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Electrical Engineer Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does an Electrical Engineer make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
15,800 SAR
( 190,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as an Electrical Engineer in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 15,800 SAR per month. Salaries range from 7,910 SAR (lowest) to 24,500 SAR (highest).

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

Electrical Engineer Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Electrical Engineer salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 7,910 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 24,500 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,800 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 15,800 SAR while the other half are earning more than 15,800 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 Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 10,700 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 10,700 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 20,200 SAR while 25% are earning more than 20,200 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

Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Saudi Arabia Electrical Engineer
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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 Electrical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Electrical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 9,480 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 12,600 SAR per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 16,800 SAR per month, 34% 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, Electrical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 20,000 SAR per month, 19% 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 21,600 SAR per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 23,200 SAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Electrical Engineer average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
9,480 SAR
2 - 5 Years+32%
12,600 SAR
5 - 10 Years+34%
16,800 SAR
10 - 15 Years+19%
20,000 SAR
15 - 20 Years+8%
21,600 SAR
20+ Years+7%
23,200 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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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Electrical Engineer is 13,600 SAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 21,400 SAR per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Electrical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Bachelor's Degree
13,600 SAR
Master's Degree+58%
21,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Electrical Engineer
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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 Electrical Engineer employees in Saudi Arabia earn 8% more than their female counterparts.

15,100 SAR
16,300 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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Electrical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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

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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Electrical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Electrical Engineer
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An Electrical Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 Electrical Engineer 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

Electrical Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

How are Electrical Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Electrical Engineer
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Average Salary 2016
14,300 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
14,800 SAR
Average Salary 2018+2%
15,200 SAR
Average Salary 2019+1%
15,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Electrical Engineer salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% 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.

Electrical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

91 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 91 SAR. This means that the average Electrical Engineer in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 91 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.

