Browse Salaries
Best Paying Jobs
Salary Increase Letters
Career Articles

Mechanical Engineer Average Salary in South Africa 2022

How much money does a Mechanical Engineer make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
31,500 ZAR
( 378,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working as a Mechanical Engineer in South Africa typically earns around 31,500 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 14,500 ZAR (lowest) to 50,100 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 Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Mechanical Engineer
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/south-africa/engineering/mechanical-engineer/median-and-salary-distribution-monthly-south-africa-mechanical-engineer.jpg

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Mechanical Engineer salaries in South Africa range from 14,500 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 50,100 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 34,000 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 34,000 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 34,000 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 Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 21,800 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 21,800 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 45,400 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 45,400 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

Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Mechanical Engineer
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/south-africa/engineering/mechanical-engineer/salary-comparison-by-years-of-experience-monthly-south-africa-mechanical-engineer.jpg

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 16,400 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 22,000 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 32,500 ZAR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Mechanical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 39,600 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 43,100 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 46,700 ZAR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Mechanical Engineer average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 - 2 Years
16,400 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
22,000 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+48%
32,500 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+22%
39,600 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
43,100 ZAR
20+ Years+8%
46,700 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-by-experience.jpg

Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Mechanical Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly South Africa Mechanical Engineer
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/south-africa/engineering/mechanical-engineer/salary-comparison-by-education-level-monthly-south-africa-mechanical-engineer.jpg

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 19,100 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 36,900 ZAR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Mechanical Engineer average salary difference by education level in South Africa

Bachelor's Degree
19,100 ZAR
Master's Degree+93%
36,900 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-comparison-by-education.jpg

Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Mechanical Engineer
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/south-africa/engineering/mechanical-engineer/salary-comparison-by-gender-monthly-south-africa-mechanical-engineer.jpg

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 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

33,200 ZAR
29,700 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
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/south-africa/salary-comparison-by-gender-monthly-south-africa.jpg

Mechanical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Mechanical Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Mechanical Engineer
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/south-africa/engineering/mechanical-engineer/annual-salary-increment-rate-south-africa-mechanical-engineer.jpg

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

Information Technology

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

Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-increment-world.jpg

Mechanical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Mechanical Engineer
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/south-africa/engineering/mechanical-engineer/annual-salary-bonus-rate-south-africa-mechanical-engineer.jpg

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.

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.

Mechanical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in South Africa

180 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 180 ZAR. This means that the average Mechanical Engineer in South Africa earns approximately 180 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.

Mechanical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Mechanical Engineer and Engineering monthly South Africa
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/south-africa/engineering/mechanical-engineer/salary-comparison-between-mechanical-engineer-and-engineering-monthly-south-africa.jpg

