How much you should be earning in your 20s in South Africa

With many young people looking for work in 2016, having completed their degrees, data from salary research group, PayScale, shows what South Africans in their 20s are earning.

PayScale conducted a study in 2014, which found that both men and women typically see a salary increase of 60% by the age of 30.

Different careers will “peak” at different stages, with economists at PayScale noting that any career “where you get the majority of your training in school and the first few years (work) is not going to see much pay growth after that”.

Your salary in your 20s

Payscale’s data is based on self-reported salary information from over 126,000 South Africans with up to 10 years of experience.

It is important to note that salaries are mostly determined by years of experience, and not by age. However, it can be assumed that experience and age are closely aligned if  most employees leave university at age 21.

According to the data, in their first year of work, young South Africans can expect to earn an average of R151,820 a year.

This increases to an average salary of R208,000 (1 – 4 years of experience), before hitting around R358,000 by the time people reach the age of 30 (5 – 9 years of experience).

According to Payscale, the following represent the most popular positions for people in their 20s, based on level of experience, and median salary.

Most popular jobs: < 1 year experience

Job Median Salary
Mechanical engineer R239 390
High School Teacher R168 124
Receptionist R57 842
Primary School Teacher R131 680
Call Center Agent R70 550
Civil Engineer R241 823
Electrical Engineer R237 277

Most popular jobs: 1 – 4 years experience

Job Median Salary
Office Administrator R87 985
Receptionist R61 585
Safety Officer R158 675
Software Developer R211 930
Sales Consultant R91 891
Administrative Clerk R74 697
Personal Assistant R97 645

Most popular jobs: 5 – 9 years experience

Job Median Salary
Office Administrator R116 696
Accountant R248 695
Personal Assistant R154 342
Receptionist R79 149
Operations Manager R319 612
Financial Manager R487 809
Safety Officer R243 345

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