Average Salary For Professional Nurse In South Africa

A registered nurse is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province, or similar government-authorized licensing body to obtain a nursing license. An RN’s scope of practice is determined by legislation and is regulated by a professional body or council.

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Below are salaries earned by a Professional Nurse Earn In South Africa

Professional Nurse Average Salary

The average salary for a Nurse in SA is R 341 620 gross per year (R 28 470 gross per month), which is 21% higher than South Africa’s national average salary.
Salary Range: a Nurse can expect an average starting basic salary of R 144 200. The highest salaries can exceed R 583 500 (excluding benefits and allowances).

Professional Nurse Salary Range – South Africa

Low
R 144 200

Average salary
R 341 620

High
R 583 500

Experienced
R 447 500

Among Nursing Practitioners in South Africa, Nursing Assistants, Enrolled Auxiliary Nurses, or Enrolled Nurses / Staff Nurses tend to have the lowest salaries, while more experienced and qualified Registered Nurses with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) or Professional Nurses enjoy the highest salaries.

Professional Nurse- Salary Differences

JOBSALARYDIFFERENCE
Manager NursingR 560K/year+64% 
Professional Nurse (Specialist Nursing)R 366K/year+7% 
Registered Nurse (RN)R 352K/year+3% 
Professional Nurse (General Nursing)R 335K/year -2%
Staff Nurse / Enrolled Nurse (EN)R 195K/year -43%
Nursing Auxiliary (NA)R 147K/year -57%

Professional Nurse- Pay by Experience Level

In South Africa, an Entry Level Nurse with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average compensation of R 15 000 gross per month. A mid-career Nurse with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of R 26 000, while an experienced Nurse with 10-20 years of experience makes on average R 37 000. Nurses with more than 20 years of experience may earn more than R 40 000 monthly.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Professional Nurse in SA

Late Career▲ +40%
Experienced▲ +30%
Average SalaryR 28 470/month
Mid Career▼ -9%
Entry Level▼ -47%

How much do professional nurses earn per month in South Africa?

The average salary for a Nurse in SA is R 341 620 gross per year (R 28 470 gross per month), which is 21% higher than South Africa’s national average salary. Salary Range: a Nurse can expect an average starting basic salary of R 144 200. The highest salaries can exceed R 583 500 (excluding benefits and allowances).

Which nurses get paid the most in South Africa?

Note that the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is the highest-paid nurse in South Africa, and this is due to the complexity of their job

How much does a sister nurse earn in South Africa?

The highest salary for a Nursing Sister in South Africa is ZAR 283,716 per year. What is the lowest salary for a Nursing Sister in South Africa? The lowest salary for a Nursing Sister in South Africa is ZAR 283,716 per year.

Do nurses get paid enough in South Africa?

All in all, a nurse is compensated enough in comparison to the median household income. Before you decide to take up nursing as a profession, make sure to do your due diligence and assess beyond just the salary.

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