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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology make in Saudi Arabia?


Average Monthly Salary
22,400 SAR
( 269,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
11,200
SAR
AVERAGE
22,400
SAR
HIGH
39,800
SAR

A person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 22,400 SAR per month. Salaries range from 11,200 SAR (lowest average) to 39,800 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 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology 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
Assistant Pharmacist13,900 SAR
Assistant Pharmacy Director25,600 SAR
Associate Medical Affairs Director36,200 SAR
Bioinformatics Scientist32,400 SAR
Bioinformatics Technician14,800 SAR
Biological Scientist34,300 SAR
Biological Technician14,600 SAR
Biomedical Engineer13,700 SAR
Biomedical Engineering Director26,300 SAR
Biostatistician21,100 SAR
Biotechnologist 21,000 SAR
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager15,800 SAR
Chemical Process Technician15,100 SAR
Clinical Consultant19,900 SAR
Clinical Data Manager20,300 SAR
Clinical Data Specialist18,500 SAR
Clinical Operations Manager29,900 SAR
Clinical Pharmacist19,600 SAR
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist25,600 SAR
Clinical Programmer10,600 SAR
Clinical Project Manager18,500 SAR
Clinical Research Associate17,300 SAR
Clinical Research Manager30,500 SAR
Clinical Study Manager24,700 SAR
Compliance Specialist22,000 SAR
Cytology Laboratory Technologist16,900 SAR
Cytotechnologist16,700 SAR
GCP Auditor17,300 SAR
Hospital Pharmacy Technician15,300 SAR
Manufacturing Engineer17,800 SAR
Medical Affairs Director32,400 SAR
Medical Representative 13,700 SAR
Medical Science Liaison22,900 SAR
Molecular and Cellular Biologist34,400 SAR
Nuclear Pharmacist21,700 SAR
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead38,100 SAR
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager32,000 SAR
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer18,500 SAR
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager24,000 SAR
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor23,800 SAR
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant17,400 SAR
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist18,400 SAR
Pharmaceutical Research Associate21,000 SAR
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist29,500 SAR
Pharmaceutical Researcher29,600 SAR
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager23,900 SAR
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager29,500 SAR
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative13,600 SAR
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager31,600 SAR
Pharmaceutical Team Leader23,500 SAR
Pharmaceutical Technologist16,200 SAR
Pharmacist20,600 SAR
Pharmacy Aide13,300 SAR
Pharmacy Manager28,800 SAR
Pharmacy Stock Controller12,300 SAR
Pharmacy Technician12,000 SAR
Records Management Coordinator11,700 SAR
Shift Encapsulator12,900 SAR
Staff Pharmacist19,700 SAR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 11,200 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 39,800 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 20,700 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 20,700 SAR while the other half are earning more than 20,700 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 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 14,300 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 14,300 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 27,800 SAR while 25% are earning more than 27,800 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?

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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 83,500 Saudi Riyal(s) to 251,000 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.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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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 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
23,200 SAR
Female-8%
21,400 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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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology professionals in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 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

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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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

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

52% of surveyed staff in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 48% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
48%
No Bonus
52%

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.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Hourly Average Wage in Saudi Arabia


130 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 130 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 130 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.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology is 34% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha21,300 SAR
Dammam22,100 SAR
Jeddah23,300 SAR
Khubar21,800 SAR
Mecca22,900 SAR
Medina22,500 SAR
Riyadh23,700 SAR
Tabuk20,400 SAR
Taif20,800 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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