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Tech Career Insights: React Native Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

React Native Developer Salary Trends in South Africa

By Josh Nel

React Native is the fourth most-desired framework among South African developers, behind only React, Angular, and Flutter. Here, we’ll look at average React Native developer salaries at each stage of their careers and how they compare to those React, Angular and Flutter developers.

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The average salary for an entry-level React Native developer starts at R19 474, on par with the average salary for entry-level React developers in South Africa. However, they find themselves earning 2.4% less than their Angular counterparts.

However, this picture quickly changes as React Native developers gain more experience. Once they’ve been in the profession for at least two years, the average junior React Native developer salary increases by 59.8%. This gives them an average monthly salary of R31 119, 8.7% more than the average junior Angular developer.

React Native developers can expect an additional 54.6% increase once they pass the four-year experience mark, and gives them an average monthly salary of R48 113.

In fact, the average salary for a React Native developer doubles by the time they reach the mid-career level.

By this stage of their careers, they earn 4.4% and 11.4% more than their React and Angular counterparts.

Average React Native Developer Salaries by Experience

Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 R10,625 R19,474 R22,500
2-4 R22,500 R31,119 R37,500
4-6 R32,500 R48,113 R57,500
6-10 R47,500 R59,063 R72,500
10+ R70,000 R87,870 R110,000

Salary growth for React Native developers slows once they become seniors and follows a similar downward trend to React and Angular developers. That’s not to say their salaries don’t increase at all.

Senior React Native developers with more than six years of experience see their salaries increase by 22.8% to an average monthly salary of R59 063.

By this stage of their careers, their React and Angular counterparts have overtaken their average salaries. They now earn 6.2% and 1.4% less than senior React and Angular developers with comparable experience, respectively.

Once they pass the ten-year mark, senior React Native developers see their salary growth rise to 44.8%. This gives them an average monthly salary of R87 870.

Thanks to this increase, they’ve regained their edge over React and Angular. Senior React Native developers with more than ten years of experience earn 4.9% and 7.8% more than their React and Angular counterparts.

Flutter vs React Native developer salary

React Native trails Flutter among the most desired frameworks in South Africa. Here, we’ll compare average salaries for Flutter vs React Native developers.

Entry-level Flutter developers start with an average monthly salary of R23 500, 17.1% more than the average React Native developer with fewer than two years of experience.

Once they have two years of experience under their belts, junior React Native developers earn 10.9% more than the average junior Flutter developer’s monthly salary of R28 059. By the time they reach the mid-career level, React Native developers extend their advantage over Flutter to 18.9%.

However, things start to change once they become seniors:

React Native developers with six to ten years of experience now earn 11.4% less than their Flutter counterparts.

By the time they’ve been in the profession for more than ten years, this difference has all but disappeared.

Average React Native vs Flutter Developer Salaries

Years of Experience React Native Flutter
0-2 R19,474 R23,500
2-4 R31,119 R28,059
4-6 R48,113 R40,459
6-10 R59,063 R66,688
10+ R87,870 R88,013

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 aim 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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