Electrical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Electrical Engineer and Engineering monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Electrical Engineer is 6% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer14,800 SAR-6%
Assembly Engineering Technician12,400 SAR-22%
Assistant Chief Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Associate Engineer13,800 SAR-13%
Autocad Operator11,200 SAR-29%
Automation Engineer16,200 SAR+2%
Avionic System Support Engineer12,900 SAR-18%
Biochemical Engineer15,500 SAR-2%
BMS Engineer15,900 SAR+1%
Bridge and Lock Tender14,200 SAR-10%
Broadcast Engineer16,200 SAR+2%
CAD Design Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
CAD Designer11,000 SAR-30%
CAE Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Ceramics Engineer13,500 SAR-15%
Civil Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Commissioning Engineer14,500 SAR-8%
Communications Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Condition Monitoring Engineer12,300 SAR-22%
Contract Associate Engineer14,700 SAR-7%
Control Systems Engineer14,500 SAR-8%
Controls Engineer15,600 SAR-1%
Controls Software Engineer14,000 SAR-11%
Corrosion Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Design Engineer16,100 SAR+2%
Drafter11,000 SAR-30%
Drafting Manager16,300 SAR+3%
Drilling Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Electrical Draughtsman9,520 SAR-40%
Electrical Engineer15,800 SAR-0%
Electrical Engineering Manager18,300 SAR+16%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist15,300 SAR-3%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler13,100 SAR-17%
Energy Engineer15,800 SAR-0%
Engine Assembler10,700 SAR-32%
Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Engineering Account Manager14,400 SAR-9%
Engineering Chief Designer14,500 SAR-8%
Engineering Consultant17,000 SAR+7%
Engineering Key Account Manager16,300 SAR+3%
Engineering Lab Technician13,300 SAR-16%
Engineering Planning Manager17,900 SAR+13%
Engineering Production Manager18,200 SAR+15%
Engineering Project Analyst16,200 SAR+2%
Engineering Project Coordinator 13,700 SAR-13%
Engineering Project Director18,400 SAR+16%
Engineering Project Manager18,600 SAR+18%
Engineering Research and Development Manager18,100 SAR+14%
Engineering Safety Coordinator13,000 SAR-18%
Engineering Sales Manager17,500 SAR+11%
Engineering Technician13,600 SAR-14%
Engineering Technologist13,700 SAR-13%
Environmental Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Equipment Engineer13,700 SAR-13%
Equipment Engineering Manager16,500 SAR+4%
Estimator14,000 SAR-11%
Fabrication Specialist12,500 SAR-21%
Fabricator10,800 SAR-32%
Facade Engineer16,400 SAR+4%
Fiber Analyst12,000 SAR-24%
Field Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Field Engineering Manager17,500 SAR+11%
Fire Engineer14,800 SAR-6%
Fitter and Turner7,610 SAR-52%
Forestry Strategic Planner16,400 SAR+4%
Generation Engineer16,700 SAR+6%
Genetic Engineer17,000 SAR+7%
Geological Engineer16,300 SAR+3%
Geotechnical Engineer17,100 SAR+8%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic11,300 SAR-29%
Highway Engineer13,800 SAR-13%
HSE Professional13,100 SAR-17%
HVAC Engineer15,400 SAR-3%
HVAC Supervisor14,700 SAR-7%
Industrial Engineer14,200 SAR-10%
Industrial Engineering Technologist14,400 SAR-9%
Instrument Engineer16,100 SAR+2%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer15,900 SAR+1%
Instrumentation Engineer16,100 SAR+2%
Instrumentation Manager18,000 SAR+14%
Irrigation Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer14,200 SAR-10%
Locomotive Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Maintenance Engineer13,800 SAR-13%
Maintenance Fitter9,450 SAR-40%
Maintenance Manager17,600 SAR+11%
Manufacturing Engineer15,600 SAR-1%
Marine Engineer13,100 SAR-17%
Materials Engineer13,600 SAR-14%
Materials Researcher16,400 SAR+4%
Materials Technician13,400 SAR-15%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer16,400 SAR+4%
Mechanical Design Engineer16,100 SAR+2%
Mechanical Designer13,900 SAR-12%
Mechanical Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Mechanical Engineering Manager17,300 SAR+9%
Mechanical Inspector15,200 SAR-4%
Mechatronics Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Mining Engineer13,700 SAR-13%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer17,000 SAR+7%
Optical Engineer14,000 SAR-11%
Optical Instrument Assembler12,500 SAR-21%
PCB Assembler10,400 SAR-34%
Photonics Engineer15,400 SAR-3%
Photonics Technician12,400 SAR-22%
Pipeline Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Piping Designer11,700 SAR-26%
Piping Engineer14,500 SAR-8%
Planning Engineer14,000 SAR-11%
Pressure Vessel Inspector9,770 SAR-38%
Principal Cost Engineer16,700 SAR+6%
Principal Engineer15,900 SAR+1%
Principal Support Engineer13,800 SAR-13%
Process Engineer14,600 SAR-8%
Process Operator12,600 SAR-20%
Product Development Engineer15,800 SAR-0%
Product Development Technician13,300 SAR-16%
Product Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Product Safety Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Production Engineer15,200 SAR-4%
Project Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Proposal Manager17,200 SAR+9%
Purchasing Engineer14,900 SAR-6%
Quality Assurance Engineer13,800 SAR-13%
Rail Engineer13,700 SAR-13%
Robotics Engineer17,500 SAR+11%
Robotics Technician14,300 SAR-10%
Safety Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Safety Inspector13,100 SAR-17%
Safety Manager16,600 SAR+5%
Safety Officer12,300 SAR-22%
Sales Engineer14,500 SAR-8%
Scheduling Engineer12,400 SAR-22%
Service Engineer15,700 SAR-1%
Solar Engineer15,500 SAR-2%
Staff Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Static Equipment Engineer13,900 SAR-12%
Stationary Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Stress Engineer13,800 SAR-13%
Structural Analysis Engineer15,200 SAR-4%
Structural Designer13,100 SAR-17%
Structural Engineer15,200 SAR-4%
Structural Technician12,500 SAR-21%
Supply Chain Specialist15,300 SAR-3%
Surveyor11,000 SAR-30%
Technical Affairs Officer11,500 SAR-27%
Technical Assistant11,600 SAR-27%
Technical Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Technical Support Engineer12,500 SAR-21%
Tender Engineer13,600 SAR-14%
Test Development Engineer14,800 SAR-6%
Transportation Engineer14,200 SAR-10%
Validation Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Verification Engineer13,600 SAR-14%
Wastewater Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Wind Energy Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Wind Energy Operations Manager17,200 SAR+9%
Work Planner11,400 SAR-28%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha14,800 SAR
Dammam16,400 SAR
Jeddah16,100 SAR
Khubar15,400 SAR
Mecca16,700 SAR
Medina15,800 SAR
Riyadh17,100 SAR
Tabuk14,800 SAR
Taif14,800 SAR
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