Average Telecommunications Engineer salary in South Africa 2024

average Telecommunications Engineer salary

The average Telecommunications Engineer salary in South Africa is R21,500.00 per month. A telecommunications engineer is an entry-level position in a company’s IT operations. They work with business operation systems, security, networks, and Ethernet.

Telecommunications engineers can supplement their salaries with bonuses. Their annual bonuses range from R20,000.00 to R54,000.00, with an average bonus of R34,600.00. Bonuses are not that common among Telecommunications Engineers, and so do commissions. 

According to Salary Explorer, only 38% of South African Telecommunications Engineers received a bonus in 2023. The 38% who received a bonus received a bonus that ranged from 2% to 6% of their annual salary.

A telecommunications engineer’s income usually consists primarily of salaries and bonuses. A telecommunications engineer’s salary, on the other hand, has its own determinants. The factors influencing a Telecommunications engineer’s salary are discussed below.

Factors that influence the salary of a Telecommunications Engineer in South Africa 

Education 

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for a Telecommunications Engineer in South Africa. This is because the field is highly specialized and necessitates a set of skills that require formal education. Telecommunications Engineers in South Africa are paid differently.

A bachelor’s degree graduate, for example, earns an average salary of R22,000.00 per month, whereas a master’s degree graduate earns an average salary of R35,300.00 per month. Telecommunications engineers with a bachelor’s degree earn 60% less than those with a master’s degree.

Employer

Telecommunications engineers are in high demand and work in a variety of economic sectors and industries. A Telecommunications Engineer’s employer can either set an acceptable base salary or pay less than the average salary. Choosing a financially rewarding employer can result in salary increases and other benefits.

Another influencing factor on a Telecommunications Engineer’s salary is their level of experience. The following section examines the impact of experience level on the salary of a Telecommunications Engineer.

Salary of Telecommunications Engineers based on their level of experience in the field 

Salary of a Telecommunications Engineer with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2024 

A Telecommunications Engineer with 0 to 2 years of experience can expect to earn R17,600.00 per month on average. Telecommunications Engineers with 0 years of experience earn the lowest salary in this group, earning an average of R14,900.00 per month.

Telecommunications Engineers with 2 years of experience earn the highest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R19,100.00.

Salary of a Telecommunications Engineer with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2024

A Telecommunications Engineer with 3 to 5 years of experience can expect to earn R22,700.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 29% increase over the average salary of Telecommunications Engineers with 0 to 2 years of experience.

Telecommunications Engineers with 5 years of experience earn the most in this category, with an average monthly salary of R27,000.00. Telecommunications Engineers with 3 years of experience earn the least in this category, with an average monthly salary of R20,800.00.

Salary of a Telecommunications Engineer with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2024 

A Telecommunications Engineer with 6 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn R31,300.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 38% increase in salary over the average salary of Telecommunications Engineers with 3 to 5 years of experience.

Telecommunications Engineers with 10 years of experience earn the most in this group, with an average monthly salary of R35,500.00. Telecommunications Engineers with 6 years of experience earn the lowest salaries in this category, with an average monthly salary of R21,100.00.

Salary of a Telecommunications Engineer with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2024 

A Telecommunications Engineer with 11 to 15 years of work experience can expect to earn R38,700.00 per month on average. The salary represents a 24% increase in salary over the average salary of a Telecommunications Engineer with 6 to 10 years of experience.

Those with 15 years of work experience earn the most in this category, with an average monthly salary of R39,600.00. Telecommunications engineers with 11 years of experience earn the least in this group, with an average monthly salary of R37,000.00.

Salary of a Telecommunications Engineer with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2024

A Telecommunications Engineer with 16 to 20 years of experience earns an average monthly salary of R41,500.00. The salary represents a 7% increase in salary over the average salary of Telecommunications Engineers with 11 to 15 years of experience.

Telecommunications Engineers with 20+ years of experience earn the most, with an average monthly salary of R44,200.00. A Telecommunications Engineer’s monthly salary can reach R47,300.00.

Conclusion 

Telecommunications engineers are well compensated in South Africa. Working as a Telecommunications Engineer entails significant salary increases and better bonuses. Staying in the field for 15+ years is very advantageous because the salary increases by 12% every 18 months during that time.

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