South African Web Developer Salaries in 2018

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Before switching careers, you want to be 100% sure your new career will offer you everything you want. That could well include a better take-home salary. If you’re thinking of becoming a web developer, then the good news is that salaries are looking pretty good in the SA in 2018. Before taking a closer look at South African Web Developer Salaries in 2018, here’s a quick reminder of common web developer tasks. These include the following:


  • Test and document software for websites.
  • Work with designers and people who produce content.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for websites.
  • Write code to generate web pages, access databases, and business logic servers.


Web developers are frequently responsible for designing and developing both front-end and back-end internet applications and will work closely with a creative team to develop appropriate content. (Read more about the difference between front-end and back-end web development.) Languages and frameworks used include HTML, CSS, Javascript, Node.js, MongoDB, Express, React, Python, and Django in 6.


SA Web Developer Salaries in 2018


South African web developer salaries are looking healthy. Adzuna, which aggregates job listings of nearly all South African job ads, states that the average salary is R455,396 per annum.


Here is a graph from their site of average salaries for SA web developers from the past six months.

South African Web Developer Salaries in 2018

Source: Adzuna


You can also check out this interesting graph: web developer salaries versus the national average. You can quickly see that web developers are definitely emerging wealthier.

South African Web Developer Salaries in 2018

Source: Adzuna


More experience obviously equates with high pay. A senior developer, for example, will earn about R42 121 per month, states Indeed, whereas an entry-level web developer will earn around R23 167 per month. If you are an extremely experienced and high-end web developer, you could earn in the region of R68,200 per month.


SA Web Developer Salaries in 2018 by City


Location impacts on salary. Interestingly, junior developers in Cape Town earn, on average, 38% more than their equivalents in Johannesburg, states OfferZen. However, the opposite holds true for senior developers who, in Joburg, earn 10% more than web developers in Cape Town.


How do other cities fare?

South African Web Developer Salaries in 2018


SA Web Developer Salaries in 2018: Top Five Companies


According to Adzuna, the top five companies hiring web developers in South Africa in 2018 are the following:

South African Web Developer Salaries in 2018


In summary, if you’re looking for a lucrative career change this year, web development is definitely worth thinking about. It’s also a career that is globally in demand. HyperionDev offers a 6-month part-time Online Bootcamp in Full Stack Web Development. Book a free trial now!



If you want to check out your potential salary, have a look at Stack Overflow, which is a popular developer community. Not only does it offer a Q&A for coders, but it also has a new salary calculator that lets you work out what you should be earning as a result of variables like your role, location, education level, experience and areas of expertise. It’s based on a survey that the company conducts annually with about 65 000 developers.