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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Cape Town 2020

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in Cape Town?

Average Monthly Salary
38,300 ZAR
( 460,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in Cape Town typically earns around 38,300 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 18,400 ZAR (lowest average) to 70,100 ZAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Teaching / Education careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor39,700 ZAR
Academic Coach38,900 ZAR
Academic Manager41,600 ZAR
Academic Specialist33,300 ZAR
Academic Staff27,500 ZAR
Accompanist31,100 ZAR
Achievement Coach38,200 ZAR
Admissions Specialist34,600 ZAR
Agricultural Sciences Teacher27,900 ZAR
Anthropology Teacher30,100 ZAR
Arabic Language Teacher27,400 ZAR
Archeology Teacher31,300 ZAR
Architecture Teacher32,500 ZAR
Archivist25,400 ZAR
Art Teacher26,500 ZAR
Assistant School Principal37,700 ZAR
Assistant Teacher26,100 ZAR
Biochemistry Professor 52,500 ZAR
Biology Teacher31,200 ZAR
Bursary Scheme Manager34,600 ZAR
Business Teacher31,200 ZAR
Chemistry Teacher28,500 ZAR
Child Care Coordinator31,100 ZAR
Child Care Worker24,000 ZAR
Clinical School Psychologist42,800 ZAR
College Aide35,900 ZAR
College and Career Readiness Specialist40,300 ZAR
College President66,200 ZAR
Communications Teacher29,800 ZAR
Community Education Officer26,100 ZAR
Computer Science Teacher28,200 ZAR
Computer Teacher28,800 ZAR
Creative Writing Trainer36,100 ZAR
Credit Counselor37,700 ZAR
Cultural Studies Teacher29,300 ZAR
Curriculum Developer40,500 ZAR
Curriculum Specialist37,100 ZAR
Demonstrator26,500 ZAR
Deputy Controller of Examinations37,100 ZAR
Director of Learning Technology40,300 ZAR
Distance Learning Coordinator34,600 ZAR
Economics Lecturer50,600 ZAR
Education Administrator34,700 ZAR
Education Assistant Director39,400 ZAR
Education Assistant Principal32,200 ZAR
Education Assistant Professor42,000 ZAR
Education Consultant43,700 ZAR
Education Coordinator30,300 ZAR
Education Counselor35,200 ZAR
Education Director50,900 ZAR
Education Program Specialist36,500 ZAR
Education Researcher43,600 ZAR
Education Resource Specialist31,800 ZAR
Education Services Facilitator35,400 ZAR
Educational Psychologist45,800 ZAR
EFL Teacher31,000 ZAR
eLearning Trainer26,400 ZAR
Elementary School Teacher25,100 ZAR
Engineering Lecturer50,100 ZAR
Engineering Teacher39,900 ZAR
English Teacher26,700 ZAR
ESL Teacher30,400 ZAR
Faculty Assistant37,100 ZAR
Foreign Language Teacher26,000 ZAR
GED Teacher26,100 ZAR
Geography Teacher27,500 ZAR
Head of Mathematics Department41,200 ZAR
Head of School50,000 ZAR
High School Teacher33,100 ZAR
History Teacher29,600 ZAR
Infant Teacher22,100 ZAR
Instructional Assistant30,700 ZAR
Instructor33,000 ZAR
Kindergarten Teacher22,900 ZAR
Language Instructor For Expatriate25,300 ZAR
Law Teacher40,500 ZAR
Learning Designer35,400 ZAR
Lecturer48,600 ZAR
Librarian25,300 ZAR
Library Assistant19,300 ZAR
Library Director36,200 ZAR
Library Specialist25,300 ZAR
Life Sciences Teacher29,100 ZAR
Math Lecturer54,300 ZAR
Mathematics Teacher32,800 ZAR
Mentor34,300 ZAR
Middle School Teacher31,100 ZAR
Music Teacher28,200 ZAR
Nursery Manager45,900 ZAR
Nursery Worker18,200 ZAR
Paraprofessional41,900 ZAR
Physical Education Specialist33,700 ZAR
Physical Education Teacher27,600 ZAR
Physics Teacher 29,900 ZAR
Political Science Teacher30,000 ZAR
Post Doctoral Researcher45,900 ZAR
Preschool Education Administrator32,200 ZAR
Preschool Teacher24,900 ZAR
Primary School Teacher25,900 ZAR
Principal44,500 ZAR
Product Specialist31,800 ZAR
Professor - Accounting52,800 ZAR
Professor - Architecture56,800 ZAR
Professor - Biology52,600 ZAR
Professor - Business Administration49,000 ZAR
Professor - Chemical Engineering56,800 ZAR
Professor - Chemistry53,500 ZAR
Professor - Civil Engineering52,500 ZAR
Professor - Communication49,800 ZAR
Professor - Computer Science55,400 ZAR
Professor - Dentistry55,300 ZAR
Professor - Drama53,700 ZAR
Professor - Economics55,500 ZAR
Professor - Education52,200 ZAR
Professor - Electrical Engineering57,500 ZAR
Professor - English49,800 ZAR
Professor - Environmental Engineering56,400 ZAR
Professor - Foreign Languages50,000 ZAR
Professor - Geological Sciences54,700 ZAR
Professor - History52,800 ZAR
Professor - Industrial Engineering50,100 ZAR
Professor - Law57,500 ZAR
Professor - Legal Support49,000 ZAR
Professor - Liberal Arts54,100 ZAR
Professor - Marketing54,100 ZAR
Professor - Mathematics56,600 ZAR
Professor - Mechanical Engineering58,400 ZAR
Professor - Medical Administration56,400 ZAR
Professor - Medicine67,000 ZAR
Professor - Music49,000 ZAR
Professor - Nursing48,200 ZAR
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences53,700 ZAR
Professor - Philosophy51,800 ZAR
Professor - Physical Therapy57,500 ZAR
Professor - Physics56,800 ZAR
Professor - Psychology54,500 ZAR
Professor - Rehabilitation48,600 ZAR
Professor - Social Work50,500 ZAR
Professor - Sociology52,800 ZAR
Professor - Special Education51,300 ZAR
Psychology Teacher45,600 ZAR
Public Management Assistant Professor44,600 ZAR
School Counselor42,200 ZAR
Science Educator29,700 ZAR
Science Laboratory Assistant27,000 ZAR
Science Teacher28,800 ZAR
Secondary Mathematics Teacher31,700 ZAR
Secondary School Teacher27,800 ZAR
Special Education Teacher31,200 ZAR
Special Needs Assistant24,300 ZAR
Statistics Lecturer49,200 ZAR
Student Accounts Coordinator28,500 ZAR
Student Development Specialist35,600 ZAR
Student Employment Specialist32,300 ZAR
Student Services25,900 ZAR
Student Support Manager36,100 ZAR
Substitute Teacher24,000 ZAR
Teacher27,800 ZAR
Teacher Aide23,500 ZAR
Teacher Trainer34,800 ZAR
Training and Development Specialist38,500 ZAR
Training Coordinator25,700 ZAR
Tutor28,600 ZAR
University Teacher52,900 ZAR
Vocational Education Teacher28,200 ZAR

