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Doctor / Physician Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
39,300 SAR
( 471,000 SAR yearly)


A person working in Doctor / Physician in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 39,300 SAR per month. Salaries range from 14,400 SAR (lowest average) to 66,300 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 Doctor / Physician 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
Advanced Nutrition Aide23,700 SAR
Advanced Practice Provider22,300 SAR
Allergist29,900 SAR
Behavioral Health Specialist18,000 SAR
Chiropractor19,500 SAR
Clinical Psychologist48,100 SAR
Correctional Treatment Specialist28,700 SAR
Counseling Psychologist39,200 SAR
Dermatologist50,000 SAR
Dietitian30,700 SAR
Doctor38,000 SAR
Emergency Department Physician34,900 SAR
Exercise Physiologist36,500 SAR
Forensic Pathologist42,300 SAR
General Medical Practitioner30,400 SAR
Genetic Counselor26,400 SAR
Internist50,700 SAR
Interventionist48,200 SAR
Invasive Cardiologist63,700 SAR
Mental Health Therapst26,800 SAR
Naturopathic Physician49,400 SAR
Neurologist48,300 SAR
Neurophysiology Technologist14,100 SAR
Nuclear Medicine Physician39,500 SAR
Obstetrician / Gynecologist42,200 SAR
Occupational Health Safety Specialist23,200 SAR
Ophthalmologist34,500 SAR
Optometrist33,600 SAR
Pediatrician37,700 SAR
Physical Therapist24,800 SAR
Physical Therapy Director31,300 SAR
Physician - Anesthesiology57,900 SAR
Physician - Cardiology61,500 SAR
Physician - CCU34,500 SAR
Physician - Dermatology48,300 SAR
Physician - Emergency Room35,900 SAR
Physician - Endocrinology45,500 SAR
Physician - Family Practice31,400 SAR
Physician - Gastroenterology42,100 SAR
Physician - Generalist33,500 SAR
Physician - Geriatrics28,600 SAR
Physician - Hematology / Oncology43,800 SAR
Physician - Immunology / Allergy49,200 SAR
Physician - Infectious Disease41,700 SAR
Physician - Internal Medicine50,400 SAR
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine40,000 SAR
Physician - Nephrology48,500 SAR
Physician - Neurology48,100 SAR
Physician - Nuclear Medicine40,400 SAR
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology42,400 SAR
Physician - Occupational Medicine32,400 SAR
Physician - Ophthalmology30,200 SAR
Physician - Otolaryngology31,100 SAR
Physician - Pain Medicine28,700 SAR
Physician - Pathology36,200 SAR
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology44,400 SAR
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology42,000 SAR
Physician - Pediatrics37,700 SAR
Physician - Physiatry40,600 SAR
Physician - Podiatry37,000 SAR
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine28,900 SAR
Physician - Radiation Therapy47,000 SAR
Physician - Radiology46,500 SAR
Physician - Rheumatology45,000 SAR
Physician - Sports Medicine44,200 SAR
Physician - Urology56,700 SAR
Physician Assistant26,300 SAR
Physiotherapist29,000 SAR
Podiatrist30,500 SAR
Preventive Medicine Physician38,300 SAR
Psychiatrist41,400 SAR
Psychololgist43,200 SAR
Psychometrician36,700 SAR
Radiologist42,900 SAR
Registered Respiratory Therapist27,000 SAR
Skin Care Specialist24,400 SAR
Urologist55,200 SAR
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist25,800 SAR

Doctor / Physician Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Doctor / Physician
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Doctor / Physician salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 14,400 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 66,300 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 41,600 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 41,600 SAR while the other half are earning more than 41,600 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 Doctor / Physician are earning less than 25,200 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 25,200 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 57,200 SAR while 25% are earning more than 57,200 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.

Doctor / Physician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Doctor / Physician
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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 Doctor / Physician earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.

42,000 SAR
37,100 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Saudi Arabia for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia
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Doctor / Physician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia for Doctor / Physician professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Doctor / Physician

Doctor / Physician professionals 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 Doctor / Physician
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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

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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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Doctor / Physician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Doctor / Physician
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Doctor / Physician is considered to be a high 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.

20% of surveyed staff in Doctor / Physician reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 80% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

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.

Doctor / Physician Hourly Average Wage in Saudi Arabia

230 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 230 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 230 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.

Doctor / Physician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Doctor / Physician and Health and Medical monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Doctor / Physician is 57% more than that of Health and Medical. Also, Health and Medical salaries are 49% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha37,300 SAR
Dammam38,600 SAR
Jeddah40,800 SAR
Khubar38,100 SAR
Mecca40,100 SAR
Medina39,300 SAR
Riyadh41,500 SAR
Tabuk35,700 SAR
Taif36,400 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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