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Engineering Average Salaries in Johannesburg 2024

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Johannesburg?

Average Monthly Salary
28,300 ZAR
( 339,000 ZAR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Engineering in Johannesburg typically earns around 28,300 ZAR. Salaries range from 8,930 ZAR (lowest average) to 59,500 ZAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Engineering domain in Johannesburg exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Printing Engineer26,200 ZAR
Acoustics Engineer27,000 ZAR
Assembly Engineering Technician22,900 ZAR
Assistant Chief Engineer31,900 ZAR
Associate Engineer26,300 ZAR
AutoCAD Drafter17,300 ZAR
Autocad Operator18,600 ZAR
Automation Engineer30,600 ZAR
Automation Engineer31,300 ZAR
Avionic System Support Engineer27,000 ZAR
Biochemical Engineer28,400 ZAR
BMS Engineer27,400 ZAR
Bridge and Lock Tender16,300 ZAR
Broadcast Engineer28,600 ZAR
CAD Design Engineer30,900 ZAR
CAD Designer18,000 ZAR
CAE Engineer29,100 ZAR
Ceramics Engineer27,600 ZAR
Chemical Engineer28,700 ZAR
Civil Drafter17,700 ZAR
Civil Engineer30,000 ZAR
Civil Site Engineer29,500 ZAR
Civil Technician18,500 ZAR
Cognitive Engineer27,900 ZAR
Commissioning Engineer29,500 ZAR
Communications Engineer30,200 ZAR
Condition Monitoring Engineer24,600 ZAR
Contract Associate Engineer28,900 ZAR
Contract Engineer27,700 ZAR
Control Systems Engineer28,100 ZAR
Controls Engineer29,200 ZAR
Controls Software Engineer26,700 ZAR
Corrosion Engineer27,200 ZAR
Design Engineer28,500 ZAR
Director of Engineering57,600 ZAR
Drafter18,400 ZAR
Drafting Manager32,400 ZAR
Drilling Engineer28,700 ZAR
Drilling Foreman9,230 ZAR
Electrical Draughtsman14,300 ZAR
Electrical Engineer31,100 ZAR
Electrical Engineering Manager43,100 ZAR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist32,200 ZAR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler15,100 ZAR
Energy Engineer30,400 ZAR
Engine Assembler13,600 ZAR
Engineer30,400 ZAR
Engineering Account Manager32,100 ZAR
Engineering Chief Designer31,700 ZAR
Engineering Consultant37,700 ZAR
Engineering Key Account Manager40,800 ZAR
Engineering Lab Technician26,600 ZAR
Engineering Manager41,600 ZAR
Engineering Planning Manager39,500 ZAR
Engineering Production Manager52,500 ZAR
Engineering Project Analyst35,300 ZAR
Engineering Project Coordinator 32,800 ZAR
Engineering Project Director56,600 ZAR
Engineering Project Leader35,600 ZAR
Engineering Project Manager40,600 ZAR
Engineering Research and Development Manager48,700 ZAR
Engineering Safety Coordinator23,400 ZAR
Engineering Sales Manager39,900 ZAR
Engineering Technician22,500 ZAR
Engineering Technologist23,700 ZAR
Environmental Engineer29,900 ZAR
Equipment Engineer26,700 ZAR
Equipment Engineering Manager36,900 ZAR
Estimator24,300 ZAR
Fabrication Specialist20,600 ZAR
Fabricator12,700 ZAR
Facade Engineer28,500 ZAR
Fiber Analyst16,600 ZAR
Field Engineer30,900 ZAR
Field Engineering Manager48,100 ZAR
Fire Engineer29,900 ZAR
Fitter and Turner9,150 ZAR
Forestry Strategic Planner34,700 ZAR
Generation Engineer30,100 ZAR
Genetic Engineer31,600 ZAR
Geological Engineer31,200 ZAR
Geotechnical Engineer32,100 ZAR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic14,800 ZAR
Highway Engineer28,900 ZAR
HSE Professional28,300 ZAR
Human Machine Interface Engineer27,500 ZAR
HVAC Engineer29,500 ZAR
HVAC Supervisor27,200 ZAR
Industrial Engineer28,300 ZAR
Industrial Engineering Technologist27,500 ZAR
Instrument Engineer27,400 ZAR
Instrument Technician16,700 ZAR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer28,800 ZAR
Instrumentation Designer23,600 ZAR
Instrumentation Engineer29,300 ZAR
Instrumentation Manager29,300 ZAR
Irrigation Engineer27,400 ZAR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer32,100 ZAR
Locomotive Engineer26,900 ZAR
Maintenance Engineer28,000 ZAR
Maintenance Fitter10,000 ZAR
Maintenance Manager30,100 ZAR
Manufacturing Engineer27,600 ZAR
Marine Engineer30,500 ZAR
Materials Engineer28,500 ZAR
Materials Researcher28,300 ZAR
Materials Technician21,600 ZAR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer32,100 ZAR
Mechanical Design Engineer30,400 ZAR
Mechanical Designer26,100 ZAR
Mechanical Engineer29,700 ZAR
Mechanical Engineering Manager41,500 ZAR
Mechanical Inspector28,200 ZAR
Mechatronics Engineer29,800 ZAR
Mining Engineer29,000 ZAR
Nanotechnology Engineer30,800 ZAR
Natural Language Processing Engineer32,500 ZAR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer32,800 ZAR
Optical Engineer28,100 ZAR
Optical Instrument Assembler14,100 ZAR
PCB Assembler11,000 ZAR
Photonics Engineer31,900 ZAR
Photonics Technician24,900 ZAR
Pipeline Engineer25,700 ZAR
Piping Designer16,200 ZAR
Piping Engineer26,100 ZAR
Planning Engineer28,200 ZAR
Pressure Vessel Inspector14,100 ZAR
Principal Cost Engineer30,600 ZAR
Principal Engineer28,100 ZAR
Principal Support Engineer29,800 ZAR
Process Engineer28,500 ZAR
Process Operator17,400 ZAR
Product Development Engineer31,700 ZAR
Product Development Technician21,900 ZAR
Product Engineer30,400 ZAR
Product Safety Engineer27,200 ZAR
Production Engineer27,700 ZAR
Project Engineer29,700 ZAR
Proposal Manager37,500 ZAR
Purchasing Engineer26,000 ZAR
Quality Assurance Engineer29,400 ZAR
Rail Engineer28,700 ZAR
Regional Field Engineer32,600 ZAR
Remote Sensing Engineer27,700 ZAR
Robotics Engineer31,500 ZAR
Robotics Technician24,200 ZAR
Safety Engineer30,100 ZAR
Safety Inspector23,600 ZAR
Safety Manager34,700 ZAR
Safety Officer14,500 ZAR
Sales Engineer30,500 ZAR
Scheduling Engineer27,100 ZAR
Security Engineer32,100 ZAR
Service Engineer31,600 ZAR
Smart Home Engineer31,300 ZAR
Solar Engineer29,900 ZAR
Staff Engineer29,400 ZAR
Static Equipment Engineer28,700 ZAR
Stationary Engineer25,400 ZAR
Stress Engineer27,900 ZAR
Structural Analysis Engineer28,300 ZAR
Structural Designer25,100 ZAR
Structural Engineer29,900 ZAR
Structural Technician18,800 ZAR
Subsea Engineer37,100 ZAR
Supply Chain Specialist29,400 ZAR
Surveyor21,400 ZAR
Technical Affairs Officer15,200 ZAR
Technical Assistant14,800 ZAR
Technical Engineer25,200 ZAR
Technical Support Engineer24,600 ZAR
Tender Engineer25,900 ZAR
Test Development Engineer27,800 ZAR
Test Engineer29,300 ZAR
Transportation Engineer27,400 ZAR
Urban Engineer29,100 ZAR
Validation Engineer25,100 ZAR
Verification Engineer27,000 ZAR
Wastewater Engineer28,100 ZAR
Wind Energy Engineer29,200 ZAR
Wind Energy Operations Manager40,500 ZAR
Wireless Engineer30,300 ZAR
Work Planner21,100 ZAR

