Average Nursing Assistant salary in South Africa 2023

Average Nursing Assistant salary

The average nursing assistant salary in South Africa is R13,639.00 per month. The salary can be supplemented with bonuses and commissions for a bigger income. Nursing Assistant commissions range from R0.00 to R57,000.00 per year.

The average nursing assistant’s average annual bonus is R1,348.00 (Salary Expert). Their bonuses range from R5,000.00 to R20,000.00 per year. However, bonuses are not very popular for nursing assistants.

Only 21% of nursing assistants in South Africa received a bonus in 2021, with the rest (73%) receiving no bonus (Salary Explorer). Bonus rates, on the other hand, have increased by 3% from 1% in 2021.

A nursing assistant’s salary is determined by a variety of factors. These factors are addressed in greater depth below.

Factors that influence the salary of a Nursing Assistant

Level of Education 

The level of education for a nursing assistant has an effect on their salary. Nursing Assistants with a Bachelor’s degree in the profession earn the least. A postgraduate degree can help a nursing assistant earn a higher salary.

A Nursing Assistant with a bachelor’s degree, for example, receives an average monthly salary of R19,600.00. Nursing Assistants with a master’s degree earn an average monthly salary of R27,200.00.

The average salary of Nursing Assistants with a master’s degree is 39% higher than that of those with a bachelor’s degree. This demonstrates the impact of extending one’s level of education.

Employer 

The employer where a Nursing Assistant works has an impact on their salary. Choosing an employer can be a difficult undertaking because too much information must be provided to make an informed decision. Here are some of the best Nursing Assistant employers in South Africa:

  • Life Occupational Health – average salary of R23,000.00 per month;
  • City of Cape Town – average salary of R13,153.00 per month;
  • MediClinic – average salary of R9.200.00.per month; and
  • Department of Health Services – average salary of R134,831.00 per month. 

City of Employment 

The city where a nursing assistant is employed is important since it dictates, to a degree, the salary of a nursing assistant. Here are the highest-paying cities for a nursing assistant in South Africa:

#CityAverage Monthly Salary 
1Cape Town, Western Cape R14,890.00
2Northern Suburbs, Western Cape R9,978.00
3Houtbaai, Western Cape R8,000.00 
4Diep River, Western Cape R8,000.00 
5Durban, KwaZulu-Natal R7,882.00
6Southern Suburbs, Western Cape R7,837.00

The salary of Nursing Assistants is also influenced by their level of experience in the field. We look at the salaries of Nursing Assistants based on their level of experience below. 

Salary of a Nursing Assistant based on their level of experience 

Average Nursing Assistant salary with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2023

A nursing assistant with 0 to 2 years of experience can expect to earn R13,900.00 per month on average. Nursing Assistants with 0 years of experience get the lowest salary in this category and receive an average monthly salary of R11,410.00.

Nursing Assistants with two years of experience earn the highest salary in this group. Nursing Assistants with 2 years of experience earn an average monthly salary of R15,000.00.

Average Nursing Assistant salary with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2023

A Nursing Assistant with 3 to 5 years of experience can expect to earn R18,700.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 34% increase above the average salary of Nursing Assistants with 0 to 2 years of experience.

Nursing Assistants in this category with 3 years of experience can earn the least money, which is R16,700.00 per month. Nursing Assistants with 5 years of experience are the highest paid in this category, with an average monthly salary of R21,100.00.

Average Nursing Assistant salary with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2023

A Nursing Assistant with 6 to 10 years of experience earns R24,300.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 30% increase above the average salary of Nursing Assistants with 3 to 5 years of experience.

Nursing Assistants with 10 years of experience are the highest paid in this group, with an average monthly salary of R26,000.00. Nursing Assistants with 6 years of experience earn the lowest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R22,500.00.

Average Nursing Assistant salary with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2023

A nursing assistant with 11 to 15 years of experience earns R29,400.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 21% increase above the average salary of nursing assistants with 6 to 10 years of experience.

The lowest-salaried Nursing Assistants with 11 years of experience can expect to earn an average monthly salary of R26,900.00. Nursing Assistants with 15 years of experience earn the most in this category, with an average monthly salary of R30,500.00.

Average Nursing Assistant salary with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2023

A nursing assistant with 16 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn R32,100.00 per month on average. The salary is a 9% increase above the average salary of nursing assistants with 11 to 15 years of experience.

Nursing Assistants with 20+ years of experience earn an average monthly pay of R33,800.00, a 5% increase over Nursing Assistants with 16 to 20 years of experience.

Conclusion 

A Nursing Assistant’s income is determined by a number of factors in order to earn a higher-than-average salary. Getting a postgraduate degree is a goal that Nursing Assistants who wish to earn a higher income should prioritize.

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