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Developers and Programmers Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a person working in Developers and Programmers make in Saudi Arabia?


Average Monthly Salary
15,300 SAR
( 184,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
12,400
SAR
AVERAGE
15,300
SAR
HIGH
21,100
SAR

A person working in Developers and Programmers in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 15,300 SAR per month. Salaries range from 12,400 SAR (lowest average) to 21,100 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 Developers and Programmers 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
ABAP Developer14,500 SAR
Android Developer15,100 SAR
Angular Developer13,700 SAR
AS400 Programmer15,400 SAR
Avaloq Developer14,200 SAR
BizTalk Developer 16,300 SAR
Build and Release Engineer14,600 SAR
Business Intelligence Developer16,600 SAR
Business Objects Developer14,600 SAR
C# Developer16,900 SAR
C++ Developer16,900 SAR
CMS Developer13,000 SAR
Curam Developer13,200 SAR
Developer / Programmer15,600 SAR
Flash Developer13,200 SAR
Front End Developer13,700 SAR
Full Stack Developer15,800 SAR
Game Developer14,800 SAR
GIS Developer15,400 SAR
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer13,300 SAR
Graphics Programmer13,000 SAR
Imaging Programmer13,200 SAR
IOS Developer16,300 SAR
Java Developer16,200 SAR
Javascript Developer15,700 SAR
Lead Developer17,200 SAR
Mobile Developer14,800 SAR
Multimedia Developer13,000 SAR
Nodejs Developer16,200 SAR
Oracle Developer16,100 SAR
Perl Developer13,800 SAR
PHP Developer14,300 SAR
Python Developer16,100 SAR
Remedy Developer12,200 SAR
Ruby Developer14,600 SAR
Salesforce Developer12,600 SAR
SAS Programmer14,100 SAR
Sharepoint Developer16,000 SAR
Software Development Manager20,800 SAR
Software QA Engineer14,300 SAR
Software Test Engineer13,400 SAR
Teradata Developer12,900 SAR
TIBCO Developer12,700 SAR
User Experience Designer12,900 SAR
VB Developer12,300 SAR
VB.NET Developer16,100 SAR

Developers and Programmers Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Developers and Programmers salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 12,400 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 21,100 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,600 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Developers and Programmers are earning less than 15,600 SAR while the other half are earning more than 15,600 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 Developers and Programmers are earning less than 12,600 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 12,600 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Developers and Programmers are earning less than 18,700 SAR while 25% are earning more than 18,700 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.

Developers and Programmers Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Developers and Programmers
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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 Developers and Programmers earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
15,900 SAR
Female-10%
14,300 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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Developers and Programmers Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

Developers and Programmers

Developers and Programmers professionals in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia Developers and Programmers
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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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Developers and Programmers Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

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

47% of surveyed staff in Developers and Programmers reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% 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
53%
No Bonus
47%

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.

Developers and Programmers Hourly Average Wage in Saudi Arabia


88 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 88 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 88 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.

Developers and Programmers VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Developers and Programmers and Information Technology monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Developers and Programmers is 9% less than that of Information Technology. Also, Information Technology salaries are 0% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha14,500 SAR
Dammam15,100 SAR
Jeddah15,900 SAR
Khubar14,900 SAR
Mecca15,600 SAR
Medina15,300 SAR
Riyadh16,200 SAR
Tabuk13,900 SAR
Taif14,200 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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