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Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a person working in Saudi Arabia make?

Average Monthly Salary
16,800 SAR
( 202,000 SAR yearly)


A person working in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 16,800 SAR per month. Salaries range from 2,280 SAR (lowest) to 74,600 SAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 2,280 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 74,600 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 16,300 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 16,300 SAR while the other half are earning more than 16,300 SAR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 8,380 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 8,380 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 42,700 SAR while 25% are earning more than 42,700 SAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

How are Saudi Arabia salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia
Average Salary 2016
15,200 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
15,800 SAR
Average Salary 2018+2%
16,000 SAR
Average Salary 2019+2%
16,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 3% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant10,400 SAR
Accounting Assistant9,920 SAR
Accounting Manager21,700 SAR
Bookkeeper8,260 SAR
Chartered Accountant14,200 SAR
Corporate Treasurer27,500 SAR
Financial Analyst17,100 SAR
Financial Manager31,400 SAR
Internal Auditor16,400 SAR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant8,630 SAR
Office Manager11,100 SAR
Receptionist8,660 SAR
Secretary8,380 SAR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director15,100 SAR
Creative Director16,300 SAR
Graphic Designer10,500 SAR
Photographer11,200 SAR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer17,200 SAR
Air Traffic Controller15,800 SAR
Flight Attendant13,400 SAR
Pilot19,500 SAR

Architect14,000 SAR
CAD Drafter12,400 SAR

Mechanic8,100 SAR
Service Advisor11,900 SAR

Bank Branch Manager22,500 SAR
Teller10,900 SAR

Teacher12,700 SAR
Translator14,200 SAR

Business Planning
Business Analyst18,400 SAR
Business Development Manager24,100 SAR
Project Manager18,700 SAR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny10,100 SAR
Nursery Teacher11,100 SAR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer15,000 SAR
Construction Project Manager19,600 SAR
Health and Safety Officer10,000 SAR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative11,400 SAR
Customer Service Manager20,100 SAR
Customer Service Representative10,600 SAR

Civil Engineer15,000 SAR
Electrical Engineer15,800 SAR
Engineer14,300 SAR
Mechanical Engineer15,000 SAR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer34,700 SAR
Chief Financial Officer34,300 SAR
General Manager26,800 SAR
Project Manager18,200 SAR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef13,500 SAR
Executive Chef14,200 SAR
Hotel Manager23,600 SAR
Receptionist11,500 SAR
Travel Agent13,000 SAR
Waiter / Waitress9,520 SAR

Health and Medical
Dentist39,100 SAR
Dietitian35,400 SAR
Laboratory Technician11,500 SAR
Nurse12,100 SAR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager21,700 SAR
Human Resources Officer12,400 SAR

Information Technology
Computer Technician12,200 SAR
Database Administrator16,200 SAR
Developer / Programmer14,000 SAR
Information Technology Manager23,500 SAR
Network Engineer13,700 SAR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer12,700 SAR

Attorney23,600 SAR
Legal Assistant11,600 SAR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist14,900 SAR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer13,700 SAR
Pharmacist18,100 SAR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier9,210 SAR
Sales Manager24,500 SAR
Sales Representative10,100 SAR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher11,400 SAR
Secondary School Teacher12,500 SAR

Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

97 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 97 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximatly 97 SAR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha16,000 SAR
Dammam16,600 SAR
Jeddah17,500 SAR
Khubar16,300 SAR
Mecca17,200 SAR
Medina16,900 SAR
Riyadh17,800 SAR
Tabuk15,300 SAR
Taif15,600 SAR
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