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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
14,200 SAR
( 170,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
4,470
SAR
AVERAGE
14,200
SAR
HIGH
29,800
SAR

A person working in Engineering in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 14,200 SAR per month. Salaries range from 4,470 SAR (lowest average) to 29,800 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 Engineer13,700 SAR
Assembly Engineering Technician10,600 SAR
Assistant Chief Engineer15,200 SAR
Associate Engineer12,500 SAR
Autocad Operator8,600 SAR
Automation Engineer15,100 SAR
Avionic System Support Engineer12,800 SAR
Biochemical Engineer12,800 SAR
BMS Engineer13,800 SAR
Bridge and Lock Tender7,780 SAR
Broadcast Engineer13,900 SAR
CAD Design Engineer14,000 SAR
CAD Designer8,400 SAR
CAE Engineer14,100 SAR
Ceramics Engineer12,300 SAR
Civil Engineer15,200 SAR
Commissioning Engineer13,900 SAR
Communications Engineer15,200 SAR
Condition Monitoring Engineer11,700 SAR
Contract Associate Engineer13,000 SAR
Control Systems Engineer13,500 SAR
Controls Engineer14,500 SAR
Controls Software Engineer12,000 SAR
Corrosion Engineer12,500 SAR
Design Engineer15,000 SAR
Drafter9,010 SAR
Drafting Manager16,400 SAR
Drilling Engineer14,100 SAR
Electrical Draughtsman7,450 SAR
Electrical Engineer15,800 SAR
Electrical Engineering Manager20,500 SAR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist14,600 SAR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler7,040 SAR
Energy Engineer14,300 SAR
Engine Assembler6,540 SAR
Engineer14,900 SAR
Engineering Account Manager16,600 SAR
Engineering Chief Designer15,600 SAR
Engineering Consultant19,400 SAR
Engineering Key Account Manager19,800 SAR
Engineering Lab Technician13,800 SAR
Engineering Planning Manager19,700 SAR
Engineering Production Manager25,200 SAR
Engineering Project Analyst16,600 SAR
Engineering Project Coordinator 15,800 SAR
Engineering Project Director29,100 SAR
Engineering Project Manager20,600 SAR
Engineering Research and Development Manager23,500 SAR
Engineering Safety Coordinator11,200 SAR
Engineering Sales Manager18,900 SAR
Engineering Technician11,400 SAR
Engineering Technologist11,400 SAR
Environmental Engineer13,700 SAR
Equipment Engineer12,700 SAR
Equipment Engineering Manager18,100 SAR
Estimator12,100 SAR
Fabrication Specialist10,200 SAR
Fabricator6,500 SAR
Facade Engineer14,300 SAR
Fiber Analyst8,190 SAR
Field Engineer14,200 SAR
Field Engineering Manager22,800 SAR
Fire Engineer13,700 SAR
Fitter and Turner4,340 SAR
Forestry Strategic Planner16,400 SAR
Generation Engineer14,100 SAR
Genetic Engineer14,800 SAR
Geological Engineer14,200 SAR
Geotechnical Engineer15,700 SAR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic7,360 SAR
Highway Engineer14,600 SAR
HSE Professional13,300 SAR
HVAC Engineer15,500 SAR
HVAC Supervisor13,200 SAR
Industrial Engineer13,900 SAR
Industrial Engineering Technologist14,100 SAR
Instrument Engineer14,000 SAR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer14,300 SAR
Instrumentation Engineer14,500 SAR
Instrumentation Manager14,100 SAR
Irrigation Engineer13,900 SAR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer14,400 SAR
Locomotive Engineer13,500 SAR
Maintenance Engineer13,300 SAR
Maintenance Fitter4,960 SAR
Maintenance Manager14,500 SAR
Manufacturing Engineer13,500 SAR
Marine Engineer14,000 SAR
Materials Engineer13,500 SAR
Materials Researcher13,700 SAR
Materials Technician9,910 SAR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer15,600 SAR
Mechanical Design Engineer15,600 SAR
Mechanical Designer12,500 SAR
Mechanical Engineer14,500 SAR
Mechanical Engineering Manager19,000 SAR
Mechanical Inspector14,100 SAR
Mechatronics Engineer15,400 SAR
Mining Engineer14,400 SAR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer16,000 SAR
Optical Engineer14,200 SAR
Optical Instrument Assembler7,370 SAR
PCB Assembler5,160 SAR
Photonics Engineer15,000 SAR
Photonics Technician12,100 SAR
Pipeline Engineer12,400 SAR
Piping Designer7,270 SAR
Piping Engineer13,400 SAR
Planning Engineer14,400 SAR
Pressure Vessel Inspector6,840 SAR
Principal Cost Engineer15,000 SAR
Principal Engineer14,300 SAR
Principal Support Engineer14,200 SAR
Process Engineer14,400 SAR
Process Operator8,520 SAR
Product Development Engineer15,000 SAR
Product Development Technician10,700 SAR
Product Engineer14,900 SAR
Product Safety Engineer12,700 SAR
Production Engineer14,200 SAR
Project Engineer15,000 SAR
Proposal Manager18,600 SAR
Purchasing Engineer13,500 SAR
Quality Assurance Engineer13,900 SAR
Rail Engineer14,000 SAR
Robotics Engineer16,600 SAR
Robotics Technician11,900 SAR
Safety Engineer13,700 SAR
Safety Inspector11,100 SAR
Safety Manager17,400 SAR
Safety Officer7,400 SAR
Sales Engineer15,700 SAR
Scheduling Engineer12,700 SAR
Service Engineer14,800 SAR
Solar Engineer15,300 SAR
Staff Engineer13,500 SAR
Static Equipment Engineer14,100 SAR
Stationary Engineer12,800 SAR
Stress Engineer13,600 SAR
Structural Analysis Engineer14,300 SAR
Structural Designer12,600 SAR
Structural Engineer14,100 SAR
Structural Technician9,180 SAR
Supply Chain Specialist13,300 SAR
Surveyor10,700 SAR
Technical Affairs Officer7,030 SAR
Technical Assistant6,830 SAR
Technical Engineer12,600 SAR
Technical Support Engineer11,700 SAR
Tender Engineer13,100 SAR
Test Development Engineer14,500 SAR
Transportation Engineer12,900 SAR
Validation Engineer13,000 SAR
Verification Engineer13,500 SAR
Wastewater Engineer14,400 SAR
Wind Energy Engineer14,000 SAR
Wind Energy Operations Manager18,200 SAR
Work Planner10,300 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 4,470 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 29,800 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,000 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 15,000 SAR while the other half are earning more than 15,000 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 8,780 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 8,780 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 23,800 SAR while 25% are earning more than 23,800 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 83,500 Saudi Riyal(s) to 251,000 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 in Saudi Arabia who work in Engineering earn 20% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
13,000 SAR
Male+20%
15,700 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

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

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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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
55%
No Bonus
45%

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 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

Engineering Hourly Average 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 person 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Engineering is 15% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha13,500 SAR
Dammam13,900 SAR
Jeddah14,700 SAR
Khubar13,800 SAR
Mecca14,500 SAR
Medina14,200 SAR
Riyadh15,000 SAR
Tabuk12,900 SAR
Taif13,100 SAR
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