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Optometrist Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2023

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


Average Monthly Salary
33,600 SAR
( 403,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
17,100
SAR
AVERAGE
33,600
SAR
HIGH
51,800
SAR

A person working as Optometrist in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 33,600 SAR per month. Salaries range from 17,100 SAR (lowest) to 51,800 SAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Optometrist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Optometrist Pay Scale and Salaries in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution Saudi Arabia Optometrist monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
30,700 SAR or more
10% of people earn
27,300 to 30,700 SAR
20% of people earn
19,700 SAR or less
65% of people earn
19,700 to 27,300 SAR
Minimum Salary
17,100 SAR
Median
30,800 SAR
Maximum
51,800 SAR


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

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Optometrist salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 17,100 SAR per month (starting salary) to 51,800 SAR per month (maximum salary). 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 30,800 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Optometrist(s) are earning less than 30,800 SAR while the other half are earning more than 30,800 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 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 Optometrist(s) are earning less than 25,500 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 25,500 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Optometrist(s) are earning less than 35,100 SAR while 25% are earning more than 35,100 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 19,700 SAR to 27,300 SAR. Approximatly 20% fall under the 19,700 SAR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 27,300 SAR to 30,700 SAR. Only 5% of people grossed 30,700 SAR or more.

Optometrist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Optometrist average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
19,200 SAR
2 - 5 Years+31%
25,100 SAR
5 - 10 Years+40%
35,200 SAR
10 - 15 Years+20%
42,300 SAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
45,900 SAR
20+ Years+8%
49,500 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Optometrist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 19,200 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 25,100 SAR per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 35,200 SAR per month, 40% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Optometrist whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 42,300 SAR per month, 20% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 45,900 SAR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 49,500 SAR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Optometrist

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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 Optometrist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 16% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
36,200 SAR
Female-14%
31,300 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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Optometrist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia for Optometrist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Optometrist

Optometrist(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% 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 Optometrist
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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

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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

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 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.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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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.

Optometrist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Optometrist
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"Optometrist" is considered to be a high bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

19% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 81% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
81%
No Bonus
19%

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.

Optometrist Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

How are Optometrist salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
30,600 SAR
Average Salary 2020+2%
31,200 SAR
Average Salary 2021+3%
32,200 SAR
Average Salary 2022+2%
32,700 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Optometrist 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 2% 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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Optometrist Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia


190 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 190 SAR. This means that the average Optometrist in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 190 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?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Optometrist' in Saudi Arabia is 99 SAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Optometrist VS Other Jobs

33,600 SAR
39,300 SAR
24,900 SAR
Average Salary
Optometrist
Average Salary
Doctor / Physician
Average Salary
Health and Medical

The average salary for Optometrist is 14% less than that of Doctor / Physician. Also, Doctor / Physician salaries are 57% more than those of Health and Medical.

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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advanced Nutrition Aide23,700 SAR-30%
Advanced Practice Provider22,300 SAR-34%
Allergist29,900 SAR-11%
Behavioral Health Specialist18,000 SAR-46%
Chiropractor19,500 SAR-42%
Clinical Psychologist48,100 SAR+43%
Correctional Treatment Specialist28,700 SAR-15%
Counseling Psychologist39,200 SAR+17%
Dermatologist50,000 SAR+49%
Dietitian30,700 SAR-9%
Doctor38,000 SAR+13%
Emergency Department Physician34,900 SAR+4%
Exercise Physiologist36,500 SAR+9%
Forensic Pathologist42,300 SAR+26%
General Medical Practitioner30,400 SAR-10%
Genetic Counselor26,400 SAR-21%
Internist50,700 SAR+51%
Interventionist48,200 SAR+43%
Invasive Cardiologist63,700 SAR+89%
Mental Health Therapst26,800 SAR-20%
Naturopathic Physician49,400 SAR+47%
Neurologist48,300 SAR+44%
Neurophysiology Technologist14,100 SAR-58%
Nuclear Medicine Physician39,500 SAR+17%
Obstetrician / Gynecologist42,200 SAR+26%
Occupational Health Safety Specialist23,200 SAR-31%
Ophthalmologist34,500 SAR+3%
Optometrist33,600 SAR-0%
Pediatrician37,700 SAR+12%
Physical Therapist24,800 SAR-26%
Physical Therapy Director31,300 SAR-7%
Physician - Anesthesiology57,900 SAR+72%
Physician - Cardiology61,500 SAR+83%
Physician - CCU34,500 SAR+3%
Physician - Dermatology48,300 SAR+44%
Physician - Emergency Room35,900 SAR+7%
Physician - Endocrinology45,500 SAR+35%
Physician - Family Practice31,400 SAR-7%
Physician - Gastroenterology42,100 SAR+25%
Physician - Generalist33,500 SAR-0%
Physician - Geriatrics28,600 SAR-15%
Physician - Hematology / Oncology43,800 SAR+30%
Physician - Immunology / Allergy49,200 SAR+46%
Physician - Infectious Disease41,700 SAR+24%
Physician - Internal Medicine50,400 SAR+50%
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine40,000 SAR+19%
Physician - Nephrology48,500 SAR+44%
Physician - Neurology48,100 SAR+43%
Physician - Nuclear Medicine40,400 SAR+20%
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology42,400 SAR+26%
Physician - Occupational Medicine32,400 SAR-4%
Physician - Ophthalmology30,200 SAR-10%
Physician - Otolaryngology31,100 SAR-7%
Physician - Pain Medicine28,700 SAR-15%
Physician - Pathology36,200 SAR+8%
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology44,400 SAR+32%
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology42,000 SAR+25%
Physician - Pediatrics37,700 SAR+12%
Physician - Physiatry40,600 SAR+21%
Physician - Podiatry37,000 SAR+10%
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine28,900 SAR-14%
Physician - Radiation Therapy47,000 SAR+40%
Physician - Radiology46,500 SAR+38%
Physician - Rheumatology45,000 SAR+34%
Physician - Sports Medicine44,200 SAR+31%
Physician - Urology56,700 SAR+69%
Physician Assistant26,300 SAR-22%
Physiotherapist29,000 SAR-14%
Podiatrist30,500 SAR-9%
Preventive Medicine Physician38,300 SAR+14%
Psychiatrist41,400 SAR+23%
Psychololgist43,200 SAR+28%
Psychometrician36,700 SAR+9%
Radiologist42,900 SAR+28%
Registered Respiratory Therapist27,000 SAR-20%
Skin Care Specialist24,400 SAR-27%
Urologist55,200 SAR+64%
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist25,800 SAR-23%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha33,900 SAR
Dammam34,000 SAR
Jeddah37,800 SAR
Khubar33,500 SAR
Mecca36,500 SAR
Medina35,200 SAR
Riyadh35,300 SAR
Tabuk33,000 SAR
Taif31,500 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 for Optometrist in Saudi Arabia?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 30,800 SAR and 35,100 SAR. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

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 for Optometrist in Saudi Arabia is ranges from 25,500 SAR to 35,100 SAR. The base salary depends on many factors including 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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