ASP.NET is the second most-used framework among South African developers after Node.js and and ahead of React. Here we’ll look at what ASP.NET developers earn at each stage of their careers and how they compare to the average C#, React and Node.js developer.
Average junior ASP.Net developer salary trends
Salaries for entry-level ASP.NET developers have risen handsomely since 2022, with a 14.2% (R2 853) increase on last year. That means they start their careers on an average monthly income of R22 876. In comparison, entry-level Node.js developers earn 8.7% (R2 175) more, React 4.1% (R981) more and C# 3.4% (R810) more.
With 2-4 years of experience under their belts, ASP.NET developers are in for the first of a series of whopping increases, with a 38.7% (R8 861) pay hike pushing their monthly income to R31 737 – a 12.2% (R3 442) improvement on 2022. Node.js developers pull ahead a little at this level to earn 10.6% (R3 772) more, while the gap closes with React developers, who earn just 2.9% (R953) more. This is also the only level where ASP.NET salaries eclipse those of their C# counterparts, who earn 2.2% (R674) less.
After a couple more years, with 4-6 years of experience, ASP.NET developers are in for a 30.3% (R9 610) increase to R41 347. That’s only 2.2% (R888) better than 2022, while being 14.% (R6 872) behind Node.js, 13% (R6 153) less than React, and 5.3% (R2 324) behind C# developers.
With ASP.NET being so widely used in web development in South Africa, it’s unsurprising that salary growth is so high, even for junior developers, who also have a tendency to switch jobs more regularly and negotiate for fresh increases. However, it doesn’t slow down from there, with lucrative opportunities in store for those who stick with the framework.
Average senior ASP.Net developer salary trends
Average ASP.Net Developer Salaries by Experience
Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles
|Years of Experience||25th Percentile||Average||75th Percentile|
In the 6-10 year bracket, ASP.NET developers can expect the largest salary growth of their careers, with a 44.4% (R18 376) increase resulting in average earnings of R59 723 per month – 4% (R2 302) better than the 2022 equivalent. At this level, Node.js developers earn 16.2% (R11 588) more, React 11.1% (R7 460) more, and C# a nominal 0.8% (R508) more.
Highly experienced ASP.NET developers with at least a decade on the job should earn a 39.6% (R23 872) raise to R83 395, staying a consistent 4.1% (R3 271) ahead of what they would’ve earned in 2022. That closes the gap with Node.js and React developers, who earn 12% (R11 412) and 8% (R7 299) more respectively, while C# developers pull ahead slightly to earn 2% (R1 671) more.
Senior ASP.NET developers are responsible for full software development life cycle, from design all the way through implementation and maintenance, along with typically managing and mentoring more junior designers. ASP.NET remains a widely used and powerful framework, meaning these seasoned developers are highly sought after, with companies offering lucrative salary packages for their services.
Keep in mind
The data in this article is taken from OfferZen’s 2023 State of the Software Developer Nation Report. In this article, ‘salary’ refers to the gross monthly salary (before tax) provided by more than 4500 survey respondents.
Average salaries are single data points and only one part of a bigger story. It’s expected that many respondents may earn significantly more or less than these averages. However, we hope to provide a picture of underlying trends by mapping the average salaries for different experience levels.
Salaries depend on the industry, individual, perks and nature of work. These factors all influence the salary a company will offer to a prospective hire. In addition, most developers are “fluent” in several languages, which will affect the final figures.
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