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Front End Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

07 July 2023, by Josh Nel

Our 2023 State of the Software Developer Nation data shows that frontend developers are still the lowest-earning group behind backend and full stack developers. Here’s an overview of average frontend developer salaries at each stage of their careers in comparison to their backend and full stack counterparts.


Average junior frontend developer salary

Entry-level frontend developers’ salaries have increased by 20.6% (R3 477) from 2022’s average. This gives them an average starting salary of R20 387. That’s 25.1% (R6 838) less than backend developers, and 8% (R1 784) less than full stack developers.

Once they’ve been coding for at least two years, they can expect a 33.3% (R6 795) increase, bringing their income to R27 182. That’s 5.6% (R1 442) more than they earned in 2022. At this stage of their careers, backend developers earn 23.2% (R8 226) more, while full stack developers earn 14.4% (R4 585) more.

Mid-level frontend developers with four to six years of experience can look forward to a 43.3% (R11 760) increase. This gives them an average monthly salary of R38 942, 23.3% (R11 842) and 15.1% (R6 923) less than their backend and frontend counterparts, respectively.

Average Frontend Developer Salaries by Experience

Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 R10,000 R20,387 R23,000
2-4 R13,000 R27,182 R33,000
4-6 R28,000 R38,942 R48,000
6-10 R43,000 R59,288 R73,000
10+ R53,000 R71,214 R88,000

Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles

Frontend developers with at least six years of experience can expect the most significant increase of their careers with a massive 52.2% (R20 346). This puts the average senior frontend developer salary at R59 288 per month – 15.9% (R8 152) ahead of 2022’s average.

As a result of this significant increase, frontend developers now only trail behind backend by 15.1% (R10 521) and full stack by 3.5% (R8 152)

Salary growth for senior frontend developers starts to slow once they’ve been in the profession for at least a decade. With at least ten years of experience, they see their salaries rise by 20.1% (R11 926). This gives them an average salary of R71 214. The gap between themselves and their backend counterparts widens to 21.8% (R19 829). They also earn 13.1% (R10 729) less than full stack developers with comparable experience.

Average Frontend Developer Salaries in 2023 vs 2022

Years of Experience 2023 2022
0-2 R20,387 R16,910
2-4 R27,182 R25,740
4-6 R38,942 R38,977
6-10 R59,288 R51,136
10+ R71,214 R61,913

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 significantly less than these averages. However, by mapping the average salaries for different experience levels, we hope to map underlying trends.

That said, 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. Salary is a personal conversation that should take place between employee and employer.

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