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Average primary school teachers salary in South Africa 2024

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Lethabo Ntsoane

The average primary school teachers salary in South Africa is R192,637.00. Teachers in the 90th percentile of salaries for primary school educators earn the most money. The average monthly salary for primary school teachers in the 90th percentile is R301,000.00 per year.

A primary school teacher’s compensation includes a performance incentive. A primary school teacher may receive a bonus of up to R29,000.00 per year (Payscale). Schools may also include additional perks for primary teachers’ pay packages. Employer contributions to medical aid, preservation, and pension funds are examples of the benefits that can be added.

The level of certification as a teacher can improve one’s salary as a primary school teacher. Those with a higher certificate or a diploma in their respective fields are likely to earn the lowest salary. But a bachelor’s degree can boost one’s income by 24%. (Salary Explorer).

A primary school teacher’s pay can rise by 29% by earning a master’s degree compared to a teacher with a bachelor’s degree. Individuals with a master’s degree can increase their average wage by up to 23% if they are able to acquire a PhD.  

A primary school teacher’s income is influenced by a number of factors, including their level of education and their level of experience in the field. Below, we examine the salary for primary school teachers based on their level of teaching experience.

Salary of a primary school teacher with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2024

An average salary of a primary school teacher with 0 – 2 years of work experience is R13,200.00 per month. The salary is mainly earned by newly graduates. Those with a bachelor’s degree are likely to receive higher pay than those with a diploma. 

The highest monthly salary in this class is R16,800.00. Those with 1 to 2 years of experience working as primary school teachers can earn this salary. Teachers with no prior job experience are most likely to receive the lowest salary in this category, which is R11,600.00 per month.

Average primary school teachers salary with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2024

A primary school teacher with 3 to 5 years of experience can expect to make an average income of R17,600 per month. Primary school teachers with 3 to 5 years of experience earn 34% more than those with 0 to 2 years of experience. 

The lowest-earning individuals in this group are those with 3 years of work experience, who make an average monthly pay of R14,900.00. The highest-paid individuals in this group are those with 5 years of work experience, who make an average salary of R19,200.00.

Average primary school teachers salary with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2024

A primary school teacher with 6 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average salary of R26,000 per month. When compared to primary school teachers with 3 to 5 years of work experience, primary school teachers with 6 to 10 years of experience earn an average salary that is f 48% more.

Those with a bachelor’s degree are likely to get more than the average salary if they have the highest working experience. The highest salary that can be earned in this category is R28,700.00 per month which can be earned by primary school teachers with 9 to 10 years of working experience. 

Primary school teachers with 6 years of experience in the workplace earn the least income in this group. A primary school teacher with 6 years of experience may expect to earn an average salary of R17,890.00 per month. The lowest income in this group is generally reserved for those with only higher education certificates.

Average primary school teachers salary with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2024

An average salary of a primary school teacher with 11 to 15 years of work experience is R31,700.00 per month. The average salary represents a 22% increase from the average salary of primary school teachers with work experience of 6 to 10 years. 

The least earners in this category are those with 11 years of work experience as teachers. An average salary of a primary school teacher with 11 years of working experience is R24,300.00 per month. However, those with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree can get a higher salary with 11 years of working experience. 

Those with 11 years of teaching experience earn the least income in this category. A primary school teacher with 11 years of work experience makes an average monthly income of R24,300.00. With 11 years of job experience, those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree can earn more money. 

Average primary school teachers salary with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2024

An average salary of a primary school teacher with 16 to 20 years of work experience is R34,600.00 per month. The average salary for primary school teachers with 16 to 20 years of work experience represents a 9% increase from the average salary of those with 11 to 15 years of work experience. 

Primary school teachers with more than 20 years of experience can get up to R37,400.00 annually. A PhD can also earn a primary school teacher a salary of more than R40,000.00 per month if they have enough professional experience.

Conclusion

Primary school teachers go through intense practicals before becoming qualified teachers. Their salaries increase rapidly as they become more experienced as teachers. Also, by adding a postgraduate certificate, one can earn a very high salary as a primary school teacher. 

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