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Information Technology Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
16,800 SAR
( 201,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
8,700
SAR
AVERAGE
16,800
SAR
HIGH
27,300
SAR

A person working in Information Technology in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 16,800 SAR per month. Salaries range from 8,700 SAR (lowest average) to 27,300 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 Information Technology careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
2nd Line Systems Engineer14,900 SAR
ABAP Developer14,500 SAR
Advertising Account Planner14,100 SAR
Android Developer15,100 SAR
Angular Developer13,700 SAR
Application Consultant18,000 SAR
Applications System Specialist14,000 SAR
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist18,200 SAR
Artificial Intelligence Developer18,000 SAR
AS400 Programmer15,400 SAR
Assistant Information Technology Manager19,000 SAR
Assistant Service Delivery Manager19,100 SAR
Avaloq Developer14,200 SAR
BizTalk Developer 16,300 SAR
Blockchain Associate14,400 SAR
Blockchain Developer14,800 SAR
Build and Release Engineer14,600 SAR
Business Intelligence Analyst16,700 SAR
Business Intelligence Developer16,600 SAR
Business Objects Developer14,600 SAR
Business Process Consultant16,300 SAR
Business Systems Analyst13,700 SAR
C# Developer16,900 SAR
C++ Developer16,900 SAR
Capacity Planning Manager20,800 SAR
Change Administrator12,900 SAR
Chief Information Security Officer23,700 SAR
Client Delivery Manager21,100 SAR
CMS Developer13,000 SAR
Computer Animator13,900 SAR
Computer Hardware Engineer13,000 SAR
Computer Networks Architect15,700 SAR
Computer Operator10,700 SAR
Computer Technician12,200 SAR
Copy Editor12,900 SAR
CRM Application Administrator14,100 SAR
Cross Platform Security Manager21,700 SAR
Curam Developer13,200 SAR
Data Analyst14,600 SAR
Data Architect15,500 SAR
Data Center Technician14,100 SAR
Data Entry Supervisor9,900 SAR
Data Manager21,100 SAR
Data Modeling Analyst15,200 SAR
Data Quality Analyst14,500 SAR
Data Security Analyst14,800 SAR
Data Security Manager22,000 SAR
Data Warehousing Manager19,300 SAR
Data Warehousing Specialist14,100 SAR
Database Administration Manager19,900 SAR
Database Administrator16,200 SAR
Database Analyst16,700 SAR
Database Developer16,200 SAR
Database Report Writer14,800 SAR
Delivery Manager15,600 SAR
Developer / Programmer15,600 SAR
Development Manager21,300 SAR
Director of Application Development22,600 SAR
Director of Technology26,600 SAR
Disaster Recovery Analyst14,200 SAR
Documentation Specialist13,400 SAR
E-Commerce Manager18,000 SAR
E-Commerce Marketing Analyst17,100 SAR
E-Commerce Marketing Manager20,400 SAR
E-Commerce Sales Manager21,100 SAR
E-Commerce Strategy Manager22,100 SAR
Enterprise Architecture Manager19,100 SAR
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect19,000 SAR
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager23,200 SAR
ERP / CRM Technical Consultant15,800 SAR
ERP Analyst17,200 SAR
ERP Project Manager20,100 SAR
Ethical Hacker14,600 SAR
Financial Systems Manager21,700 SAR
Flash Developer13,200 SAR
Front End Developer13,700 SAR
Full Stack Developer15,800 SAR
Functional Analyst16,300 SAR
Game Developer14,800 SAR
GIS Analyst14,300 SAR
GIS Developer15,400 SAR
Global BI Analyst16,600 SAR
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer13,300 SAR
Graphics Programmer13,000 SAR
Graphics Web Designer12,500 SAR
Hardware Design Engineer14,600 SAR
Hardware Engineering Manager23,500 SAR
Hardware Technician11,600 SAR
Head of Development21,300 SAR
Help Desk Analyst14,900 SAR
Help Desk Manager17,000 SAR
Help Desk Support11,400 SAR
Helpdesk Manager18,400 SAR
Imaging Programmer13,200 SAR
Informatics Optimization Specialist15,300 SAR
Information Assurance Analyst15,200 SAR
Information Program Director21,700 SAR
Information Security Administrator17,700 SAR
Information Security Analyst18,400 SAR
Information Security Engineer14,900 SAR
Information Security Manager22,800 SAR
Information Security Specialist18,600 SAR
Information Services Consultant17,900 SAR
Information Technology Administrator12,200 SAR
Information Technology Asset Manager19,700 SAR
Information Technology Consultant18,300 SAR
Information Technology Coordinator12,800 SAR
Information Technology Director26,900 SAR
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer13,500 SAR
Information Technology Manager27,000 SAR
Information Technology Operations Manager25,400 SAR
Information Technology Product Manager23,700 SAR
Information Technology Project Administrator13,500 SAR
Information Technology Project Coordinator16,300 SAR
Information Technology Project Leader18,600 SAR
Information Technology Project Manager23,700 SAR
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager18,000 SAR
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)17,200 SAR
Information Technology Quality Specialist15,100 SAR
Information Technology Support10,600 SAR
Information Technology Team Leader19,400 SAR
Information Technology Trainer16,200 SAR
Information Technology Training Analyst15,500 SAR
Interface Design Manager20,000 SAR
Interface Designer12,300 SAR
IOS Developer16,300 SAR
Java Developer16,200 SAR
Javascript Developer15,700 SAR
Lead Developer17,200 SAR
Linux Administrator15,400 SAR
Lotus Domino Administrator15,600 SAR
Lotus Notes Developer16,000 SAR
Mail Server Administrator13,900 SAR
Major Incident Manager18,400 SAR
Managed Service Specialist15,500 SAR
Microsystems Engineer16,000 SAR
Mobile Developer14,800 SAR
Multimedia Developer13,000 SAR
Multimedia Services Manager17,800 SAR
Network Administration Team Lead17,300 SAR
Network Administrator13,700 SAR
Network Analyst14,400 SAR
Network and Infrastructure Manager24,900 SAR
Network Engineer13,700 SAR
Network Engineering Manager17,700 SAR
Network Security Systems Manager18,700 SAR