Teaching / Education Jobs Salary Distribution in Cape Town

Median and salary distribution monthly Cape Town Teaching / Education
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Teaching / Education salaries in Cape Town range from 18,400 ZAR per month (minimum average salary) to 70,100 ZAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 36,800 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 36,800 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 36,800 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 people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 24,800 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 24,800 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 51,300 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 51,300 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Teaching / Education Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly South Africa Teaching / Education
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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 employees in South Africa who work in Teaching / Education earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

34,000 ZAR
31,500 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
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Teaching / Education Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Teaching / Education professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Teaching / Education

Teaching / Education professionals in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Teaching / Education
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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

Information Technology

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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Teaching / Education Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Teaching / Education
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Teaching / Education is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

47% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Teaching / Education Hourly Average Wage in Cape Town

220 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Cape Town is 220 ZAR. This means that the average person in Cape Town earns approximately 220 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.

Teaching / Education VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Teaching / Education and Teaching / Education monthly Cape Town
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The average salary for Teaching / Education is 6% more than that of All Jobs.

Cape Town VS South Africa

Salary Comparison Between Cape Town and South Africa monthly Teaching / Education
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We compared Teaching / Education salaries in Cape Town and South Africa and we found that Cape Town salaries are 16% more than those of South Africa.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein32,000 ZAR
Cape Town38,300 ZAR
Durban36,600 ZAR
Johannesburg35,200 ZAR
Port Elizabeth33,200 ZAR
Pretoria34,600 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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