Average Architect Salary in South Africa 2023

average architects salary

The average architect salary in South Africa is R428,400.00 per year (Jobted). Senior architects with more than 10 years of professional experience earn the most income in the industry. Additionally, postgraduate degrees are most frequently held by senior architects.

The architects with the lowest salaries and the lowest positions are recent graduates. The starting compensation for entry-level positions varies per organization and can range from R19,800.00 to R30,000.00 per month. A junior architect position does not call for prior work experience.

Architects have extremely hard jobs, which is why they receive generous pay. A BArch (Bachelor of Architecture) degree is additionally required for the position of an architect. People who hold advanced degrees, such as master’s degrees, get paid more than those who do not. 

An average salary of R29,300.00 is earned by those with a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree, on the other hand, earns an average monthly salary of R47,000 (SA Facts). This is a 37% salary change for individuals working in the field, which is a significant difference.

In South Africa, salaries for architects can vary significantly depending on both experience and educational attainment. Below, we examine several pay ranges based on the level of Architects’ experience..

Average architect salary with 0–3 years work experience in 2023

An architect with 0 to 3 years of experience may expect to earn an average monthly salary of R23,500.00. This income level, which is regarded as entry-level compensation, is mostly for recent graduates. In this pay range, the lowest salary is R19,500.00 and the highest is R29,300.00.

Architects with 0 to 3 years of professional experience are considered junior-level professionals and do not require managerial abilities. However, proficiency with Autodesk Revit Architecture, Microsoft Office, graphic design, and ArchCAD is required.

Despite the fact that the position is at a junior level, it has perks including commissions and performance bonuses. Additionally, there are employer contributions for health insurance and retirement. Each company has different benefits.

Architect salary with 4-5 years work experience in 2023

In 2023, an Architect with 4 to 5 years of experience will make an average income of R30,200. An architect with 4 to 5 years of industry experience may expect to earn an average salary that is 29% higher than that of an architect with 2 to 3 years’ worth of experience.

With 4 to 5 years of experience, the lowest average salary is R20,000.00 per month. Architects with 4 to 5 years of professional experience can expect to make up to R50,000 annually. At this point, receiving a high wage in the industry also heavily depends on one’s level of education.

For those with 4 – 5 years of work experience, management abilities are also necessary. For architects with this level of experience, benefits are a given. Earning commissions and bonuses is possible, but it depends heavily on the employer.

Average architect salary with 6 to 10 years of work experience in 2023

An average salary of an Architect with 6 to 10 years of work experience in South Africa is R41,600.00 per month. When compared to architects with 4 to 5 years of professional experience, the average income increases by 38%. This is a significant jump for anyone with experience-based employment in South Africa.

The salary is not solely determined by experience, though. At this level, there are a lot of expectations, so managerial abilities are essential. Additionally, one might earn a respectable salary in the profession with a postgraduate degree in the subject.

For people with 6 to 10 years of experience, the highest average monthly salary is R65,000.00. The lowest average salary is R32,500.00 for those with 6 to 10 years of job experience. People who have advanced degrees and greater managerial abilities typically earn more money.

Architect salary with 11 to 20 years of work experience in 2023

Architects with between 11 and 20 years of experience are paid an average of R55,200 per month (Salary Explorer). The average monthly wage represents a 31% increase over the wage earned by people with 6 to 10 years of work experience. Due to what is expected of them, those with this level of experience in the field are paid very well.

The Architect will be in a managerial position, hence the remuneration is substantial. With between 11 and 20 years of experience, an architect’s income can range from R44,500 to R120,000 per month (ZA.Talent). Additionally, bonuses and commissions are possible and vary from R5,000 to R56,000 annually (Payscale).

Highest Paying Cities in South Africa for Architects 

#City Average Salary
1Cape Town, Western Cape R69,600.00
2Johannesburg North, GautengR56,291.00
3Johannesburg, Gauteng R54,860.00
4Centurion, GautengR54,019.00
5Sandton, Gauteng R36,910.00
6Durban, KwaZulu-Natal R35,688.00
7East London, Eastern CapeR30,181.00

The table above represents the average salary of Architects as reported by Indeed, based on job postings on the site. The average salary results are based on a variety of salaries per city. The lowest number of salaries used is 7 and the highest is 23 salaries posted on the job searching website. 


The salary of an architect in South Africa is influenced by the level of experience, skills, city, and qualifications. The highest earners in the field are those that have the highest honors in all the factors that influence the salary in South Africa. 

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