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Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a person working in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment make in Saudi Arabia?


Average Monthly Salary
15,900 SAR
( 191,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
10,400
SAR
AVERAGE
15,900
SAR
HIGH
26,900
SAR

A person working in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 15,900 SAR per month. Salaries range from 10,400 SAR (lowest average) to 26,900 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 Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 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
3D Artist13,000 SAR
3D Designer13,600 SAR
3D Generalist13,400 SAR
3D Visualization Specialist13,100 SAR
Acrobatic Rigger12,100 SAR
Actor19,200 SAR
Associate Media Director15,400 SAR
Associate Producer18,900 SAR
Broadcast Associate12,100 SAR
Broadcast News Analyst14,200 SAR
Broadcast Technician10,600 SAR
Broadcasting Journalist15,700 SAR
Broadcasting Presenter19,200 SAR
Camera Equipment Repairer9,960 SAR
Cartoonist / Animator14,200 SAR
CAS Engineer15,300 SAR
Censorship Executive16,900 SAR
Choreographer15,000 SAR
Colorist9,450 SAR
Communications Manager20,500 SAR
Correspondent16,100 SAR
Dance Director15,400 SAR
Dancer13,500 SAR
Director of Photography17,300 SAR
Disc Jockey11,400 SAR
Editorial Assistant10,800 SAR
Events Manager15,000 SAR
Graphic Designer10,300 SAR
Illustrator12,200 SAR
Instructional Designer12,200 SAR
Journalist14,900 SAR
Makeup Artist12,500 SAR
Media Design Manager22,100 SAR
Media Equipment Operator10,700 SAR
Media Operations Manager19,700 SAR
Media Producer15,700 SAR
Media Product Development Manager20,900 SAR
Media Program Director24,800 SAR
Media Relations Manager23,700 SAR
Media Sales Manager25,400 SAR
Movement and Dance Coordinator15,200 SAR
Multimedia Coordinator13,900 SAR
Multimedia Designer12,200 SAR
Music Consultant13,200 SAR
Musician10,600 SAR
News Associate12,600 SAR
News Reporter17,100 SAR
Producer23,700 SAR
Product Designer12,000 SAR
Production Artist13,400 SAR
Production Assistant11,900 SAR
Production Director19,300 SAR
Production Technician9,870 SAR
Program Researcher16,000 SAR
Promotion Coordinator12,300 SAR
Sound Engineer15,400 SAR
Stage Technician9,890 SAR
Sub Editor11,500 SAR
Television Executive Producer27,100 SAR
Transmission Engineer13,900 SAR
Video Editor12,200 SAR
Video Producer14,400 SAR
Videographer12,600 SAR
Visual Designer13,500 SAR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 10,400 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 26,900 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 Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 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 Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment are earning less than 11,700 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 11,700 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment are earning less than 20,800 SAR while 25% are earning more than 20,800 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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education 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 multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


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 84,200 Saudi Riyal(s) to 253,000 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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
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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 earn 25% more than their female counterparts.

Female
14,300 SAR
Male+25%
17,800 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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Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia for Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment professionals in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia
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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

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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Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
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Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 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.

49% of surveyed staff in Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% 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
51%
No Bonus
49%

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.

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 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

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Salary Forecast and Trend in Saudi Arabia

How do Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
14,300 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
14,800 SAR
Average Salary 2018+2%
15,100 SAR
Average Salary 2019+3%
15,600 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries in Saudi Arabia are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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.

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment Hourly Average Wage in Saudi Arabia


92 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 92 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 92 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.

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment is 5% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha15,100 SAR
Dammam15,700 SAR
Jeddah16,500 SAR
Khubar15,400 SAR
Mecca16,200 SAR
Medina16,000 SAR
Riyadh16,800 SAR
Tabuk14,500 SAR
Taif14,800 SAR
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