A person working as a Clinical Research Associate in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 17,300 SAR per month. Salaries range from 8,460 SAR (lowest) to 26,900 SAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Clinical Research Associate salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Clinical Research Associate salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 8,460 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 26,900 SAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 17,600 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Clinical Research Associate(s) are earning less than 17,600 SAR while the other half are earning more than 17,600 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Clinical Research Associate(s) are earning less than 11,700 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 11,700 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Clinical Research Associate(s) are earning less than 22,700 SAR while 25% are earning more than 22,700 SAR.
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
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 Clinical Research Associate salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Clinical Research Associate with less than two years of experience makes approximately 10,000 SAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 12,900 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 17,800 SAR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Clinical Research Associate(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 22,000 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 23,600 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 25,200 SAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
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 Clinical Research Associate salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Clinical Research Associate is 12,500 SAR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 20,100 SAR per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Clinical Research Associate employees in Saudi Arabia earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.
Clinical Research Associate(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.
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.
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
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.
A Clinical Research Associate is considered to be a moderate 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.
45% of surveyed staff 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 3% to 6% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Clinical Research Associate is 23% less than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Assistant Pharmacist||13,900 SAR||-20%|
|Assistant Pharmacy Director||25,600 SAR||+48%|
|Associate Medical Affairs Director||36,200 SAR||+110%|
|Bioinformatics Scientist||32,400 SAR||+88%|
|Bioinformatics Technician||14,800 SAR||-14%|
|Biological Scientist||34,300 SAR||+99%|
|Biological Technician||14,600 SAR||-15%|
|Biomedical Engineer||13,700 SAR||-21%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||26,300 SAR||+52%|
|Biotechnology Lead Data Manager||15,800 SAR||-9%|
|Chemical Process Technician||15,100 SAR||-13%|
|Clinical Consultant||19,900 SAR||+15%|
|Clinical Data Manager||20,300 SAR||+18%|
|Clinical Data Specialist||18,500 SAR||+7%|
|Clinical Operations Manager||29,900 SAR||+73%|
|Clinical Pharmacist||19,600 SAR||+13%|
|Clinical Pharmacy Specialist||25,600 SAR||+48%|
|Clinical Programmer||10,600 SAR||-39%|
|Clinical Project Manager||18,500 SAR||+7%|
|Clinical Research Associate||17,300 SAR||+0%|
|Clinical Research Manager||30,500 SAR||+77%|
|Clinical Study Manager||24,700 SAR||+43%|
|Compliance Specialist||22,000 SAR||+27%|
|Cytology Laboratory Technologist||16,900 SAR||-2%|
|GCP Auditor||17,300 SAR||+0%|
|Hospital Pharmacy Technician||15,300 SAR||-11%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||17,800 SAR||+3%|
|Medical Affairs Director||32,400 SAR||+88%|
|Medical Representative||13,700 SAR||-21%|
|Medical Science Liaison||22,900 SAR||+33%|
|Molecular and Cellular Biologist||34,400 SAR||+99%|
|Nuclear Pharmacist||21,700 SAR||+26%|
|Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead||38,100 SAR||+120%|
|Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager||32,000 SAR||+85%|
|Pharmaceutical Process Engineer||18,500 SAR||+7%|
|Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager||24,000 SAR||+39%|
|Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor||23,800 SAR||+38%|
|Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant||17,400 SAR||+1%|
|Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist||18,400 SAR||+7%|
|Pharmaceutical Research Associate||21,000 SAR||+22%|
|Pharmaceutical Research Scientist||29,500 SAR||+71%|
|Pharmaceutical Researcher||29,600 SAR||+71%|
|Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager||23,900 SAR||+38%|
|Pharmaceutical Sales Manager||29,500 SAR||+71%|
|Pharmaceutical Sales Representative||13,600 SAR||-21%|
|Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager||31,600 SAR||+83%|
|Pharmaceutical Team Leader||23,500 SAR||+36%|
|Pharmaceutical Technologist||16,200 SAR||-6%|
|Pharmacy Aide||13,300 SAR||-23%|
|Pharmacy Manager||28,800 SAR||+67%|
|Pharmacy Stock Controller||12,300 SAR||-29%|
|Pharmacy Technician||12,000 SAR||-31%|
|Records Management Coordinator||11,700 SAR||-32%|
|Shift Encapsulator||12,900 SAR||-25%|
|Staff Pharmacist||19,700 SAR||+14%|
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.