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Pharmacist Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2023

How much money does a Pharmacist make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
20,600 SAR
( 247,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as a Pharmacist in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 20,600 SAR per month. Salaries range from 9,870 SAR (lowest) to 32,300 SAR (highest).

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

Pharmacist Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Pharmacist salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 9,870 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 32,300 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 21,400 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 21,400 SAR while the other half are earning more than 21,400 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 Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 14,100 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 14,100 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 27,900 SAR while 25% are earning more than 27,900 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

Pharmacist 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 Pharmacist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Pharmacist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 11,500 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 16,400 SAR per month, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 21,500 SAR per month, 31% 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, Pharmacist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 26,500 SAR per month, 23% 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 28,100 SAR per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 30,800 SAR per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pharmacist average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
11,500 SAR
2 - 5 Years+42%
16,400 SAR
5 - 10 Years+31%
21,500 SAR
10 - 15 Years+23%
26,500 SAR
15 - 20 Years+6%
28,100 SAR
20+ Years+10%
30,800 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Pharmacist is 18,200 SAR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 26,000 SAR per month, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Pharmacist average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Bachelor's Degree
18,200 SAR
Master's Degree+43%
26,000 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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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmacist
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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 Pharmacist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

21,700 SAR
20,000 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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Pharmacist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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


Pharmacist(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 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 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia for the year 2022. 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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Pharmacist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

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

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% 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
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.

Pharmacist Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

120 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 120 SAR. This means that the average Pharmacist in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 120 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.

Pharmacist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Pharmacist is 8% less than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist13,900 SAR-32%
Assistant Pharmacy Director25,600 SAR+25%
Associate Medical Affairs Director36,200 SAR+76%
Bioinformatics Scientist32,400 SAR+58%
Bioinformatics Technician14,800 SAR-28%
Biological Scientist34,300 SAR+67%
Biological Technician14,600 SAR-29%
Biomedical Engineer13,700 SAR-33%
Biomedical Engineering Director26,300 SAR+28%
Biostatistician21,100 SAR+3%
Biotechnologist 21,000 SAR+2%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager15,800 SAR-23%
Chemical Process Technician15,100 SAR-27%
Clinical Consultant19,900 SAR-3%
Clinical Data Manager20,300 SAR-1%
Clinical Data Specialist18,500 SAR-10%
Clinical Operations Manager29,900 SAR+45%
Clinical Pharmacist19,600 SAR-5%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist25,600 SAR+25%
Clinical Programmer10,600 SAR-48%
Clinical Project Manager18,500 SAR-10%
Clinical Research Associate17,300 SAR-16%
Clinical Research Manager30,500 SAR+48%
Clinical Study Manager24,700 SAR+20%
Compliance Specialist22,000 SAR+7%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist16,900 SAR-18%
Cytotechnologist16,700 SAR-19%
GCP Auditor17,300 SAR-16%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician15,300 SAR-26%
Manufacturing Engineer17,800 SAR-13%
Medical Affairs Director32,400 SAR+58%
Medical Representative 13,700 SAR-33%
Medical Science Liaison22,900 SAR+11%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist34,400 SAR+67%
Nuclear Pharmacist21,700 SAR+6%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead38,100 SAR+85%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager32,000 SAR+56%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer18,500 SAR-10%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager24,000 SAR+17%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor23,800 SAR+16%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant17,400 SAR-15%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist18,400 SAR-10%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate21,000 SAR+2%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist29,500 SAR+43%
Pharmaceutical Researcher29,600 SAR+44%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager23,900 SAR+16%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager29,500 SAR+43%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative13,600 SAR-34%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager31,600 SAR+54%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader23,500 SAR+14%
Pharmaceutical Technologist16,200 SAR-21%
Pharmacist20,600 SAR+0%
Pharmacy Aide13,300 SAR-35%
Pharmacy Manager28,800 SAR+40%
Pharmacy Stock Controller12,300 SAR-40%
Pharmacy Technician12,000 SAR-42%
Records Management Coordinator11,700 SAR-43%
Shift Encapsulator12,900 SAR-37%
Staff Pharmacist19,700 SAR-4%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha20,800 SAR
Dammam20,100 SAR
Jeddah21,800 SAR
Khubar20,900 SAR
Mecca21,200 SAR
Medina20,700 SAR
Riyadh22,300 SAR
Tabuk18,100 SAR
Taif18,800 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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