The Public Servants Collective Bargaining Council (PSCBC) has published its latest salary scales for members who work in the health, engineering and other associated fields in South Africa – showing how much they will be earning in 2018.
The document has been published after a protracted negotiation period with the government, where the wage increases for the next three years needed to be ironed out, amid many economic and financial constraints being felt by National Treasury.
Among the many jobs listed in the new salary document are over 40 job types that carry high earning power – pulling in more than R1 million a year, depending on grade and pay level.
Unsurprisingly, most of these are in the medical and technical fields (such as engineering), or various management positions across most departments.
High-paying public sector jobs can be split into two categories – those that have a starting salary of R1 million or more, and those that have lower starting salaries, but the potential to reach over R1 million a year with time and experience.
The tables below outline both types.
Starting at R1 million or more
The jobs that start out paying R1 million a year are those that require specialist or technical skills in a specific field.
Medical officers in general are well paid in the public sector, but the salaries listed below also apply for those specialising in dentistry, pharmacology and stomatology (indicated with a *).
|Occupation||Starting Salary||Top earning potential|
|Head of a Clinical Department (Grade 1)*||R2 054 577||R2384424|
|Head of a Clinical Unit (Grade 1)*||R1 643 352||R1 964 817|
|Specialist Engineer||R1 459 887||R2 086 908|
|Chief Psychologist||R1 414 128||R1 665 768|
|Senior Manager of Pharmaceutical Services||R1 257 033||R1 437 270|
|Specialist State Attorney||R1 221 633||R1 853 499|
|Family Advocate||R1 203 507||R1 460 616|
|State Law Advisor||R1 203 507||R1 460 616|
|Specialist Scientist||R1 185 210||R1 694 244|
|Clinical Manager (Grade 1)*||R1 115 874||R1 548 336|
|Medical Specialist (Grade 1)*||R1 051 368||R1 744 191|
|Senior Medical Registrar*||R1 051 368||R1 099 392|
|Quantity Surveyor (Grade B)||R1 036 557||R1 596 294|
|Chief Architect (Grade B)||R1 036 557||R1 596 294|
|Town Planner (Grade B)||R1 036 557||R1 596 294|
|Scientific Manager (Grade B)||R1 036 557||R1 596 294|
|Manager of Pharmaceutical Services||R1 035 831||R1 115 874|
|Medical Officer (Grade 3)*||R1 035 831||R1 295 025|
|Chief Engineer||R1 006 161||R1 880 367|
|Construction Project Manager (Grade C)||R1 006 161||R1 880 367|
|Principal Psychologist||R1 004 091||R1 274 178|
Potential for R1 million
The jobs listed below show the highest earning potential for the respective occupations. While starting salaries are below the R1 million mark, the jobs do pay that kind of salary at the highest levels.
|Occupation||Top earning potential|
|Control Quantity Survey Technologist (Grade B)||R1 295 949|
|Senior Assistant State Attorney||R1 133 979|
|Environmental Officer (Grade B)||R1 133 427|
|Deputy Director Counselling||R1 097 913|
|Chief Registrar||R1 084 437|
|Senior Legal Administrator||R1 084 437|
|Psychologist (Grade 3)||R1 081 689|
|Deputy Director Radiography (Grade 2)||R1 065 705|
|Deputy Manager of Pharmaceutical Services||R1 051 368|
|Emergency Services Provincial Manager||R1 051 368|
|Deputy Director Occupational Therapy||R1 049 952|
|Social Work Manager||R1 045 935|
|Community Development Policy Manager||R1 045 935|
|Community Development Manager||R1 045 935|
|Production Engineer (Grade C)||R1 036 557|
|Control Technician (Grade B)||R1 036 557|
|Deputy Director Medical Technology||R1 034 442|
|Deputy Director Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics||R1 019 154|
|Vice Principal of a Nursing College||R1 015 842|
|Deputy Director Environmental Health||R1 004 091|