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Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2019

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

15,772 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 15,772 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 values: the 25th and the 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% are earning more than 20,000 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.

Average Salary 2016    =  
14,863 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
15,279 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +1%  
15,493 SAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
15,772 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.

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 they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha13,955 SAR
Buraydah12,628 SAR
Dammam13,107 SAR
Jeddah16,206 SAR
Khamis Mushait11,286 SAR
Khubar16,073 SAR
Mecca11,577 SAR
Medina12,559 SAR
Riyadh17,136 SAR
Tabuk11,985 SAR
Taif4,140 SAR
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