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Tech Career Insights: eCommerce Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

eCommerce Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

By Josh Nel

eCommerce is one of the most promising industries according to a tenth of South African developers. Here we’ll look at the average eCommerce developer salaries at each stage of their careers and how they compare to FinTech, Cloud Technology, and Software as a Service (SaaS) developer salaries.


Junior eCommerce developer salary

The average salary for an entry-level eCommerce developer starts at R24 117 per month. This makes it the best-paying industry for entry-level developers in South Africa.

Entry-level eCommerce developers earn, on average, 9.3% and 11.6% more than their FinTech and Cloud counterparts, respectively. They also make 22% more than the average entry-level SaaS developer.

The average junior eCommerce developer’s salary increases by 25.2% once they’ve gained at least two years of experience. This gives them an average monthly salary of R30 187.

By this stage of their careers, they still earn 19.2% more than junior SaaS developers. However, they’re now trailing their FinTech counterparts by 14.5% and junior Cloud developers by 10.1%.

Mid-level eCommerce developers with four to six years of experience see their salaries increase by 39.6% to an average of R42 142. By this stage, the gap between them and their SaaS counterparts has narrowed to 5.4%. However, at the same time, they’re now earning 12.3% and 15.3% less than their FinTech and Cloud counterparts, respectively.

eCommerce Developer Salaries by Experience

Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 R17,500 R24,117 R27,500
2-4 R22,500 R30,187 R37,500
4-6 R27,500 R42,142 R52,500
6-10 R42,500 R65,000 R82,500
10+ R58,750 R80,215 R97,500

Senior eCommerce developer salary

eCommerce developers can expect the most significant salary of their careers at the senior level.

The average senior eCommerce developer’s salary increases by 54.2% once they’ve passed the six years of experience mark. This gives them an average monthly salary of R65 000.

As a result of this increase, senior eCommerce developers have widened the gap over their SaaS counterparts to 14.9%. They’ve also narrowed the earnings difference between themselves and senior FinTech and Cloud developers, earning 1.2% and 7.1% less, respectively.

eCommerce developers with more than ten years of experience can look forward to an additional 23.4% increase giving them an average salary of R80 215.

Senior eCommerce developers in this experience bracket now earn 5.5% less than senior FinTech developers with comparable experience. Their salaries continue to be 7.1% less than their Cloud counterparts and 5.5% less than their Fintech counterparts.

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 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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