A person working as a Mechanical Engineer in South Africa typically earns around 32,500 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 14,900 ZAR (lowest) to 51,700 ZAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Mechanical Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Mechanical Engineer salaries in South Africa range from 14,900 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 51,700 ZAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 35,100 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 35,100 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 35,100 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 Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 22,500 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 22,500 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 46,900 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 46,900 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 Mechanical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Mechanical Engineer 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 22,700 ZAR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 33,500 ZAR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Mechanical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 40,800 ZAR per month, 22% 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 44,500 ZAR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 48,200 ZAR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Mechanical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Mechanical Engineer is 19,700 ZAR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 38,100 ZAR per month, 93% 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 157,000 Rand(s) to 471,000 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 Mechanical Engineer employees in South Africa earn 17% more than their female counterparts.
Mechanical Engineer(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 20 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.
A Mechanical Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.
42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Mechanical Engineer employees in South Africa earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
Mechanical Engineer salaries in South Africa are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 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 average salary for Mechanical Engineer is 16% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||29,900 ZAR||-8%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||26,100 ZAR||-20%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||31,800 ZAR||-2%|
|Associate Engineer||28,400 ZAR||-13%|
|Autocad Operator||23,600 ZAR||-27%|
|Automation Engineer||32,400 ZAR||-0%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||28,100 ZAR||-14%|
|Biochemical Engineer||31,900 ZAR||-2%|
|BMS Engineer||32,100 ZAR||-1%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||28,400 ZAR||-13%|
|Broadcast Engineer||34,300 ZAR||+6%|
|CAD Design Engineer||27,300 ZAR||-16%|
|CAD Designer||22,600 ZAR||-30%|
|CAE Engineer||27,400 ZAR||-16%|
|Ceramics Engineer||29,000 ZAR||-11%|
|Civil Engineer||29,400 ZAR||-10%|
|Commissioning Engineer||30,500 ZAR||-6%|
|Communications Engineer||32,200 ZAR||-1%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||26,100 ZAR||-20%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||30,300 ZAR||-7%|
|Control Systems Engineer||30,200 ZAR||-7%|
|Controls Engineer||30,000 ZAR||-8%|
|Controls Software Engineer||29,400 ZAR||-10%|
|Corrosion Engineer||28,100 ZAR||-14%|
|Design Engineer||31,900 ZAR||-2%|
|Drafting Manager||33,600 ZAR||+3%|
|Drilling Engineer||28,600 ZAR||-12%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||19,400 ZAR||-40%|
|Electrical Engineer||32,000 ZAR||-2%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||37,300 ZAR||+15%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||31,200 ZAR||-4%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||26,900 ZAR||-17%|
|Energy Engineer||34,500 ZAR||+6%|
|Engine Assembler||20,600 ZAR||-37%|
|Engineering Account Manager||27,100 ZAR||-17%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||30,900 ZAR||-5%|
|Engineering Consultant||33,300 ZAR||+2%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||35,700 ZAR||+10%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||25,100 ZAR||-23%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||35,700 ZAR||+10%|
|Engineering Production Manager||36,100 ZAR||+11%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||31,400 ZAR||-3%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||27,600 ZAR||-15%|
|Engineering Project Director||36,100 ZAR||+11%|
|Engineering Project Manager||37,200 ZAR||+14%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||34,800 ZAR||+7%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||25,900 ZAR||-20%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||37,500 ZAR||+15%|
