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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in South Africa 2021

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in South Africa?

Average Monthly Salary
33,000 ZAR
( 396,000 ZAR yearly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in South Africa typically earns around 33,000 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 15,800 ZAR (lowest average) to 60,200 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 Advisor35,900 ZAR
Academic Coach33,200 ZAR
Academic Manager38,800 ZAR
Academic Specialist29,300 ZAR
Academic Staff25,400 ZAR
Accompanist27,700 ZAR
Achievement Coach33,400 ZAR
Admissions Specialist29,800 ZAR
Agricultural Sciences Teacher26,400 ZAR
Anthropology Teacher28,700 ZAR
Arabic Language Teacher24,400 ZAR
Archeology Teacher29,200 ZAR
Architecture Teacher31,800 ZAR
Archivist23,300 ZAR
Art Teacher26,300 ZAR
Assistant School Principal36,900 ZAR
Assistant Teacher23,100 ZAR
Biochemistry Professor 50,300 ZAR
Biology Teacher28,900 ZAR
Bursary Scheme Manager33,200 ZAR
Business Teacher28,600 ZAR
Chemistry Teacher27,600 ZAR
Child Care Coordinator28,500 ZAR
Child Care Worker23,000 ZAR
Clinical School Psychologist38,300 ZAR
College Aide33,000 ZAR
College and Career Readiness Specialist35,000 ZAR
College President60,200 ZAR
Communications Teacher26,800 ZAR
Community Education Officer24,200 ZAR
Computer Science Teacher25,500 ZAR
Computer Teacher24,700 ZAR
Creative Writing Trainer32,500 ZAR
Credit Counselor33,500 ZAR
Cultural Studies Teacher26,700 ZAR
Curriculum Developer36,500 ZAR
Curriculum Specialist35,300 ZAR
Demonstrator23,500 ZAR
Deputy Controller of Examinations31,600 ZAR
Director of Learning Technology35,300 ZAR
Distance Learning Coordinator31,300 ZAR
Economics Lecturer48,100 ZAR
Education Administrator29,700 ZAR
Education Assistant Director36,900 ZAR
Education Assistant Principal30,500 ZAR
Education Assistant Professor38,200 ZAR
Education Consultant37,500 ZAR
Education Coordinator29,800 ZAR
Education Counselor32,800 ZAR
Education Director49,600 ZAR
Education Program Specialist32,900 ZAR
Education Researcher37,100 ZAR
Education Resource Specialist28,300 ZAR
Education Services Facilitator29,900 ZAR
Educational Psychologist40,400 ZAR
EFL Teacher28,600 ZAR
eLearning Trainer25,300 ZAR
Elementary School Teacher21,500 ZAR
Engineering Lecturer44,000 ZAR
Engineering Teacher37,200 ZAR
English Teacher24,900 ZAR
ESL Teacher26,700 ZAR
Faculty Assistant33,800 ZAR
Foreign Language Teacher25,000 ZAR
GED Teacher25,100 ZAR
Geography Teacher24,700 ZAR
Head of Mathematics Department37,300 ZAR
Head of School42,600 ZAR
High School Teacher30,200 ZAR
History Teacher26,300 ZAR
Infant Teacher20,100 ZAR
Instructional Assistant27,600 ZAR
Instructor29,100 ZAR
Kindergarten Teacher22,500 ZAR
Language Instructor For Expatriate21,300 ZAR
Law Teacher39,900 ZAR
Learning Designer31,300 ZAR
Lecturer46,700 ZAR
Librarian21,300 ZAR
Library Assistant17,700 ZAR
Library Director30,800 ZAR
Library Specialist24,400 ZAR
Life Sciences Teacher27,500 ZAR
Math Lecturer49,700 ZAR
Mathematics Teacher29,300 ZAR
Mentor31,500 ZAR
Middle School Teacher27,700 ZAR
Music Teacher25,300 ZAR
Nursery Manager40,100 ZAR
Nursery Worker16,600 ZAR
Paraprofessional36,800 ZAR
Physical Education Specialist30,800 ZAR
Physical Education Teacher23,900 ZAR
Physics Teacher 27,200 ZAR
Political Science Teacher29,600 ZAR
Post Doctoral Researcher42,100 ZAR
Preschool Education Administrator29,000 ZAR
Preschool Teacher22,200 ZAR
Primary School Teacher25,200 ZAR
Principal38,900 ZAR
Product Specialist31,200 ZAR
Professor - Accounting46,600 ZAR
Professor - Architecture47,400 ZAR
Professor - Biology45,900 ZAR
Professor - Business Administration44,800 ZAR
Professor - Chemical Engineering49,100 ZAR
