A person working as a Chemist in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 32,900 SAR per month. Salaries range from 16,100 SAR (lowest) to 51,300 SAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Chemist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Chemist salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 16,100 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 51,300 SAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 33,600 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chemist(s) are earning less than 33,600 SAR while the other half are earning more than 33,600 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 Chemist(s) are earning less than 22,400 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 22,400 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chemist(s) are earning less than 43,300 SAR while 25% are earning more than 43,300 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 Chemist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Chemist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 19,100 SAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 24,600 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 33,900 SAR per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Chemist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 42,000 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 45,000 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 48,000 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 Chemist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Chemist is 22,500 SAR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 30,900 SAR per month, 38% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 50,600 SAR per month, 64% more than someone with a Master's 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 Chemist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.
Chemist(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 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 Chemist 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.
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 Chemist is 47% more than that of Science and Technical Services. Also, Science and Technical Services salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|3D Lab Technologist||14,800 SAR||-55%|
|Algorithm Developer||20,500 SAR||-38%|
|Analytical Chemist||30,700 SAR||-7%|
|Assistant Breeder||10,300 SAR||-69%|
|Atmospheric and Space Scientist||28,500 SAR||-13%|
|Behavior Analyst||20,000 SAR||-39%|
|Behavior Intervention Specialist||21,900 SAR||-33%|
|Biofuels Processing Technician||12,600 SAR||-62%|
|Biofuels Production Manager||22,200 SAR||-33%|
|Biomedical Scientist||35,900 SAR||+9%|
|Chemical Engineer||16,300 SAR||-50%|
|Chemical Technologist||14,400 SAR||-56%|
|Chief Technologist||28,700 SAR||-13%|
|Climate Change Analyst||20,600 SAR||-37%|
|Clinical Laboratory Scientist||35,100 SAR||+7%|
|Computer Scientist||24,500 SAR||-26%|
|Conservation Scientist||28,400 SAR||-14%|
|Data Scientist||26,400 SAR||-20%|
|DNA Analyst||32,300 SAR||-2%|
|Economic Development Specialist||24,300 SAR||-26%|
|Food Scientist||22,200 SAR||-33%|
|Forensic Scientist||27,100 SAR||-18%|
|Formulation Technologist||12,600 SAR||-62%|
|Fraud Investigator||16,400 SAR||-50%|
|Genomics Scientist||34,800 SAR||+6%|
|Geographic Information Systems Technician||11,500 SAR||-65%|
|Geological Data Technician||11,200 SAR||-66%|
|Geological Technician||14,400 SAR||-56%|
|Geomatics Scientist||27,600 SAR||-16%|
|Geophysical Data Technician||10,400 SAR||-68%|
|Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist||26,200 SAR||-20%|
|Industrial Ecologist||24,100 SAR||-27%|
|Intelligence Analyst||19,600 SAR||-40%|
|Knowledge Management Specialist||17,300 SAR||-47%|
|Laboratory Manager||22,300 SAR||-32%|
|Laboratory Researcher||16,000 SAR||-51%|
|Laboratory Technician||9,690 SAR||-71%|
|Life Sciences Analyst||23,100 SAR||-30%|
|Life Scientist||26,600 SAR||-19%|
|Marine Architect||20,100 SAR||-39%|
|Marine Biologist||23,000 SAR||-30%|
|Marine Superintendent||13,300 SAR||-60%|
|Materials Analyst||13,600 SAR||-59%|
|Materials Scientist||25,100 SAR||-24%|
|Medical Scientist||34,600 SAR||+5%|
|Natural Language Processing Researcher||20,400 SAR||-38%|
|Natural Resource Specialist||18,400 SAR||-44%|
|Natural Sciences Manager||33,400 SAR||+2%|
|Nuclear Engineer||34,300 SAR||+4%|
|Physical Scientist||27,800 SAR||-16%|
|Political Scientist||25,900 SAR||-21%|
|Polygraph Examiner||9,030 SAR||-73%|
|Polysomnographic Technologist||15,300 SAR||-53%|
|Product Development Scientist||26,000 SAR||-21%|
|Quantitative Research Analyst||23,100 SAR||-30%|
|Quantitative Researcher||22,900 SAR||-30%|
|Radiation Protection Specialist||18,400 SAR||-44%|
|Refrigeration Technician||7,790 SAR||-76%|
|Research Scientist||23,200 SAR||-29%|
|Risk Safety Engineer||14,200 SAR||-57%|
|Scientific Photographer||15,000 SAR||-54%|
|Scientific Programmer||21,100 SAR||-36%|
|Service Engineer||15,100 SAR||-54%|
|Service Technician||9,550 SAR||-71%|
|Social Science Research Assistant||13,800 SAR||-58%|
|Social Scientist||25,400 SAR||-23%|
|Soil Scientist||20,200 SAR||-39%|
|Statistical Analyst||14,600 SAR||-56%|
|Statistical Assistant||10,600 SAR||-68%|
|Survey Analyst||14,800 SAR||-55%|
|Survey Researcher||13,600 SAR||-59%|
|Surveying and Mapping Technician||9,190 SAR||-72%|
|Team Leader||21,300 SAR||-35%|
|Technical Manager||23,900 SAR||-27%|
|Technical Officer||10,300 SAR||-69%|
|Technical Service Director||30,000 SAR||-9%|
|Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist||15,000 SAR||-54%|
|Technical Services Research and Development Manager||36,100 SAR||+10%|
|Technical Services Research Coordinator||16,900 SAR||-49%|
|Water Ecologist||29,100 SAR||-12%|
|Wildlife Biologist||23,100 SAR||-30%|
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.