Average Salary For Tax Accountants In South Africa

Accountants that specialize in the laws, rules, and regulations for the preparation and calculation of federal, state, and local taxes are typically known as tax accountants. Tax accountants provide a range of tax-related services to both individuals and businesses, which can include preparing and filing tax returns.


Below are salaried earned by Tax Accountant In South Africa

A person working as a Tax Accountant in South Africa typically earns around 47,000 ZAR per month. Salaries range from 24,400 ZAR (lowest) to 71,900 ZAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Tax Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Tax Accountant Salary Distribution in South Africa

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

Salary Range

Tax Accountant salaries in South Africa range from 24,400 ZAR per month (minimum salary) to 71,900 ZAR per month (maximum salary).

Median Salary

The median salary is 45,100 ZAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Tax Managers (s) are earning less than 45,100 ZAR while the other half are earning more than 45,100 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 Tax Managers (s) are earning less than 31,300 ZAR while 75% of them are earning more than 31,300 ZAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Tax Managers (s) are earning less than 56,100 ZAR while 25% are earning more than 56,100 ZAR.

Tax Accountant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How do experience and age affect your pay?

The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Tax Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Tax Accountant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 27,700 ZAR per month.

While someone with an experience level of between two and five years is expected to earn 37,200 ZAR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two years of experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 48,400 ZAR per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, Tax Accountant (s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 58,600 ZAR per month, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 64,000 ZAR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 67,300 ZAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Tax Accountant’s average salary change my experience in South Africa

0 – 2 Years27,700 ZAR
2 – 5 Years+34%37,200 ZAR
5 – 10 Years+30%48,400 ZAR
10 – 15 Years+21%58,600 ZAR
15 – 20 Years+9%64,000 ZAR
20+ Years+5%67,300 ZAR

Tax Accountant Salary Comparison By Education

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Tax Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Tax Manager is 33,000 ZAR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor’s Degree gets a salary of 50,000 ZAR per month, 52% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master’s Degree gets its holder an average salary of 70,900 ZAR per month, 42% more than someone with a Bachelor’s Degree

Tax Accountant average salary difference by education level in South Africa

Certificate or Diploma33,000 ZAR
Bachelor’s Degree+52%50,000 ZAR
Master’s Degree+42%70,900 ZAR

Tax Accountant 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 Tax Manager employees in South Africa earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male49,000 ZAR
Female-7%45,500 ZAR

Tax Accountant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in South Africa

How much are annual salary increments in South Africa for Tax Accountant (s)?

How often do employees get salary raises?

Tax Accountant

Tax Accountants (s) in South Africa are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Tax Accountant Bonus and Incentive Rates in South Africa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?

A Tax Accountant is considered to be a high bonus-based job 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.

22% of surveyed staff reported that they haven’t received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 78% 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 a Bonus of 78%

No Bonus 22%

How do I become a tax accountant in South Africa?

You can qualify if you obtained a three-year Bachelor’s degree with Tax as a major subject and at least Accounting 3, have three years of verifiable practical experience in a tax environment and pass the CoTE Professional Tax Examination.

How much do accountants earn in South Africa?

Accounting and Finance

Newly qualified CA (SA)R550 000 – R680 000
CA (SA) 6+ years experienceR1 000 000 – R1 400 000
CA (SA) 4+ years experienceR800 000 – R950 000
CA (SA) 2+ years experienceR650 000 – R780 000

Do accountants get paid well in South Africa?

The average salary for a Chartered Accountant in SA is R 522 600 gross per year (R 43 550 gross per month), which is 85% higher than South Africa’s national average salary. Salary Range: a Chartered Accountant (CA) can expect an average starting salary of R 277 683. The highest salaries can exceed R 841 350.

How much do ACCA accountants earn in South Africa?

Financial AccountantRange: R200k – R696kAverage: R373,608
Chartered AccountantRange: R62k – R1mAverage: R432,748
Finance ManagerRange: R205k – R956kAverage: R526,622
Financial ManagerRange: R323k – R739kAverage: R497,462

How much does a junior accountant earn in South Africa?

The average junior accountant salary in South Africa is R 240 000 per year or R 123 per hour. Entry-level positions start at R 180 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to R 2 359 680 per year.

Is an accountant a good job in South Africa?

Accountancy has become an exciting career that involves working with the latest accounting software. A good Accountant stays up to date with rapidly changing business and professional trends. The current shortage of chartered accountants in South Africa makes it one of the highest-paid professions in the country.