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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in South Africa 2020

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in South Africa?


Average Monthly Salary
25,000 ZAR
( 300,000 ZAR yearly)

LOW
13,000
ZAR
AVERAGE
25,000
ZAR
HIGH
38,200
ZAR

A person working as a Laboratory Technician in South Africa typically earns around 25,000 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 13,000 ZAR (lowest) to 38,200 ZAR (highest).

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

Laboratory Technician Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Laboratory Technician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in South Africa range from 13,000 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 38,200 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 24,000 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 24,000 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 24,000 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 Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 16,600 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 16,600 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 29,900 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 29,900 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

Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Laboratory Technician
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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 Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 14,800 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,800 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 25,700 ZAR per month, 30% 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, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 31,200 ZAR per month, 21% 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 34,100 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 35,800 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in South Africa

0 - 2 Years
14,800 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
19,800 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+30%
25,700 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+21%
31,200 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
34,100 ZAR
20+ Years+5%
35,800 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Laboratory Technician(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 Laboratory Technician salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 20,800 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 28,900 ZAR per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in South Africa

Bachelor's Degree
20,800 ZAR
Master's Degree+39%
28,900 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

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Laboratory Technician 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 Laboratory Technician employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
26,100 ZAR
Female-7%
24,200 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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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 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

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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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Laboratory Technician
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A Laboratory Technician 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.

73% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 27% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
27%
No Bonus
73%

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.

Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in South Africa


140 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 140 ZAR. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in South Africa earns approximately 140 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.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Laboratory Technician and Health and Medical monthly South Africa
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 36% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Ambulance Dispatcher25,400 ZAR+2%
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Ambulance Officer and Paramedic26,800 ZAR+7%
Ambulatory Services Director49,500 ZAR+98%
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Anesthesiologist105,000 ZAR+320%
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Assistant Optometrist29,400 ZAR+18%
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Cardiovascular Technologist48,500 ZAR+94%
Central Sterile Processing Technician28,100 ZAR+12%
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Clinical Application Specialist28,600 ZAR+14%
Clinical Biochemist57,900 ZAR+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist49,400 ZAR+98%
Clinical Data Reviewer28,600 ZAR+14%
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Clinical Field Associate28,700 ZAR+15%
Clinical Genetic Technologist45,400 ZAR+82%
Clinical Microbiologist65,100 ZAR+160%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist54,300 ZAR+120%
Clinical Neuropsychologist63,600 ZAR+150%
Clinical Research Coordinator34,800 ZAR+39%
Clinical Scientist66,700 ZAR+170%
CME Specialist49,400 ZAR+98%
CT Technologist30,600 ZAR+22%
Cytogenetic Technologist45,700 ZAR+83%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer37,700 ZAR+51%
Dispensing Optician29,500 ZAR+18%
Dosimetrist43,400 ZAR+74%
EKG Technician29,500 ZAR+18%
Endoscopic Assistant25,600 ZAR+2%
Endoscopy Technician26,500 ZAR+6%
Enterostomal Therapist42,800 ZAR+71%
Epidemiologist51,800 ZAR+110%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian26,200 ZAR+5%
Health Systems Specialist36,600 ZAR+46%
Health Technologist41,100 ZAR+64%
Healthcare Data Analyst32,100 ZAR+28%
Hearing Aid Specialist32,100 ZAR+28%
Histotechnologist41,300 ZAR+65%
Immunologist57,700 ZAR+130%
Industrial Hygienist42,400 ZAR+70%
Infection Control Coordinator30,900 ZAR+24%
Infection Control Practitioner65,800 ZAR+160%
Infection Preventionist47,300 ZAR+89%
Informatics Practice Specialist35,900 ZAR+44%
Interventional Radiographer50,800 ZAR+100%
Lab Assistant23,500 ZAR-6%
Laboratory Manager47,400 ZAR+90%
Laboratory Technician25,000 ZAR+0%
Low Vision Therapist52,700 ZAR+110%
Mammography Technician25,500 ZAR+2%
Medical Coder22,100 ZAR-12%
Medical Courier17,300 ZAR-31%
Medical Equipment Preparer24,700 ZAR-1%
Medical Forms Designer20,100 ZAR-20%
Medical Technologist26,500 ZAR+6%
MRI Technologist26,300 ZAR+5%
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Neurodiagnostic Techncian25,700 ZAR+3%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant22,900 ZAR-8%
Nuclear Medical Technician36,600 ZAR+46%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist35,400 ZAR+42%
Nutrition Assistant25,400 ZAR+2%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant26,900 ZAR+8%
Operating Room Scheduler24,300 ZAR-3%
Operating Room Services Director75,400 ZAR+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant27,600 ZAR+10%
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Orthopedic Technician28,100 ZAR+12%
Orthoptist74,800 ZAR+200%
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Phlebotomist18,800 ZAR-25%
Pre Authorization Case Manager35,800 ZAR+43%
Prosthetist59,000 ZAR+140%
Radiation Therapist92,500 ZAR+270%
Radiation Therapy Technologist36,100 ZAR+44%
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Radiologic Technologist35,000 ZAR+40%
Radiology Technologist37,600 ZAR+50%
Respiratory Care Practitioner68,400 ZAR+170%
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Sonographer34,900 ZAR+40%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein21,900 ZAR
Cape Town27,000 ZAR
Durban25,100 ZAR
Johannesburg23,600 ZAR
Port Elizabeth22,800 ZAR
Pretoria24,900 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

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