A person working in Engineering in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 15,000 SAR per month. Salaries range from 8,280 SAR (lowest average) to 19,900 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||14,800 SAR|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||12,400 SAR|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||15,000 SAR|
|Associate Engineer||13,800 SAR|
|Autocad Operator||11,200 SAR|
|Automation Engineer||15,700 SAR|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||12,900 SAR|
|Biochemical Engineer||15,500 SAR|
|BMS Engineer||15,900 SAR|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||14,200 SAR|
|Broadcast Engineer||16,200 SAR|
|CAD Design Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|CAD Designer||11,000 SAR|
|CAE Engineer||14,100 SAR|
|Ceramics Engineer||13,500 SAR|
|Civil Engineer||15,000 SAR|
|Commissioning Engineer||14,500 SAR|
|Communications Engineer||15,000 SAR|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||12,300 SAR|
|Contract Associate Engineer||14,700 SAR|
|Control Systems Engineer||14,500 SAR|
|Controls Engineer||15,600 SAR|
|Controls Software Engineer||14,000 SAR|
|Corrosion Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|Design Engineer||16,100 SAR|
|Drafting Manager||16,300 SAR|
|Drilling Engineer||14,300 SAR|
|Electrical Draughtsman||9,520 SAR|
|Electrical Engineer||15,800 SAR|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||18,300 SAR|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||15,300 SAR|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||13,100 SAR|
|Energy Engineer||15,800 SAR|
|Engine Assembler||10,700 SAR|
|Engineering Account Manager||14,400 SAR|
|Engineering Chief Designer||14,500 SAR|
|Engineering Consultant||17,000 SAR|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||16,300 SAR|
|Engineering Lab Technician||13,300 SAR|
|Engineering Planning Manager||17,900 SAR|
|Engineering Production Manager||18,200 SAR|
|Engineering Project Analyst||16,200 SAR|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||13,700 SAR|
|Engineering Project Director||18,400 SAR|
|Engineering Project Manager||18,600 SAR|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||18,100 SAR|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||13,000 SAR|
|Engineering Sales Manager||17,500 SAR|
|Engineering Technician||13,600 SAR|
|Engineering Technologist||13,700 SAR|
|Environmental Engineer||15,000 SAR|
|Equipment Engineer||13,700 SAR|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||16,500 SAR|
|Fabrication Specialist||12,500 SAR|
|Facade Engineer||16,400 SAR|
|Fiber Analyst||12,000 SAR|
|Field Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|Field Engineering Manager||17,500 SAR|
|Fire Engineer||14,800 SAR|
|Fitter and Turner||7,610 SAR|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||16,400 SAR|
|Generation Engineer||16,700 SAR|
|Genetic Engineer||17,000 SAR|
|Geological Engineer||16,300 SAR|
|Geotechnical Engineer||17,100 SAR|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||11,300 SAR|
|Highway Engineer||13,800 SAR|
|HSE Professional||13,100 SAR|
|HVAC Engineer||15,400 SAR|
|HVAC Supervisor||14,700 SAR|
|Industrial Engineer||14,200 SAR|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||14,400 SAR|
|Instrument Engineer||16,100 SAR|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||15,900 SAR|
|Instrumentation Engineer||16,100 SAR|
|Instrumentation Manager||18,000 SAR|
|Irrigation Engineer||14,100 SAR|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||14,200 SAR|
|Locomotive Engineer||14,100 SAR|
|Maintenance Engineer||13,800 SAR|
|Maintenance Fitter||9,450 SAR|
|Maintenance Manager||17,600 SAR|
|Manufacturing Engineer||15,600 SAR|
|Marine Engineer||13,100 SAR|
|Materials Engineer||13,600 SAR|
|Materials Researcher||16,400 SAR|
|Materials Technician||13,400 SAR|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||16,400 SAR|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||16,100 SAR|
|Mechanical Designer||13,900 SAR|
|Mechanical Engineer||15,000 SAR|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||17,300 SAR|
|Mechanical Inspector||15,200 SAR|
|Mechatronics Engineer||14,300 SAR|
|Mining Engineer||13,700 SAR|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||17,000 SAR|
|Optical Engineer||14,000 SAR|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||12,500 SAR|
|PCB Assembler||10,400 SAR|
|Photonics Engineer||15,400 SAR|
|Photonics Technician||12,400 SAR|
|Pipeline Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|Piping Designer||11,700 SAR|
|Piping Engineer||14,500 SAR|
|Planning Engineer||14,000 SAR|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||9,770 SAR|
|Principal Cost Engineer||16,700 SAR|
|Principal Engineer||15,900 SAR|
|Principal Support Engineer||13,800 SAR|
|Process Engineer||14,600 SAR|
|Process Operator||12,600 SAR|
|Product Development Engineer||15,800 SAR|
|Product Development Technician||13,300 SAR|
|Product Engineer||14,100 SAR|
|Product Safety Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|Production Engineer||15,200 SAR|
|Project Engineer||15,000 SAR|
|Proposal Manager||17,200 SAR|
|Purchasing Engineer||14,900 SAR|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||13,800 SAR|
|Rail Engineer||13,700 SAR|
|Robotics Engineer||17,500 SAR|
|Robotics Technician||14,300 SAR|
|Safety Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|Safety Inspector||13,100 SAR|
|Safety Manager||16,600 SAR|
|Safety Officer||12,300 SAR|
|Sales Engineer||14,500 SAR|
|Scheduling Engineer||12,400 SAR|
|Service Engineer||15,700 SAR|
|Solar Engineer||15,500 SAR|
|Staff Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|Static Equipment Engineer||13,900 SAR|
|Stationary Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|Stress Engineer||13,800 SAR|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||15,200 SAR|
|Structural Designer||13,100 SAR|
|Structural Engineer||15,200 SAR|
|Structural Technician||12,500 SAR|
|Supply Chain Specialist||15,300 SAR|
|Technical Affairs Officer||11,500 SAR|
|Technical Assistant||11,600 SAR|
|Technical Engineer||13,400 SAR|
|Technical Support Engineer||12,500 SAR|
|Tender Engineer||13,600 SAR|
|Test Development Engineer||14,800 SAR|
|Transportation Engineer||14,200 SAR|
|Validation Engineer||14,300 SAR|
|Verification Engineer||13,600 SAR|
|Wastewater Engineer||14,300 SAR|
|Wind Energy Engineer||15,000 SAR|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||17,200 SAR|
|Work Planner||11,400 SAR|
Engineering salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 8,280 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 19,900 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 15,900 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 15,900 SAR while the other half are earning more than 15,900 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.
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 Engineering are earning less than 10,900 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 10,900 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 19,000 SAR while 25% are earning more than 19,000 SAR.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees earn 20% more than their female counterparts.
Engineering 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.
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.
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
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.
Engineering 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.
45% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+3%|
|Average Salary 2019||+3%|
Engineering salaries in Saudi Arabia are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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.
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.
The average salary for Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.