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Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2019

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

16,838 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 16,838 SAR per month.
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 | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 2,279 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 74,562 SAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 16,333 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 16,333 SAR while the other half are earning more than 16,333 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.

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 8,375 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 8,375 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 42,721 SAR while 25% are earning more than 42,721 SAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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    =  
15,638 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
16,217 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
16,476 SAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
16,838 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant10,400 SAR
Administrative Assistant8,632 SAR
Architect13,981 SAR
Attorney23,635 SAR
Biomedical Engineer13,692 SAR
CAD Drafter12,415 SAR
Cashier9,213 SAR
Chartered Accountant14,195 SAR
Chef13,451 SAR
Chief Executive Officer34,703 SAR
Chief Financial Officer34,339 SAR
Civil Engineer14,984 SAR
Civil Engineer14,998 SAR
Computer Technician12,245 SAR
Creative Director16,261 SAR
Dentist39,087 SAR
Developer / Programmer13,968 SAR
Electrical Engineer15,814 SAR
Elementary School Teacher11,402 SAR
Engineer14,339 SAR
Executive Chef14,233 SAR
Flight Attendant13,385 SAR
General Manager26,769 SAR
Graphic Designer10,548 SAR
Hotel Manager23,594 SAR
Human Resources Manager21,689 SAR
Internal Auditor16,412 SAR
Journalist14,883 SAR
Legal Assistant11,613 SAR
Mechanical Engineer14,991 SAR
Nurse12,096 SAR
Pharmacist18,139 SAR
Photographer11,238 SAR
Pilot19,469 SAR
Police Officer12,710 SAR
Project Manager18,193 SAR
Receptionist11,458 SAR
Receptionist8,659 SAR
Sales Manager24,473 SAR
Sales Representative10,087 SAR
Secondary School Teacher12,455 SAR
Secretary8,383 SAR
Teacher12,658 SAR
Teller10,916 SAR
Travel Agent13,011 SAR
Waiter / Waitress9,521 SAR

Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia | All Jobs

97 SAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia | All Jobs 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
Abha15,978 SAR
Dammam16,565 SAR
Jeddah17,487 SAR
Khubar16,337 SAR
Mecca17,180 SAR
Medina16,873 SAR
Riyadh17,793 SAR
Tabuk15,311 SAR
Taif15,606 SAR
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