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Pharmacist Salary in South Africa

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Pharmacist Salary in South Africa

Pharmacists receive competitive salaries commensurate with the importance of their work.


Ever wondered why many students desire to build a career in the Medical field? You guessed right. It is lucrative.

Just like Doctors and other medical personnels, Pharmacists in South Africa are indispensable pillars of the nation’s healthcare system, tasked with a series of responsibilities that significantly impact public health and well-being. Pharmacists in South Africa play a crucial role in the healthcare system.

Their roles extend far beyond the confines of the pharmacy counter, encompassing a wide range of duties that involve medication management, patient education, health promotion, and collaborative healthcare, regulatory compliance, etc. In recognition of their vital contributions, it is imperative that pharmacists receive competitive salaries commensurate with the importance of their work.

Besides that, becoming a pharmacist in South Africa is not a walk in the park. First, you require a Degree in Pharmacy (BPharm). Once this is achieved, you need one to two years of practical experience in the field to register with the South African Pharmacy Council.

In this article, we will delve into salaries of Pharmacists in South Africa.

It is very normal to choose a career because of the financial reward. Therefore, knowing the salary of a profession, at least on an average, is not out of place, especially if you have certain goals and aspirations.

On this note, it is important to bear in mind that Salaries of pharmacists in South Africa are not the same across the country. Factors such as type of Organisation, either private or government, location, career level, and lots more, all contribute to determine the Salary of Pharmacists in South Africa.

According to Briefly [1], some of the highest paying pharmacy jobs in South Africa are within the niche job positions in pharmacy. Examples of such positions include becoming a chemotherapy pharmacist, pharmacy clerk, nuclear pharmacist, etc.

What is a Pharmacist Salary in South Africa?

While we can not categorically state the exact amount of Pharmacist Salary in South Africa, we can work with an average salary.

Hence, according to Indeed [2], the average salary for a pharmacist is between R23 389 and R25 050 per month in South Africa. The average pharmacist’s salary in a government hospital is R330 302 annually.

However, according to Glassdoor [3], the estimated total pay for a Pharmacist is R82,000 per month in South Africa, with an average salary of R45,000 per month. Besides this, an estimated additional pay is R37,000 per month. This could include cash bonus, profit sharing, tips and commission.

Highest Paying Cities in South Africa

According to indeed, below are cities in South Africa that pays Pharmacists the highest Salary;

  • Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • R 30 851 per month
  • Centurion, Gauteng
  • R 30 719 per month
  • Randburg, Gauteng
  • R 30 066 per month
  • Boksburg, Gauteng
  • R 28 983 per month
  • Pretoria, Gauteng
  • R 26 047 per month
  • Cape Town, Western Cape
  • R 22 564 per month
  • Bloemfontein, Free State
  • R 19 679 per month
  • Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • R 16 933 per month


Due to the multifaceted roles and contributions of Pharmacists to healthcare in South Africa, they should be compensated competitively to attract and retain skilled professionals, ultimately  the health and well-being of the population. The details provided in this article should help you to make informed decisions as either a practithese figurescing or aspiring pharmacist who intends to reside in South Africa.

While they are not constant, it is advisable to always carry out more research before coming to a conclusion, bearing in mind that there are different factors that contribute to differences in Salaries even in the same country.


[1] De Lange, Justine. “What Is a Pharmacist’s Salary in South Africa as of 2023?” Briefly, 11 July 2023, https://briefly.co.za/facts-lifehacks/services/163137-what-a-pharmacists-salary-south-africa-2023/.

[2] Indeed.com, https://za.indeed.com/career/pharmacist/salaries. Accessed 28 Sept. 2023.

[2.1] Indeed.com, https://za.indeed.com/career/pharmacist/salaries/Midrand–Gauteng. Accessed 28 Sept. 2023.

[3] Glassdoor.com, https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/south-africa-pharmacist-salary-SRCH_IL.0,12_IN211_KO13,23.htm. Accessed 28 Sept. 2023.

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