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Consulting Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

6 July 2023 , by Josh Nel

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8.8% of South African developers work in Consulting, making it the fourth largest industry after FinTech, Software as a Service, and Web Development. Since 2022, it’s been one of the highest-paying sectors in the country.

Here, we’ll look at average Consulting developer salaries and how they compare to 2022.


Average salaries for entry-level developers working in consulting start at R22 493 per month; 2.8% less than they earned in 2022. That puts them 13.7% and 34.4% behind of entry-level FinTech and Cloud developers, respectively.

Consulting developers can look forward to a 70.3% increase after they’ve been in the profession for at least two years. This gives them an average monthly salary of R38 315; 23.8% higher than their average salary in 2022.

In spite of their increase, they still earn 8.3% less than their Cloud counterparts. However, they now earn 3.5% more than the average junior FinTech developer.

Mid-level developers working in Consulting can expect another 26.4% increase after they’ve acquired between four to fix years of experience, giving them an average monthly salary of R48 449. By this stage of their careers, they’re earning 9.4% more than they were in 2022, but they now trail mid-level FinTech developers by 10.5%.

Average Consulting Developer Salaries by Experience

Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles
Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 R12,500 R22,493 R27,500
2-4 R22,500 R38,315 R42,500
4-6 R32,500 R48,449 R57,500
6-10 R47,500 R65,545 R72,500
10+ R67,500 R98,159 R110,000

Consulting developers see their salary growth continue to increase once they become seniors and puts them in line with those working in Saas and Data analytics, who also see significant pay raises at this level.

Consulting developers with six to ten years of experience can look forward to a 45.6% pay increase for an average monthly salary of R65 545; a modest 1.7% more than 2022’s average for seniors in Consulting.

They can expect an additional 49.8% pay bump once they’ve been in the profession for more than ten years. This gives them an average monthly salary of R98 159.

Senior developers in this experience bracket earn 9.5% and 7.5% more than their counterparts working in FinTech and Cloud, respectively.

This makes Consulting the best-paying industry for developers with more than ten years of experience in South Africa.

Average Consulting Developer Salaries in 2022 vs 2023

Years of Experience 2022 2023
0-2 R21,875 R22,493
2-4 R30,954 R38,315
4-6 R44,269 R48,449
6-10 R64,448 R65,545
10+ R88,242 R98,159

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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