The average salary in South Africa is around 277,464 ZAR per year, and if your annual salary is equal to or greater than 300,000 ZAR per year, you can probably live comfortably. In addition, the closer you get to the mark of more than 1,000,000 ZAR, the better you do. Of all the highest-paying jobs in the country, the number one highest-paid position is, as expected, in the medical field. Specialist doctors such as cardiologists and neurologists are in high demand and can earn up to 2 million ZAR a year.
Other medical professionals such as pharmacists, general practitioners and nurses are also well-paid. Engineering careers are also considered a safe and well-paid option in South Africa. Petroleum engineering is one of the most lucrative engineering fields with an average salary of 1.2 million ZAR per year. Actuaries are responsible for calculating and managing risk and uncertainty in companies and due to the country's actuarial shortage, it is a profession in high demand.
An actuary can earn up to 920,000 ZAR a year with five to nine years of experience. Architects are also highly sought after and can earn up to 1.2 million ZAR a year with more years of experience. Public accountants record business transactions on behalf of an entity and can earn up to 782,000 ZAR a year with 10 to 19 years of experience. Help clients write their wills and earn up to 1.2 million ZAR a year with more years of experience.
Management consultants can earn up to 869,000 ZAR a year with 10 to 19 years of experience. Biomedical engineers can earn up to 734,000 ZAR a year with more than 10 years of experience. Sales managers can earn up to 727,000 ZAR a year with more years of experience. Commercial pilots can earn up to 950,000 ZAR a year with more years of experience.
Cybersecurity engineers can earn up to 646,000 ZAR a year with 10 to 19 years of experience.