Average Anthropologist salary in South Africa 2024

The average Anthropologist salary in South Africa is R47,100 per month. Anthropologists are social scientists who investigate the origins of humans. The salary of an anthropologist rises rapidly and is higher than the national average.

Anthropologists’ salaries rose by 12% over 18 months. Over 18 months in South Africa, the average salary increase across all professions is 8%. This is a 50% increase over the average salary of all professions in South Africa over the same period.

Anthropologists receive performance bonuses in addition to their salaries for a job well done. An Anthropologist’s annual bonus is on average R8,360.00. Anthropologists receive annual bonuses ranging from R500.00 to R20,000.00.

Not all South African anthropologists receive performance bonuses. According to Salary Explorer, only 56% of Anthropologists received a performance bonus in 2023, while 44% received no bonuses. Bonuses for anthropologists range from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Anthropologists are paid differently for men and women. Men are the highest paid in South Africa, with an average monthly salary of R48,600.00. Women earn 7% less than men on average, with a monthly salary of R45,000.00. Men earn 8% more than women on average, which is less than the national average.

Several factors influence an anthropologist’s salary. We discuss the factors that influence an Anthropologist’s salary below to give you a better understanding of what factors influence their salary.

Factors that influence the salary of an Anthropologist 

Level of Education 

A postgraduate degree in the field is required to earn a higher salary as an anthropologist. A postgraduate degree will enable you to earn more than the average salary as an anthropologist.

An Anthropologist with a bachelor’s degree, for example, earns an average monthly salary of R32,100.00. This salary is significantly higher than the South African average salary of R23,983.00 per month for all professions.

When it comes to those with a master’s degree, an Anthropologist with a master’s degree earns an average monthly salary of R44,200.00. An anthropologist with a master’s degree earns 38% more than an anthropologist with a bachelor’s degree.

A PhD in the field can be extremely rewarding. An anthropologist with a PhD earns an average monthly salary of R72,400.00. A PhD’s salary is 64% higher than an Anthropologist with a master’s degree and 125% higher than an Anthropologist with a Bachelor’s degree.

An anthropologist’s salary is also affected by their level of experience in the field. We examine an Anthropologist’s salary based on their level of experience in the field below.

Salary of an Anthropologist based on their level of experience 

Salary of an Anthropologist with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2024 

An Anthropologist with 0 to 2 years of experience can expect to earn R72,400.00 per month on average. Anthropologists with only a bachelor’s degree and no work experience earn the least in this category, with an average monthly salary of R23,100.00.

Those with two years of work experience earn the highest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R31,546.00.

Salary of an Anthropologist with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2024 

An Anthropologist with 3 to 5 years of experience can expect to earn R35,200.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 29% increase over the salary of Anthropologists with 0 to 2 years of experience.

Anthropologists with 5 years of experience earn the most in this category, with a monthly salary of R41,220.00. Anthropologists with three years of work experience earn the least in this category, with an average monthly salary of R37,410.00.

Salary of an Anthropologist with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2024 

An Anthropologist with 6 to 10 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R48,500.00. The salary represents a 38% increase over the average salary of Anthropologists with 3 to 5 years of experience.

Anthropologists with 10 years of experience earn the most in this category, with an average monthly salary of R53,110.00. Those with 6 years of experience earn the least in this category, with an average monthly salary of R45,300.00.

Salary of an Anthropologist with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2024 

An Anthropologist with 11 to 15 years of experience can expect to earn R60,100.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 24% increase over the average salary of Anthropologists with 6 to 10 years of experience.

Anthropologists with a PhD and 15 years of experience earn the most in this category, with an average monthly salary of R62,000.00. Anthropologists with 11 years of experience earn the lowest monthly salary in this category with a monthly salary of R57,940.00. 

Salary of an Anthropologist with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2024

An Anthropologist with 16 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn R64,400.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 7% increase over the average salary of anthropologists with 11 to 15 years of work experience.

Anthropologists with 20 years of experience or more earn an average salary of R68,700.00. Anthropologists with 20+ years of experience can earn up to R73,400.00 per month.

Conclusion

An Anthropologist’s salary is high when compared to the average salary in South Africa. Earning more money can be aided by pursuing a postgraduate degree.