Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs In South Africa

Career prospect begins with finding out what you are happy doing, what you enjoy doing best or what you do best. Beyond that, there is the question of how much you earn for doing what you do.

Do you get paid for doing what you love doing or do you get paid for working even though you don’t like it? Beyond the love for what you know how to do, career choices are influenced by different factors some of which include training and education, skills and abilities, interest and personality type, life roles, social and economic conditions in a particular geographical area and on many occasions, childhood fantasies.

But there is no denying that one of the most critical factors not mentioned above is the paying ability of a particular career. These days, it is no longer enough to enjoy what you do, it is equally very important for what you do to be able to pay your bills and take very good care of your other needs.

Therefore, for those who are looking to make serious career choices, it is important to know the kind of job you want but most importantly, to know the paying ability of such a job because, in today’s world, job satisfaction almost always begins with the amount you are paid. We thus, bring you a list of some of the highest paying jobs in South Africa.

10. Chartered Accountant


A career in chartered accountancy certainly isn’t for everyone. It generally takes at least four years of academic study at South Africa’s top universities and another three years of practical training. It, therefore, calls for sacrifice, discipline and talent. But all of the work pays off once you start work. The average pay of a Chartered Accountant is R434,191 per year.

9. Air Traffic Controller


Air traffic control is a career like no other. They coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart. It is one of the most stressful jobs because a great amount of concentration will be required to ensure that no aircraft moves in the wrong lane at the wrong time. As a reward for all the tasking requirements of this job, air traffic controllers can expect to earn around R583,450 per year.

8. Actuary


An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. To be an Actuary, you’ll need a math degree. They examine the potential of an uncertain event to happen – such as an earthquake, hurricane, or other natural disasters – and assess the impact of financial losses. Actuaries must have a strong background in asset management, liability management, business and analytical skills, as well as a deep understanding of the human behaviour. Experienced Actuaries receive Approximately 598 055 per annum

7. Management Consultant

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Management Consultants help organizations to improve their performance. They do this primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems and the development of plans for improvement. Depending on their level of expertise and the company involved, a management consultant can earn between R392,000 rand and 672,000 rands per annum.

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6. Petroleum Engineers


Because petroleum engineering is a combination of innovation and exploration, it requires a lot of intelligence and training. This is why it takes longer to study petroleum engineering at the university. This job is, therefore, one of the highest paying jobs in South Africa. The career path demands tremendous dedication and commitment. The salary of a South African petroleum engineer is R572, 600 per year.

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5. Specialist Doctors


Medical specialists are doctors who have completed advanced education and clinical training in a specific area of medicine. The salary range for doctors ranges greatly based on the speciality. Neurosurgeons often are at the higher end of the spectrum, while a general practitioner would be at the lower end. It is known as a financially rewarding profession. The years of schooling may stop many from pursuing a medical degree, but the options are limitless once it has been achieved. Depending on the rank of speciality, these people receive between 476,000 rands to 616,000 rands a year.

4. IT Managers


An IT manager monitors operational requirements, research strategies, technology solutions and builds most cost-effective and efficient systems. As the race towards more efficient technology continues every day, there is a higher demand for IT managers and professionals. As hard as their work is, they can expect the starting sum of R620,230 per year. This is expected to grow as expertise in the profession grows.

3. Lawyers


It is said that no individual or business organization is immune from being confronted with a legal matter that requires expert legal understanding and advises. It is for this reason that lawyers are constantly in demand. Starting salaries for qualified lawyers in South Africa are between R643,440 and R655,000 per annum. The more years of practice one has, the higher the salary.

2. Pilot


It is a certainty that the work of a pilot is not one that can be done by any other person except one who is as well-trained and just as skilful. The aviation industry really is a hard path because you need certain flying hours to become a qualified pilot for any big airline and remember flying hours cost lots of money. Qualified and experienced pilots in South Africa get R695,800 per annum

1. Software Engineers


The first of the highest paying jobs in South Africa is software engineering. Software Engineers manage the design, development, and maintenance of software programs. Though the field is fairly young, it has quickly become one of the country’s most important professions. Software engineers most likely have degrees in computer science and programming, and the higher-paid professionals will also have graduate-level degrees and a wealth of professional experience. A Software Engineer earns approximately R1.2 million rand per annum

See why you need to choose your career wisely? But it does not matter if you’ve already chosen, you can always change it to something much more worth your while. Don’t waste your time effort and love doing something that will not pay your bills.

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Linda Chris
Linda Chris
Linda's technical expertise, quick thinking, and critical evaluations ensure everyone is on the same page. You'll often find her labouring over publishing the most grammatically correct version of a piece of article. To unwind, She enjoys reading a book, scribbling something creative or just getting a beauty sleep. Outside all of that, you'll find her glued to a food channel


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