South African salaries in 2016: what people earn

 ·5 Apr 2016

CareerJunction has released its latest salary review for South Africa, listing the salary ranges for 10 sectors across the country, as well as regional differences.

The review is compiled exclusively for the South African workforce and HR/recruitment professionals, and is based on over 30,000 job listings on the CareerJunction website.

The salaries listed below are divided by sector (listed alphabetically), and include the average regional differences in pay.

A break-down of ICT salaries can be found on MyBroadband.

BusinessTech highlights the jobs with the highest and lowest averages; however, the salaries are listed as a range, and will differ depending on seniority and skill level.

** indicates where salary information was not available due to low market demand for those skill sets.

Admin, Office, and Support

  • Highest paid: Office managers – R32,025
  • Lowest paid: Tellers and cashiers – R5,259

2016 Salaries Admin Office and Support

Building and Construction

  • Highest paid: Structural engineers – R69,841
  • Lowest paid: Plumbers, pipe and steam fitters – R13,868

2016 Salaries Building and Construction

Design, Media and Arts

  • Highest paid: Producers/Directors – R41,261
  • Lowest paid: TV, video and movie operators – R14,248

2016 Salaries Design and media


  • Highest paid: Structural Engineers – R69,841
  • Lowest paid: Chemical Engineers – R27,404

2016 Salaries Engineering


  • Highest paid: Treasury manager – R67,500
  • Lowest paid: Insurance advisor – R12,400

2016 Salaries Finance


  • Highest paid: Market researchers and analysts – R48,333
  • Lowest paid: Marketing assistants- R13,639

2016 Salaries Marketing

Manufacturing and Assembly

  • Highest paid: Plant managers – R44,693
  • Lowest paid: Abattoir worker – R11,278

2016 Salaries Manufacturing


  • Highest paid: Sales managers – R44,584
  • Lowest paid: Retail employee – R9,892

2016 Salaries Sales

Warehousing and Logistics

  • Highest paid: Logistics managers – R49,306
  • Lowest paid: Distribution/Courier service – R7,225

2016 Salaries Warehousing and logistics

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