The Health Sector is one of the most lucrative sectors to work in the developed world. In South Africa, the Average Monthly Salary for a person working in the Health Sector is 46,500 ZAR monthly, or 558,000 ZAR yearly. Some key jobs within the Health Sector even pay as high as 139,000 ZAR or 1,668,000 per year.
If you have chosen the Health Sector as your career path, then you have done well. However, because salaries in the health sector can differ remarkably; some earning as low as 9,400 ZAR per month, and others as high as 139,000 ZAR, you still need to choose your specific job title very carefully so as to earn as high as possible.
The following are the top 10 highest paying (medical) health jobs in South Africa, along with the job description, and salaries for specific jobs.
Top 10 Highest Paying Medical Jobs In South Africa
1. Heart Transplant Surgeon
Monthly Salary: 152,000 ZAR
Heart surgeons are a rare and extremely gifted breed of doctors. All over the world, they are highly sought after and richly rewarded. This is because when a heart defect is diagnosed, it is almost a certain death sentence for the patient. However, due to the wonders of medical science, it is now possible to get a new heart for a sick person; although doing the procedure is very tricky and so requires a person with a high level of expertise- a Heart Transplant Surgeon. In South Africa, Heart Transplant Surgeons earn about 152,000 ZAR.
2. Orthopedic Surgeon
Monthly Salary: 148,000 ZAR
Orthopedic Surgeons are doctors that repair damage to the bones or skeletal structure. Orthopedic Surgeons usually work to save the lives and limbs of victims of accidents. Sometimes when bones are broken as a result of injury, Orthopedic Surgeons swing into action, repairing damaged tissue, and rejoining broken bones. Orthopedic Surgeons can also work with patients who have suffered disabilities from birth, giving them a function of their limbs.
3. Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Monthly Salary: 139,000 ZAR
A cardiothoracic surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in working on the heart, lungs, windpipe, and other organs in the chest. Cardiothoracic can also be a broad term used for surgeons who can be called cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, general thoracic surgeons, who specialize individually in these above-mentioned fields. In South Africa, they earn around 139,000 ZAR.
4. Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon
Monthly Salary: 138,000 ZAR
Plastic Reconstructive surgeons are doctors that work on the outer layers of the skin, enhancing its appearance. Plastic Surgeons are mostly known for helping celebrities enhance their looks by surgically enhancing their faces, as well as other parts of their bodies, but Plastic Surgeons do much more than promoting vanity among rich celebrities; they help accident and burn victims, as well as those with abnormal features, recover their looks, their self-esteem, and their sense of belonging. In South Africa, Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons earn around 138,000 ZAR making it one of the highest-paid medical jobs in South Africa.
5. Invasive Cardiologist Surgeon
Monthly Salary: 131,000 ZAR
Invasive Cardiologists are surgeons that work on the heart. The heart is a vital organ that sustains life. When a person has a heart problem it is almost as if the person is dead. A capable heart surgeon-one that can fix the defect can therefore be said to have given the patient a second chance at life. In South Africa, Invasive Cardiologists earn about 131,000 ZAR, making them heavyweights in the medical payroll.
6. Neurology Surgeon
Monthly Salary: 131,000 ZAR
Neurosurgeons are doctors that specialize in working on the nerves around the body. Neuro-surgeons are a very rare and extremely gifted set of people, they command great respect, and perform great feats. Nerves are wires that connect different parts of the body with the brain; enabling the brain to control these parts of the body. Sometimes, due to accidents or illnesses, patients may lose the ability to control these body members. Neuro-surgeons open up the patient’s body and rejoin these nerves so that the patients can recover to a good, healthy life.
7. Pediatric Surgeon
Monthly Salary: 119,000 ZAR
Pediatric Surgeons are doctors that work with babies and small children. The bodies or children differ from that of adults in many ways. Therefore, when a child needs surgery done, it is best left to an expert in child-care; a pediatric surgeon to carry out the procedure. In South Africa, Pediatric Surgeons earn around 199,000 ZAR, making them some of the highest earners in the medical field.
8. Trauma Surgeon
Monthly Salary: 111,000 ZAR
Trauma Surgeons are specialists that work on accident victims. They are specialists at working in situations with the utmost pressure because when a patient arrives at the hospital having suffered a trauma, he either lives or dies, and that is decided within a few minutes. Trauma surgeons are some of the biggest contributors to society and to the advancement of the medical field. Trauma surgeons are one of the highest paying jobs in South Africa, typically earn around 111,000 ZAR.
Monthly Salary: 108,000 ZAR
Urologists diagnose and treat diseases of the urinary tract in both men and women. They are mostly known for elderly men who have enlarged prostrates, making urination a terribly painful ordeal. Urologists also work with younger patients, helping them gain full function of their urinary tracts. Urologists earn about 108,000 ZAR monthly in South Africa.
Monthly Salary: 105,000 ZAR
Surgeons here means general surgeons. They are medical professionals who carry out surgical procedures on patients, as far as the procedures do not require a specialist. They are the doctors that most patients meet at the hospitals, and who give care to most people. General surgeons earn around 105,000 ZAR a month in South Africa.
Other top earners, highest paying medical jobs in South Africa include:
Surgeon – Burn
Monthly Salary: 101,000 ZAR
Monthly Salary: 90,600 ZAR
Physician – Radiation Therapy
Physician – Radiology
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The figures highlighted above include housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Health and Medical careers therefore, while it is usually a good idea to choose the medical field, it is equally a good idea to select the particular branch of medicine that you want to practice, so as to maximize your earning potential.