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Average Software Developer Salary in South Africa

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The average salary for a Software Developer in South Africa is R304,890.
ZAR 143k
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What Do Software Developers Do?

Software Developer Tasks
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded, multi-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Developer

The top respondents for the job title Software Developer are from the companies BBD, EOH and Absa. Reported salaries are highest at Derivco (Pty) Ltd where the average pay is R471,402. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Absa and BBD, earning around R448,000 and R396,428, respectively. EOH pays the lowest at around R297,508. Sanlam and Capitec Bank also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying R322,272 and R333,900, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Software Developers?

Skills in .NET and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include JavaScript, SQL and C# Programming Language.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Software Developers?

An entry-level Software Developer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of R207,265 based on 173 salaries. An early career Software Developer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R284,708 based on 1,826 salaries. A mid-career Software Developer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R415,828 based on 723 salaries. An experienced Software Developer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R542,264 based on 251 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of R606,782.

Years of Experience

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