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Tech Career Insights: ASP.Net Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

ASP.Net Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

By Josh Nel

ASP.Net is the third most-used framework among South African developers after Node.js and React. Here we’ll look at what ASP.Net developers earn at each stage of their careers and how they compare to the average backend developer.


Average salaries for entry-level ASP.Net developers start at R20 023 per month, 5% higher than the average for entry-level backend developers as a whole.

The average junior ASP.Net developer’s salary increases by 41.3% after two years in the profession, giving them a monthly average of R28 295. However, they now trail the average salary for their backend counterparts by 10.2%.

ASP.Net developers receive the most significant increase of their careers once they acquire four years of experience. Mid-level ASP.Net developers with four to six years of experience see their salaries rise by 43% to an average of R40 459, more than double the average for entry-level ASP.Net developers.

ASP.Net developers are not alone with steep salary increases during the early stages of their careers and follow a similar trend across roles, languages, and frameworks.

Why? While they are still finding their feet in the early stages of their careers, developers tend to change jobs a lot more. This gives them a chance to negotiate a market-related salary that’s higher than the inflationary increases developers can expect if they stay with one company.

Depending on how much they’ve progressed, they might also quickly level up their skills to a mid-level developer. Companies hiring developers at these career stages are more inclined to offer what might seem a big increase because overall, the salary range still isn’t that high.

Despite the significant increase, the gap between ASP.Net and other backend developers is at its widest at the four to six year mark. On average, ASP.Net with this amount of experience earn 14.9% less than the average backend developer.

Average ASP.Net Developer Salaries by Experience

Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 R10,000 R20,023 R22,500
2-4 R20,000 R28,295 R32,500
4-6 R27,500 R40,459 R47,500
6-10 R42,500 R57,421 R67,500
10+ R62,500 R80,124 R97,500

C# is ASP.Net developers’ most-used programming language. Like their C# counterparts, their salary growth is stable once they become seniors. This bucks a trend seen among senior developers working with Node.js or React who see their salary growth slow at this level.

ASP.Net developers with six to ten years of experience can expect a 41.9% salary increase, giving them an average monthly salary of R57 421 or 10.% less than their backend counterparts.

Salary growth for senior ASP.Net slows slightly once they pass ten years of experience.

The average Senior ASP.Net developer’s salary increases by an additional 39.5% to R80 124 after they’ve been coding for at least ten years.

By this stage of their careers, the gap between them and backend developers with similar experience has narrowed to 2.6%.

ASP.Net salary overview

Although entry-level ASP.Net developers start out earning more than their React and Node.js counterparts, they start falling behind at the junior level. In fact, the gap between them is widest for developers with four to six years of experience but narrows at the senior level.

Keep in mind

The data in this article is taken from OfferZen’s 2022 State of the Software Developer Nation Report. In this article, ‘salary’ refers to the gross monthly salary (before tax) provided by more than 3 200 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 significantly less than these averages. However, we hope to map underlying trends by mapping the average salaries for different experience levels.

These averages should not be used to estimate what your actual salary will or should be.

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.

It’s also important to remember that every individual’s context is different. Ultimately, salary is a personal conversation that should take place between employee and employer.

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