|Engineering Technician||27,300 ZAR||-16%|
|Engineering Technologist||25,800 ZAR||-21%|
|Environmental Engineer||31,200 ZAR||-4%|
|Equipment Engineer||28,800 ZAR||-11%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||35,000 ZAR||+8%|
|Fabrication Specialist||24,800 ZAR||-24%|
|Facade Engineer||30,500 ZAR||-6%|
|Fiber Analyst||24,300 ZAR||-25%|
|Field Engineer||28,800 ZAR||-11%|
|Field Engineering Manager||38,000 ZAR||+17%|
|Fire Engineer||31,700 ZAR||-2%|
|Fitter and Turner||16,500 ZAR||-49%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||34,800 ZAR||+7%|
|Generation Engineer||36,100 ZAR||+11%|
|Genetic Engineer||35,100 ZAR||+8%|
|Geological Engineer||35,300 ZAR||+9%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||33,900 ZAR||+4%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||22,800 ZAR||-30%|
|Highway Engineer||27,700 ZAR||-15%|
|HSE Professional||27,500 ZAR||-15%|
|HVAC Engineer||31,000 ZAR||-5%|
|HVAC Supervisor||27,900 ZAR||-14%|
|Industrial Engineer||29,000 ZAR||-11%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||28,000 ZAR||-14%|
|Instrument Engineer||32,900 ZAR||+1%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||30,900 ZAR||-5%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||31,500 ZAR||-3%|
|Instrumentation Manager||35,700 ZAR||+10%|
|Irrigation Engineer||29,000 ZAR||-11%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||29,600 ZAR||-9%|
|Locomotive Engineer||30,100 ZAR||-7%|
|Maintenance Engineer||28,600 ZAR||-12%|
|Maintenance Fitter||19,300 ZAR||-41%|
|Maintenance Manager||34,400 ZAR||+6%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||32,800 ZAR||+1%|
|Marine Engineer||27,900 ZAR||-14%|
|Materials Engineer||29,100 ZAR||-10%|
|Materials Researcher||30,900 ZAR||-5%|
|Materials Technician||28,800 ZAR||-11%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||33,800 ZAR||+4%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||31,200 ZAR||-4%|
|Mechanical Designer||27,200 ZAR||-16%|
|Mechanical Engineer||32,500 ZAR||+0%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||37,900 ZAR||+17%|
|Mechanical Inspector||28,900 ZAR||-11%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||27,400 ZAR||-16%|
|Mining Engineer||26,500 ZAR||-18%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||34,300 ZAR||+6%|
|Optical Engineer||28,100 ZAR||-14%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||25,200 ZAR||-22%|
|PCB Assembler||20,200 ZAR||-38%|
|Photonics Engineer||33,700 ZAR||+4%|
|Photonics Technician||27,400 ZAR||-16%|
|Pipeline Engineer||27,600 ZAR||-15%|
|Piping Designer||24,500 ZAR||-25%|
|Piping Engineer||27,700 ZAR||-15%|
|Planning Engineer||28,100 ZAR||-14%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||18,600 ZAR||-43%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||33,000 ZAR||+2%|
|Principal Engineer||32,500 ZAR||+0%|
|Principal Support Engineer||28,400 ZAR||-13%|
|Process Engineer||29,700 ZAR||-9%|
|Process Operator||25,700 ZAR||-21%|
|Product Development Engineer||32,700 ZAR||+1%|
|Product Development Technician||26,400 ZAR||-19%|
|Product Engineer||29,300 ZAR||-10%|
|Product Safety Engineer||27,700 ZAR||-15%|
|Production Engineer||30,500 ZAR||-6%|
|Project Engineer||31,500 ZAR||-3%|
|Proposal Manager||34,100 ZAR||+5%|
|Purchasing Engineer||30,400 ZAR||-6%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||29,400 ZAR||-10%|
|Rail Engineer||29,400 ZAR||-10%|
|Robotics Engineer||34,800 ZAR||+7%|
|Robotics Technician||28,600 ZAR||-12%|
|Safety Engineer||29,000 ZAR||-11%|
|Safety Inspector||27,500 ZAR||-15%|
|Safety Manager||30,900 ZAR||-5%|
|Safety Officer||25,200 ZAR||-22%|
|Sales Engineer||27,700 ZAR||-15%|
|Scheduling Engineer||26,800 ZAR||-18%|
|Service Engineer||31,000 ZAR||-5%|
|Solar Engineer||31,700 ZAR||-2%|
|Staff Engineer||28,800 ZAR||-11%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||27,800 ZAR||-14%|
|Stationary Engineer||28,100 ZAR||-14%|
|Stress Engineer||28,000 ZAR||-14%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||31,000 ZAR||-5%|
|Structural Designer||25,200 ZAR||-22%|
|Structural Engineer||31,400 ZAR||-3%|
|Structural Technician||26,000 ZAR||-20%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||31,200 ZAR||-4%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||23,700 ZAR||-27%|
|Technical Assistant||24,600 ZAR||-24%|
|Technical Engineer||25,400 ZAR||-22%|
|Technical Support Engineer||26,500 ZAR||-18%|
|Tender Engineer||27,300 ZAR||-16%|
|Test Development Engineer||29,600 ZAR||-9%|
|Transportation Engineer||31,200 ZAR||-4%|
|Validation Engineer||27,400 ZAR||-16%|
|Verification Engineer||26,700 ZAR||-18%|
|Wastewater Engineer||27,300 ZAR||-16%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||30,600 ZAR||-6%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||35,500 ZAR||+9%|
|Work Planner||23,000 ZAR||-29%|
|Cape Town||35,000 ZAR|
|Port Elizabeth||29,700 ZAR|