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Average Software Engineer Salary in South Africa

R366,868
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
R27,698
Bonus
R80,000
Commission
R15,418
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The average salary for a Software Engineer in South Africa is R366,868.
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ZAR 203k
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ZAR 367k
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ZAR 678k
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R203k - R678k
Bonus
R6k - R63k
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What Do Software Engineers Do?

Popular Employer Salaries for Software Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Software Engineer are from the companies Entelect, BBD and MIP Holdings. Reported salaries are highest at Absa where the average pay is R735,407. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Takealot Online (Pyt) Ltd. and Entelect, earning around R420,000 and R384,410, respectively. 5DT pays the lowest at around R294,500. MIP Holdings and ACI Worldwide, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying R300,000 and R302,823, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Software Engineers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Software Engineers?

An entry-level Software Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of R280,068 based on 81 salaries. An early career Software Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R342,711 based on 712 salaries. A mid-career Software Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R509,039 based on 271 salaries. An experienced Software Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R636,235 based on 111 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of R599,248.

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,192 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.8%
Early Career
59.7%
Mid Career
22.7%
Experienced
9.3%
Late Career
1.4%