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Science and Technical Services Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2021

How much money does a person working in Science and Technical Services make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
22,400 SAR
( 268,000 SAR yearly)


A person working in Science and Technical Services in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 22,400 SAR per month. Salaries range from 8,080 SAR (lowest average) to 37,300 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 Science and Technical Services 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 Lab Technologist14,800 SAR
Algorithm Developer20,500 SAR
Analytical Chemist30,700 SAR
Anthropologist23,300 SAR
Archeologist19,800 SAR
Assistant Breeder10,300 SAR
Astronomer35,300 SAR
Atmospheric and Space Scientist28,500 SAR
Behavior Analyst20,000 SAR
Behavior Intervention Specialist21,900 SAR
Biochemist31,700 SAR
Biofuels Processing Technician12,600 SAR
Biofuels Production Manager22,200 SAR
Biologist32,000 SAR
Biomedical Scientist35,900 SAR
Biophysicist32,700 SAR
Chemical Engineer16,300 SAR
Chemical Technologist14,400 SAR
Chemist32,900 SAR
Chief Technologist28,700 SAR
Climate Change Analyst20,600 SAR
Clinical Laboratory Scientist35,100 SAR
Computer Scientist24,500 SAR
Conservation Scientist28,400 SAR
Data Scientist26,400 SAR
DNA Analyst32,300 SAR
Ecologist24,300 SAR
Economic Development Specialist24,300 SAR
Flavourist11,300 SAR
Food Scientist22,200 SAR
Forensic Scientist27,100 SAR
Formulation Technologist12,600 SAR
Fraud Investigator16,400 SAR
Genomics Scientist34,800 SAR
Geographer18,100 SAR
Geographic Information Systems Technician11,500 SAR
Geological Data Technician11,200 SAR
Geological Technician14,400 SAR
Geologist28,800 SAR
Geomatics Scientist27,600 SAR
Geophysical Data Technician10,400 SAR
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist26,200 SAR
Hydrologist22,300 SAR
Industrial Ecologist24,100 SAR
Intelligence Analyst19,600 SAR
Knowledge Management Specialist17,300 SAR
Laboratory Manager22,300 SAR
Laboratory Researcher16,000 SAR
Laboratory Technician9,690 SAR
Life Sciences Analyst23,100 SAR
Life Scientist26,600 SAR
Marine Architect20,100 SAR
Marine Biologist23,000 SAR
Marine Superintendent13,300 SAR
Materials Analyst13,600 SAR
Materials Scientist25,100 SAR
Mathematician26,300 SAR
Medical Scientist34,600 SAR
Metallurgist23,500 SAR
Meteorologist23,300 SAR
Microbiologist33,900 SAR
Natural Language Processing Researcher20,400 SAR
Natural Resource Specialist18,400 SAR
Natural Sciences Manager33,400 SAR
Nuclear Engineer34,300 SAR
Physical Scientist27,800 SAR
Physicist34,400 SAR
Political Scientist25,900 SAR
Polygraph Examiner9,030 SAR
Polysomnographic Technologist15,300 SAR
Product Development Scientist26,000 SAR
Quantitative Research Analyst23,100 SAR
Quantitative Researcher22,900 SAR
Radiation Protection Specialist18,400 SAR
Refrigeration Technician7,790 SAR
Research Scientist23,200 SAR
Risk Safety Engineer14,200 SAR
Scientific Photographer15,000 SAR
Scientific Programmer21,100 SAR
Scientist22,900 SAR
Service Engineer15,100 SAR
Service Technician9,550 SAR
Social Science Research Assistant13,800 SAR
Social Scientist25,400 SAR
Sociologist24,200 SAR
Soil Scientist20,200 SAR
Statistical Analyst14,600 SAR
Statistical Assistant10,600 SAR
Statistician24,100 SAR
Survey Analyst14,800 SAR
Survey Researcher13,600 SAR
Surveying and Mapping Technician9,190 SAR
Team Leader21,300 SAR
Technical Manager23,900 SAR
Technical Officer10,300 SAR
Technical Service Director30,000 SAR
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist15,000 SAR
Technical Services Research and Development Manager36,100 SAR
Technical Services Research Coordinator16,900 SAR
Technician9,820 SAR
Water Ecologist29,100 SAR
Wildlife Biologist23,100 SAR

Science and Technical Services Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Science and Technical Services
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Science and Technical Services salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 8,080 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 37,300 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 23,700 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 23,700 SAR while the other half are earning more than 23,700 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 Science and Technical Services 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 Science and Technical Services are earning less than 32,300 SAR while 25% are earning more than 32,300 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.

Science and Technical Services Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Science and Technical Services
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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 Science and Technical Services earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.

23,900 SAR
21,100 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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Science and Technical Services Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia for Science and Technical Services professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Science and Technical Services

Science and Technical Services 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 Science and Technical Services
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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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Science and Technical Services Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Science and Technical Services
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Science and Technical Services 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.

45% of surveyed staff in Science and Technical Services reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Science and Technical Services 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.

Science and Technical Services VS Other Jobs

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

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha21,200 SAR
Dammam22,000 SAR
Jeddah23,200 SAR
Khubar21,700 SAR
Mecca22,800 SAR
Medina22,400 SAR
Riyadh23,600 SAR
Tabuk20,300 SAR
Taif20,700 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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