As teachers in South Africa, it’s important to be aware of salaries. Not only those of us returning to the profession, but also those entering it for the first time. In this article you will learn: Current salaries by province and qualification What your net salary will be after deductions How much you need to start saving
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Teaching is an excellent career for people who would like to make a difference in the world and work with giving children skills and knowledge to help them become productive members of society. However, it’s not an easy job to do: teachers have to put up with long hours, stressful situations, and finicky students on a daily basis. That’s why the rewards must be commensurate with the risks involved — which means salary is everything! So, how much does a teacher make? Read on to find out!
How much money does a Teacher make in South Africa?
Average Monthly Salary
( 289,000 ZAR yearly)
LOW 11,100 ZAR AVERAGE 24,100 ZAR HIGH 38,300 ZAR
A person working as a Teacher in South Africa typically earns around 24,100 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 11,100 ZAR (lowest) to 38,300 ZAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Teacher salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Teacher Salary Distribution in South Africa
The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range
Salary RangeTeacher salaries in South Africa range from 11,100 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 38,300 ZAR per month (maximum salary).
Median SalaryThe median salary is 26,000 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Teacher(s) are earning less than 26,000 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 26,000 ZAR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.
PercentilesClosely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Teacher(s) are earning less than 16,700 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 16,700 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Teacher(s) are earning less than 34,700 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 34,700 ZAR.
What is the difference between the median and the average salary?
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
It is estimated that there are two million teachers in South Africa. A whopping 30% of teachers in the country have never graduated from high school and only about 45% of all teachers have a matric qualification. The Teachers Registration Council (TRC) believes that these statistics indicate that South Africa urgently needs to address the quality of teaching in its education system, as non-qualified and illiterate teachers are simply not up to the job. The latest figures released by the Department of Education reveal that nearly 31,000 educators were employed without proper training and qualifications, which has resulted in a vacancy rate of nearly 10%. This shortage is the primary reason why salaries for teachers continue to fall below expectations.