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Government and Defence Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2019

How much money does a person working in Government and Defence make in Saudi Arabia?

18,641 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Government and Defence in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 18,641 SAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different Government and Defence jobs. 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
Armed Forces Officer15,814 SAR
Army Officer15,317 SAR
Cartographer15,372 SAR
Customs Officer14,139 SAR
Defense Officer17,000 SAR
Electoral Project Coordinator18,108 SAR
Federal Government Worker15,329 SAR
Government Affairs Advisor21,142 SAR
Government Affairs Director25,347 SAR
Government Affairs Representative21,252 SAR
Government Officer20,572 SAR
Government Property Inspector23,971 SAR
Government Relations Associate21,577 SAR
International Cooperation Specialist19,081 SAR
Military Personnel17,948 SAR
Police Constable15,579 SAR
Public Affairs Specialist17,788 SAR
Public Information Officer14,624 SAR
Rifleman13,986 SAR
Soldier12,817 SAR
VAT Fraud Investigator16,793 SAR

Government and Defence Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Government and Defence

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

The Government and Defence salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 13,463 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 26,925 SAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 18,827 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Government and Defence are earning less than 18,827 SAR while the other half are earning more than 18,827 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 in Government and Defence are earning less than 14,531 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 14,531 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Government and Defence are earning less than 23,333 SAR while 25% are earning more than 23,333 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

Government and Defence Salary Forecast and Trend in Saudi Arabia

How do Government and Defence salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Government and Defence
Average Salary 2016    =  
17,160 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
17,795 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
18,293 SAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
18,641 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Government and Defence salaries in Saudi Arabia are rising in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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.

Government and Defence Hourly Average Wage in Saudi Arabia

108 SAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia for Government and Defence is 108 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximatly 108 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.

Government and Defence VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Government and Defence and Government and Defence monthly Saudi ArabiaWe compared Saudi Arabia salaries for Government and Defence and All Jobs and we found that Government and Defence salaries are 11% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha17,689 SAR
Dammam18,338 SAR
Jeddah19,358 SAR
Khubar18,086 SAR
Mecca19,019 SAR
Medina18,679 SAR
Riyadh19,697 SAR
Tabuk16,950 SAR
Taif17,276 SAR
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