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Engineer Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2019

How much money does an Engineer make in Saudi Arabia?

14,339 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as an Engineer in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 14,339 SAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Engineer salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Engineer Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Engineer

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Engineer salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 5,879 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 22,083 SAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 14,913 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer are earning less than 14,913 SAR while the other half are earning more than 14,913 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 as Engineer are earning less than 9,356 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 9,356 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Engineer are earning less than 19,978 SAR while 25% are earning more than 19,978 SAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
6,770 SAR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
9,282 SAR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
11,712 SAR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
14,143 SAR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
16,574 SAR
20+ Years    +24%  
20,544 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Engineer salaries by experience level. An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 6,770 SAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 9,282 SAR per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 11,712 SAR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 14,143 SAR per month, 21% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 16,574 SAR per month, 17% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 20,544 SAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Saudi Arabia Engineer

Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
8,553 SAR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
11,956 SAR
Master's Degree    +41%  
16,817 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of an Engineer is 8,553 SAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 11,956 SAR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 16,817 SAR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Saudi Arabia Engineer

Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
12,977 SAR
Male    +21%  
15,702 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Engineer employees in Saudi Arabia earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Engineer

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
12,260 SAR
Public Sector    +34%  
16,419 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Engineer employees in Saudi Arabia earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Saudi Arabia Engineer

Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

How are 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 Engineer
Average Salary 2016    =  
12,859 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
13,335 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
13,828 SAR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
14,339 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Engineer salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

