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Average registered nurse salary in South Africa 2024

Average registered nurse salary

The average registered nurse salary is R21,779.00 per month. The lowest-earning registered nurses are those that fall in the 10th percentile. Registered nurses in the 10th percentile earn an average salary of R127,000.00 per year. 

The highest-earning registered nurses are those that fall into the 90th percentile. The average annual salary for registered nurses in the 90th percentile is R356,000.00. These nurses are the most skilled in the industry and may hold a postgraduate nursing degree.

Higher pay for registered nurses may be enabled by commissions and bonuses. RNs(Registered Nurses) can earn a performance bonus of up to R38,000.00 per annum. Additionally, qualified nurses are eligible for commissions of up to R24,000.00 annually (Payscale).

In South Africa, registered nurses have access to additional perks that are not included in their monthly payments. In South Africa, registered nurses receive benefits that their employers partially fund. The employer may make contributions to various funds, including the preservation fund, provident fund, and medical aid.

The amount of experience a registered nurse has in the field has a significant impact on their income. Based on the amount of experience, we examine various salaries for registered nurses in South Africa below.

Average Registered Nurse Salary with 0-2 years of work experience in 2024 

A registered nurse with 0 to 2 years of work experience can earn an average monthly salary of R13,100.00. Registered Nurses with 0 years of work experience earn the least in this group, at R11,600.00 per month.

The average income for those with one year of work experience is R12,876.00 per month. The salary is an 11% increase over registered nurses with no job experience.

The highest-earning registered nurses in this group are those with two years of experience, who earn an average salary of R13,950.00 a month.

Average Registered Nurse Salary with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2024 

A registered nurse with 3 to 5 years of experience can earn an average monthly salary of R17,500.00. The salary is a 34% increase above the typical registered nurse salary of those with 0 to 2 years of experience.

With an average salary of R15,300.00 per month, registered nurses with 3 years of work experience are the lowest paid. The highest paid in this group are registered nurses with 5 years of experience, who make an average monthly income of R18,200.00.

A registered nurse with five years of experience can earn up to R22,600.00 a month depending on the employer and the individual’s educational background. 

Average salary of a registered nurse with 6–10 years of work experience in 2024 

A registered nurse with 6 to 10 years of experience can earn an average monthly salary of R25,900.00. The income is a significant increase of 48% over the average salary of registered nurses with 3 to 5 years of work experience.

Depending on the employer, additional benefits not related to pay, such as employer contributions at this level, may be received. Employer contributions can total up to 50% of the monthly premiums that are required, with employee contributions covering the remaining 50% of the premiums.

Registered nurses with 6 years of work experience earn the lowest average salary in this category, taking home an average of R20,971.00 each month. Registered nurses with 10 years of experience are the highest earners in this category, with an average monthly salary of R26,800.00.

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

A registered nurse with 11 to 15 years of experience may earn an average monthly salary of R31,600.00. Compared to registered nurses with 6 to 10 years of work experience, registered nurses with 11 to 15 years of experience earn an average pay of 22% more.

Registered nurses with 11 to 12 years of work experience are the lowest paid in this group, making an average salary of R28,870.00 per month. With an average monthly salary of R32,500.00, registered nurses with 15 years of experience are the highest paid in this group.

Average registered nurse salary with 16-20 years of work experience in 2024

A registered nurse with 16 to 20 years of experience can earn an average monthly salary of R34,400.00. Compared to registered nurses with 11 to 15 years of experience, the salary represents an average 9% income increase.

The highest paid in this group are registered nurses with over 20 years of work experience, who make an average salary of R36,100.00 per month. A qualified nurse with 20 years of experience, however, may earn as much as R37,200.00 a month.

The average salary for registered nurses with 20+ years of experience is 7% higher than the average salary for registered nurses with 16 to 20 years of experience, which is not much of an increase. Depending on the employer, the salary of a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience may exceed R40,000.00 per month.

Conclusion 

The level of experience a registered nurse has a significant impact on their pay. Additionally, a registered nurse’s compensation is influenced by their level of education. A registered nurse is likely to receive a 93% income rise after attaining a masters degree, making it one of the most lucrative careers for those with a postgraduate degree, according to Salary Explorer.

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