,300 ZAR|
|Engine Assembler||12,600 ZAR|
|Engineering Account Manager||31,300 ZAR|
|Engineering Chief Designer||33,100 ZAR|
|Engineering Consultant||38,000 ZAR|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||43,400 ZAR|
|Engineering Lab Technician||26,000 ZAR|
|Engineering Planning Manager||39,300 ZAR|
|Engineering Production Manager||50,000 ZAR|
|Engineering Project Analyst||32,100 ZAR|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||32,000 ZAR|
|Engineering Project Director||57,100 ZAR|
|Engineering Project Manager||41,200 ZAR|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||45,100 ZAR|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||22,400 ZAR|
|Engineering Sales Manager||40,500 ZAR|
|Engineering Technician||22,800 ZAR|
|Engineering Technologist||21,600 ZAR|
|Environmental Engineer||28,600 ZAR|
|Equipment Engineer||26,700 ZAR|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||38,500 ZAR|
|Fabrication Specialist||20,200 ZAR|
|Facade Engineer||26,600 ZAR|
|Fiber Analyst||16,500 ZAR|
|Field Engineer||30,400 ZAR|
|Field Engineering Manager||49,500 ZAR|
|Fire Engineer||29,400 ZAR|
|Fitter and Turner||9,410 ZAR|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||34,800 ZAR|
|Generation Engineer||30,600 ZAR|
|Genetic Engineer||30,400 ZAR|
|Geological Engineer||30,800 ZAR|
|Geotechnical Engineer||31,200 ZAR|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||14,900 ZAR|
|Highway Engineer||29,300 ZAR|
|HSE Professional||28,000 ZAR|
|HVAC Engineer||31,300 ZAR|
|HVAC Supervisor||25,100 ZAR|
|Industrial Engineer||28,300 ZAR|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||27,400 ZAR|
|Instrument Engineer||28,500 ZAR|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||27,800 ZAR|
|Instrumentation Engineer||28,400 ZAR|
|Instrumentation Manager||27,800 ZAR|
|Irrigation Engineer||28,600 ZAR|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||30,100 ZAR|
|Locomotive Engineer||29,000 ZAR|
|Maintenance Engineer||27,600 ZAR|
|Maintenance Fitter||10,100 ZAR|
|Maintenance Manager||28,300 ZAR|
|Manufacturing Engineer||28,400 ZAR|
|Marine Engineer||29,700 ZAR|
|Materials Engineer||29,000 ZAR|
|Materials Researcher||25,800 ZAR|
|Materials Technician||21,300 ZAR|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||32,200 ZAR|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||30,200 ZAR|
|Mechanical Designer||24,500 ZAR|
|Mechanical Engineer||31,500 ZAR|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||41,500 ZAR|
|Mechanical Inspector||26,700 ZAR|
|Mechatronics Engineer||29,600 ZAR|
|Mining Engineer||28,000 ZAR|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||32,300 ZAR|
|Optical Engineer||28,500 ZAR|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||14,900 ZAR|
|PCB Assembler||10,000 ZAR|
|Photonics Engineer||32,800 ZAR|
|Photonics Technician||26,800 ZAR|
|Pipeline Engineer||25,500 ZAR|
|Piping Designer||15,200 ZAR|
|Piping Engineer||25,600 ZAR|
|Planning Engineer||28,900 ZAR|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||13,000 ZAR|
|Principal Cost Engineer||29,700 ZAR|
|Principal Engineer||29,200 ZAR|
|Principal Support Engineer||29,300 ZAR|
|Process Engineer||29,400 ZAR|
|Process Operator||17,400 ZAR|
|Product Development Engineer||30,900 ZAR|
|Product Development Technician||21,300 ZAR|
|Product Engineer||30,900 ZAR|
|Product Safety Engineer||26,200 ZAR|
|Production Engineer||28,400 ZAR|
|Project Engineer||31,500 ZAR|
|Proposal Manager||36,800 ZAR|
|Purchasing Engineer||27,600 ZAR|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||29,500 ZAR|
|Rail Engineer||30,000 ZAR|
|Robotics Engineer||32,900 ZAR|
|Robotics Technician||23,800 ZAR|
|Safety Engineer||29,800 ZAR|
|Safety Inspector||23,400 ZAR|
|Safety Manager||32,400 ZAR|
|Safety Officer||15,100 ZAR|
|Sales Engineer||29,900 ZAR|
|Scheduling Engineer||27,500 ZAR|
|Service Engineer||29,200 ZAR|
|Solar Engineer||31,200 ZAR|
|Staff Engineer||28,900 ZAR|
|Static Equipment Engineer||28,200 ZAR|
|Stationary Engineer||26,900 ZAR|
|Stress Engineer||27,600 ZAR|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||29,100 ZAR|
|Structural Designer||24,200 ZAR|
|Structural Engineer||29,100 ZAR|
|Structural Technician||19,100 ZAR|
|Supply Chain Specialist||27,100 ZAR|
|Technical Affairs Officer||14,500 ZAR|
|Technical Assistant||14,500 ZAR|
|Technical Engineer||23,900 ZAR|
|Technical Support Engineer||24,900 ZAR|
|Tender Engineer||26,300 ZAR|
|Test Development Engineer||29,100 ZAR|
|Transportation Engineer||28,300 ZAR|
|Validation Engineer||24,900 ZAR|
|Verification Engineer||26,400 ZAR|
|Wastewater Engineer||27,500 ZAR|
|Wind Energy Engineer||28,700 ZAR|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||37,500 ZAR|
|Work Planner||20,800 ZAR|
Engineering salaries in South Africa range from 8,340 ZAR per month (minimum average salary) to 55,600 ZAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 25,200 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 25,200 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 25,200 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 15,100 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 15,100 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 38,800 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 38,800 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 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.
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.
It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.
Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.
Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.
Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.
Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.
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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then 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 employees in South Africa who work in Engineering earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.
Engineering professionals in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 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 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.
Engineering is considered to be a moderate 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.
50% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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 Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.
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.