16 top jobs in South Africa that pay more than R2.5 million a year

Specialist recruitment firm, Michael Page, published its latest salary survey for the end of 2018.

The survey shows what skilled professionals in 164 different jobs in South Africa can expect to earn in 2019 across a wide variety of sectors.

While the majority of sectors remain under pressure, significant drivers for more positive development will come from the Banking & Financial Services, IT and Transportation sectors, the recruiter said.

Notably, these are also some of the sectors where you can also to earn some of the highest salaries.

Top Earners

The top earners – according to Michael Page’s data – are Group/Regional CFOs at finance companies who can expect to earn up to R6 million a year.

By comparison, finance directors in these companies can expect to earn up to R3.5 million a year.

The legal profession is also a stand-out with in-house General Counsel (GC) earning more than R5 million a year, while partners at top South African law firms can earn upwards of R4 million a year.

It is also important to note that while salary data is very comprehensive, it is primarily focused on professionals.

This means that certain sectors such as airline pilots, engineers, medical personnel and government officials do not feature in the report.

# Job name Sector Annual salary (R ‘000)
1 Group/Regional CFO Finance & Accounting R 6 000
2 In-house GC (General Counsel) Legal R5 000
3 Partner (International Law Firm) Legal R5 000
4 Partner (Top SA law firm) Legal R4  000
5 VP of Supply Chain Supply Chain & Logistics R 3 800
6 Finance Director Finance & Accounting R3 500
7 VP HR / Chief HR Officer Human Resources R3 200
8 Partner (Boutique law firm) Legal R3 000
9 Head of Compliance Legal R3 000
10 Group Company Secretary Legal R2 800
11 Tax Director Finance & Accounting R2 800
12 Supply Chain/Logistics Director Supply Chain & Logistics R2 800
13 VP of Procurement Procurement R2 800
14 General Manager (Sales and Marketing) Sales & Marketing R2 800
15 General Manager (B2B) Sales & Marketing R2 600
16 VP of Sales Sales & Marketing R2 600

Read: The salaries that top finance and accounting professionals can expect to earn in 2019

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16 top jobs in South Africa that pay more than R2.5 million a year