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Petroleum Engineer Average Salary in South Africa 2024

How much money does a person working as Petroleum Engineer make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
34,100 ZAR
( 409,000 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 as Petroleum Engineer in South Africa typically earns around 34,100 ZAR. Salaries range from 16,700 ZAR (lowest) to 53,100 ZAR (highest).

Salary Variance

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

Petroleum Engineer Pay Scale and Salaries in South Africa

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
31,600 ZAR or more
10% of people earn
27,900 to 31,600 ZAR
20% of people earn
19,800 ZAR or less
65% of people earn
19,800 to 27,900 ZAR
Minimum Salary
16,700 ZAR
31,800 ZAR
53,100 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 for the position Petroleum Engineer in South Africa range from 16,700 ZAR (starting salary) to 53,100 ZAR (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 31,800 ZAR, half of the professionals who work as Petroleum Engineer in South Africa earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Petroleum Engineer in South Africa earn less than 26,000 ZAR, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 36,300 ZAR while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Petroleum Engineer in South Africa compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 19,800 ZAR to 27,900 ZAR. About 20% of salaries are below the 19,800 ZAR mark, while 10% fall within the range of 27,900 ZAR to 31,600 ZAR. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 31,600 ZAR.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Petroleum Engineer / South Africa

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
19,800 ZAR
2 - 5 Years+29%
25,400 ZAR
5 - 10 Years+38%
35,100 ZAR
10 - 15 Years+24%
43,500 ZAR
15 - 20 Years+7%
46,600 ZAR
20+ Years+7%
49,700 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly South Africa Petroleum Engineer
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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. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Petroleum Engineer and this is what we found.

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 19,800 ZAR.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 25,400 ZAR, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 35,100 ZAR, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 43,500 ZAR, 24% 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 46,600 ZAR, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 49,700 ZAR, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty 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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Salary Comparison By Education / Petroleum Engineer / South Africa

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Petroleum Engineer .

Bachelor's Degree
24,700 ZAR
Master's Degree+60%
39,600 ZAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 salaries by education level for the position Petroleum Engineer in order to make a comparison.

Level 1: Bachelor's Degree

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 24,700 ZAR.

Level 2: Master's Degree

At this level, the average salary becomes 39,600 ZAR, 60% more than the previous level.

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.

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 to a higher-paying job. The numbers seem to support the theory. 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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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Petroleum Engineer / South Africa

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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? For the people who work as Petroleum Engineer in South Africa, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 8%.

35,100 ZAR
32,600 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 / Petroleum Engineer / South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for individuals working as Petroleum Engineer ? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as Petroleum Engineer in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 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 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

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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 / Petroleum Engineer / South Africa

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45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% 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.