The average salary for Mechanical Engineer is 20% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer27,800 ZAR-12%
Assembly Engineering Technician22,200 ZAR-30%
Assistant Chief Engineer32,300 ZAR+3%
Associate Engineer25,900 ZAR-18%
Autocad Operator18,100 ZAR-43%
Automation Engineer29,800 ZAR-5%
Avionic System Support Engineer27,700 ZAR-12%
Biochemical Engineer26,300 ZAR-16%
BMS Engineer27,800 ZAR-12%
Bridge and Lock Tender15,600 ZAR-50%
Broadcast Engineer29,500 ZAR-6%
CAD Design Engineer28,500 ZAR-10%
CAD Designer17,300 ZAR-45%
CAE Engineer27,300 ZAR-13%
Ceramics Engineer26,400 ZAR-16%
Civil Engineer29,900 ZAR-5%
Commissioning Engineer29,200 ZAR-7%
Communications Engineer32,600 ZAR+4%
Condition Monitoring Engineer24,900 ZAR-21%
Contract Associate Engineer26,800 ZAR-15%
Control Systems Engineer28,000 ZAR-11%
Controls Engineer27,800 ZAR-12%
Controls Software Engineer25,200 ZAR-20%
Corrosion Engineer26,400 ZAR-16%
Design Engineer29,700 ZAR-6%
Drafter18,400 ZAR-42%
Drafting Manager33,800 ZAR+7%
Drilling Engineer28,200 ZAR-10%
Electrical Draughtsman15,200 ZAR-52%
Electrical Engineer32,000 ZAR+2%
Electrical Engineering Manager41,800 ZAR+33%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist29,700 ZAR-6%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler14,500 ZAR-54%
Energy Engineer31,300 ZAR-1%
Engine Assembler12,600 ZAR-60%
Engineer30,800 ZAR-2%
Engineering Account Manager31,300 ZAR-1%
Engineering Chief Designer33,100 ZAR+5%
Engineering Consultant38,000 ZAR+21%
Engineering Key Account Manager43,400 ZAR+38%
Engineering Lab Technician26,000 ZAR-17%
Engineering Planning Manager39,300 ZAR+25%
Engineering Production Manager50,000 ZAR+59%
Engineering Project Analyst32,100 ZAR+2%
Engineering Project Coordinator 32,000 ZAR+2%
Engineering Project Director57,100 ZAR+81%
Engineering Project Manager41,200 ZAR+31%
Engineering Research and Development Manager45,100 ZAR+43%
Engineering Safety Coordinator22,400 ZAR-29%
Engineering Sales Manager40,500 ZAR+29%
Engineering Technician22,800 ZAR-28%
Engineering Technologist21,600 ZAR-31%
Environmental Engineer28,600 ZAR-9%
Equipment Engineer26,700 ZAR-15%
Equipment Engineering Manager38,500 ZAR+22%
Estimator24,600 ZAR-22%
Fabrication Specialist20,200 ZAR-36%
Fabricator13,000 ZAR-59%
Facade Engineer26,600 ZAR-16%
Fiber Analyst16,500 ZAR-48%
Field Engineer30,400 ZAR-3%
Field Engineering Manager49,500 ZAR+57%
Fire Engineer29,400 ZAR-7%
Fitter and Turner9,410 ZAR-70%
Forestry Strategic Planner34,800 ZAR+10%
Generation Engineer30,600 ZAR-3%
Genetic Engineer30,400 ZAR-3%
Geological Engineer30,800 ZAR-2%
Geotechnical Engineer31,200 ZAR-1%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic14,900 ZAR-53%
Highway Engineer29,300 ZAR-7%
HSE Professional28,000 ZAR-11%
HVAC Engineer31,300 ZAR-1%
HVAC Supervisor25,100 ZAR-20%
Industrial Engineer28,300 ZAR-10%
Industrial Engineering Technologist27,400 ZAR-13%
Instrument Engineer28,500 ZAR-10%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer27,800 ZAR-12%
Instrumentation Engineer28,400 ZAR-10%
Instrumentation Manager27,800 ZAR-12%
Irrigation Engineer28,600 ZAR-9%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer30,100 ZAR-4%
Locomotive Engineer29,000 ZAR-8%
Maintenance Engineer27,600 ZAR-12%
Maintenance Fitter10,100 ZAR-68%
Maintenance Manager28,300 ZAR-10%
Manufacturing Engineer28,400 ZAR-10%
Marine Engineer29,700 ZAR-6%
Materials Engineer29,000 ZAR-8%
Materials Researcher25,800 ZAR-18%
Materials Technician21,300 ZAR-32%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer32,200 ZAR+2%
Mechanical Design Engineer30,200 ZAR-4%
Mechanical Designer24,500 ZAR-22%
Mechanical Engineer31,500 ZAR+0%
Mechanical Engineering Manager41,500 ZAR+32%
Mechanical Inspector26,700 ZAR-15%
Mechatronics Engineer29,600 ZAR-6%
Mining Engineer28,000 ZAR-11%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer32,300 ZAR+3%
Optical Engineer28,500 ZAR-10%
Optical Instrument Assembler14,900 ZAR-53%
PCB Assembler10,000 ZAR-68%
Photonics Engineer32,800 ZAR+4%
Photonics Technician26,800 ZAR-15%
Pipeline Engineer25,500 ZAR-19%
Piping Designer15,200 ZAR-52%
Piping Engineer25,600 ZAR-19%
Planning Engineer28,900 ZAR-8%
Pressure Vessel Inspector13,000 ZAR-59%
Principal Cost Engineer29,700 ZAR-6%
Principal Engineer29,200 ZAR-7%
Principal Support Engineer29,300 ZAR-7%
Process Engineer29,400 ZAR-7%
Process Operator17,400 ZAR-45%
Product Development Engineer30,900 ZAR-2%
Product Development Technician21,300 ZAR-32%
Product Engineer30,900 ZAR-2%
Product Safety Engineer26,200 ZAR-17%
Production Engineer28,400 ZAR-10%
Project Engineer31,500 ZAR+0%
Proposal Manager36,800 ZAR+17%
Purchasing Engineer27,600 ZAR-12%
Quality Assurance Engineer29,500 ZAR-6%
Rail Engineer30,000 ZAR-5%
Robotics Engineer32,900 ZAR+4%
Robotics Technician23,800 ZAR-24%
Safety Engineer29,800 ZAR-5%
Safety Inspector23,400 ZAR-26%
Safety Manager32,400 ZAR+3%
Safety Officer15,100 ZAR-52%
Sales Engineer29,900 ZAR-5%
Scheduling Engineer27,500 ZAR-13%
Service Engineer29,200 ZAR-7%
Solar Engineer31,200 ZAR-1%
Staff Engineer28,900 ZAR-8%
Static Equipment Engineer28,200 ZAR-10%
Stationary Engineer26,900 ZAR-15%
Stress Engineer27,600 ZAR-12%
Structural Analysis Engineer29,100 ZAR-8%
Structural Designer24,200 ZAR-23%
Structural Engineer29,100 ZAR-8%
Structural Technician19,100 ZAR-39%
Supply Chain Specialist27,100 ZAR-14%
Surveyor20,900 ZAR-34%
Technical Affairs Officer14,500 ZAR-54%
Technical Assistant14,500 ZAR-54%
Technical Engineer23,900 ZAR-24%
Technical Support Engineer24,900 ZAR-21%
Tender Engineer26,300 ZAR-16%
Test Development Engineer29,100 ZAR-8%
Transportation Engineer28,300 ZAR-10%
Validation Engineer24,900 ZAR-21%
Verification Engineer26,400 ZAR-16%
Wastewater Engineer27,500 ZAR-13%
Wind Energy Engineer28,700 ZAR-9%
Wind Energy Operations Manager37,500 ZAR+19%
Work Planner20,800 ZAR-34%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein27,700 ZAR
Cape Town34,000 ZAR
Durban31,700 ZAR
Johannesburg29,700 ZAR
Port Elizabeth28,800 ZAR
Pretoria31,400 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

Browse Salaries

Salary Increase Letters

Best Paying Jobs
HomePrivacy PolicySalary Comparison

©Salary Explorer 2022