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Journalist Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2019

How much money does a Journalist make in Saudi Arabia?

14,883 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Journalist in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 14,883 SAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Journalist salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Journalist Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Journalist

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Journalist salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 6,400 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 22,622 SAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 15,180 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Journalist are earning less than 15,180 SAR while the other half are earning more than 15,180 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 Journalist are earning less than 9,711 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 9,711 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Journalist are earning less than 19,657 SAR while 25% are earning more than 19,657 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

Journalist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
7,617 SAR
2 - 5 Years    +46%  
11,104 SAR
5 - 10 Years    +15%  
12,727 SAR
10 - 15 Years    +24%  
15,809 SAR
15 - 20 Years    +10%  
17,431 SAR
20+ Years    +24%  
21,568 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 Journalist salaries by experience level. A Journalist with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 7,617 SAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 11,104 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 12,727 SAR per month, 15% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Journalist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 15,809 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 17,431 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 21,568 SAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Saudi Arabia Journalist

Journalist Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
10,050 SAR
Bachelor's Degree    +56%  
15,728 SAR
Master's Degree    +18%  
18,567 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 Journalist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Journalist is 10,050 SAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 15,728 SAR per month, 56% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 18,567 SAR per month, 18% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Saudi Arabia Journalist


Journalist Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
14,064 SAR
Male    +14%  
15,999 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 Journalist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 14% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Journalist

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
13,320 SAR
Public Sector    +26%  
16,743 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 Journalist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 26% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Saudi Arabia Journalist

Journalist Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Journalist
Average Salary 2016    =  
13,581 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
14,083 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
14,520 SAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
14,883 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Journalist 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.

Journalist Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

86 SAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia for Journalist is 86 SAR. This means that the average Journalist in Saudi Arabia earns approximatly 86 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.

Journalist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Journalist and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment monthly Saudi ArabiaWe compared Saudi Arabia salaries for Journalist, Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment, and All Jobs and we found that Journalist salaries are 7% less than those of Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment. We also found out that Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist12,975 SAR-13%
3D Designer13,557 SAR-9%
3D Generalist13,368 SAR-10%
3D Visualization Specialist13,124 SAR-12%
Acrobatic Rigger12,057 SAR-19%
Actor19,159 SAR+29%
Associate Media Director15,391 SAR+3%
Associate Producer18,875 SAR+27%
Broadcast Associate12,136 SAR-18%
Broadcast News Analyst14,196 SAR-5%
Broadcast Technician10,604 SAR-29%
Broadcasting Journalist15,674 SAR+5%
Broadcasting Presenter19,244 SAR+29%
Camera Equipment Repairer9,959 SAR-33%
Cartoonist / Animator14,222 SAR-4%
CAS Engineer15,348 SAR+3%
Censorship Executive16,860 SAR+13%
Choreographer15,018 SAR+1%
Colorist9,451 SAR-36%
Communications Manager20,473 SAR+38%
Correspondent16,133 SAR+8%
Dance Director15,445 SAR+4%
Dancer13,451 SAR-10%
Director of Photography17,310 SAR+16%
Disc Jockey11,443 SAR-23%
Editorial Assistant10,776 SAR-28%
Events Manager14,989 SAR+1%
Graphic Designer10,337 SAR-31%
Illustrator12,164 SAR-18%
Instructional Designer12,196 SAR-18%
Journalist14,883 SAR=
Makeup Artist12,509 SAR-16%
Media Design Manager22,083 SAR+48%
Media Equipment Operator10,744 SAR-28%
Media Operations Manager19,716 SAR+32%
Media Producer15,681 SAR+5%
Media Product Development Manager20,905 SAR+40%
Media Program Director24,766 SAR+66%
Media Relations Manager23,726 SAR+59%
Media Sales Manager25,415 SAR+71%
Movement and Dance Coordinator15,161 SAR+2%
Multimedia Coordinator13,909 SAR-7%
Multimedia Designer12,164 SAR-18%
Music Consultant13,156 SAR-12%
Musician10,626 SAR-29%
News Associate12,571 SAR-16%
News Reporter17,053 SAR+15%
Producer23,744 SAR+60%
Product Designer11,962 SAR-20%
Production Artist13,435 SAR-10%
Production Assistant11,857 SAR-20%
Production Director19,318 SAR+30%
Production Technician9,869 SAR-34%
Program Researcher15,981 SAR+7%
Promotion Coordinator12,321 SAR-17%
Sound Engineer15,401 SAR+3%
Stage Technician9,890 SAR-34%
Sub Editor11,544 SAR-22%
Television Executive Producer27,080 SAR+82%
Transmission Engineer13,885 SAR-7%
Video Editor12,188 SAR-18%
Video Producer14,440 SAR-3%
Videographer12,597 SAR-15%
Visual Designer13,517 SAR-9%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha15,087 SAR
Dammam15,766 SAR
Jeddah16,744 SAR
Khubar15,364 SAR
Mecca16,417 SAR
Medina16,091 SAR
Riyadh17,071 SAR
Tabuk14,486 SAR
Taif14,824 SAR
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