83 SAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia for Engineer is 83 SAR. This means that the average Engineer in Saudi Arabia earns approximatly 83 SAR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineer and Engineering monthly Saudi ArabiaWe compared Saudi Arabia salaries for Engineer, Engineering, and All Jobs and we found that Engineer salaries are 4% less than those of Engineering. We also found out that Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer14,799 SAR+3%
Assembly Engineering Technician12,389 SAR-14%
Assistant Chief Engineer14,960 SAR+4%
Associate Engineer13,801 SAR-4%
Autocad Operator11,227 SAR-22%
Automation Engineer15,733 SAR+10%
Avionic System Support Engineer12,935 SAR-10%
Biochemical Engineer15,456 SAR+8%
BMS Engineer15,861 SAR+11%
Bridge and Lock Tender14,177 SAR-1%
Broadcast Engineer16,180 SAR+13%
CAD Design Engineer13,369 SAR-7%
CAD Designer10,974 SAR-23%
CAE Engineer14,135 SAR-1%
Ceramics Engineer13,491 SAR-6%
Civil Engineer14,984 SAR+4%
Commissioning Engineer14,511 SAR+1%
Communications Engineer15,045 SAR+5%
Condition Monitoring Engineer12,274 SAR-14%
Contract Associate Engineer14,682 SAR+2%
Control Systems Engineer14,504 SAR+1%
Controls Engineer15,579 SAR+9%
Controls Software Engineer13,986 SAR-2%
Corrosion Engineer13,358 SAR-7%
Design Engineer16,093 SAR+12%
Drafter10,959 SAR-24%
Drafting Manager16,293 SAR+14%
Drilling Engineer14,316 SAR-0%
Electrical Draughtsman9,517 SAR-34%
Electrical Engineer15,814 SAR+10%
Electrical Engineering Manager18,286 SAR+28%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist15,281 SAR+7%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler13,056 SAR-9%
Energy Engineer15,776 SAR+10%
Engine Assembler10,697 SAR-25%
Engineer14,339 SAR=
Engineering Account Manager14,372 SAR+0%
Engineering Chief Designer14,534 SAR+1%
Engineering Consultant16,980 SAR+18%
Engineering Key Account Manager16,328 SAR+14%
Engineering Lab Technician13,347 SAR-7%
Engineering Planning Manager17,871 SAR+25%
Engineering Production Manager18,231 SAR+27%
Engineering Project Analyst16,196 SAR+13%
Engineering Project Coordinator 13,689 SAR-5%
Engineering Project Director18,394 SAR+28%
Engineering Project Manager18,587 SAR+30%
Engineering Research and Development Manager18,103 SAR+26%
Engineering Safety Coordinator12,962 SAR-10%
Engineering Sales Manager17,459 SAR+22%
Engineering Technician13,630 SAR-5%
Engineering Technologist13,683 SAR-5%
Environmental Engineer14,999 SAR+5%
Equipment Engineer13,690 SAR-5%
Equipment Engineering Manager16,471 SAR+15%
Estimator13,986 SAR-2%
Fabrication Specialist12,546 SAR-13%
Fabricator10,830 SAR-24%
Facade Engineer16,361 SAR+14%
Fiber Analyst12,045 SAR-16%
Field Engineer13,439 SAR-6%
Field Engineering Manager17,500 SAR+22%
Fire Engineer14,785 SAR+3%
Fitter and Turner7,607 SAR-47%
Forestry Strategic Planner16,415 SAR+14%
Generation Engineer16,674 SAR+16%
Genetic Engineer17,029 SAR+19%
Geological Engineer16,312 SAR+14%
Geotechnical Engineer17,081 SAR+19%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic11,297 SAR-21%
Highway Engineer13,836 SAR-4%
HSE Professional13,101 SAR-9%
HVAC Engineer15,355 SAR+7%
HVAC Supervisor14,655 SAR+2%
Industrial Engineer14,205 SAR-1%
Industrial Engineering Technologist14,414 SAR+1%
Instrument Engineer16,116 SAR+12%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer15,907 SAR+11%
Instrumentation Engineer16,078 SAR+12%
Instrumentation Manager18,032 SAR+26%
Irrigation Engineer14,080 SAR-2%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer14,206 SAR-1%
Locomotive Engineer14,056 SAR-2%
Maintenance Engineer13,756 SAR-4%
Maintenance Fitter9,455 SAR-34%
Maintenance Manager17,556 SAR+22%
Manufacturing Engineer15,607 SAR+9%
Marine Engineer13,116 SAR-9%
Materials Engineer13,578 SAR-5%
Materials Researcher16,377 SAR+14%
Materials Technician13,439 SAR-6%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer16,411 SAR+14%
Mechanical Design Engineer16,062 SAR+12%
Mechanical Designer13,882 SAR-3%
Mechanical Engineer14,991 SAR+5%
Mechanical Engineering Manager17,326 SAR+21%
Mechanical Inspector15,210 SAR+6%
Mechatronics Engineer14,261 SAR-1%
Mining Engineer13,663 SAR-5%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer16,950 SAR+18%
Optical Engineer14,044 SAR-2%
Optical Instrument Assembler12,488 SAR-13%
PCB Assembler10,397 SAR-27%
Photonics Engineer15,392 SAR+7%
Photonics Technician12,390 SAR-14%
Pipeline Engineer13,383 SAR-7%
Piping Designer11,744 SAR-18%
Piping Engineer14,525 SAR+1%
Planning Engineer14,038 SAR-2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector9,770 SAR-32%
Principal Cost Engineer16,666 SAR+16%
Principal Engineer15,918 SAR+11%
Principal Support Engineer13,801 SAR-4%
Process Engineer14,551 SAR+1%
Process Operator12,583 SAR-12%
Product Development Engineer15,845 SAR+11%
Product Development Technician13,331 SAR-7%
Product Engineer14,094 SAR-2%
Product Safety Engineer13,435 SAR-6%
Production Engineer15,241 SAR+6%
Project Engineer14,967 SAR+4%
Proposal Manager17,198 SAR+20%
Purchasing Engineer14,898 SAR+4%
Quality Assurance Engineer13,843 SAR-3%
Rail Engineer13,718 SAR-4%
Robotics Engineer17,537 SAR+22%
Robotics Technician14,316 SAR-0%
Safety Engineer13,399 SAR-7%
Safety Inspector13,101 SAR-9%
Safety Manager16,570 SAR+16%
Safety Officer12,336 SAR-14%
Sales Engineer14,525 SAR+1%
Scheduling Engineer12,359 SAR-14%
Service Engineer15,670 SAR+9%
Solar Engineer15,519 SAR+8%
Staff Engineer13,439 SAR-6%
Static Equipment Engineer13,909 SAR-3%
Stationary Engineer13,370 SAR-7%
Stress Engineer13,849 SAR-3%
Structural Analysis Engineer15,166 SAR+6%
Structural Designer13,114 SAR-9%
Structural Engineer15,235 SAR+6%
Structural Technician12,484 SAR-13%
Supply Chain Specialist15,281 SAR+7%
Surveyor11,008 SAR-23%
Technical Affairs Officer11,516 SAR-20%
Technical Assistant11,578 SAR-19%
Technical Engineer13,360 SAR-7%
Technical Support Engineer12,468 SAR-13%
Tender Engineer13,630 SAR-5%
Test Development Engineer14,805 SAR+3%
Transportation Engineer14,238 SAR-1%
Validation Engineer14,261 SAR-1%
Verification Engineer13,611 SAR-5%
Wastewater Engineer14,319 SAR-0%
Wind Energy Engineer15,014 SAR+5%
Wind Energy Operations Manager17,195 SAR+20%
Work Planner11,369 SAR-21%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha13,870 SAR
Dammam15,255 SAR
Jeddah14,868 SAR
Khubar14,468 SAR
Mecca15,519 SAR
Medina14,645 SAR
Riyadh15,758 SAR
Tabuk13,829 SAR
Taif13,821 SAR
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