20 jobs that pay some of the highest monthly salaries in South Africa

 ·30 Oct 2023

CareerJunction’s latest Industry Report highlighted the top-paying jobs in South Africa right now – with monthly salaries ranging from R37,500 to R125,000.

The report offers an in-depth analysis of the online employment market in South Africa, focusing on the supply and demand for various occupations.

The data for the report was gathered from 5,000 of the country’s largest recruiters, agencies, and employers who advertise job positions on the CareerJunction portal.

The company’s latest Industry Report showed that compared to the year before, September 2023 marked a notable 13% decline in hiring, while activity was down by a notable 12% compared to July 2023.

According to the group, this downturn has been driven by a sharp drop in hiring activity for Admin, Office & Support professionals.

Despite the decline in hiring activity, there are some jobs still in high demand in South Africa at the moment – with the report pointing to Building & Construction – with demand increasing by 22% year-on-year.

Highest paying jobs

As part of the report, CareerJunction ranked the top 20 types of professions with the highest monthly salary offerings (Cost to Company).

Based on advertised vacancies over the past 12 months, the best-paying sectors mainly consisted of Business & Management, Information Technology, and Architecture & Engineering.

According to the data, Executive management or Director is the highest-paying position in South Africa right now, with a monthly salary ranging between R91,667 and R125,000.

This is then followed by a technical or Business architect in 2nd – with a monthly salary ranging between R65,000 and R90,000 – and a consultant engineer in 3rd, with a median salary offering between R43,204 and R70,833 per month.

Rounding of the top five is a Mechanical engineer (R33,333 to R66,667) and a Civil or Structural engineer in 5th place (R41,667 to R65,833)

The top 10 jobs that pay the highest monthly salary in South Africa are given in the table below, while the rest of the top 20 can be seen in the infographic.

#RoleSectorMonthly salary bracket
1Executive Management / DirectorBusiness & ManagementR91 667 to R125 000
2Technical / Business ArchitectInformation TechnologyR65 000 to R90 000
3Consulting EngineerArchitecture & EngineeringR43 204 to R70 833
4Mechanical Engineer Architecture & EngineeringR33 333 to R66 667
5Civil / Structural EngineerArchitecture & EngineeringR41 667 to R65 833
6Database Design / Development / AdministrationArchitecture & EngineeringR45 000 to R65 000
7IT Project Administration / ManagementInformation TechnologyR50 000 to R60 000
8Senior ManagementBusiness & ManagementR45 833 to R60 000
9Business AnalystInformation TechnologyR41 667 to R60 000
10Software DeveloperInformation TechnologyR40 000 to R60 000

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