Average surgeon salary in South Africa 2022

Average surgeon salary

The average surgeon salary in South Africa is R56,515.00 per month. The salary of a surgeon in South Africa is high and comes with a bag of benefits that can be enjoyed. Some of the extra benefits can be money from the employer toward medical insurance or retirement, among other things. 

The salary of a surgeon can be supplemented by bonuses to get an even higher gross income. An average bonus for a surgeon in South Africa is R251,459.00 per year (Salary Expert). Bonuses for a surgeon in South Africa range from R4,000.00 to R520,000.00.

Not every employer in South Africa gives out bonuses. Bonuses are a reward program that is put in place to reward those that work tirelessly. 86% of surgeons in South Africa received bonuses in 2021. 14% of surgeons didn’t receive any bonuses during the same year. 

For surgeons, bonuses may be very high. In rare circumstances, surgeons’ bonuses can equal up to 50% of their basic salary. Salary Explorer reports that the bonus for surgeons went from 5% in 2021 to 9% in 2022 based on their average salary.

A surgeon’s level of expertise has a significant impact on their income. Below, we look at the salaries for a surgeon in South Africa based on experience.

Average surgeon salary with 0 – 2 years of work experience in 2022 

A surgeon with 0 to 2 years of work experience makes, on average, R61,300.00 per month. Surgeons with 0 years of work experience are the lowest-paid professionals in this group. The average monthly salary for surgeons with no work experience is R55,000 per month. Surgeons with 0 years of work experience are most likely to make the lowest monthly salary in this group, which is R51,700.00.

The surgeons in this category with the most experience earn the highest salaries. A surgeon with 2 years of experience earns, on average, R67,500 a month. R71,000.00 per month is the highest salary in this category, which is typically earned by surgeons with 2 years of experience.

Average surgeon salary with 3 – 5 years of work experience in 2022 

An average salary of a Surgeon with 3 to 5 years of work experience is R78,800.00 per month. In comparison to the average income of surgeons with 0 to 2 years of work experience, the remuneration reflects an average salary increase of 29%.

Surgeons with 3 years of experience earn the least in this group. A surgeon with 3 years of experience earns an average monthly income of R69,000, but they can earn as little as R65,000 in some cases.

The highest-earning surgeons in this category are those with 5 years of work experience. Surgeons with 5 years of work experience earn an average salary of R84,900.00 per month. The salary of a person with 5 years of work experience can be as high as R96,500.00 per month. 

Average surgeon salary with 6 – 10 years of work experience in 2022 

An average salary for a Surgeon with 6 to 10 years of work experience is R109,000.00 per month. Compared to the average salary of surgeons with 3–5 years of experience, the salary of a surgeon with 6–10 years of experience shows an increase of 38%.

Surgeons with six years of work experience make the least money in this group. A surgeon with 6 years of work experience earns an average monthly salary of R89,500.00. A surgeon with 6 years of work experience may earn as little as R83,100.00 a month in salary.

The surgeons in this category with the most work experience tend to earn the highest salaries. An average salary of a surgeon with 10 years of work experience is R118,000.00 per month. 

Average surgeon salary with 11 – 15 years of work experience in 2022 

The average salary for a surgeon with 11 to 15 years of work experience is R135,000.00 per month. The salary is 24% more than what the average surgeon with 6–10 years of experience makes. 

The lowest monthly salary a surgeon in this group can receive is R127,000.00. The highest-paid professionals in this category are surgeons with 15 years of work experience, who earn an average monthly income of R140,000.

Average surgeon salary with 16 – 20 years of work experience in 2022 

The average salary for a surgeon with 16 to 20 years of work experience is R144,000.00 per month. In comparison to the average income of surgeons with 11 to 15 years of work experience, the salary reflects an average salary increase of 7%.

Surgeons with 20 years of experience make the most money in this group, with an average monthly salary of R151,400.00. With an average monthly salary of R142,100, surgeons with 16 years of experience are paid the least. 

Surgeons with 20+ years of work experience earn an average salary of R154,000.00 per month, and their pay doesn’t seem to rise much over time. Surgeons with 20+ years of professional experience might make up to R165,000.00 a month in salary.

Conclusion 

Surgeons are among the top-paid professionals in South Africa. Their salaries are higher than the country’s average salary range. Surgeons can make more than R3 million a year, including the bonuses they receive. A 13% income raise, on average, occurs every 17 months for those who have worked in the field for a longer time.

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