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Tech Career Insights: C# Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

C# Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

By Josh Nel

37% of South African developers list C# as a primary programming language. This makes it the country’s second most-used language. Here’s an overview of how much C# developers earn by experience and the average salaries for full stack C# developers using data from our 2022 State of the Software Developer Nation Report.

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Average entry-level and junior C# developer salary trends

Average C# Developer Salaries in 2022

Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 R12,500 R20,352 R27,500
2-4 R17,500 R28,386 R32,500
4-6 R32,500 R41,025 R47,500
6-10 R42,500 R58,930 R72,500
10+ R62,500 R81,849 R97,500

The average entry-level C# developer salary starts at R20 352 per month, 4% higher than the average entry-level salary for popular backend languages Java and Python.

Junior C# developer salaries rise by 39.5% to an average of R28 386 after they’ve been coding professionally for at least two years.

C# developers in South Africa receive the most significant pay increase of their careers after they pass the four-year mark:

Salaries rise by 44.5% for C# developers with four to six years of experience, giving them an average salary of R41 025.

Why do average salaries for C# developers increase rapidly during the initial stages of their careers? First, developers typically change jobs more frequently during the early stages of their careers. This gives them a chance to negotiate higher market-related salaries than the inflationary increases they’d receive if they stayed at 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 significant increase because the salary range is still not that high.

Senior C# developer salary growth initially remains stable and bucks the downward trend seen among senior JavaScript and PHP developers.

Average salaries for senior C# developers with six to ten years of experience rise by 43.6% from R41 025 to an average of R58 930.

However, this slows to 38.9% to an average of R81 849 after ten years.

Why the slow down? In addition to senior developers generally changing jobs less often than juniors, companies also have to start thinking about salary increases as a developer’s salary level becomes “more expensive”.

A developer’s primary programming language and experience are not the only factors affecting their salaries. Their role also affects what they can expect to earn across their careers.

Average Full Stack C# Developer Salaries by Experience

Years of Experience Average Salary
0-2 R21,835
2-4 R28,321
4-6 R40,803
6-10 R57,401
10+ R78,317

Full stack developers are the second highest-earning group among South African developers in 2022, after backend developers. Here, we’ll see what full stack C# developers earn at each stage of their careers.

Entry-level full stack C# developer salaries start at R21 835, 7.3% more than the average C# developer.

Salaries for junior full stack C# developers increase by 29.7% to an average of R28 321 after two years in the profession. The gap between full stack C# and C# developers’ salaries closes at this stage of their careers.

Full stack C# developers receive the most significant increase in their careers once they pass the four years of experience mark:

Average salaries for mid-level full stack C# developers rise by an additional 44.1%, giving them an average monthly salary of R40 803.

Salary growth for full stack C# developers begins to slow at the senior level, but they can still look forward to a 40.7% increase to R57 401 after six years in the profession. After they pass the ten-year mark, C# developers see a 36.4% rise to R78 317.

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 3200 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, by mapping the average salaries for different experience levels, we hope to map underlying trends.

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

Salaries are dependent 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. At the end of the day, salary is a personal conversation that should take place between employee and employer.

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