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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)

LOW
7,910
SAR
AVERAGE
15,800
SAR
HIGH
24,500
SAR

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

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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 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 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

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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 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
16,200 SAR
Female-6%
15,300 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 17 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 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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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
54%
No Bonus
46%

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.

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 12% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer13,700 SAR-13%
Assembly Engineering Technician10,600 SAR-33%
Assistant Chief Engineer15,200 SAR-4%
Associate Engineer12,500 SAR-21%
Autocad Operator8,600 SAR-46%
Automation Engineer14,600 SAR-8%
Avionic System Support Engineer12,800 SAR-19%
Biochemical Engineer12,800 SAR-19%
BMS Engineer13,800 SAR-13%
Bridge and Lock Tender7,780 SAR-51%
Broadcast Engineer13,900 SAR-12%
CAD Design Engineer14,000 SAR-11%
CAD Designer8,400 SAR-47%
CAE Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Ceramics Engineer12,300 SAR-22%
Civil Engineer15,200 SAR-4%
Commissioning Engineer13,900 SAR-12%
Communications Engineer15,200 SAR-4%
Condition Monitoring Engineer11,700 SAR-26%
Contract Associate Engineer13,000 SAR-18%
Control Systems Engineer13,500 SAR-15%
Controls Engineer14,500 SAR-8%
Controls Software Engineer12,000 SAR-24%
Corrosion Engineer12,500 SAR-21%
Design Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Drafter9,010 SAR-43%
Drafting Manager16,400 SAR+4%
Drilling Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Electrical Draughtsman7,450 SAR-53%
Electrical Engineer15,800 SAR-0%
Electrical Engineering Manager20,500 SAR+30%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist14,600 SAR-8%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler7,040 SAR-55%
Energy Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Engine Assembler6,540 SAR-59%
Engineer14,900 SAR-6%
Engineering Account Manager16,600 SAR+5%
Engineering Chief Designer15,600 SAR-1%
Engineering Consultant19,400 SAR+23%
Engineering Key Account Manager19,800 SAR+25%
Engineering Lab Technician13,800 SAR-13%
Engineering Planning Manager19,700 SAR+25%
Engineering Production Manager25,200 SAR+59%
Engineering Project Analyst16,600 SAR+5%
Engineering Project Coordinator 15,800 SAR-0%
Engineering Project Director29,100 SAR+84%
Engineering Project Manager20,600 SAR+30%
Engineering Research and Development Manager23,500 SAR+49%
Engineering Safety Coordinator11,200 SAR-29%
Engineering Sales Manager18,900 SAR+20%
Engineering Technician11,400 SAR-28%
Engineering Technologist11,400 SAR-28%
Environmental Engineer13,700 SAR-13%
Equipment Engineer12,700 SAR-20%
Equipment Engineering Manager18,100 SAR+14%
Estimator12,100 SAR-23%
Fabrication Specialist10,200 SAR-36%
Fabricator6,500 SAR-59%
Facade Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Fiber Analyst8,190 SAR-48%
Field Engineer14,200 SAR-10%
Field Engineering Manager22,800 SAR+44%
Fire Engineer13,700 SAR-13%
Fitter and Turner4,340 SAR-73%
Forestry Strategic Planner16,400 SAR+4%
Generation Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Genetic Engineer14,800 SAR-6%
Geological Engineer14,200 SAR-10%
Geotechnical Engineer15,700 SAR-1%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic7,360 SAR-53%
Highway Engineer14,600 SAR-8%
HSE Professional13,300 SAR-16%
HVAC Engineer15,500 SAR-2%
HVAC Supervisor13,200 SAR-17%
Industrial Engineer13,900 SAR-12%
Industrial Engineering Technologist14,100 SAR-11%
Instrument Engineer14,000 SAR-11%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Instrumentation Engineer14,500 SAR-8%
Instrumentation Manager14,100 SAR-11%
Irrigation Engineer13,900 SAR-12%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer14,400 SAR-9%
Locomotive Engineer13,500 SAR-15%
Maintenance Engineer13,300 SAR-16%
Maintenance Fitter4,960 SAR-69%
Maintenance Manager14,500 SAR-8%
Manufacturing Engineer13,500 SAR-15%
Marine Engineer14,000 SAR-11%
Materials Engineer13,500 SAR-15%
Materials Researcher13,700 SAR-13%
Materials Technician9,910 SAR-37%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer15,600 SAR-1%
Mechanical Design Engineer15,600 SAR-1%
Mechanical Designer12,500 SAR-21%
Mechanical Engineer14,500 SAR-8%
Mechanical Engineering Manager19,000 SAR+20%
Mechanical Inspector14,100 SAR-11%
Mechatronics Engineer15,400 SAR-3%
Mining Engineer14,400 SAR-9%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer16,000 SAR+1%
Optical Engineer14,200 SAR-10%
Optical Instrument Assembler7,370 SAR-53%
PCB Assembler5,160 SAR-67%
Photonics Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Photonics Technician12,100 SAR-23%
Pipeline Engineer12,400 SAR-22%
Piping Designer7,270 SAR-54%
Piping Engineer13,400 SAR-15%
Planning Engineer14,400 SAR-9%
Pressure Vessel Inspector6,840 SAR-57%
Principal Cost Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Principal Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Principal Support Engineer14,200 SAR-10%
Process Engineer14,400 SAR-9%
Process Operator8,520 SAR-46%
Product Development Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Product Development Technician10,700 SAR-32%
Product Engineer14,900 SAR-6%
Product Safety Engineer12,700 SAR-20%
Production Engineer14,200 SAR-10%
Project Engineer15,000 SAR-5%
Proposal Manager18,600 SAR+18%
Purchasing Engineer13,500 SAR-15%
Quality Assurance Engineer13,900 SAR-12%
Rail Engineer14,000 SAR-11%
Robotics Engineer16,600 SAR+5%
Robotics Technician11,900 SAR-25%
Safety Engineer13,700 SAR-13%
Safety Inspector11,100 SAR-30%
Safety Manager17,400 SAR+10%
Safety Officer7,400 SAR-53%
Sales Engineer15,700 SAR-1%
Scheduling Engineer12,700 SAR-20%
Service Engineer14,800 SAR-6%
Solar Engineer15,300 SAR-3%
Staff Engineer13,500 SAR-15%
Static Equipment Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Stationary Engineer12,800 SAR-19%
Stress Engineer13,600 SAR-14%
Structural Analysis Engineer14,300 SAR-10%
Structural Designer12,600 SAR-20%
Structural Engineer14,100 SAR-11%
Structural Technician9,180 SAR-42%
Supply Chain Specialist13,300 SAR-16%
Surveyor10,700 SAR-32%
Technical Affairs Officer7,030 SAR-56%
Technical Assistant6,830 SAR-57%
Technical Engineer12,600 SAR-20%
Technical Support Engineer11,700 SAR-26%
Tender Engineer13,100 SAR-17%
Test Development Engineer14,500 SAR-8%
Transportation Engineer12,900 SAR-18%
Validation Engineer13,000 SAR-18%
Verification Engineer13,500 SAR-15%
Wastewater Engineer14,400 SAR-9%
Wind Energy Engineer14,000 SAR-11%
Wind Energy Operations Manager18,200 SAR+15%
Work Planner10,300 SAR-35%

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

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
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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