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Engineering Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
15,000 SAR
( 180,000 SAR yearly)


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.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer14,800 SAR
Assembly Engineering Technician12,400 SAR
Assistant Chief Engineer15,000 SAR
Associate Engineer13,800 SAR
Autocad Operator11,200 SAR
Automation Engineer15,700 SAR
Avionic System Support Engineer12,900 SAR
Biochemical Engineer15,500 SAR
BMS Engineer15,900 SAR
Bridge and Lock Tender14,200 SAR
Broadcast Engineer16,200 SAR
CAD Design Engineer13,400 SAR
CAD Designer11,000 SAR
CAE Engineer14,100 SAR
Ceramics Engineer13,500 SAR
Civil Engineer15,000 SAR
Commissioning Engineer14,500 SAR
Communications Engineer15,000 SAR
Condition Monitoring Engineer12,300 SAR
Contract Associate Engineer14,700 SAR
Control Systems Engineer14,500 SAR
Controls Engineer15,600 SAR
Controls Software Engineer14,000 SAR
Corrosion Engineer13,400 SAR
Design Engineer16,100 SAR
Drafter11,000 SAR
Drafting Manager16,300 SAR
Drilling Engineer14,300 SAR
Electrical Draughtsman9,520 SAR
Electrical Engineer15,800 SAR
Electrical Engineering Manager18,300 SAR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist15,300 SAR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler13,100 SAR
Energy Engineer15,800 SAR
Engine Assembler10,700 SAR
Engineer14,300 SAR
Engineering Account Manager14,400 SAR
Engineering Chief Designer14,500 SAR
Engineering Consultant17,000 SAR
Engineering Key Account Manager16,300 SAR
Engineering Lab Technician13,300 SAR
Engineering Planning Manager17,900 SAR
Engineering Production Manager18,200 SAR
Engineering Project Analyst16,200 SAR
Engineering Project Coordinator 13,700 SAR
Engineering Project Director18,400 SAR
Engineering Project Manager18,600 SAR
Engineering Research and Development Manager18,100 SAR
Engineering Safety Coordinator13,000 SAR
Engineering Sales Manager17,500 SAR
Engineering Technician13,600 SAR
Engineering Technologist13,700 SAR
Environmental Engineer15,000 SAR
Equipment Engineer13,700 SAR
Equipment Engineering Manager16,500 SAR
Estimator14,000 SAR
Fabrication Specialist12,500 SAR
Fabricator10,800 SAR
Facade Engineer16,400 SAR
Fiber Analyst12,000 SAR
Field Engineer13,400 SAR
Field Engineering Manager17,500 SAR
Fire Engineer14,800 SAR
Fitter and Turner7,610 SAR
Forestry Strategic Planner16,400 SAR
Generation Engineer16,700 SAR
Genetic Engineer17,000 SAR
Geological Engineer16,300 SAR
Geotechnical Engineer17,100 SAR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic11,300 SAR
Highway Engineer13,800 SAR
HSE Professional13,100 SAR
HVAC Engineer15,400 SAR
HVAC Supervisor14,700 SAR
Industrial Engineer14,200 SAR
Industrial Engineering Technologist14,400 SAR
Instrument Engineer16,100 SAR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer15,900 SAR
Instrumentation Engineer16,100 SAR
Instrumentation Manager18,000 SAR
Irrigation Engineer14,100 SAR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer14,200 SAR
Locomotive Engineer14,100 SAR
Maintenance Engineer13,800 SAR
Maintenance Fitter9,450 SAR
Maintenance Manager17,600 SAR
Manufacturing Engineer15,600 SAR
Marine Engineer13,100 SAR
Materials Engineer13,600 SAR
Materials Researcher16,400 SAR
Materials Technician13,400 SAR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer16,400 SAR
Mechanical Design Engineer16,100 SAR
Mechanical Designer13,900 SAR
Mechanical Engineer15,000 SAR
Mechanical Engineering Manager17,300 SAR
Mechanical Inspector15,200 SAR
Mechatronics Engineer14,300 SAR
Mining Engineer13,700 SAR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer17,000 SAR
Optical Engineer14,000 SAR
Optical Instrument Assembler12,500 SAR
PCB Assembler10,400 SAR
Photonics Engineer15,400 SAR
Photonics Technician12,400 SAR
Pipeline Engineer13,400 SAR
Piping Designer11,700 SAR
Piping Engineer14,500 SAR
Planning Engineer14,000 SAR
Pressure Vessel Inspector9,770 SAR
Principal Cost Engineer16,700 SAR
Principal Engineer15,900 SAR
Principal Support Engineer13,800 SAR
Process Engineer14,600 SAR
Process Operator12,600 SAR
Product Development Engineer15,800 SAR
Product Development Technician13,300 SAR
Product Engineer14,100 SAR
Product Safety Engineer13,400 SAR
Production Engineer15,200 SAR
Project Engineer15,000 SAR
Proposal Manager17,200 SAR
Purchasing Engineer14,900 SAR
Quality Assurance Engineer13,800 SAR
Rail Engineer13,700 SAR
Robotics Engineer17,500 SAR
Robotics Technician14,300 SAR
Safety Engineer13,400 SAR
Safety Inspector13,100 SAR
Safety Manager16,600 SAR
Safety Officer12,300 SAR
Sales Engineer14,500 SAR
Scheduling Engineer12,400 SAR
Service Engineer15,700 SAR
Solar Engineer15,500 SAR
Staff Engineer13,400 SAR
Static Equipment Engineer13,900 SAR
Stationary Engineer13,400 SAR
Stress Engineer13,800 SAR
Structural Analysis Engineer15,200 SAR
Structural Designer13,100 SAR
Structural Engineer15,200 SAR
Structural Technician12,500 SAR
Supply Chain Specialist15,300 SAR
Surveyor11,000 SAR
Technical Affairs Officer11,500 SAR
Technical Assistant11,600 SAR
Technical Engineer13,400 SAR
Technical Support Engineer12,500 SAR
Tender Engineer13,600 SAR
Test Development Engineer14,800 SAR
Transportation Engineer14,200 SAR
Validation Engineer14,300 SAR
Verification Engineer13,600 SAR
Wastewater Engineer14,300 SAR
Wind Energy Engineer15,000 SAR
Wind Energy Operations Manager17,200 SAR
Work Planner11,400 SAR

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    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).

  • Median Salary

    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.

  • 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 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.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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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.

Change in salary based on education 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 multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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.

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 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Engineering
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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 earn 20% more than their female counterparts.

13,800 SAR
16,500 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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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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


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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia Engineering
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia
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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

Information Technology

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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

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

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.

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 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

Engineering Salary Forecast and Trend in Saudi Arabia

How do Engineering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Engineering
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Average Salary 2016
13,200 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
13,700 SAR
Average Salary 2018+3%
14,100 SAR
Average Salary 2019+3%
14,600 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Saudi Arabia

86 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 86 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 86 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha14,200 SAR
Dammam14,700 SAR
Jeddah15,600 SAR
Khubar14,500 SAR
Mecca15,300 SAR
Medina15,000 SAR
Riyadh15,800 SAR
Tabuk13,600 SAR
Taif13,900 SAR
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