Professor - Chemistry48,400 ZAR
Professor - Civil Engineering44,900 ZAR
Professor - Communication44,600 ZAR
Professor - Computer Science47,000 ZAR
Professor - Dentistry49,000 ZAR
Professor - Drama45,100 ZAR
Professor - Economics48,700 ZAR
Professor - Education48,000 ZAR
Professor - Electrical Engineering50,000 ZAR
Professor - English45,300 ZAR
Professor - Environmental Engineering48,500 ZAR
Professor - Foreign Languages45,000 ZAR
Professor - Geological Sciences46,600 ZAR
Professor - History47,100 ZAR
Professor - Industrial Engineering46,700 ZAR
Professor - Law50,700 ZAR
Professor - Legal Support45,200 ZAR
Professor - Liberal Arts47,300 ZAR
Professor - Marketing50,400 ZAR
Professor - Mathematics51,700 ZAR
Professor - Mechanical Engineering50,500 ZAR
Professor - Medical Administration51,000 ZAR
Professor - Medicine57,400 ZAR
Professor - Music43,900 ZAR
Professor - Nursing45,200 ZAR
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences47,600 ZAR
Professor - Philosophy48,000 ZAR
Professor - Physical Therapy50,500 ZAR
Professor - Physics52,200 ZAR
Professor - Psychology47,400 ZAR
Professor - Rehabilitation44,200 ZAR
Professor - Social Work43,500 ZAR
Professor - Sociology47,500 ZAR
Professor - Special Education48,400 ZAR
Psychology Teacher38,900 ZAR
Public Management Assistant Professor41,900 ZAR
School Counselor38,700 ZAR
Science Educator27,000 ZAR
Science Laboratory Assistant23,200 ZAR
Science Teacher25,900 ZAR
Secondary Mathematics Teacher26,800 ZAR
Secondary School Teacher26,200 ZAR
Special Education Teacher27,200 ZAR
Special Needs Assistant23,400 ZAR
Statistics Lecturer47,500 ZAR
Student Accounts Coordinator26,800 ZAR
Student Development Specialist32,800 ZAR
Student Employment Specialist31,200 ZAR
Student Services23,400 ZAR
Student Support Manager33,600 ZAR
Substitute Teacher21,500 ZAR
Teacher24,300 ZAR
Teacher Aide20,500 ZAR
Teacher Trainer31,800 ZAR
Training and Development Specialist36,400 ZAR
Training Coordinator25,400 ZAR
Tutor26,600 ZAR
University Teacher44,600 ZAR
Vocational Education Teacher25,600 ZAR

Teaching / Education Jobs Salary Distribution in South Africa

Median and salary distribution monthly South Africa Teaching / Education
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Teaching / Education salaries in South Africa range from 15,800 ZAR per month (minimum average salary) to 60,200 ZAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 33,700 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 33,700 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 33,700 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 22,300 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 22,300 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 47,900 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 47,900 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

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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.

34,100 ZAR
31,600 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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in South Africa for the year 2020. 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 South Africa

190 ZAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 190 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximately 190 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 South Africa
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The average salary for Teaching / Education is 6% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bloemfontein32,100 ZAR
Cape Town38,400 ZAR
Durban36,700 ZAR
Johannesburg35,400 ZAR
Port Elizabeth33,400 ZAR
Pretoria34,700 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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