Average Hourly Wage / Petroleum Engineer / South Africa

200 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Petroleum Engineer in South Africa is 200 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 as Petroleum Engineer in South Africa is 96 ZAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining-100%
Assistant Yard Manager28,700 ZAR-16%
Associate Analyst31,000 ZAR-9%
Associate Landman13,000 ZAR-62%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator11,800 ZAR-65%
Biomass Plant Technician14,400 ZAR-58%
Biomass Power Plant Manager41,400 ZAR+22%
Carbon Capture and Storage Specialist32,300 ZAR-5%
Chemical Plant Operator24,900 ZAR-27%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer31,600 ZAR-7%
Chief Renewable Energy Officer51,100 ZAR+50%
Chief Sustainability Officer49,000 ZAR+44%
Completions Engineer27,200 ZAR-20%
Cost Controller21,900 ZAR-36%
Cost Engineer29,500 ZAR-13%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative32,700 ZAR-4%
Deep-sea Mining Engineer33,400 ZAR-2%
Dispatcher12,500 ZAR-63%
Distribution Manager40,400 ZAR+19%
Dragline Operator14,400 ZAR-58%
Driller Offsider10,900 ZAR-68%
Dump Truck Driver11,500 ZAR-66%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager69,200 ZAR+100%
Energy Advisor47,200 ZAR+39%
Energy Analyst41,200 ZAR+21%
Energy Auditor36,300 ZAR+7%
Energy Dispatch Director52,200 ZAR+53%
Energy Efficiency Auditor30,000 ZAR-12%
Energy Efficiency Consultant35,200 ZAR+3%
Energy Modeler28,200 ZAR-17%
Energy Policy Analyst29,200 ZAR-14%
Energy Storage Engineer30,200 ZAR-11%
Energy Technical Assistant18,400 ZAR-46%
Energy Technical Manager36,500 ZAR+7%
Energy Technical Support Manager36,700 ZAR+8%
Energy Technical Trainer26,000 ZAR-24%
Engineering Geologist51,800 ZAR+52%
Exploration Manager53,000 ZAR+56%
Field Safety Auditor33,700 ZAR-1%
Fluids Engineer28,100 ZAR-17%
Fuel Cell Engineer32,300 ZAR-5%
Fuel Cell Technician15,400 ZAR-55%
Fuels Handler14,100 ZAR-59%
Gas Compressor Operator13,500 ZAR-60%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator25,000 ZAR-27%
Gas Supply Manager46,200 ZAR+36%
Geologist54,700 ZAR+61%
Geophysicist52,200 ZAR+53%
Geothermal Engineer35,200 ZAR+3%
Geothermal Production Manager53,200 ZAR+56%
Geothermal Technician21,800 ZAR-36%
HSE Engineer31,300 ZAR-8%
HSE Officer19,000 ZAR-44%
HSE Supervisor22,900 ZAR-33%
HSEQ Administrator20,600 ZAR-40%
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engineer34,100 ZAR+0%
Inspector26,900 ZAR-21%
Instructor23,300 ZAR-32%
Instrument Designer22,800 ZAR-33%
Lead Technical Field Advisor37,500 ZAR+10%
Lithium Ion Battery Engineer27,400 ZAR-20%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator25,400 ZAR-25%
Maintenance Engineer30,200 ZAR-11%
Maintenance Superintendent26,700 ZAR-22%
Material Controller20,700 ZAR-39%
Methane Detection and Mitigation Specialist28,600 ZAR-16%
Mine Engineer29,400 ZAR-14%
Mine Surveyor32,000 ZAR-6%
Mining Project Administrator25,100 ZAR-26%
Mining Project Assistant20,000 ZAR-41%
Mining Project Controls Consultant31,700 ZAR-7%
Mining Project Coordinator25,300 ZAR-26%
Mining Project Engineer27,900 ZAR-18%
Mining Project Manager37,000 ZAR+9%
Mining Site Manager39,000 ZAR+15%
Mining Team Leader31,300 ZAR-8%
Natural Gas Engineer33,500 ZAR-2%
NDT Technician17,500 ZAR-49%
Net Zero Energy Consultant41,300 ZAR+21%
Oil Service Unit Operator15,700 ZAR-54%
Oil Trader38,600 ZAR+13%
Oilwell Pumper11,500 ZAR-66%
Petroleum Engineer 34,100 ZAR+0%
Petroleum Geologist54,800 ZAR+61%
Petroleum Pump System Operator17,100 ZAR-50%
Petroleum Technician18,400 ZAR-46%
Photovoltaic Engineer33,900 ZAR-0%
Pipeline Technician11,700 ZAR-66%
Power Coordinator18,300 ZAR-46%
Power Plant Operations Manager59,900 ZAR+76%
Power Plant Operator25,600 ZAR-25%
Radio Operator12,600 ZAR-63%
Reliability Engineer28,300 ZAR-17%
Renewable Energy Consultant44,400 ZAR+30%
Renewable Energy Engineer33,500 ZAR-2%
Renewable Energy Policy Analyst34,500 ZAR+1%
Reservoir Engineer28,100 ZAR-17%
Risk Analyst36,200 ZAR+6%
Roughneck30,300 ZAR-11%
Scaffolder20,300 ZAR-40%
Shutdown Engineer24,500 ZAR-28%
Smart Grid Analyst33,000 ZAR-3%
Smart Grid Engineer33,500 ZAR-2%
Solar Energy Installation Manager45,000 ZAR+32%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer31,700 ZAR-7%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer20,100 ZAR-41%
Solar Thermal Technician19,100 ZAR-44%
Supply Operations Manager48,900 ZAR+44%
Sustainability Analyst36,300 ZAR+7%
Sustainability Architect36,800 ZAR+8%
Sustainability Specialist49,900 ZAR+47%
Sustainable Energy Consultant38,300 ZAR+12%
System Development Advisor33,000 ZAR-3%
Tanker Truck Driver12,200 ZAR-64%
Unconventional Oil and Gas Engineer32,200 ZAR-5%
Utility Operator15,400 ZAR-55%
Waste-to-Energy Specialist39,700 ZAR+17%
Wind Energy Project Manager40,700 ZAR+20%
Wind Farm Technician21,100 ZAR-38%
Wind Turbine Technician24,500 ZAR-28%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cape Town36,200 ZAR
Johannesburg34,100 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 for the job title Petroleum Engineer in South Africa?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 31,800 ZAR and 36,300 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 a careers like Petroleum Engineer in South Africa ranges from 16,700 ZAR to 26,000 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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