All Types of Doctors And Salaries in South Africa

We have different types of doctors in South Africa and this is due to the variety of specializations in medicine. 

These doctors specialize in treating different parts of the body, as we have those who treat the teeth – dentist, we have the eye doctor – Optometrist and General Surgeons just to mention a few. 

So if you have been looking for all types of doctors in South Africa and the amount they earn.

Types of Doctors And Salaries in South Africa

1. Anesthesiologists

Salary Per Annum: $319,218

An Anesthesiologist’s main responsibilities include administering medicines to relieve pain or sedate patients during surgery. They keep an eye on the patients’ vital signs while they are under anesthesia. 

2. Audiologist

Salary Per Annum: $83,050

An audiologist is a doctor who specializes in ear-related problems. They treat children suffering from deafness and also assisting them in learning how to speak. 

3. Cardiologist

Salary Per Annum: $334,291

Cardiologists are the highest-paid doctors and their main responsibility is to treat heart-related diseases (cardiovascular diseases).

4. Dentist

Salary Per Annum: $194,523 

Dentists are doctors who specialize in the mouth. They examine the health state of the teeth and gums, looking for problems such as bleeding gums and cavities.

5. Dermatologist

Salary Per Annum: $224,266 

Acne, skin allergies, moles, scars, and sun damage are all treated by dermatologists. Checking patients for skin cancer risk factors is another important part of their profession.

6. Endocrinologist

Salary Per Annum: $235,097 

The endocrine system–the glands that produce and secrete hormones that govern and control practically all of the body’s functions–is treated by an endocrinologist. Patients with diabetes or thyroid disorders are frequently treated by them.

7. Epidemiologist

Salary Per Annum: $86,393 

Epidemiologists are doctors that study the possible control of diseases.

8. ENT Specialist (Ear, Nose, and Throat)

Salary Per Annum: $146,808 

An Otolaryngologist, also known as an “ENT specialist,” is a doctor who specializes in ear, nose, and throat problems. They also treat disorders of the neck and head, as well as doing neck and head reconstructive and plastic surgery.

9. Gastroenterologist 

Salary Per Annum: $264,860

A Gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in digestive organs such as the gallbladder, stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas. Gastroenterologists treat patients who have persistent heartburn, stomach pain, or diarrhea.

10. General practitioner

Salary Per Annum: $167,275 

A general practitioner, also known as a family physician, provides basic medical treatment to people of all ages. They do routine physical checkups and screening tests, as well as treat any existing medical issues. They are usually the first to notice severe health issues and recommend patients to a specialist. 

11. Geriatric physician

Salary Per Annum: $203,314

Geriatricians are doctors who specialize in caring for the elderly. They usually treat their patients at home. 

12. Nephrologist

Salary Per Annum: $248,793

Nephrologists’ main responsibilities include treating kidney disease as well as mineral and fluid imbalances caused by renal disease. 

13. Neonatologist 

Salary Per Annum: $278,226

Neonatology treats newborns, premature, or critically ill infants. 

14. Neurologist

Salary Per Annum: $239,509 

A neurologist is a doctor who specializes in nervous system treatment. Brain, nerves, and spinal cord-related disorders are treated by them. They treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, brain and spinal tumors, and epilepsy.

15. Pediatrician

Salary Per Annum: $179,777 

A pediatrician cares for children from birth to puberty.

They treat them for several health problems ranging from normal colds to more serious illnesses.

16. Plastic Surgeon

Salary Per Annum: $242,561

Plastic surgeons’ primary responsibilities include surgically restoring, reconstructing, or altering the human body. If a patient’s body parts have been injured by an accident, sickness, or abnormality, a plastic surgeon will usually perform reconstructive surgery.

17. Podiatrist

Salary Per Annum: $114,074

A podiatrist is a doctor who treats problems related to the feet or ankles. 

They are commonly referred to as “foot physicians,” and they treat ailments such as calluses, nail disorders, athlete’s foot, and other infections or foot injuries.

18. Psychiatrist

Salary Per Annum: $224,357 

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who specialize in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. They use a combination of psychotherapy and medications to treat their patients.

19. Obstetrics and Gynecologist

Salary Per Annum: $197,262 

Obstetricians and Gynecologists are doctors who specialize in pregnancy and childbirth medicine. They treat and also deals in the prevention of diseases affecting women, particularly the disease related to the reproductive system.

20. Oncologist

Salary Per Annum: $196,965 

Oncologists specialize in cancer treatment and prevention, delivering chemotherapy and collaborating with radiation oncologists and surgeons to assist cancer patients. 

21. Orthopedist

Salary Per Annum: $229,690 

An orthopedist is a doctor that specializes in treating skeleton disorders, deformities, and injuries. They use bracing, surgery, or casting to treat functional or congenital bone problems.

22. Radiologist

Salary Per Annum: $251,292

Radiologists diagnose and detect physiological problems using x-rays and other imaging technologies. They can examine a patient’s body for cancer cells or look for fractures in accident victims using these technological approaches.

23. Rheumatologist

Salary Per Annum: $182,798 

A Rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and autoimmune illnesses. They also treat immune system-related joint and tissue problems.

24. Surgeon

Salary Per Annum: $216,124

Surgeons are known for performing a wide range of surgeries, which include; Neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery, oral surgery, ENT surgery, cardiovascular surgery, and general surgery.

25. Urologist

Salary Per Annum: $221,558 

A urologist is a doctor that treats diseases related to the urinary tract. Urinary tract infections, as well as problems with the kidneys, bladder, male reproductive systems, and adrenal glands, are all treated by a Urologist.


List of all institutions offering Medicine in South Africa.

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Pretoria
  • Northwest University – South Africa
  • Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • University of the Free State
  • University of Limpopo
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Western Cape
  • Nelson Mandela University



Here you have it, the types of doctors in South Africa and the amount they earn.

Note that Cardiologists are one of the highest-paid medical doctors in South Africa, and this is due to the complexity of their job because they deal with the heart.

As we all know, the heart is like the battery of the body because if the heart gets damaged, the whole body is dead.

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