A person working as a Physicist in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 24,000 SAR per month. Salaries range from 13,000 SAR (lowest) to 36,200 SAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Physicist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Physicist salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 13,000 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 36,200 SAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 22,100 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Physicist(s) are earning less than 22,100 SAR while the other half are earning more than 22,100 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 Physicist(s) are earning less than 15,800 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 15,800 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Physicist(s) are earning less than 26,800 SAR while 25% are earning more than 26,800 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 Physicist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Physicist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 15,100 SAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,000 SAR per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 25,100 SAR per month, 32% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Physicist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 29,500 SAR per month, 18% 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 32,600 SAR per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 34,700 SAR per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+26%|
|5 - 10 Years||+32%|
|10 - 15 Years||+18%|
|15 - 20 Years||+11%|
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 Physicist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Physicist is 18,100 SAR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 24,100 SAR per month, 33% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 34,400 SAR per month, 42% more than someone with a Master's Degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Saudi Arabia costs anywhere from 84,200 Saudi Riyal(s) to 253,000 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 Physicist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 12% more than their female counterparts.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Physicist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+1%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
Physicist salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2020 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 continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.
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 Physicist is 30% more than that of Science and Technical Services. Also, Science and Technical Services salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|3D Lab Technologist||14,800 SAR||-38%|
|Algorithm Developer||17,500 SAR||-27%|
|Analytical Chemist||20,000 SAR||-17%|
|Assistant Breeder||10,300 SAR||-57%|
|Atmospheric and Space Scientist||21,600 SAR||-10%|
|Behavior Analyst||17,400 SAR||-28%|
|Behavior Intervention Specialist||17,000 SAR||-29%|
|Biofuels Processing Technician||12,600 SAR||-48%|
|Biofuels Production Manager||16,700 SAR||-30%|
|Biomedical Scientist||25,000 SAR||+4%|
|Chemical Engineer||16,300 SAR||-32%|
|Chemical Technologist||14,400 SAR||-40%|
|Chief Technologist||23,900 SAR||-0%|
|Climate Change Analyst||17,900 SAR||-25%|
|Clinical Laboratory Scientist||21,600 SAR||-10%|
|Computer Scientist||17,900 SAR||-25%|
|Conservation Scientist||22,200 SAR||-8%|
|Data Scientist||18,700 SAR||-22%|
|DNA Analyst||19,600 SAR||-18%|
|Economic Development Specialist||22,100 SAR||-8%|
|Food Scientist||17,000 SAR||-29%|
|Forensic Scientist||17,800 SAR||-26%|
|Formulation Technologist||12,600 SAR||-48%|
|Fraud Investigator||16,400 SAR||-32%|
|Genomics Scientist||24,000 SAR||-0%|
|Geographic Information Systems Technician||12,600 SAR||-48%|
|Geological Data Technician||12,300 SAR||-49%|
|Geological Technician||14,400 SAR||-40%|
|Geomatics Scientist||20,900 SAR||-13%|
|Geophysical Data Technician||12,100 SAR||-50%|
|Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist||18,800 SAR||-22%|
|Industrial Ecologist||19,900 SAR||-17%|
|Intelligence Analyst||17,100 SAR||-29%|
|Knowledge Management Specialist||17,300 SAR||-28%|
|Laboratory Manager||18,300 SAR||-24%|
|Laboratory Researcher||16,000 SAR||-33%|
|Laboratory Technician||11,900 SAR||-50%|
|Life Sciences Analyst||17,600 SAR||-27%|
|Life Scientist||21,700 SAR||-10%|
|Marine Architect||16,800 SAR||-30%|
|Marine Biologist||19,200 SAR||-20%|
|Marine Superintendent||13,300 SAR||-45%|
|Materials Analyst||13,600 SAR||-43%|
|Materials Scientist||19,300 SAR||-20%|
|Medical Scientist||22,100 SAR||-8%|
|Natural Language Processing Researcher||16,400 SAR||-32%|
|Natural Resource Specialist||16,700 SAR||-30%|
|Natural Sciences Manager||23,700 SAR||-1%|
|Nuclear Engineer||25,700 SAR||+7%|
|Physical Scientist||20,900 SAR||-13%|
|Political Scientist||23,200 SAR||-3%|
|Polygraph Examiner||11,900 SAR||-50%|
|Polysomnographic Technologist||15,300 SAR||-36%|
|Product Development Scientist||16,900 SAR||-30%|
|Quantitative Research Analyst||18,400 SAR||-23%|
|Quantitative Researcher||18,200 SAR||-24%|
|Radiation Protection Specialist||17,000 SAR||-29%|
|Refrigeration Technician||11,600 SAR||-52%|
|Research Scientist||18,400 SAR||-23%|
|Risk Safety Engineer||14,200 SAR||-41%|
|Scientific Photographer||15,000 SAR||-38%|
|Scientific Programmer||17,100 SAR||-29%|
|Service Engineer||15,100 SAR||-37%|
|Service Technician||12,100 SAR||-50%|
|Social Science Research Assistant||13,800 SAR||-43%|
|Social Scientist||18,800 SAR||-22%|
|Soil Scientist||17,300 SAR||-28%|
|Statistical Analyst||14,600 SAR||-39%|
|Statistical Assistant||12,200 SAR||-49%|
|Survey Analyst||14,800 SAR||-38%|
|Survey Researcher||13,600 SAR||-43%|
|Surveying and Mapping Technician||11,900 SAR||-50%|
|Team Leader||17,400 SAR||-28%|
|Technical Manager||18,600 SAR||-23%|
|Technical Officer||12,300 SAR||-49%|
|Technical Service Director||18,600 SAR||-23%|
|Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist||15,000 SAR||-38%|
|Technical Services Research and Development Manager||24,500 SAR||+2%|
|Technical Services Research Coordinator||16,100 SAR||-33%|
|Water Ecologist||22,000 SAR||-8%|
|Wildlife Biologist||20,700 SAR||-14%|