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Chemist Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a Chemist make in Saudi Arabia?


Average Monthly Salary
32,900 SAR
( 395,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
16,100
SAR
AVERAGE
32,900
SAR
HIGH
51,300
SAR

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 Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Chemist salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 16,100 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 51,300 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • Percentiles

    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.


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

Chemist 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 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.

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, 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.


Chemist average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
19,100 SAR
2 - 5 Years+29%
24,600 SAR
5 - 10 Years+38%
33,900 SAR
10 - 15 Years+24%
42,000 SAR
15 - 20 Years+7%
45,000 SAR
20+ Years+7%
48,000 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Chemist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Chemist(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 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.


Chemist average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Bachelor's Degree
22,500 SAR
Master's Degree+38%
30,900 SAR
PhD+64%
50,600 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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Chemist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Chemist
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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 Chemist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
34,300 SAR
Female-10%
30,800 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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Chemist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

Chemist

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.

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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 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

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.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Chemist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

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

Received Bonus
57%
No Bonus
43%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Chemist Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia


190 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 190 SAR. This means that the average Chemist in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 190 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.

Chemist VS Other Jobs

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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Lab Technologist14,800 SAR-55%
Algorithm Developer20,500 SAR-38%
Analytical Chemist30,700 SAR-7%
Anthropologist23,300 SAR-29%
Archeologist19,800 SAR-40%
Assistant Breeder10,300 SAR-69%
Astronomer35,300 SAR+7%
Atmospheric and Space Scientist28,500 SAR-13%
Behavior Analyst20,000 SAR-39%
Behavior Intervention Specialist21,900 SAR-33%
Biochemist31,700 SAR-4%
Biofuels Processing Technician12,600 SAR-62%
Biofuels Production Manager22,200 SAR-33%
Biologist32,000 SAR-3%
Biomedical Scientist35,900 SAR+9%
Biophysicist32,700 SAR-1%
Chemical Engineer16,300 SAR-50%
Chemical Technologist14,400 SAR-56%
Chemist32,900 SAR-0%
Chief Technologist28,700 SAR-13%
Climate Change Analyst20,600 SAR-37%
Clinical Laboratory Scientist35,100 SAR+7%
Computer Scientist24,500 SAR-26%
Conservation Scientist28,400 SAR-14%
Data Scientist26,400 SAR-20%
DNA Analyst32,300 SAR-2%
Ecologist24,300 SAR-26%
Economic Development Specialist24,300 SAR-26%
Flavourist11,300 SAR-66%
Food Scientist22,200 SAR-33%
Forensic Scientist27,100 SAR-18%
Formulation Technologist12,600 SAR-62%
Fraud Investigator16,400 SAR-50%
Genomics Scientist34,800 SAR+6%
Geographer18,100 SAR-45%
Geographic Information Systems Technician11,500 SAR-65%
Geological Data Technician11,200 SAR-66%
Geological Technician14,400 SAR-56%
Geologist28,800 SAR-12%
Geomatics Scientist27,600 SAR-16%
Geophysical Data Technician10,400 SAR-68%
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist26,200 SAR-20%
Hydrologist22,300 SAR-32%
Industrial Ecologist24,100 SAR-27%
Intelligence Analyst19,600 SAR-40%
Knowledge Management Specialist17,300 SAR-47%
Laboratory Manager22,300 SAR-32%
Laboratory Researcher16,000 SAR-51%
Laboratory Technician9,690 SAR-71%
Life Sciences Analyst23,100 SAR-30%
Life Scientist26,600 SAR-19%
Marine Architect20,100 SAR-39%
Marine Biologist23,000 SAR-30%
Marine Superintendent13,300 SAR-60%
Materials Analyst13,600 SAR-59%
Materials Scientist25,100 SAR-24%
Mathematician26,300 SAR-20%
Medical Scientist34,600 SAR+5%
Metallurgist23,500 SAR-29%
Meteorologist23,300 SAR-29%
Microbiologist33,900 SAR+3%
Natural Language Processing Researcher20,400 SAR-38%
Natural Resource Specialist18,400 SAR-44%
Natural Sciences Manager33,400 SAR+2%
Nuclear Engineer34,300 SAR+4%
Physical Scientist27,800 SAR-16%
Physicist34,400 SAR+5%
Political Scientist25,900 SAR-21%
Polygraph Examiner9,030 SAR-73%
Polysomnographic Technologist15,300 SAR-53%
Product Development Scientist26,000 SAR-21%
Quantitative Research Analyst23,100 SAR-30%
Quantitative Researcher22,900 SAR-30%
Radiation Protection Specialist18,400 SAR-44%
Refrigeration Technician7,790 SAR-76%
Research Scientist23,200 SAR-29%
Risk Safety Engineer14,200 SAR-57%
Scientific Photographer15,000 SAR-54%
Scientific Programmer21,100 SAR-36%
Scientist22,900 SAR-30%
Service Engineer15,100 SAR-54%
Service Technician9,550 SAR-71%
Social Science Research Assistant13,800 SAR-58%
Social Scientist25,400 SAR-23%
Sociologist24,200 SAR-26%
Soil Scientist20,200 SAR-39%
Statistical Analyst14,600 SAR-56%
Statistical Assistant10,600 SAR-68%
Statistician24,100 SAR-27%
Survey Analyst14,800 SAR-55%
Survey Researcher13,600 SAR-59%
Surveying and Mapping Technician9,190 SAR-72%
Team Leader21,300 SAR-35%
Technical Manager23,900 SAR-27%
Technical Officer10,300 SAR-69%
Technical Service Director30,000 SAR-9%
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist15,000 SAR-54%
Technical Services Research and Development Manager36,100 SAR+10%
Technical Services Research Coordinator16,900 SAR-49%
Technician9,820 SAR-70%
Water Ecologist29,100 SAR-12%
Wildlife Biologist23,100 SAR-30%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha30,000 SAR
Dammam30,800 SAR
Jeddah34,900 SAR
Khubar32,300 SAR
Mecca33,500 SAR
Medina32,100 SAR
Riyadh32,800 SAR
Tabuk29,400 SAR
Taif31,300 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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