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React Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

16 October 2023, by Josh Nel

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Our upcoming 2023 State of the Developer Nation Report, shows that 26.1% of South African software engineers work with React on a regular basis. This makes it the third most-used framework in South Africa after Node.js and ASP.NET. Here, we’ll look at average salaries for React developers by experience and how they compare to those for Angular and Vue.js developers.


Average junior React developer salary

Developers starting out in React will be pleased to learn that salaries have increased handsomely for those with two years or less experience, with a monthly average of R23 857 – up 22.5%, or R4 387, from 2022.

That salary is also 9.6% (R2088) ahead of the JavaScript average, 5.3% (R1 194) ahead of Vue.js, and 11.47% (R2 454) ahead of a rookie Angular developer’s salary.

It only gets better from there. After two years, React developers can expect a 37% jump to a salary of R32 690, up 5.7% (R 1764) from 2022. At this level, they earn 6.9% (R2 103) more than JavaScript developers, 5.8% (R1 796) more than those working in Vue.js, and 11.38% (R 3 340) more than Angular devs.

After four years on the job, React.js developers see a massive 45.3% increase to R47 500, up 3% (R 1400) from 2022. That puts them comfortably ahead of the JavaScript (8.1%, or R3 560) and Vue.js (7.9%, or R 3 458) averages, but 1.18% (R567) behind Angular developers at this level, who get an even greater salary rise.

Early in their careers, developers tend to change jobs more frequently, which enables them to negotiate higher salaries at new jobs rather than relying on more modest annual increases at the same company. This explains the big increase in salary for this range.

Average React Developer Salaries by Experience

Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles
Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 R10,000 R23,857 R27,500
2-4 R17,500 R32,690 R39,500
4-6 R32,500 R47,500 R55,500
6-10 R47,500 R67,183 R77,500
10+ R62,500 R90,694 R97,500

Average senior React developer salary

After six years, the average salary for a React.js developer increases significantly once more, up 41.4% to R67 183. 6.7% more than the 2022 average of R62 962. That is 6% (R3 824) more than JavaScript, 14.6% (R8 543) more than Vue.js, and 7.75% (R4 831) more than the Angular average.

Highly experienced developers with ten years of experience can expect their salaries to rise by 35% to a monthly average of R90 694, 8.2% (R6 886) more than in 2022. This is also 8.7% (R7 224) more than a senior JavaScript developer, 4.9% (R4 213) more than Vue.js, and 6.45% (R5 494) more than Angular.

At a senior level, React developers are expected to understand how to optimise applications, handle state management in large applications, work with complex data structures, and handle testing and client-side routing, among other responsibilities. They’re also expected to lead and develop more junior employees, making them valuable and thus generously compensated.

Average React Developer Salaries in 2022 vs 2023

Years of Experience 2022 2023
0-2 R19,470 R23,857
2-4 R30,926 R32,690
4-6 R46,100 R47,500
6-10 R62,962 R67,183
10+ R83,808 R90,694

Keep in mind

The data in this article is taken from OfferZen’s upcoming 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.

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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