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Medical Doctor Salary In South Africa

This article is written in response to the numerous questions people kept asking about the salaries of doctors in South Africa. This is a detailed post about the earnings of doctor salary in South Africa. The article is in two sections.

The first section discusses the salaries earned by different types of doctors such as family doctors, oncologists, Dermatologists, Psychiatrists etc in South Africa as well as the salaries relative to the years of experience.

Medical Doctor Salary In South Africa

Medical Doctor Salary In South Africa

The second section discusses the general salaries of doctors in the major regions of South Africa. Both sections are quite useful and informative. From the first section, you can determine the potential salary of your medical specialty while the second section gives you an overview of the salaries in different regions of South Africa. With that, you can guess what you can earn as a physician practicing in a particular region.

Medical Doctor Salary In South Africa

  • SECTION 1: Salaries Of Different Types of Doctors In South Africa

When we talk about doctors, most people generally believe we are talking about the family doctor which is the most popular physician specialist. But there are many types of doctors and we have collected a few of the more popular ones here to analyze the salaries they earn in South Africa.

  • 1. Family Doctor Salary In South Africa

The average salary of a family doctor in South Africa is R 1,301,412 or with an equivalent of R 626 hourly rate. The family doctor can also earn an average of R 60,386 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level family doctor (1-3 years of experience) R 885,336
An average level family doctor (4-8 years of experience) R 1,301,412
A senior-level family doctor (8+ years of experience) R 1,701,234

  • 2. Pediatrician

The average salary of a Pediatrician in South Africa is R 1,264,509 or with an equivalent of R 408 hourly rate. The Pediatrician can also earn an average of R 52,983 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Pediatrician (1-3 years of experience) R 861,529
An average Pediatrician (4-8 years of experience) R 1,264,509
A senior Pediatrician doctor (8+ years of experience) R 1,650,400.

  • 3. Obstetrician

The average salary of an Obstetrician in South Africa is R 1,697,493 or with an equivalent of R 816 hourly rate. The Obstetrician can also earn an average of R 108,300 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Obstetrician (1-3 years of experience) R 1,139,110
An average level Obstetrician (4-8 years of experience) R 1,697,493
A senior-level Obstetrician (8+ years of experience) R 2,267,770.

  • 4. Dermatologist 

The average salary of a Dermatologist in South Africa is R 1,766,377 or with an equivalent of R 849 hourly rate. The Dermatologist can also earn an average of R 106,689 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Dermatologist (1-3 years of experience) R 1,183,522
An average level Dermatologist (4-8 years of experience) R 1,766,377
A senior-level Dermatologist (8+ years of experience) R 2,370,670

  • 6. Surgeon Salary In South Africa

The average salary of a surgeon in South Africa is R 2,222,117 or with an equivalent of R 1,068 hourly rate. The surgeon can also earn an average of R 208,435 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level surgeon (1-3 years of experience) R 1,459,240
An average level surgeon (4-8 years of experience) R 2,222,117
A senior-level surgeon (8+ years of experience) R 3,094,046

  • 7. Dentist

The average salary of a dentist in South Africa is R  1,081,229 or with an equivalent of R 520 hourly rate. The dentist can also earn an average of R 37,735 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level dentist (1-3 years of experience) R 745,533
An average level dentist (4-8 years of experience) R 1,081,229
A senior-level dentist (8+ years of experience) R 1,367,920

  • 8. Gynecologist

The average salary of a Gynecologist in South Africa is R 1,733,165  or with an equivalent of R 833 hourly rate. The Gynecologist can also earn an average of R 110,749 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Gynecologist (1-3 years of experience) R 1,163,048
An average level Gynecologist (4-8 years of experience) R 1,733,165
A senior-level Gynecologist (8+ years of experience) R 2,320,761

  • 9. ENT Specialist

The average salary of an ENT Specialist in South Africa is R 1,976,719 or with an equivalent of R 950 hourly rate. The ENT Specialist can also earn an average of R 152,603 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level ENT Specialist (1-3 years of experience) R 1,312,288
An average level ENT Specialist (4-8 years of experience) R 1,976,719
A senior-level ENT Specialist (8+ years of experience) R 2,695,565

  • 10. Neurologist

The average salary of a Neurologist in South Africa is R 1,572,642 or with an equivalent of R 756 hourly rate. The Neurologist can also earn an average of R 86,967 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Neurologist (1-3 years of experience) R 1,060,169
An average level Neurologist (4-8 years of experience) R 1,572,642
A senior-level Neurologist (8+ years of experience) R 2,084,837

  • 11. Psychiatrist

The average salary of a Psychiatrist in South Africa is R 1,225,147 or with an equivalent of R 589 hourly rate. The Psychiatrist can also earn an average of R 50,844 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Psychiatrist (1-3 years of experience) R 835,968
An average level Psychiatrist (4-8 years of experience) R 1,225,147
A senior-level Psychiatrist (8+ years of experience) R 1,596,511

