Here are 29 jobs in South Africa that pay you between R2 million and R4 million per annum

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Specialist recruitment firm Michael Page has published its latest salary guide, showing what skilled professionals who want to work in South Africa can expect to earn in 2023.

South Africa, like much of the world, has experienced a highly volatile year, with various factors impacting salary levels over the last 12 months.

This inclined major global economic instability, skills shortages in certain sectors, high unemployment levels locally, supply chain challenges and global adoption of work from anywhere, to name a few.

According to Michael Page managing director for South Africa, Paul Newman, the country has been knocked back and forth by many, if not all, of these issues.

“The political scenario around the world has had a massive impact on fuel prices globally which has had a knock-on effect on the supply chain, and the cost of living in South Africa, in general, has increased significantly,” he said.

Interest rates are above pre-pandemic levels, with the repo rate at 7.00% and the prime lending rate at 10.5% – meanwhile, headline consumer inflation for October 2022 surprised on the upside at 7.5%. All these elements have had and will continue to have an impact on salaries during 2023, Newman said.

Positively, however, at least from a workforce point of view, Newman said that the country had experienced an increase in demand from global multinational clients who are looking to tap into the South African market for scarce skills and experienced staff.

“Various industries are open to adopting a work-from-anywhere approach should their operations allow for such an arrangement; however, we’ve seen the biggest interest from the technology sector,” he said.

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The MD said that South Africa appears to be high on the priority list due to time zones, language, available resources, and cost, which creates a challenge for local employers competing for the same talent.

The Michael Page salary insights report looks at this highly sought-after market of skilled professionals and what they earn.

Top earners

The top earners – according to Michael Page’s data – are senior partners of top local and international law firms who can pull salaries well over R5 million a year. However, the average salary for these professionals is R3 million.

The group with the highest average salary in South Africa are group/regional CFOs at finance companies who can expect to earn up to R5 million a year, with an average salary of R4 million a year.

By comparison, finance directors in these companies can expect to earn up to R3.5 million a year, averaging R3 million.

Other top-paying positions can be found working in supply chain, where a VP can earn as much as R3.8 million a year, as well as sales and marketing jobs, where top salaries go as high as R2.8 million.

While salary data is very comprehensive, it is important to note that it is primarily focused on professionals.

This means that certain sectors, such as airline pilots, engineers, medical personnel and government officials, do not feature in the report.

The salaries in the table below reflect the average salary employers in South Africa generally offer for the position as per Michael Page’s data. MNC refers to multinational corporations, while SMEs reflect small to medium enterprises.

# Job name Sector Average annual salary
1 Group/Regional CFO Finance & Accounting R4 000 000
2 Managing Director Investment Banking R3 500 000
3 Managing Director Private Equity / Investments R3 500 000
4 VP of Supply Chain (MNC) Supply Chain and Logistics R3 100 000
5 Finance Director (MNC) Senior Finance R3 000 000
6 Senior Salaried Partner Top Local/International Legal R3 000 000
7 Head of Wholesale banking Wholesale Banking R2 500 000
8 Head of Corporate Banking Wholesale Banking R2 500 000
9 Executive / Senior Director Investment Banking R2 500 000
10 Senior Vice President / Director Private Equity / Investments R2 500 000
11 Chief Risk Officer Risk R2 500 000
12 Chief Compliance Officer Compliance R2 500 000
13 Managing Director Insurance R2 500 000
14 Chief Operating Officer Operations (Investments / Funds) R2 500 000
15 Group / Regional CEO (SME) Senior Finance R2 500 000
16 Group Tax Director Tax R2 500 000
17 General Counsel / Head of Legal In-House Legal R2 400 000
18 VP of Sales (MNC) Sales and Marketing B2C R2 400 000
19 VP of Procurement (MNC) Procurement R2 300 000
20 Chief Compliance Officer Legal Compliance R2 200 000
21 Supply Chain Manager (MNC) Supply Chain and Logistics R2 200 000
22 General Manager (MNC) Sales and Marketing B2C R2 200 000
23 Chief Marketing Officer (MNC) Sales and Marketing B2C R2 200 000
24 General Manager (MNC) Sales and Marketing B2B R2 200 000
25 Chief Audit Officer Audit R2 000 000
26 General Manager (SME) Sales and Marketing B2C R2 000 000
27 Chief Marketing Officer (SME) Sales and Marketing B2C R2 000 000
28 Head of Marketing (MNC) Sales and Marketing B2C R2 000 000
29 Chief Information Officer (MNC) Technology Executive R2 000 000


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