Previously, the Tunga blog featured an article about the best African countries to source developers. For our clients, remuneration is only part of that picture. They are also interested in a country’s tech ecosystem, its general business climate, English proficiency, and so on. All of that info – and more – can be found behind the above link. But let’s be honest – for the individual coder, money matters. Obviously! So we decided to delve deeper into the salary levels for African developers.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out as a coder, or are already well-established. You should have a good idea about what a reasonable salary is for your trade in the country where you live. We want to give you that, and more. We also adjusted the average and high-end developer salaries in your country for the local cost of living. And by doing that for African countries north to south and east to west, you also get a good picture of which countries are the most interesting to work as a developer – purely from a financial point of view, of course.
So how much do African coders make?
OK, OK, of course you’re keen to know in what African country developers make the most dough. Well, it won’t come as a surprise that South Africa takes the cake with an average salary of €1,911/month. This amount is almost double that of our #2 and reflects the relatively advanced economy of SA. As shown in Figure 1, Moroccan coders are the second highest earners (€1,018), followed by the Kenyans (€788). Nigeria (€586) and Uganda (€568) – home to quite a few Tunga devs – are halfway down the table, with Ethiopia all the way at the bottom (€194).