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Azure Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

16 October 2023, by Josh Nel

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31.4% of South African developers list Microsoft Azure as their primary cloud platform, which puts it in second place after AWS and ahead of Google Cloud Platform. Here, we’ll look at what Azure developers are earning at the junior, mid and senior levels, and how it compares to AWS and GCP developers.


Average Azure Developer Salaries

Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles
Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 R11,875 R23,964 R29,500
2-4 R17,500 R31,998 R37,500
4-6 R32,500 R43,730 R52,500
6-10 R42,500 R61,431 R72,500
10+ R62,500 R84,435 R97,500

Salaries for entry-level Azure developers start at an average of R23 964 per month, 21.7% more than their average in 2022. At this stage of their careers, they earn 18% more than entry-level Google Cloud developers but 6.3% less than their AWS counterparts.

The average salary for a junior Azure developer quickly rises by 33.5% to R31 998, 10.2% higher than 2022’s average. The gap between junior Azure developers and junior AWS developers has widened to 11.5% and they’ve been overtaken by GCP developers too.

Salary growth for Azure developers continues at the 4-6 year experience mark with a 36.7% increase to an average salary of R43 730. The gap between Azure and AWS developers is widest at this stage of their careers, with AWS developers earning 18.5% more.

Azure developers with 6-10 years of experience can expect the most significant pay rise of their careers. Azure developers with this level of experience see their salaries increase by 40.5%, giving them an average monthly salary of R61 431. Despite this increase, they still trail senior AWS developers by 13.6% and senior GCP developers by 4.4%.

Salaries for senior Azure developers with more than ten years of experience increase by 37.5% to an average of R84 435. As a result, they’ve managed to narrow the gap between themselves and AWS to 8.1%. However, they’ve also seen themselves fall further behind GCP developers as the gap has widened to 5.9%.

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.

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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