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Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2018

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

15,795 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 15,795 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

25% of people earn
6,000 SAR
or less
50% of people earn
11,500 SAR
or less
75% of people earn
20,000 SAR
or less
833 SAR
11,500 SAR
140,000 SAR

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 833 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 140,000 SAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 11,500 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 11,500 SAR while the other half are earning more than 11,500 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 similar values: the 25th and 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 6,000 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 6,000 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 20,000 SAR while 25% of them are earning more than 20,000 SAR.

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

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both 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. You have plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. Luckily for you, 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 in Saudi Arabia over the past few years.

Average Salary 2015    =  
14,798 SAR
Average Salary 2016    +2%  
15,153 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
15,577 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +1%  
15,795 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2018 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2018 are 1% higher than those of 2017. The trend suggests a slow yet slow continous increase in pay in 2019 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia | All Jobs

81 SAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia | All Jobs is 81 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximatly 81 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 is considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By Job Category (Average Monthly Salary)

Job CategoryAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance14,379 SAR
Administration / Reception / Secretarial6,441 SAR
Advertising / Grapic Design / Event Management10,253 SAR
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense25,123 SAR
Architecture16,889 SAR
Automotive8,640 SAR
Banking25,911 SAR
Bilingual19,931 SAR
Business Planning22,037 SAR
Care Giving and Child Care10,000 SAR
Cleaning and Housekeeping3,089 SAR
Construction / Building / Installation12,390 SAR
Counseling15,800 SAR
Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers5,253 SAR
Customer Service and Call Center10,822 SAR
Electrical and Electronics Trades7,736 SAR
Engineering14,655 SAR
Environmental12,083 SAR
Executive and Management35,167 SAR
Facilities / Maintenance / Repair14,086 SAR
Factory and Manufacturing13,797 SAR
Fashion and Apparel11,133 SAR
Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering7,947 SAR
Gardening / Farming / Fishing12,953 SAR
Government and Defence9,900 SAR
Health and Medical18,464 SAR
Human Resources16,532 SAR
Import and Export9,137 SAR
Independent Jobs3,000 SAR
Information Technology14,896 SAR
Insurance15,860 SAR
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire14,267 SAR
Legal27,417 SAR
Marketing16,063 SAR
Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment16,062 SAR
Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining19,295 SAR
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology12,700 SAR
Public Relations11,444 SAR
Purchasing and Inventory15,230 SAR
Quality Control and Compliance13,003 SAR
Real Estate14,358 SAR
Recreation and Sports1,200 SAR
Sales Retail and Wholesale15,138 SAR
Science and Technical Services11,355 SAR
Teaching / Education12,002 SAR
Telecommunication16,681 SAR

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Salary Comparison By City (Average Monthly Salary)

CityAverage Salary
Abha13,955 SAR
Buraydah12,628 SAR
Dammam13,148 SAR
Jeddah16,266 SAR
Khamis Mushait11,286 SAR
Khubar16,211 SAR
Mecca11,577 SAR
Medina12,559 SAR
Other14,043 SAR
Riyadh17,117 SAR
Tabuk11,985 SAR
Taif4,140 SAR

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