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Translator Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a Translator make in Saudi Arabia?


Average Monthly Salary
14,200 SAR
( 170,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
7,100
SAR
AVERAGE
14,200
SAR
HIGH
22,000
SAR

A person working as a Translator in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 14,200 SAR per month. Salaries range from 7,100 SAR (lowest) to 22,000 SAR (highest).

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

Translator Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Translator salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 7,100 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 22,000 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 14,200 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Translator(s) are earning less than 14,200 SAR while the other half are earning more than 14,200 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 Translator(s) are earning less than 9,580 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 9,580 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Translator(s) are earning less than 18,100 SAR while 25% are earning more than 18,100 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

Translator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Translator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Translator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 8,510 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 11,300 SAR per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 15,100 SAR per month, 34% 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, Translator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 18,000 SAR per month, 19% 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 19,400 SAR per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 20,800 SAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Translator average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
8,510 SAR
2 - 5 Years+32%
11,300 SAR
5 - 10 Years+34%
15,100 SAR
10 - 15 Years+19%
18,000 SAR
15 - 20 Years+8%
19,400 SAR
20+ Years+7%
20,800 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Translator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Translator(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Translator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Translator is 10,700 SAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 12,200 SAR per month, 14% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 16,500 SAR per month, 36% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 20,800 SAR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Translator average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

High School
10,700 SAR
Certificate or Diploma+14%
12,200 SAR
Bachelor's Degree+36%
16,500 SAR
Master's Degree+26%
20,800 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 84,200 Saudi Riyal(s) to 253,000 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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Translator Salary 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 Translator employees in Saudi Arabia earn 8% more than their female counterparts.

Female
13,600 SAR
Male+8%
14,600 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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Translator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

Translator

Translator(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

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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 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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Translator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Translator
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A Translator is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
29%
No Bonus
71%

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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

Private Sector
16,200 SAR
Public Sector+7%
17,300 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Translator Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

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Average Salary 2016
12,800 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
13,300 SAR
Average Salary 2018+2%
13,600 SAR
Average Salary 2019+1%
13,800 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Translator salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Translator Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia


82 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 82 SAR. This means that the average Translator in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 82 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.

Translator VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Translator is 8% less than that of Bilingual. Also, Bilingual salaries are 8% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bilingual Paraprofessional15,000 SAR+6%
Interpreter14,300 SAR+1%
Language Specialist17,200 SAR+21%
Linguist16,300 SAR+15%
Multilingual Host14,000 SAR-1%
Teacher12,700 SAR-11%
Translator14,200 SAR+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha14,000 SAR
Dammam14,600 SAR
Jeddah14,400 SAR
Khubar13,600 SAR
Mecca14,500 SAR
Medina14,600 SAR
Riyadh14,300 SAR
Tabuk13,100 SAR
Taif12,800 SAR
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