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Attorney Average Salary in South Africa 2020

How much money does an Attorney make in South Africa?


Average Monthly Salary
45,000 ZAR
( 540,000 ZAR yearly)

LOW
20,700
ZAR
AVERAGE
45,000
ZAR
HIGH
71,500
ZAR

A person working as an Attorney in South Africa typically earns around 45,000 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 20,700 ZAR (lowest) to 71,500 ZAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Attorney salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Attorney Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in South Africa range from 20,700 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 71,500 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 48,600 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 48,600 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 48,600 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 Attorney(s) are earning less than 31,200 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 31,200 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 64,800 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 64,800 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

Attorney Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Attorney salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Attorney with less than two years of experience makes approximately 23,500 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 31,400 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 46,300 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, Attorney(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 56,500 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 61,600 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 66,700 ZAR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Attorney average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 - 2 Years
23,500 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
31,400 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+48%
46,300 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+22%
56,500 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
61,600 ZAR
20+ Years+8%
66,700 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Attorney Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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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 Attorney salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Attorney is 26,800 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 42,000 ZAR per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 70,500 ZAR per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.


Attorney average salary difference by education level in South Africa

Bachelor's Degree
26,800 ZAR
Master's Degree+57%
42,000 ZAR
PhD+68%
70,500 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 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.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Attorney Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Attorney employees in South Africa earn 17% more than their female counterparts.

Female
41,400 ZAR
Male+17%
48,500 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in South Africa for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

Attorney

Attorney(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

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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

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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 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

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.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Attorney
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An Attorney is considered to be a high 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.

16% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 84% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
84%
No Bonus
16%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Attorney employees in South Africa earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
30,500 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,600 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Attorney Salary Trend and Forecast in South Africa

How are Attorney salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
38,900 ZAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
40,300 ZAR
Average Salary 2018+4%
41,800 ZAR
Average Salary 2019+4%
43,400 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Attorney 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.

Attorney Average Hourly Wage in South Africa


260 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 260 ZAR. This means that the average Attorney in South Africa earns approximately 260 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.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Attorney is 30% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge48,100 ZAR+7%
Arbitrator40,200 ZAR-11%
Associate Attorney39,100 ZAR-13%
Attorney45,000 ZAR+0%
Bailiff27,600 ZAR-39%
Barrister24,800 ZAR-45%
Candidate Attorney33,200 ZAR-26%
Conciliator29,900 ZAR-34%
Contracts Manager38,100 ZAR-15%
Contracts Negotiator34,800 ZAR-23%
Conveyancing Secretary20,200 ZAR-55%
Corporate Counsel34,000 ZAR-24%
Counsel34,900 ZAR-22%
Court Clerk21,500 ZAR-52%
Court Judicial Assistant28,400 ZAR-37%
Court Liaison Specialist30,400 ZAR-32%
Court Reporter32,500 ZAR-28%
Court Representative32,100 ZAR-29%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer50,400 ZAR+12%
Immigration Executive47,300 ZAR+5%
In House Counsel32,300 ZAR-28%
Intellectual Property Specialist33,900 ZAR-25%
Judge Advocate48,000 ZAR+7%
Law Clerk21,000 ZAR-53%
Lawyer46,600 ZAR+4%
Legal Administrative Assistant23,100 ZAR-49%
Legal Advisor38,600 ZAR-14%
Legal Assistant22,300 ZAR-50%
Legal Associate30,600 ZAR-32%
Legal Consultant38,600 ZAR-14%
Legal Counsel36,900 ZAR-18%
Legal Editor29,100 ZAR-35%
Legal Executive39,200 ZAR-13%
Legal Executive Secretary24,400 ZAR-46%
Legal IP Officer20,500 ZAR-54%
Legal Officer23,800 ZAR-47%
Legal Services Director54,100 ZAR+20%
Legal Services Manager49,900 ZAR+11%
Legal Support Worker20,600 ZAR-54%
Legislative Liaison29,500 ZAR-34%
Litigation Attorney52,100 ZAR+16%
Litigation Paralegal46,100 ZAR+3%
Magistrate Judge48,400 ZAR+8%
Paralegal44,700 ZAR-1%
Patent Attorney49,100 ZAR+9%
Staff Attorney42,000 ZAR-7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein42,300 ZAR
Cape Town50,200 ZAR
Durban48,600 ZAR
Johannesburg47,300 ZAR
Port Elizabeth46,300 ZAR
Pretoria47,000 ZAR
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