  • 12. Podiatrist

The average salary of a Podiatrist in South Africa is R 1,189,475 or with an equivalent of R 572 hourly rate. The Podiatrist can also earn an average of R 49,601 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Podiatrist (1-3 years of experience) R  812,848
An average level Podiatrist (4-8 years of experience) R 1,189,475
A senior-level Podiatrist (8+ years of experience) R 1,547,585

  • 13. Neurosurgeon

The average salary of a Neurosurgeon in South Africa is R 3,470,022 or with an equivalent of R 1,668 hourly rate. The Neurosurgeon can also earn an average of R 834,540 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Neurosurgeon (1-3 years of experience) R 2,100,700
An average level Neurosurgeon (4-8 years of experience) R 3,470,022
A senior-level Neurosurgeon (8+ years of experience) R 5,511,668

14. Oncologist

The average salary of an Oncologist in South Africa is R 1,811,275 or with an equivalent of R 871 hourly rate. The Oncologist can also earn an average of R 122,080 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Oncologist (1-3 years of experience) R 1,211,746
An average level Oncologist (4-8 years of experience) R 1,811,275
A senior-level Oncologist (8+ years of experience) R 2,440,220

  • 15. Urologist

The average salary of a Urologist in South Africa is R 2,238,723 or with an equivalent of R 1,076 hourly rate. The Urologist can also earn an average of R 207,082 as a bonus.

Salaries by experience levels
An entry-level Urologist (1-3 years of experience) R 1,467,848
An average level Urologist (4-8 years of experience) R 2,238,723
A senior-level Urologist (8+ years of experience) R 3,121,762

From the above data, we can safely conclude that the Neurosurgeon with an average salary of R 3,470,022 is the highest paid medical specialist in South Africa while the Dentist with an average salary of R 1,081,229 is the lowest paid medical specialist in South Africa.

Still on Doctor Salary In South Africa …

SECTION 2: Doctor’s salaries in Major Regions Of South Africa

This section provides you with the salaries of doctors in Johannesburg, Capetown, Bloemfontein, East London, Durban, and Kimberly. The salaries given here are average and what is obtainable may differ but there will be no much difference so you can use these figures Confidently to get an idea of what is obtainable in each region in South Africa.

The average salary of doctors in South Africa is R 1,271,890 or at an equivalent rate of R 611 hourly rate. Doctors in South Africa can earn an average bonus up to R 52,402.

  • Johannesburg

We found from our survey that the average salary of Doctors in Johannesburg, South Africa is R 1,695,443 or an equivalent of R 815 hourly rate. This average salary in Johannesburg is about 33% (+R 423,553) higher than what is obtained from the calculation of the general average salary in South Africa. In addition to this, Doctors in Johannesburg can earn up to an average of R 69,852 as a bonus.

  • Capetown

We found from our survey that the average salary of Doctors in Capetown, South Africa is R 1,377,500 or an equivalent of R 662 hourly rate. This average salary in Capetown is about 8% (+R 105,610) higher than what is obtained from the calculation of the general average salary in South Africa. In addition to this, Doctors in Capetown can earn up to an average of R 56,753 as a bonus.

  • Bloemfontein

We found from our survey that the average salary of Doctors in Bloemfontein, South Africa is R 890,361 or an equivalent of R 428 hourly rate. This average salary in Bloemfontein is about 30% (-R 381,529) higher than what is obtained from the calculation of the general average salary in South Africa. In addition to this, Doctors in Bloemfontein can earn up to an average of R 36,683 as a bonus.
Kimberly, South Africa

We found from our survey that the average salary of doctors in Kimberly, South Africa is R 918,330  or an equivalent of R 442 hourly rate. This average salary in Kimberly is about 28%  (-R 353,560) lower than what is obtained from the calculation of the general average salary in South Africa. Doctors in Kimberley can earn up to R 37,835 as a bonus.

  • East London

We found from our survey that the average salary of doctors in East London, South Africa is R 1,059,493 or an equivalent of R 509 hourly rate. This average salary in East London is about 17% ( -R 212,397) lower than what is obtained from the calculation of the general average salary in South Africa. In addition to this, doctors in East London can earn up to an average of R 43,651 as a bonus.

  • Durban

We found from our survey that the average salary of doctors in Durban, South Africa is R 1,102,757 or an equivalent of R 530 hourly rate. This average salary in Durban is about 13% (-R 169,133) lower than what is obtained from the calculation of the general average salary in South Africa. In addition to this, doctors in Durban can earn up to an average of R 45,434 as a bonus.

From the above analysis, doctors in Johannesburg with an average salary of R 1,695,443 are the highest paid doctors in South Africa while doctors in Bloemfontein with an average salary of R 890,361 are the lowest paid in the country.

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Updated: December 25, 2017 — 3:21 pm

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  1. Hello,

    Regarding: Family Doctor Salary In South Africa
    A senior-level family doctor (8+ years of experience) R 1,701,234

    Is this salary gross income before overheads and before taxes?
    If so
    What would be the average overhead costs for a Family Doctor?
    What tax would one pay after deducting overheads.

    My rough estimates would be
    Overheads – R300,000
    Tax R R600,000
    Net take home income R800,000?

    1. Just imagine …..wow!

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