Average Salary For Junior Doctors In South Africa

Junior doctors are qualified medical practitioners working whilst engaged in postgraduate training.


Below are salaries earned by A Junior Doctor In South Africa

A person working as a Doctor / Physician in South Africa typically earns around 73,200 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 26,900 ZAR (lowest average) to 124,000 ZAR (highest average, the actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Doctor / Physician careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

A Junior Doctor Jobs Salary Distribution in South Africa

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

Salary Range

A Junior Doctor’s salaries in South Africa range from 26,900 ZAR per month (minimum average salary) to 124,000 ZAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

Median Salary

The median salary is 70,300 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in A Junior doctors are earning less than 70,300 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 70,300 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.


Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Doctors / Physicians are earning less than 43,700 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 43,700 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Doctors / Physicians are earning less than 93,000 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 93,000 ZAR.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person’s salary progress over time?

The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

A Junior Doctor Salary Comparison By Gender

Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in South Africa who work as A Junior doctor earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male76,400 ZAR
Female-7%70,900 ZAR

A Junior Doctor Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Doctor / Physician professionals?

How often do employees get salary raises?

A Junior Doctor

Junior Doctor professionals in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

A Junior Doctor Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

A Junior Doctor is considered to be a high bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

25% of surveyed staff in A Junior Doctor reported that they haven’t received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 75% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus

No Bonus

A Junior Doctor’s Hourly Average Wage in South Africa

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in South Africa is 420 ZAR. This means that the average person in South Africa earns approximately 420 ZAR for every worked hour.

How much does an intern doctor earn in South Africa?

The average intern salary in South Africa is R342,588 (R1002039.74) per year or R176 (12.32) per hour. Medical interns in Kenya earn over R30434.26in the latest salary deal.

How much do doctors earn monthly in SA?

Doctors Salaries

Gauteng Department of Health Doctor salaries – 2 salaries reportedZAR 101,835/mo
Life Healthcare Medical Doctor salaries – 2 salaries reportedZAR 89,652/mo
Gauteng Department of Health Physician – Medical Doctor salaries – 2 salaries reportedZAR 63,443/mo

Do medical students get paid in South Africa?

During the student’s internship and community service training, the National Department of Health of South Africa will employ the student, and the student will receive a salary.

Which type of doctor gets paid the most in South Africa?


Cardiologists are the highest-paid doctors and their main responsibility is to treat heart-related diseases (cardiovascular diseases).

Which type of doctors is in demand in South Africa?

In the current scenario, the most highly demanded medical specializations in Africa are:

General Physician.





Sports Medicine doctors.



What is the easiest doctor to become in South Africa?

A general practice doctor is probably the easiest doctor to become. Even though students must complete four years of medical school and one or two years of residency, this is the minimum amount of education required for medical doctors.