Network Specialist14,600 SAR
Network Technician11,400 SAR
Nodejs Developer16,200 SAR
NT Systems Administrator13,500 SAR
Numerical Control Programmer13,100 SAR
Online Banking Manager25,600 SAR
Online Banking Specialist18,900 SAR
OPS Manager21,900 SAR
Oracle Database Administrator14,700 SAR
Oracle Developer16,100 SAR
Perl Developer13,800 SAR
PHP Developer14,300 SAR
Python Developer16,100 SAR
Records Manager13,500 SAR
Remedy Developer12,200 SAR
Reporting Analyst14,500 SAR
Ruby Developer14,600 SAR
Salesforce Administrator15,400 SAR
Salesforce Developer12,600 SAR
SAP Consultant15,500 SAR
SAS Programmer14,100 SAR
Scrum Master12,800 SAR
SEO Associate12,300 SAR
SEO Manager18,700 SAR
Service Delivery Manager20,700 SAR
Service Level Manager19,300 SAR
Service Support Lead14,900 SAR
SharePoint Administrator14,800 SAR
Sharepoint Consultant16,400 SAR
Sharepoint Developer16,000 SAR
Shift Leader16,600 SAR
SOA Analyst15,300 SAR
SOC Engineer14,400 SAR
Software Analyst15,500 SAR
Software Architect15,600 SAR
Software Development Manager20,800 SAR
Software Engineer15,700 SAR
Software QA Engineer14,300 SAR
Software Sales13,400 SAR
Software Specialist13,100 SAR
Software Support Engineer12,700 SAR
Software Test Engineer13,400 SAR
Solutions Architect20,100 SAR
Storage Engineer12,800 SAR
Supervisor10,600 SAR
Support Analyst14,300 SAR
Support Specialist16,200 SAR
System Administrator13,400 SAR
Systems Analyst15,200 SAR
Systems Architect15,400 SAR
Systems Consultant17,800 SAR
Systems Engineer12,400 SAR
Systems Integrator14,800 SAR
Technical Analyst13,800 SAR
Technical Consultant16,600 SAR
Technical Manager16,100 SAR
Technical Project Manager20,200 SAR
Technical Sales14,300 SAR
Technical Trainer16,400 SAR
Technical Writer14,200 SAR
Technology Business Analyst15,400 SAR
Technology Director25,600 SAR
Technology Specialist19,700 SAR
Teradata Developer12,900 SAR
Test Analyst15,200 SAR
Tester13,300 SAR
Testing Manager20,200 SAR
TIBCO Developer12,700 SAR
UNIX Administrator14,800 SAR
Usability Engineer14,300 SAR
User Experience Consultant16,100 SAR
User Experience Design Expert15,500 SAR
User Experience Designer12,900 SAR
User Experience Researcher15,400 SAR
User Interface Designer15,300 SAR
VB Developer12,300 SAR
VB.NET Developer16,100 SAR
Video Game Designer13,400 SAR
Visual Information Specialist13,800 SAR
Web Applications Manager18,100 SAR
Web Content Specialist16,800 SAR
Web Designer13,400 SAR
Web Developer13,500 SAR
Web Editor12,400 SAR
Web Project Manager17,400 SAR
Web Promotions Specialist14,600 SAR
Web Security Administrator15,000 SAR
Web Security Manager23,800 SAR
Web Support Analyst11,800 SAR
Web Writer12,800 SAR
Webmaster13,300 SAR
Windows System Administrator14,600 SAR
Wireless Consultant17,100 SAR
Writer and Documentor13,700 SAR

Information Technology Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Information Technology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 8,700 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 27,300 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,800 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 15,800 SAR while the other half are earning more than 15,800 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 people working in Information Technology are earning less than 11,000 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 11,000 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 20,300 SAR while 25% are earning more than 20,300 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 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.

Information Technology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Information Technology
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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 who work in Information Technology earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
17,600 SAR
Female-12%
15,500 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Saudi Arabia for all Careers

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Information Technology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia for Information Technology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Information Technology

Information Technology professionals in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia Information Technology
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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.

Saudi Arabia / All Professions

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 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia for the year 2019. 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.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Information Technology Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Information Technology
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Information Technology is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

51% of surveyed staff in Information Technology 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
49%
No Bonus
51%

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.


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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Information Technology Hourly Average 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 approximately 97 SAR for every worked hour.


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

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.

Information Technology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Information Technology and Information Technology monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha15,900 SAR
Dammam16,500 SAR
Jeddah17,400 SAR
Khubar16,300 SAR
Mecca17,100 SAR
Medina16,800 SAR
Riyadh17,700 SAR
Tabuk15,300 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

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