Average lecturers salary in South Africa 2024

In South Africa, the average lecturers salary in 2024 is R26,733.00. Lecturers receive performance bonuses for their work, which can […]

Average lecturers salary

In South Africa, the average lecturers salary in 2024 is R26,733.00. Lecturers receive performance bonuses for their work, which can total R49,000.00 annually (Payscale). Additionally, lecturers receive employer-provided benefits like payments for their health, dental care, and vision insurance.

Each province in South Africa has a separate lecturer’s average salary. In South Africa, Johannesburg commands the highest salaries for lecturers, followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. According to data gathered by Indeed, the following cities in South Africa have the highest salaries for lecturers.

#City Average Salary
1Bloemfontein, Free StateR663 553
2Welkom, Free StateR667 003
3 Stellenbosch, Western CapeR604 229
4Cape Town, Western CapeR366 693
5Westlake, Western Cape299 851
6 Germiston, GautengR 296 014
7Johannesburg, GautengR284 120
8Pretoria, GautengR263 842

The cities in South Africa’s three best-performing provinces are mentioned in the table of highest average earnings. Finding employment in these cities does not, however, ensure a greater salary. Targeting a certain institution can, to some extent, ensure a higher salary. 

Here are the most paying institutions for lecturers in South Africa 2024

#InstitutionSalary Per Year
1University Of The WitwatersrandR697,331.00
2University of Cape Town, Western CapeR688,128.00
3Central University of Technology, Free StateR665,154.00
4University of Cape TownR662.471.00
5Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyR659.564.00
6University of Fort HareR578,305.00
7 University of Pretoria, Gauteng R532,379.00

For lecturers, salaries from each institution vary, and this variation is not just due to the pay scale of a particular school. The level of teaching experience also matters and has a significant impact on one’s salary. Below, we examine various incomes for lecturers according to their level of experience.

Average lecturers salary with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2024 

An average salary of a lecturer with 0 to 2 years of working experience is R27,600.00 per month. Those with no prior work experience earn the least income in this group since they are paid an entry-level salary. The average monthly salary for lecturers with no prior work experience is R24,300.00 (Salary Explorer).

The lecturers in this category who have the most experience are paid the most. A lecturer with 2 years of work experience may expect to make an average monthly salary of R29,650.00. Science and technology professionals can earn more than the aforementioned average salary. 

Average lecturers salary with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2024

An average salary of a lecturer with 3 to 5 years of working experience is R37,000.00 per month. The average salary for lecturers with 3 to 5 years of experience is 34% more than the average income for lecturers with 0 to 2 years of experience.

Those with 3 years of work experience receive the lowest salaries among lecturers in this category. The average monthly salary for lecturers with 3 years of experience is R33,400 month. The salary for lecturers with 3 years of experience can be increased by up to 29% for those with a master’s degree in the relevant discipline. 

The most highly compensated lecturers in this group are those with 5 years of professional experience. A lecturer with 5 years of experience may expect to earn an average monthly salary of R39,300.00. If they hold a master’s degree, their salary can go above R39,300.00.

Average lecturers salary with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2024 

An average salary of a lecturer with 6 to 10 years of work experience is R48,100.00 per month. When compared to lecturers with 3 to 5 years of work experience, lecturers with 6 to 10 years of experience earn an average salary that is 30% higher.

Those with 6 years of professional experience earn the least among lecturers in this category. A lecturer with 6 years of experience earns, on average, R43,500 a month in 2024. With an average salary of R51,700.00 per month, lecturers with 10 years of work experience are the highest paid.

Average lecturers salary lecturer with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2024

The average salary of a lecturer with 11 to 15 years of work experience is R58,300.00 per month. Compared to lecturers with 6 to 10 years of work experience, those with 11 to 15 years of work experience earn a salary that is 21% higher.

Lecturers with 15 years of work experience receive the highest salary in this category. A lecturer with 15 years of experience earns an average salary of R62,100 per month. The lecturers in this category who have 11 to 12 years of work experience earn the least, with an average monthly salary of R52,400.00.

Average lecturers salary lecturer with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2024 

The average salary for a lecturer with 16 to 20 years of work experience is R63,700.00 per month. The average salary of lecturers with 16 to 20 years of work experience represents a 9% increase from the average salary of lecturers with 11 to 15 years of work experience. 

A PhD in a relevant field can provide a huge salary boost for lecturers as they can increase their monthly salary by up to 23%. Therefore, a lecturer with 16 to 20 years of work experience can earn up to R78,350.00 per month. 

Those with over 20 years of working experience as lecturers can expect to have their salary increased by up to 5% from the average salary of lecturers with 16 to 20 years of working experience. However, a postgraduate degree can also mean a higher salary increase for lecturers with 20+ years of work experience. 

Conclusion

In South Africa, lecturers earn a good income and spend most of their time acquiring and mastering a subject of study. In the first 15 years of employment, lecturers’ salaries improve significantly, and obtaining a postgraduate degree might lead to a better salary.


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