Average Paramedic salary in South Africa 2024 

Average Paramedic salary

The average paramedic salary in South Africa is R 574 485 annually. Paramedics respond to emergencies such as 911 calls and transport patients to hospitals. Because their job is demanding, paramedics are rewarded for their efforts at work with bonuses and incentives.

The average annual bonus for paramedics is R2,561.00 (Salary Expert). A paramedic’s annual bonus ranges from R2,000.00 to R39,000.00. Bonuses are not earned by every South African paramedic and are subject to the employer benefits package.

According to Salary Explorer, only 52% of South African paramedics received a bonus in 2021. During the same year, 48% of paramedics did not receive any bonuses. Those who received bonuses reported receiving bonuses ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Paramedics typically receive large raises every few months. Every 18 months, a paramedic’s salary increases by 9% on average. This is a salary increase of 12.5% over the national average for all professions.

In South Africa, the salary of a paramedic is determined by several factors. These factors are discussed in greater detail below. 

Factors that influence the salary of a Paramedic in South Africa 

Level of Education 

A paramedic’s salary is heavily influenced by his or her level of education. A high school graduate can work as a paramedic; however, paramedics with only a high school education earn the least. A paramedic with a high school education earns an average monthly salary of R18,800.00.

Paramedics with a diploma earn an average of R26,900.00 per month, which is 43% more than high school graduates. Those with a Bachelor’s degree are the highest-paid of all paramedics, earning an average monthly salary of R37,200.00.

Paramedics with a Bachelor’s degree earn 38% more than those with a diploma and 97.8% more than high school graduates. This demonstrates how important a paramedic’s level of education is in terms of their salary.

Employer

In South Africa, paramedics work for both the government and private companies. A paramedic’s employer can provide a variety of benefits, including pension fund contributions, medical aid benefits, retirement annuities, and more. Bonuses are also given, depending on the employer.

Here are some of the best employers for Paramedics and their average salaries:

  • ER24 with an average salary of R165,300.00 per year;
  • NetCare911 with an average salary of R186,000.00 per year; and
  • Modikwa Platinum Mine with an average salary of R18,896.00 per month. 

City of Employment 

The city in which a Paramedic works has an impact on their salary. According to Indeed.com, the following are the highest-paying cities in South Africa.

#CityAverage salary Per Month
1Johannesburg, Gauteng R45 453
2Cape Town, Western Cape R43 499
3 Durban, KwaZulu-NatalR35 896
4Pretoria, Gauteng R 28 602
5Burgersford, LimpopoR23 534

Another factor influencing a paramedic’s salary in South Africa is their level of experience in the field. Below, we examine the salary of paramedics based on their level of experience in the field.

Salary of a Paramedic based on their level of experience 

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

A paramedic with 0 to 2 years of experience can expect to earn R15,800.00 per month on average. The lowest-paid paramedics in this category are those with no work experience, who earn an average monthly salary of R13,900.00.

The highest-paid paramedics in this group are those with 2 years of experience, who earn an average monthly salary of R18,000.00. Paramedics with a Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of experience can expect to earn up to R20,000.00 per month.

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

A paramedic with 3 to 5 years of experience can expect to earn R21,200.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 34% increase over the average salary of paramedics with 0 to 2 years of experience.

Paramedics with 5 years of experience are the highest paid in this category, with an average monthly salary of R23,300.00. The lowest-paid paramedics in this category are those with 3 years of experience, who earn an average of R18,180.00 per month. 

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

A paramedic with 6 to 10 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R27,600.00. The salary is a 30% increase over the average salary of paramedics with 3 to 5 years of experience.

Paramedics with 10 years of experience earn the most in this category, with an average monthly salary of R31,570.00. Those with 6 years of work experience earn the least in this category, with an average salary of R26,300.00 per month.

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

A paramedic with 11 to 15 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R33,400.00. The salary is a 21% increase over the average salary of paramedics with 6 to 10 years of experience.

Paramedics with a Bachelor’s degree and 15 years of experience are the highest paid in this category, earning an average monthly salary of R34,000.00. Those with a high school education and 11 years of work experience are the lowest paid, with an average monthly salary of R32,100.00.

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

A paramedic with 16 to 20 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R36,500.00. The salary represents a 9% increase on the average salary of paramedics with 11 to 15 years of experience.

Paramedics with 20+ years of experience earn the highest salaries of all paramedics, with an average monthly salary of R38,400.00. Paramedics with a Bachelor’s degree and 20+ years of experience can earn a monthly base salary of up to R47,500.00 (Indeed.com).

Conclusion 

The salary of a paramedic starts very low and rapidly increases for those with 3 to 10 years of work experience. Earning a high salary requires a bachelor’s degree and working for a company that rewards hard work.

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