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Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2023

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

Average Monthly Salary
16,700 SAR
( 200,000 SAR yearly)


A person working in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 16,700 SAR per month. Salaries range from 4,230 SAR (lowest average) to 74,600 SAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

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

Pay Scale and Salaries in Saudi Arabia

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
31,400 SAR or more
10% of people earn
24,600 to 31,400 SAR
20% of people earn
9,560 SAR or less
65% of people earn
9,560 to 24,600 SAR
Minimum Salary
4,230 SAR
14,400 SAR
74,600 SAR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 4,230 SAR per month (starting salary) to 74,600 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 14,400 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 14,400 SAR while the other half are earning more than 14,400 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 and Salary Scale

    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 10,400 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 10,400 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 21,800 SAR while 25% are earning more than 21,800 SAR.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 9,560 SAR to 24,600 SAR. Approximatly 20% fall under the 9,560 SAR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 24,600 SAR to 31,400 SAR. Only 5% of people grossed 31,400 SAR or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Saudi Arabia costs anywhere from 83,500 Saudi Riyal(s) to 251,000 Saudi Riyal(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Saudi Arabia earn 14% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

17,500 SAR
15,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Employees in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Saudi Arabia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia
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51% of surveyed staff in Saudi Arabia reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

How are Saudi Arabia salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Average Salary 2019
15,200 SAR
Average Salary 2020+3%
15,700 SAR
Average Salary 2021+3%
16,200 SAR
Average Salary 2022+1%
16,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 1% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant10,600 SAR
Accounting Assistant8,240 SAR
Accounting Manager24,900 SAR
Bookkeeper7,310 SAR
Chartered Accountant14,800 SAR
Corporate Treasurer21,300 SAR
Financial Analyst21,000 SAR
Financial Manager31,100 SAR
Internal Auditor15,100 SAR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant8,630 SAR
Office Manager14,100 SAR
Receptionist7,560 SAR
Secretary7,020 SAR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director15,300 SAR
Creative Director15,900 SAR
Graphic Designer9,670 SAR
Photographer9,240 SAR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer20,100 SAR
Air Traffic Controller17,100 SAR
Flight Attendant10,700 SAR
Pilot28,300 SAR

Architect18,600 SAR
CAD Drafter8,440 SAR

Mechanic5,780 SAR
Service Advisor10,400 SAR

Bank Branch Manager28,000 SAR
Teller6,060 SAR

Teacher12,700 SAR
Translator14,800 SAR

Business Planning
Business Analyst19,200 SAR
Business Development Manager25,300 SAR
Project Manager20,100 SAR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny6,690 SAR
Nursery Teacher5,860 SAR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer15,500 SAR
Construction Project Manager27,500 SAR
Health and Safety Officer7,090 SAR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative6,220 SAR
Customer Service Manager20,600 SAR
Customer Service Representative5,680 SAR

Civil Engineer15,200 SAR
Electrical Engineer15,800 SAR
Engineer14,900 SAR
Mechanical Engineer14,500 SAR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer34,700 SAR
Chief Financial Officer34,500 SAR
General Manager26,800 SAR
Project Manager18,200 SAR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef10,300 SAR
Executive Chef11,700 SAR
Hotel Manager28,800 SAR
Receptionist5,930 SAR
Travel Agent10,100 SAR
Waiter / Waitress5,000 SAR

Health and Medical
Dentist39,100 SAR
Dietitian30,700 SAR
Laboratory Technician11,500 SAR
Nurse12,000 SAR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager23,700 SAR
Human Resources Officer9,120 SAR

Information Technology
Computer Technician12,200 SAR
Database Administrator16,200 SAR
Developer / Programmer15,600 SAR
Information Technology Manager27,000 SAR
Network Engineer13,700 SAR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer9,680 SAR

Attorney32,100 SAR
Legal Assistant8,560 SAR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist17,200 SAR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer13,700 SAR
Pharmacist20,600 SAR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier6,140 SAR
Sales Manager27,000 SAR
Sales Representative10,100 SAR

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

Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

96 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 96 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 96 SAR for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

This minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Saudi Arabia is 24 SAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha15,900 SAR
Dammam16,400 SAR
Jeddah17,300 SAR
Khubar16,200 SAR
Mecca17,000 SAR
Medina16,700 SAR
Riyadh17,600 SAR
Tabuk15,200 SAR
Taif15,500 SAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Saudi Arabia earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
16,000 SAR
Public Sector+7%
17,200 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Saudi Arabia?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Saudi Arabia would range anywhere between 14,400 SAR and 21,800 SAR.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary in Saudi Arabia is ranges from 10,400 SAR to 21,800 SAR. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, experience, and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

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