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Pharmacist Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2019

How much money does a Pharmacist make in Saudi Arabia?

18,139 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Pharmacist in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 18,139 SAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Pharmacist salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Pharmacist Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmacist

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Pharmacist salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 7,800 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 27,572 SAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 18,502 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist are earning less than 18,502 SAR while the other half are earning more than 18,502 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 people working as Pharmacist are earning less than 11,836 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 11,836 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Pharmacist are earning less than 23,958 SAR while 25% are earning more than 23,958 SAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Pharmacist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
9,283 SAR
2 - 5 Years    +46%  
13,534 SAR
5 - 10 Years    +15%  
15,511 SAR
10 - 15 Years    +24%  
19,268 SAR
15 - 20 Years    +10%  
21,245 SAR
20+ Years    +24%  
26,287 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Pharmacist salaries by experience level. A Pharmacist with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 9,283 SAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,534 SAR per month, 46% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 15,511 SAR per month, 15% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Pharmacist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 19,268 SAR per month, 24% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 21,245 SAR per month, 10% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 26,287 SAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmacist

Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
12,249 SAR
Bachelor's Degree    +56%  
19,169 SAR
Master's Degree    +18%  
22,629 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Pharmacist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Pharmacist is 12,249 SAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 19,169 SAR per month, 56% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 22,629 SAR per month, 18% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmacist


Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
17,142 SAR
Male    +14%  
19,500 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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 14% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmacist

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
16,235 SAR
Public Sector    +26%  
20,407 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Pharmacist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 26% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmacist

Pharmacist Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

How are Pharmacist salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Pharmacist
Average Salary 2016    =  
16,553 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
17,165 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
17,697 SAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
18,139 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Pharmacist salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Pharmacist Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

105 SAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia for Pharmacist is 105 SAR. This means that the average Pharmacist in Saudi Arabia earns approximatly 105 SAR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Pharmacist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly Saudi ArabiaWe compared Saudi Arabia salaries for Pharmacist, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology, and All Jobs and we found that Pharmacist salaries are 1% more than those of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. We also found out that Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 7% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist13,855 SAR-24%
Assistant Pharmacy Director25,393 SAR+40%
Associate Medical Affairs Director23,932 SAR+32%
Bioinformatics Scientist22,640 SAR+25%
Bioinformatics Technician15,032 SAR-17%
Biological Scientist24,293 SAR+34%
Biological Technician14,569 SAR-20%
Biomedical Engineer13,692 SAR-25%
Biomedical Engineering Director19,756 SAR+9%
Biostatistician16,612 SAR-8%
Biotechnologist 15,906 SAR-12%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager13,881 SAR-23%
Chemical Process Technician14,066 SAR-22%
Clinical Consultant15,722 SAR-13%
Clinical Data Manager17,833 SAR-2%
Clinical Data Specialist15,340 SAR-15%
Clinical Operations Manager19,557 SAR+8%
Clinical Pharmacist17,316 SAR-5%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist19,902 SAR+10%
Clinical Programmer10,583 SAR-42%
Clinical Project Manager15,536 SAR-14%
Clinical Research Associate15,439 SAR-15%
Clinical Research Manager20,220 SAR+11%
Clinical Study Manager20,013 SAR+10%
Compliance Specialist18,539 SAR+2%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist14,886 SAR-18%
Cytotechnologist14,753 SAR-19%
GCP Auditor16,178 SAR-11%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician15,271 SAR-16%
Manufacturing Engineer15,589 SAR-14%
Medical Affairs Director23,594 SAR+30%
Medical Representative 12,372 SAR-32%
Medical Science Liaison16,735 SAR-8%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist19,001 SAR+5%
Nuclear Pharmacist2,238 SAR-88%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead25,786 SAR+42%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager22,254 SAR+23%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer16,725 SAR-8%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager17,723 SAR-2%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor20,017 SAR+10%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant14,466 SAR-20%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist15,597 SAR-14%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate18,525 SAR+2%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist19,906 SAR+10%
Pharmaceutical Researcher22,697 SAR+25%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager20,521 SAR+13%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager22,387 SAR+23%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative12,321 SAR-32%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager19,047 SAR+5%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader18,738 SAR+3%
Pharmaceutical Technologist13,977 SAR-23%
Pharmacist18,139 SAR=
Pharmacy Aide13,327 SAR-27%
Pharmacy Manager25,968 SAR+43%
Pharmacy Stock Controller12,318 SAR-32%
Pharmacy Technician12,009 SAR-34%
Records Management Coordinator11,689 SAR-36%
Shift Encapsulator12,916 SAR-29%
Staff Pharmacist17,351 SAR-4%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha18,320 SAR
Dammam17,753 SAR
Jeddah19,204 SAR
Khubar18,444 SAR
Mecca18,715 SAR
Medina18,232 SAR
Riyadh19,697 SAR
Tabuk16,007 SAR
Taif16,589 SAR
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