These Are Currently The Best Paying Jobs in South Africa


There are many factors that influence peoples’ choice of career or job. Most of the times, after considering what one has the ability to do and love doing. The next thing that usually comes to mind is the job’s pay pack – the remuneration. Only a few people will prefer a lesser paid job to a highly paying one for just no very tangible reasons. These days, it is no longer enough to enjoy what you do, it is equally very important for what you do to be able to pay your bills and take very good care of your other excesses.

Therefore, for those who are looking to make serious career choices, it is important to know the kind of job you want but most importantly, to know the paying ability of such a job because in a world such as ours, job satisfaction almost always begins with the amount you are paid. I believe that people will scarcely prefer a lesser paid job to a highly paying one for just no very tangible reasons. In case you are searching for a job in South Africa or you intend settling there, these are the highest paid jobs available in the country at the moment.

10. Chartered Accountant


A career in chartered accountancy certainly isn’t for everyone. It generally takes at least four years of academic study at South Africa’s top universities and another three years of practical training, it therefore calls for sacrifice, discipline and talent. But all of the work pays off once you start work. The average pay of a Chartered Accountant is R434,191 per year.

9. Air Traffic Controller


Air traffic control is a career like no other. They coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart. It is one of the most stressful jobs because a great amount of concentration will be required to ensure that no aircraft moves in the wrong lane at the wrong time. As a reward for all this stress and risky work, air traffic controllers can expect to earn around R583,450 per year.

8. Actuary

Accountant working on computer

An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. To be an Actuary, you’ll need a math degree. They examine the potential of an uncertain event to happen – such as an earthquake, hurricane, or other natural disaster – and assess the impact of financial losses. Actuaries must have a strong background in asset management, liability management, business knowledge, and analytical skills, as well as a deep understanding of the human behavior. Experienced Actuaries receive approximately 598 055 per annum.

7. Management Consultant


Management Consultants help organizations to improve their performance. They do this by primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems and the development of plans for improvement. Depending on their level of expertise and the company involved, a management consultant can earn between R392,000 rand and 672,000 rand per annum.

6. Petroleum Engineers


Because petroleum engineering is a combination of innovation, exploration and expansion, it requires a lot of intelligence and training. This is why is takes long to study petroleum engineering at the university. This job is therefore one of the highest paying jobs in South Africa. This career path demands tremendous dedication and commitment. The salary of a South African petroleum engineer is R572, 600 per year.