Average Salary For Physician In South Africa

A physician, medical practitioner, medical doctor, or simply doctor, is a professional who practices medicine, which is concerned with promoting, maintaining, or restoring health through the study, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments.

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Below are salaries earned by a Physician 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.

Doctor / Physician Jobs Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

Salary Range

Doctor / Physician 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 as Doctors / Physicians 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.

Percentiles

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.

Doctor / Physician 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 Doctors / Physicians earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

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

Doctor / Physician 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?

Doctor / Physician

Doctor / Physician 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.

Doctor / Physician Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

Doctor / Physician 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 Doctor / Physician 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
75%

No Bonus
25%

Doctor / Physician 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.

What do physicians earn in South Africa?

The average medical doctor’s salary in South Africa is R 600 000 per year or R 308 per hour. Entry-level positions start at R 450 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to R 1 335 002 per year.

What is the highest-paid doctor in South Africa?

Cardiologist

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

Are South African doctors paid well?

Salary of Doctors In South Africa

1) Physician: A Physician especially a general one covers almost every health-related issue, examining patients, diagnosing illness, es, and proscribing the treatment necessary for Patients. A Physician in South Africa earns an Average Salary of R 614,000 per year.

What does a physician do in South Africa?

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses and address health maintenance. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They often counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare

Are physicians in high demand in South Africa?

South Africa will see a shortage of nearly 122,000 physicians by 2033 as demand for doctors grows faster than supply, according to a 2020 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The report projects a shortage of up to 55,200 primary care doctors and 86,700 specialty care physicians by 2033.

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