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Average Optometrists salary in South Africa 2024

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Lethabo Ntsoane

The average optometrists salary in South Africa is R74,029.00 per month. The salary of optometrists depends on the city in which they are employed and their level of experience in the field. For a higher income, an optometrist can earn bonuses and commissions for their work. 

An Optometrist’s bonus starts from R1,000.00 per year and goes as high as R52,000.00 per year. However, commissions are generally more than bonuses annually. An optometrist’s commissions range from R7,000 to R98,000.00 yearly. Commissions and bonuses depend on the employer that an Optometrist works for.

The employer that an optometrist works for has a significant factor in salary determination. Additionally, the province and city where an optometrist works may affect the salary level. Specsavers and Torga Optical, two market leaders, pay R306,760.00 and R297,385.00 yearly, respectively.

The best-performing cities for optometrists in South Africa include:

  • Johannesburg, Gauteng with an average salary of R32,484.00 per month;
  • Cape Town, Western Cape with an average salary of R26,964.00 per month; and
  • Benoni, Gauteng with an average salary of R20,000.00 per month.

The level of experience is also the biggest factor in determining the salary of an Optometrist in South Africa. We look at the salary of an Optometrist below based on the level of experience in the field. 

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

An average salary of an Optometrist with 0 to 2 years of work experience is R41,500.00 per month. The lowest salary an optometrist in this category can earn is R35,000.00 per month. Entry-level optometrists or optometrists with 0 to 1 year of work experience can earn R35,000.00.

The maximum monthly wage that falls under this category is R50,000.00. Optometrists with 2 years of experience in the field earn R50,000.00 per month. The average monthly salary for those working in the private sector is above R50,000.00.

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

An average salary of an Optometrist with 3 to 5 years of working experience is R53,300.00 per month. In comparison to the average salary of optometrists with 0 to 2 years of work experience, the salary reflects an average salary increase of 29%.

The lowest-paid optometrists in this group are those with less than 3 years of professional experience. The average monthly salary for optometrists with three years of experience is R45,500. A higher salary is possible for private practitioners with 3 years of experience.

The highest-paid optometrists in this group are those with five years of professional experience. An optometrist with 5 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R55,000. An optometrist with 5 years of experience can earn more than R60,000.00 per month in salary.

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

An average salary of an Optometrist with 6 to 10 years of work experience is R73,500.00 per month. The average salary of Optometrists with 6 to 10 years of work experience represents an average salary increase of 38%. 

Optometrists with 10 years of experience working earn the most in this category. The average monthly salary for optometrists with 10 years of experience is R76,800.00. Optometrists with 10 years of experience can earn more than R80,000.00 per month in salary. 

Optometrists with 6 years of experience earn the least income in this group. Optometrists with 6 years of expertise in their field generally earn R57,500 per month in salary. 

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

The average salary for an optometrist with 11 to 15 years of work experience is R91,100.00 per month. When compared to the average income of optometrists with 6 to 10 years of work experience, the salary reflects an average salary increase of 24%.

Optometrists with 11 years of experience make the least money in this group. Optometrists with 11 years of experience can expect to earn an average monthly salary of R76,000. For Optometrists working in the private sector, salaries could be lower.

The highest salary of an Optometrist in this category is for Optometrists with 15 years of work experience. The average salary for an Optometrist with 15 years of work experience is R93,000.00 per month. The Salary of an Optometrist with 15 years of work experience can be as high as R97,000.00 per month. 

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

An average salary of an Optometrist with 16 to 20 years of work experience is R97,600.00.per month. The salary represents an average salary increase of 7% from the average salary of Optometrists with 11 to 15 years of work experience. 

The lowest salary in this category is for optometrists with 16 years of work experience and they earn an average salary of R93,000.00 per month. The highest earners are Optometrists with 20 years of work experience as they earn an average salary of R100,000.00 per month. 

Those with 20+ years of work experience don’t see much improvement in their salary, with a salary increase of only 7%. The average salary of optometrists with 20+ years is R104,000.00.

Conclusion

Optometrists are among the highest-paid professionals in South Africa, earning far more than the average salary in the country. Optometrists’ monthly salaries can exceed one million rands. Optometrists receive benefits, commissions, and bonuses as part of their remuneration, which helps to boost their yearly revenue.

Lethabo Ntsoane

Lethabo Ntsoane holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa. He is a Financial Product commentator at Rateweb. He is an expect financial product analyst with years of experience in reviewing products and offering commentary. Lethabo majors in financial news, reviews and financial tips. He can be contacted: Email: lethabo@rateweb.co.za Twitter: @NtsoaneLethabo