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Secretary Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a Secretary make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
8,380 SAR
( 101,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as a Secretary in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 8,380 SAR per month. Salaries range from 4,110 SAR (lowest) to 13,100 SAR (highest).

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

Secretary Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Secretary salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 4,110 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 13,100 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 8,550 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secretary(s) are earning less than 8,550 SAR while the other half are earning more than 8,550 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 Secretary(s) are earning less than 5,700 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 5,700 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secretary(s) are earning less than 11,000 SAR while 25% are earning more than 11,000 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

Secretary Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Secretary salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secretary with less than two years of experience makes approximately 4,870 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,260 SAR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 8,640 SAR per month, 38% 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, Secretary(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 10,700 SAR per month, 24% 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 11,500 SAR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 12,200 SAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Secretary average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
4,870 SAR
2 - 5 Years+29%
6,260 SAR
5 - 10 Years+38%
8,640 SAR
10 - 15 Years+24%
10,700 SAR
15 - 20 Years+7%
11,500 SAR
20+ Years+7%
12,200 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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Secretary Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Secretary is 6,260 SAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 8,950 SAR per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 12,400 SAR per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Secretary average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

High School
6,260 SAR
Certificate or Diploma+43%
8,950 SAR
Bachelor's Degree+38%
12,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Secretary Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Secretary employees in Saudi Arabia earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

7,610 SAR
8,850 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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Secretary Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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


Secretary(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 19 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

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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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Secretary Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Secretary
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A Secretary is considered to be a low 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.

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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 Secretary 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

Secretary Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

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Average Salary 2016
7,440 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
7,720 SAR
Average Salary 2018+3%
7,930 SAR
Average Salary 2019+2%
8,080 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Secretary 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 2% 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.

Secretary Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

48 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 48 SAR. This means that the average Secretary in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 48 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.

Secretary VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secretary and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Secretary is 17% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist14,100 SAR+68%
Administrative Aide6,650 SAR-21%
Administrative Analyst9,880 SAR+18%
Administrative Assistant8,630 SAR+3%
Administrative Associate8,370 SAR-0%
Administrative Manager10,400 SAR+24%
Administrative Receptionist7,860 SAR-6%
Board Secretary9,010 SAR+7%
Central Office Operator8,330 SAR-1%
Clerk6,870 SAR-18%
Commercial Administrator11,300 SAR+35%
Commissions Processor10,600 SAR+26%
Conveyancing Secretary8,540 SAR+2%
Document Controller7,800 SAR-7%
Document Management Specialist9,910 SAR+18%
Executive Assistant10,600 SAR+26%
Executive Personal Assistant12,000 SAR+43%
Executive Secretary9,860 SAR+18%
Front Desk Attendant9,130 SAR+9%
Front Desk Coordinator9,830 SAR+17%
Front Desk Manager12,000 SAR+43%
Group Services Manager16,600 SAR+98%
Head Receptionist11,000 SAR+31%
Key Account Assistant10,900 SAR+30%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator5,740 SAR-32%
Leasing Administrator9,610 SAR+15%
Legal Secretary9,550 SAR+14%
Librarian9,560 SAR+14%
Mailroom Manager8,520 SAR+2%
Management Support Secretary10,500 SAR+25%
Master Programme Coordinator14,400 SAR+72%
Medical Receptionist9,110 SAR+9%
Meeting and Event Assistant11,400 SAR+36%
Meeting and Event Manager15,400 SAR+84%
Night Manager12,000 SAR+43%
Office Administrator13,100 SAR+56%
Office Assistant7,220 SAR-14%
Office Manager11,100 SAR+32%
Office Services Coordinator10,000 SAR+19%
Operations Analyst12,300 SAR+47%
Operations Manager15,500 SAR+85%
Personal Assistant10,000 SAR+19%
Planning Assistant9,530 SAR+14%
Process Expert11,900 SAR+42%
Program Coordinator11,900 SAR+42%
Programme Assistant9,900 SAR+18%
Project Administrator14,000 SAR+67%
Project Coordinator13,900 SAR+66%
Reception Team Lead13,100 SAR+56%
Receptionist8,660 SAR+3%
Records Officer7,900 SAR-6%
Schedule Officer7,130 SAR-15%
School Secretary8,200 SAR-2%
Secretary8,380 SAR-0%
Switchboard Operator7,150 SAR-15%
Technical Program Manager13,900 SAR+66%
Technical Project Manager14,300 SAR+71%
Typist6,480 SAR-23%
Wayleave Officer7,080 SAR-16%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha8,300 SAR
Dammam8,460 SAR
Jeddah9,050 SAR
Khubar8,130 SAR
Mecca9,160 SAR
Medina9,250 SAR
Riyadh8,940 SAR
Tabuk7,720 SAR
Taif8,210 SAR
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