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Johannesburg

Median and salary distribution Johannesburg Engineering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
29,200 ZAR or more
10% of people earn
24,100 to 29,200 ZAR
20% of people earn
13,000 ZAR or less
65% of people earn
13,000 to 24,100 ZAR
Minimum Salary
8,930 ZAR
25,400 ZAR
59,500 ZAR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Engineering in Johannesburg range from 8,930 ZAR (starting average salary) to 59,500 ZAR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Engineering is 25,400 ZAR, implying that half of the workforce in Johannesburg earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Engineering in Johannesburg earn less than 19,000 ZAR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 31,400 ZAR, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Engineering in Johannesburg. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 13,000 ZAR to 24,100 ZAR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 13,000 ZAR mark, while 10% ranged from 24,100 ZAR to 29,200 ZAR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 29,200 ZAR or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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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 in Engineering in Johannesburg 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.

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.

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.
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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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Engineering in Johannesburg, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 ZAR to 469,000 ZAR and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Engineering / Johannesburg

Salary comparison by gender South Africa Engineering monthly
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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? In the field of Engineering in South Africa, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 8%.

27,600 ZAR
25,600 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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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Engineering / Johannesburg

How much are annual salary increments in Johannesburg for individuals working in Engineering? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Engineering in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately % every months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate South Africa Engineering
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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 rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Engineering / South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate South Africa Engineering
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100% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while % said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

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

Hourly Average Wage / Engineering / Johannesburg

160 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Johannesburg is 160 ZAR.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working in Engineering in Johannesburg is 52 ZAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein25,600 ZAR
Cape Town30,700 ZAR
Durban29,400 ZAR
Johannesburg28,300 ZAR
Port Elizabeth26,700 ZAR
Pretoria27,700 ZAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in South Africa is 7% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
30,400 ZAR
Public Sector+7%
32,400 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Engineering in Johannesburg?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 25,400 ZAR and 31,400 ZAR. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Engineering in Johannesburg ranges from 8,930 ZAR to 19,000 ZAR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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