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Human Resources Manager Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2021

How much money does a Human Resources Manager make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
23,700 SAR
( 284,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as a Human Resources Manager in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 23,700 SAR per month. Salaries range from 12,500 SAR (lowest) to 36,000 SAR (highest).

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

Human Resources Manager Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources Manager salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 12,500 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 36,000 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 22,200 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 22,200 SAR while the other half are earning more than 22,200 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 Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 15,700 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 15,700 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 27,400 SAR while 25% are earning more than 27,400 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

Human Resources Manager 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 Human Resources Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Human Resources Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 14,400 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 17,700 SAR per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 25,100 SAR per month, 42% 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, Human Resources Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 29,300 SAR per month, 17% 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 32,200 SAR per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 34,100 SAR per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Human Resources Manager average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
14,400 SAR
2 - 5 Years+23%
17,700 SAR
5 - 10 Years+42%
25,100 SAR
10 - 15 Years+17%
29,300 SAR
15 - 20 Years+10%
32,200 SAR
20+ Years+6%
34,100 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Human Resources Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Human Resources Manager is 16,300 SAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 31,500 SAR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Human Resources Manager average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Bachelor's Degree
16,300 SAR
Master's Degree+93%
31,500 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Human Resources Manager 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 Human Resources Manager employees in Saudi Arabia earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

24,800 SAR
21,800 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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Human Resources Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia for the year 2020. 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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Human Resources Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Human Resources Manager
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A Human Resources Manager is considered to be a high 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.

23% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 77% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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.

Human Resources Manager Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

140 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 140 SAR. This means that the average Human Resources Manager in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 140 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.

Human Resources Manager VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Human Resources Manager is 50% more than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Benefits Administrator9,780 SAR-59%
Benefits Analyst12,800 SAR-46%
Benefits Manager21,500 SAR-9%
Chief People Officer27,100 SAR+15%
Compensation Analyst12,600 SAR-47%
Compensation and Benefits Manager20,800 SAR-12%
Compensation and Benefits Officer8,350 SAR-65%
Compensation Manager21,100 SAR-11%
Corporate Director of Human Resources27,000 SAR+14%
Corporate Trainer12,600 SAR-47%
Employee Benefits Administrator14,500 SAR-39%
Employee Communications Manager17,900 SAR-24%
Employee Development Specialist16,900 SAR-29%
Employee Engagement Specialist16,900 SAR-29%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator16,400 SAR-31%
Employee Performance Specialist12,500 SAR-47%
Employee Relations Manager17,400 SAR-26%
Employee Relations Practitioner19,100 SAR-19%
Employee Services Manager17,200 SAR-27%
Employment Advice Worker8,240 SAR-65%
Employment Interviewer12,000 SAR-49%
Employment Service Specialist9,820 SAR-58%
Employment Services Coordinator11,000 SAR-54%
Enrollment Counselor16,100 SAR-32%
Equal Opportunity Representative12,100 SAR-49%
Executive Human Capital Management24,700 SAR+4%
Executive Recruiter18,300 SAR-23%
Expatriate Administration Manager18,200 SAR-23%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor12,300 SAR-48%
Global Mobility Manager21,300 SAR-10%
Headhunter17,500 SAR-26%
Health Benefits Coordinator9,890 SAR-58%
HRIS Analyst9,280 SAR-61%
HRIS Manager15,400 SAR-35%
HRIS Supervisor8,790 SAR-63%
Human Resources Administration Specialist9,600 SAR-59%
Human Resources Administrator11,200 SAR-53%
Human Resources Advisor16,400 SAR-31%
Human Resources Analyst15,100 SAR-36%
Human Resources Assessor9,830 SAR-58%
Human Resources Assistant Manager19,100 SAR-19%
Human Resources Associate6,720 SAR-72%
Human Resources Consultant20,200 SAR-15%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager14,200 SAR-40%
Human Resources Generalist12,800 SAR-46%
Human Resources Manager23,700 SAR+0%
Human Resources Officer9,120 SAR-61%
Human Resources Representative9,830 SAR-58%
Human Resources Section Head15,600 SAR-34%
Human Resources Superintendent8,890 SAR-62%
Human Resources Training Executive16,800 SAR-29%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist20,800 SAR-12%
Job Evaluation Specialist16,700 SAR-29%
Labor Relations Director19,600 SAR-17%
Labor Relations Manager19,400 SAR-18%
Labor Relations Specialist9,550 SAR-60%
Learning and Development Manager22,000 SAR-7%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer9,050 SAR-62%
Organizational Development Consultant18,800 SAR-21%
Organizational Development Manager20,500 SAR-13%
Organizational Development Specialist11,500 SAR-51%
Payroll Assistant8,280 SAR-65%
Payroll Supervisor10,500 SAR-56%
People Development Officer12,600 SAR-47%
Personnel Officer6,810 SAR-71%
Records Clerk6,680 SAR-72%
Records Manager10,800 SAR-54%
Recruiter18,500 SAR-22%
Recruiting Coordinator9,180 SAR-61%
Recruiting Manager23,800 SAR+1%
Recruitment Consultant17,600 SAR-26%
Recruitment Officer9,140 SAR-61%
Recruitment Supervisor14,600 SAR-38%
Research Associate8,250 SAR-65%
SAP Resource Manager18,300 SAR-23%
Talent Acquisition Specialist13,300 SAR-44%
Talent Management Officer10,600 SAR-55%
Training and Development Section Head17,100 SAR-28%
Training Executive20,000 SAR-15%
Training Officer8,470 SAR-64%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha23,600 SAR
Dammam24,500 SAR
Jeddah24,500 SAR
Khubar24,100 SAR
Mecca25,400 SAR
Medina23,700 SAR
Riyadh26,300 SAR
Tabuk21,500 SAR
Taif21,900 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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