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React Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

3 April 2024 , by Josh Nel

The 2024 State of the Developer Nation report shows that 27.1% of South African software engineers work with React regularly. React is sharing second place among the most-used frameworks in South Africa with Node.js after ASP.Net in pole position. 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

In 2024, developers starting out with React on average earn a monthly salary of R20 312, on par with the average entry-level JavaScript salary. This benchmark has dropped by 14.9% since 2023, and is 6.3% less than Vue.js, and 18.8% less than a rookie Angular developer’s salary.

After two years, React developers can expect a 65.6% jump to a salary of R33 634, up 2.9% from 2023. At this level, they earn 9.7% more than JavaScript developers, 10.4% more than those working in Vue.js, and 1.3% more than Angular devs.

After four years on the job, React developers see another 41% increase to R47 439. This represents a 0.1% decrease from their average salary in 2023. As a result, they’ve seen their advantage over JavaScript and Vue.js narrow to 3.6% and 0.3%, respectively. They also find themselves 0.1%behind Angular developers at this level.

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 R20,312 R27,500
2-4 R17,500 R33,634 R39,500
4-6 R32,500 R47,439 R55,500
6-10 R47,500 R71,793 R82,500
10+ R62,500 R95,705 R105,500

Average senior React developer salary

After six years, the average salary for a React developer increases significantly once more, up 51.3% to R71 793, 6.9% more than 2023’s average of R67 183. That is 12.4% more than JavaScript, 3.3% more than Vue.js, and 12.9% more than the Angular average.

Highly experienced developers with ten years of experience can expect their salaries to rise by 33.3% to a monthly average of R95 705, 5.5% more than they earned in 2023. This is also 5.8% more than a senior JavaScript developer, 11.3% (R4 213) more than Vue.js, and 8.9% (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 2024 vs 2023

Years of Experience 2024 2023
0-2 R20,312 R23,857
2-4 R33,634 R32,690
4-6 R47,439 R47,500
6-10 R71,793 R67,183
10+ R95,705 R90,694

Keep in mind

The data in this article is taken from OfferZen's 2024 State of the Software Developer Nation Report. In this article, 'salary' refers to the gross monthly salary (before tax) provided by more than 3935 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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