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 salaries in South Africa range from 13,000 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 38,200 ZAR per month (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+30%|
|10 - 15 Years||+21%|
|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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Laboratory Technician is 36% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Academic Clinician||61,600 ZAR||+150%|
|Admitting Officer||23,800 ZAR||-5%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||25,400 ZAR||+2%|
|Ambulance Driver||23,400 ZAR||-6%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||26,800 ZAR||+7%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||49,500 ZAR||+98%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||59,300 ZAR||+140%|
|Anesthesia Technician||35,600 ZAR||+42%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||36,200 ZAR||+45%|
|Assistant Optometrist||29,400 ZAR||+18%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||45,600 ZAR||+82%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||24,000 ZAR||-4%|
|Cardiac Technician||23,200 ZAR||-7%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||128,000 ZAR||+410%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||48,500 ZAR||+94%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||28,100 ZAR||+12%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||31,100 ZAR||+24%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||28,600 ZAR||+14%|
|Clinical Biochemist||57,900 ZAR||+130%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||49,400 ZAR||+98%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||28,600 ZAR||+14%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||35,800 ZAR||+43%|
|Clinical Field Associate||28,700 ZAR||+15%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||45,400 ZAR||+82%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||65,100 ZAR||+160%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||54,300 ZAR||+120%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||63,600 ZAR||+150%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||34,800 ZAR||+39%|
|Clinical Scientist||66,700 ZAR||+170%|
|CME Specialist||49,400 ZAR||+98%|
|CT Technologist||30,600 ZAR||+22%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||45,700 ZAR||+83%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||37,700 ZAR||+51%|
|Dispensing Optician||29,500 ZAR||+18%|
|EKG Technician||29,500 ZAR||+18%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||25,600 ZAR||+2%|
|Endoscopy Technician||26,500 ZAR||+6%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||42,800 ZAR||+71%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||26,200 ZAR||+5%|
|Health Systems Specialist||36,600 ZAR||+46%|
|Health Technologist||41,100 ZAR||+64%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||32,100 ZAR||+28%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||32,100 ZAR||+28%|
|Industrial Hygienist||42,400 ZAR||+70%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||30,900 ZAR||+24%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||65,800 ZAR||+160%|
|Infection Preventionist||47,300 ZAR||+89%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||35,900 ZAR||+44%|
|Interventional Radiographer||50,800 ZAR||+100%|
|Lab Assistant||23,500 ZAR||-6%|
|Laboratory Manager||47,400 ZAR||+90%|
|Laboratory Technician||25,000 ZAR||+0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||52,700 ZAR||+110%|
|Mammography Technician||25,500 ZAR||+2%|
|Medical Coder||22,100 ZAR||-12%|
|Medical Courier||17,300 ZAR||-31%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||24,700 ZAR||-1%|
|Medical Forms Designer||20,100 ZAR||-20%|
|Medical Technologist||26,500 ZAR||+6%|
|MRI Technologist||26,300 ZAR||+5%|
|Music Therapist||36,500 ZAR||+46%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||25,700 ZAR||+3%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||22,900 ZAR||-8%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||36,600 ZAR||+46%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||35,400 ZAR||+42%|
|Nutrition Assistant||25,400 ZAR||+2%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||26,900 ZAR||+8%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||24,300 ZAR||-3%|
|Operating Room Services Director||75,400 ZAR||+200%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||27,600 ZAR||+10%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||27,600 ZAR||+10%|
|Orthopedic Technician||28,100 ZAR||+12%|
|Pathology Assistant||26,500 ZAR||+6%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||35,800 ZAR||+43%|
|Radiation Therapist||92,500 ZAR||+270%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||36,100 ZAR||+44%|
|Radiography Technologist||36,200 ZAR||+45%|
|Radiologic Technologist||35,000 ZAR||+40%|
|Radiology Technologist||37,600 ZAR||+50%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||68,400 ZAR||+170%|
|Respiratory Therapist||49,500 ZAR||+98%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||30,200 ZAR||+21%|
|Sonography Technologist||37,700 ZAR||+51%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||56,800 ZAR||+130%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||29,100 ZAR||+16%|
|Vascular Technologist||25,400 ZAR||+2%|
|X-Ray Technologist||36,000 ZAR||+44%|
|Cape Town||27,000 ZAR|
|Port Elizabeth||22,800 ZAR|
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.