Lecturers’ Salary in South Africa: See What They Earn


Firstly, what is the difference between a teacher and a lecturer?

Both teachers and lecturers work in the education sector. In fact, in literal terms, these two words could mean the same things. How?

A lecturer is one who teaches people who have already passed through primary and secondary school education.  Lecturers teach a set subject to students at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels in colleges or universities.

Lecturers also conduct research; publish scholarly articles and journals for academic purposes. Commonly, teachers are referred to as those who educate students at the secondary, middle school or elementary level. Both educate but this is directed at different age grades.

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Lecturers Salary in South Africa: How Much Do They Earn?

According to Indeed, the average salary for a lecturer is R 12 463 per month in South Africa. Salary estimates are based on 233 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by lecturer employees, users, and collected from past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.

  • Lecturers in Durban, ZN: Average monthly salary = R9,758
  • Lecturers in Pretoria, GP: Average monthly salary = R13,545
  • Lecturers in Cape Town, WC: Average monthly salary = R11,692
  • Lecturers in Johannesburg, GP: Average monthly salary = R16,629
  • Lecturers in East London, EC: Average monthly salary = R4,948

While the average University of Pretoria lecturer yearly pay in South Africa is approximately R 513 889, that of a junior lecturer is R 169 326.

All salary figures above are approximations based upon third-party submissions to Indeed. These figures are given to the public for the purpose of generalised comparison only. Do remember that the minimum wage of a lecturer may differ by jurisdiction; based on the amount of work to be done, location or entry level. You should consult your employer for actual salary figures.

Qualifications of a Lecturer in South Africa

Lecturers are usually expected to be educated up to the master’s level as a minimum, however significant work experience and expertise can often be sufficient in some practical fields, such as in the arts or education. Work hours for lecturers can vary based on their workload; lecturers spend a considerable amount of their time teaching students and building curricula. In addition to these tasks, they will need to develop course materials, source materials and teaching materials, attend faculty meetings, and generally test and evaluate students as needed.

Once lecturers become more experienced at their work, they will have to help new instructors by showing them how to be successful at teaching by demonstrating their tasks to them.  Lecturers must display a firm grasp of the topic that they are speaking about, and they must show that they have a profound understanding of it that puts them in the right position to teach the information meaningfully.

Also, it is the responsibility of a lecturer to make himself or herself available should a student ever need help. This can be done by having office hours so that students can reach him or her.  In some universities, lecturers can progress in their careers to the senior or master lecturer level and this often comes with an increase in pay.

Job responsibilities of a lecturer include:                                    

  • advising students on their coursework and subject progression
  • conducting research into their subject area and publishing academic materials
  • working with the educational institution on administrative matters
  • collaborating with other lecturers in revising and updating curriculum content
  • researching relevant subjects and design lectures around them.

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