How much you should be earning in your 40s in 2017

Salary research group, PayScale, has updated its South African salary data, showing what South Africans with more than 20 years of working experience can expect to earn in 2017.

It is important to note that PayScale’s salary data is determined by years of experience, and not by age specifically. However, it can be assumed that experience and age are closely aligned if most employees leave university at age 21 – thus an individual will over 20 years of work experience should be over 40.

The salary data below also carries some caveats – primarily that it is an overall picture of median salaries, captured across all industries, for people who hold a bachelor’s degree.

Different career paths also “peak” at different times: economists at PayScale note that any career where the majority of training happens in school or within the first few years of work, will likely not see much pay growth after that.

Previous research conducted by PayScale showed that the jump from 30 to 40 is different for men and women, but still smaller for both. Women see their salaries slow down to under 20% by the time they’re in their 40s, while men see healthier average salary growth at 45%.

According to PayScale’s data for 2017, this is what South Africans in their 40s can expect to be paid (per annum) after 20 years of work experience:

  • Median: R675,000

The salary data is based off reported information by 12,423 South African employees with over 20 years working experience, updated as of 27 January 2017. Figures represent the median salary.

These are the most popular jobs for each bracket of work experience:

Most popular jobs: over 20 years experience

Job Median Salary
High School Teacher R250 707
Educator R243 947
Operations Manager R474 677
General Manager R582 853
Registered Nurse R249 309
Personal Assistant R243 543
Bookkeeper R200 367

City Variations (median salary)

The city variations are based on all salaries, irrespective of qualification.

  • Johannesburg: R521,250
  • Sandton: R423,700
  • Pretoria: R363,500
  • Cape Town: R354,100
  • Durban: R314,200
  • Pietermaritzburg: R280,300
  • Port Elizabeth: R248,000

Read: Inflation and a weak economy will kill your salary increase in 2017

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