1. Software Engineers

A graduate level degree and a wealth of professional experience in this line of work could earn you the top salary of R1,2 million per year.



2. Pilot

Qualified and experienced pilots in South Africa earn around R695,800 per year.



3. Lawyers

Starting salaries for qualified lawyers is between R643,440 and R655,00 per year. The more years of practice you have the higher the salary.



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4. IT Managers

IT Managers can expect to earn R620,230 per year, which will increase as your expertise grows.



5. Specialist Doctors

The salary range for doctors is greatly based on the speciality. Depending on the rank of speciality, you can expect to earn between R476,00 and R616,00 per year.


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6. Petroleum Engineer

The salary of a South African petroleum engineer is around R572,00 per year. It is one of the top paying jobs in the country and generally requires study of the specific studying of petroleum engineering at university.


7. Management Consultant

Depending on your level of expertise and the company involved, a management consultant could earn between R392,000 and R672,000 per annum.


8. Actuary

Dealing with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty, an Actuary can expect to earn R598,055 per annum. If you’re tasked with examining the potential risk of an uncertain event to happen – such as an earthquake, hurricane or other natural disasters – you’ll need a math degree and a strong background in asset management, liability management, business knowledge and analytical skills, as well as a deep understanding of human behaviour.


9. Air Traffic Controller

Air traffic controllers can expect to earn around R583,450 per year. Airport controllers can be found coordinating the movement of air traffic to over 130 airports around the country (this includes military and private).


10. Chartered Accountant

The average pay of a Chartered Accountant is R434,191 per year. The career is certainly not for everyone and generally takes at least four years of academic study and another three years of practical training.