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Earnings of South African Government Officials

Government officials are some of the highest-paid people on the state’s payroll.


The National Assembly has approved a 5% salary hike for President Jacob Zuma, taking his annual salary to R2.87 million per year.

Ahead of the national budget speech in February, Zuma approved an increase in salaries for political office bearers nationally – by 4.4% for 2015/16.

This was below inflation and below the recommended rate by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers – in line with the current economic climate, the presidency said.

The Commission recommended that the salaries of all public office bearers be increased by between 5% and 8% for the various offices in the 2015/16 financial year.

The salary of the President is determined by Parliament, though the Commission recommended a 5% increase for Zuma in November 2015.

President Zuma is one of the best-paid presidents in the world, with earnings on par with many leaders from developed and economically-thriving countries.

During the sitting of National Assembly, the EFF put in a motion that Zuma’s salary be cancelled indefinitely, following his admission that he benefited unduly from security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

“He does not deserve a salary,” the EFF said, to cheers from opposition parties.

The ANC objected to the motion, and succeeded in quashing it – with 172 members against the EFF’s motion, 81 for, and 4 abstaining.


Government officials are some of the highest-paid people on the state’s payroll.

President: R2.87 million
Deputy President: R2.6 million
Ministers: R2.2 million
Premiers: R2.1 million
Deputy Ministers: R1.8 million
Mayors: R1.1 million
Municipal councillors: R450,000 – R830,000

Other State Salaries:

Here are a few salary ranges for state employees in different fields:

Garbage Collectors: R72,000 (minimum wage)
Artisans: R94,400 – R450,000
Environmental officers: R195,000 – R400,000
Architects: R230,000 – R670,000
Engineers: R445,000 – R1.6 million
Construction Managers: R445,000 R1.4 million
Scientists: R385,000 – R1.3 million