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CNC Programmer Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2021

How much money does a CNC Programmer make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
11,000 SAR
( 132,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as a CNC Programmer in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 11,000 SAR per month. Salaries range from 5,810 SAR (lowest) to 16,700 SAR (highest).

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

CNC Programmer Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia CNC Programmer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    CNC Programmer salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 5,810 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 16,700 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,300 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as CNC Programmer(s) are earning less than 10,300 SAR while the other half are earning more than 10,300 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 CNC Programmer(s) are earning less than 7,260 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 7,260 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of CNC Programmer(s) are earning less than 12,700 SAR while 25% are earning more than 12,700 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

CNC Programmer 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 CNC Programmer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A CNC Programmer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 6,680 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 8,200 SAR per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 11,600 SAR per month, 42% 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, CNC Programmer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 13,600 SAR per month, 17% 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 14,900 SAR per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 15,800 SAR per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

CNC Programmer average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
6,680 SAR
2 - 5 Years+23%
8,200 SAR
5 - 10 Years+42%
11,600 SAR
10 - 15 Years+17%
13,600 SAR
15 - 20 Years+10%
14,900 SAR
20+ Years+6%
15,800 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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CNC Programmer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different CNC Programmer(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 CNC Programmer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a CNC Programmer is 8,860 SAR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 13,000 SAR per month, 47% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

CNC Programmer average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Certificate or Diploma
8,860 SAR
Bachelor's Degree+47%
13,000 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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CNC Programmer 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 CNC Programmer employees in Saudi Arabia earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

11,500 SAR
10,100 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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CNC Programmer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

CNC Programmer

CNC Programmer(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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

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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia for the year 2020. 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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CNC Programmer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia CNC Programmer
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A CNC Programmer 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.

75% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 25% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

CNC Programmer Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

63 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 63 SAR. This means that the average CNC Programmer in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 63 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.

CNC Programmer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between CNC Programmer and Factory and Manufacturing monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for CNC Programmer is 4% less than that of Factory and Manufacturing. Also, Factory and Manufacturing salaries are 32% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assembly Foreman4,590 SAR-58%
Assembly Line Worker4,240 SAR-61%
Assembly Supervisor6,890 SAR-37%
Assistance Maintenance Manager16,400 SAR+50%
Assistant Shipping Manager14,400 SAR+31%
Chemical Equipment Controller10,300 SAR-6%
Chemical Technican Apprentice8,500 SAR-23%
CNC Machinist10,200 SAR-7%
CNC Operator9,620 SAR-12%
CNC Programmer11,000 SAR+0%
Colour Technologist5,760 SAR-47%
Contracts Manager18,800 SAR+71%
Data Collection Coordinator7,500 SAR-32%
Demand Planner6,840 SAR-38%
Derrick Operator4,710 SAR-57%
Director of Manufacturing27,200 SAR+150%
Dock Worker4,300 SAR-61%
Drying Technician4,150 SAR-62%
Equipment Operator4,060 SAR-63%
Export Sales Coordinator12,900 SAR+18%
Factory Superintendent7,090 SAR-35%
Factory Worker4,680 SAR-57%
Failure Analysis Technician6,730 SAR-39%
Fiberglass Laminator4,870 SAR-56%
Food Technologist8,300 SAR-24%
Forklift Driver4,470 SAR-59%
Forming Machine Operator4,690 SAR-57%
Furnace Operator4,390 SAR-60%
Gas Appliance Repairer4,380 SAR-60%
General Warehouse Associate7,270 SAR-34%
Heavy Equipment Operator5,970 SAR-46%
HSE Manager18,300 SAR+67%
Industrial Engineer14,900 SAR+36%
Industrial Machinery Mechanic9,310 SAR-15%
Industrial Production Manager26,200 SAR+140%
Industrial Safety and Health Engineer14,200 SAR+29%
Intake Operator5,730 SAR-48%
Key Account Manager20,500 SAR+87%
Lift Truck Operator4,610 SAR-58%
Loading Supervisor8,050 SAR-27%
Logistic Coordinator10,900 SAR-1%
Logistics Clerk5,460 SAR-50%
Machine Operator4,410 SAR-60%
Machinist4,540 SAR-59%
Maintenance Manager17,600 SAR+60%
Maintenance Store Clerk4,990 SAR-55%
Manufacturing Engineer14,300 SAR+30%
Manufacturing Engineering Manager21,100 SAR+92%
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist16,100 SAR+47%
Manufacturing Manager24,700 SAR+130%
Manufacturing Operative7,330 SAR-33%
Manufacturing Production Technician5,660 SAR-48%
Manufacturing Supervisor12,300 SAR+12%
Manufacturing Technician5,120 SAR-53%
Materials Supervisor12,600 SAR+15%
Mechanical Fitter Engineer14,900 SAR+36%
Mechanical Foreman4,470 SAR-59%
Merchandise Planner7,820 SAR-29%
Metrology Engineer13,600 SAR+24%
Operations Engineer13,100 SAR+19%
Operations Manager22,800 SAR+110%
Order Management Coordinator11,100 SAR+1%
Order Processing Manager19,700 SAR+80%
Order Selector5,390 SAR-51%
Package Handler4,140 SAR-62%
Packaging Manager15,000 SAR+37%
Packer4,330 SAR-61%
Packing Deputy Supervisor11,800 SAR+8%
Planning Manager20,300 SAR+85%
Plant Manager23,200 SAR+110%
Precision Instrument Repairer7,080 SAR-35%
Process Technician5,870 SAR-46%
Product Manager24,100 SAR+120%
Production Analyst20,200 SAR+84%
Production Director27,000 SAR+150%
Production Engineer14,500 SAR+32%
Production Engineering Supervisor21,000 SAR+91%
Production Inspector15,900 SAR+45%
Production Laborer4,120 SAR-62%
Production Manager25,400 SAR+130%
Production Scheduler11,000 SAR+0%
Production Supervisor14,400 SAR+31%
Quality Control Analyst17,800 SAR+62%
Quality Control Inspector15,600 SAR+42%
Quality Control Manager21,800 SAR+99%
Service Technician5,390 SAR-51%
SHEQ Officer6,970 SAR-36%
Shipping Manager21,700 SAR+98%
Small Engine Mechanic7,840 SAR-29%
Spray Painter4,460 SAR-59%
Sterile Processing Technician5,040 SAR-54%
Structural Welder4,230 SAR-61%
Supply Chain Operative12,100 SAR+10%
Technical Operator5,920 SAR-46%
Technology Development Manager24,900 SAR+130%
Testing Technician10,600 SAR-3%
Toolmaker7,440 SAR-32%
Warehouse Operative5,060 SAR-54%
Warehouse Worker5,020 SAR-54%
Warranty Handler8,340 SAR-24%
Welder4,430 SAR-60%
Workshop Manager16,900 SAR+54%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha11,000 SAR
Dammam11,200 SAR
Jeddah11,400 SAR
Khubar10,900 SAR
Mecca11,000 SAR
Medina11,700 SAR
Riyadh11,800 SAR
Tabuk9,770 SAR
Taif10,400 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
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