How Much Do Engineers Make In South Africa

By | January 20, 2020

On average, a skilled automotive engineer earns between R26 922 and R32 202 per month in SA and a senior automotive engineer between R29 917 and R43 333 per month.

Salaries for civil engineers range from R30 862 to R57 073 per month, while electrical engineers earn between R33 981 and R56 218 per month. Mining engineers come out tops with salaries of between R53 177 and R77 031 per month.

Engineers in the Western Cape earn up to 29% less than their Gauteng counterparts and those in KwaZulu-Natal up to 16% less.

In the building and construction industry salaries in the Western Cape are up to 5% less than those in Gauteng and those in KwaZulu-Natal are up to 9% less.

An electrician earns between R16 851 and R23 121 per month in the building and construction industry, while a skilled plumber earns between R14 365 and R18 700 per month. Structural engineers come out top in this category with salaries of between R32 206 and R59 218 per month.

Salaries in the ICT industry seems to be considerably lower for ICT workers in KwaZulu-Natal, compared to Gauteng and the Western Cape, where ICT professionals are in high demand, according to the review.

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ICT professionals in the Western Cape have the opportunity to earn the most, while salaries for ICT professionals in KZN can be up to 22% less.

Nationally, ICT salaries range from R26 982 to R43 965 per month for software development to between R31 912 and R56 083 per month for business analysts and between R37 043 and R53 598 for IT management.

In the manufacturing sector – where Gauteng is again top – a machinist earns between R16 737 and R21 781 per month and a skilled artisan between R15 005 and R16 506 per month. A plant manager earns on average between R29 685 and R45 100 per month.