The Public Servants Collective Bargaining Council (PSCBC) has released their latest salary scales that shows the salaries of their members who work in the health, engineering and other associated fields in South Africa for 2018.
The document has been released after a long negotiation period with the government where the wage increases for the next three years needed to be settled amid economic and financial restrictions being felt by the National Treasury.
Listed amongst the many jobs on the list are 40 job types that have a high earning power, bringing in more than R1 million annually, however, it depends on grade and level of pay.
Most of the jobs on the list are from the medical and technical fields (engineering) or management positions.
The high-paying jobs in the public sector can be split into two categories:
1. Jobs that have a starting salary of R1 million and more
2. Jobs that have the potential to get paid over R1 million with time and experience.
Below are two tables that highlight both categories:
Jobs that have a starting salary of R1 million or more.
These jobs require specialist training or technical skills in a specific field.
Medical officers are generally paid well in the public sector, but the salaries that are featured below also apply for those specialising in dentistry, pharmacology and stomatology (indicated with a *).
|Occupation||Starting salary||Top earning|
|Head of a Clinical Department
|R2 054 577||R2 384 424|
|Head of a Clinical Unit
|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
|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
|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
|R1 006 161||R1 880 367|
|Principal Psychologist||R1 004 091||R1 274 178|
Jobs that have the potential salary to be worth than R1 million
The jobs that are listed in the table show the highest earning potential for these occupations. The starting salaries for the jobs below R1 million, they do have the potential to increase to more than R1 million.
|Control Quantity Survey Technologist
|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 460 616|
|Deputy Manager of Pharmaceutical
|R1 051 368|
|Emergency Services Provincial
|R1 051 368|
|Deputy Director Occupational
|R1 049 952|
|Social Work Manager||R1 045 935|
|Community Development Policy
|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
|R1 019 154|
|Vice Principal of a Nursing College||R1 015 842|
|Deputy Director Environmental Health||R1 004 091|
R1 million jobs that are in high demand
The Department of Education and Training has released their list of the jobs that are in high demand and nine of them pay more than R1 million.
The Department of Education and Training list of jobs that are in high demand featured more than 370 jobs. Like the jobs that have a starting salary of more than R1 million, these are highly specialised.
Some of the jobs that are included on the list include Chief Information Officer, Senior Engineering Manager, and Application Development Manager.