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Physicist Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a Physicist make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
24,000 SAR
( 288,000 SAR yearly)


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 Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Physicist salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 13,000 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 36,200 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • Percentiles

    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.

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

Physicist 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 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.

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, 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.

Physicist average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
15,100 SAR
2 - 5 Years+26%
19,000 SAR
5 - 10 Years+32%
25,100 SAR
10 - 15 Years+18%
29,500 SAR
15 - 20 Years+11%
32,600 SAR
20+ Years+6%
34,700 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Physicist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Physicist average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Bachelor's Degree
18,100 SAR
Master's Degree+33%
24,100 SAR
34,400 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 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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Physicist Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Physicist employees in Saudi Arabia earn 12% more than their female counterparts.

22,400 SAR
25,100 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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Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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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.

Private Sector
16,200 SAR
Public Sector+7%
17,300 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Physicist Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Physicist
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Average Salary 2016
22,100 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
22,900 SAR
Average Salary 2018+1%
23,200 SAR
Average Salary 2019+2%
23,600 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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.

Physicist Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

140 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 140 SAR. This means that the average Physicist in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 140 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.

Physicist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Physicist and Science and Technical Services monthly Saudi Arabia
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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Lab Technologist14,800 SAR-38%
Algorithm Developer17,500 SAR-27%
Analytical Chemist20,000 SAR-17%
Anthropologist19,000 SAR-21%
Archeologist16,900 SAR-30%
Assistant Breeder10,300 SAR-57%
Astronomer25,800 SAR+7%
Atmospheric and Space Scientist21,600 SAR-10%
Behavior Analyst17,400 SAR-28%
Behavior Intervention Specialist17,000 SAR-29%
Biochemist18,800 SAR-22%
Biofuels Processing Technician12,600 SAR-48%
Biofuels Production Manager16,700 SAR-30%
Biologist18,100 SAR-25%
Biomedical Scientist25,000 SAR+4%
Biophysicist22,400 SAR-7%
Chemical Engineer16,300 SAR-32%
Chemical Technologist14,400 SAR-40%
Chemist21,900 SAR-9%
Chief Technologist23,900 SAR-0%
Climate Change Analyst17,900 SAR-25%
Clinical Laboratory Scientist21,600 SAR-10%
Computer Scientist17,900 SAR-25%
Conservation Scientist22,200 SAR-8%
Data Scientist18,700 SAR-22%
DNA Analyst19,600 SAR-18%
Ecologist21,200 SAR-12%
Economic Development Specialist22,100 SAR-8%
Flavourist14,300 SAR-40%
Food Scientist17,000 SAR-29%
Forensic Scientist17,800 SAR-26%
Formulation Technologist12,600 SAR-48%
Fraud Investigator16,400 SAR-32%
Genomics Scientist24,000 SAR-0%
Geographer17,300 SAR-28%
Geographic Information Systems Technician12,600 SAR-48%
Geological Data Technician12,300 SAR-49%
Geological Technician14,400 SAR-40%
Geologist20,700 SAR-14%
Geomatics Scientist20,900 SAR-13%
Geophysical Data Technician12,100 SAR-50%
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist18,800 SAR-22%
Hydrologist18,200 SAR-24%
Industrial Ecologist19,900 SAR-17%
Intelligence Analyst17,100 SAR-29%
Knowledge Management Specialist17,300 SAR-28%
Laboratory Manager18,300 SAR-24%
Laboratory Researcher16,000 SAR-33%
Laboratory Technician11,900 SAR-50%
Life Sciences Analyst17,600 SAR-27%
Life Scientist21,700 SAR-10%
Marine Architect16,800 SAR-30%
Marine Biologist19,200 SAR-20%
Marine Superintendent13,300 SAR-45%
Materials Analyst13,600 SAR-43%
Materials Scientist19,300 SAR-20%
Mathematician22,000 SAR-8%
Medical Scientist22,100 SAR-8%
Metallurgist18,400 SAR-23%
Meteorologist18,100 SAR-25%
Microbiologist20,800 SAR-13%
Natural Language Processing Researcher16,400 SAR-32%
Natural Resource Specialist16,700 SAR-30%
Natural Sciences Manager23,700 SAR-1%
Nuclear Engineer25,700 SAR+7%
Physical Scientist20,900 SAR-13%
Physicist24,000 SAR-0%
Political Scientist23,200 SAR-3%
Polygraph Examiner11,900 SAR-50%
Polysomnographic Technologist15,300 SAR-36%
Product Development Scientist16,900 SAR-30%
Quantitative Research Analyst18,400 SAR-23%
Quantitative Researcher18,200 SAR-24%
Radiation Protection Specialist17,000 SAR-29%
Refrigeration Technician11,600 SAR-52%
Research Scientist18,400 SAR-23%
Risk Safety Engineer14,200 SAR-41%
Scientific Photographer15,000 SAR-38%
Scientific Programmer17,100 SAR-29%
Scientist19,100 SAR-20%
Service Engineer15,100 SAR-37%
Service Technician12,100 SAR-50%
Social Science Research Assistant13,800 SAR-43%
Social Scientist18,800 SAR-22%
Sociologist19,000 SAR-21%
Soil Scientist17,300 SAR-28%
Statistical Analyst14,600 SAR-39%
Statistical Assistant12,200 SAR-49%
Statistician18,400 SAR-23%
Survey Analyst14,800 SAR-38%
Survey Researcher13,600 SAR-43%
Surveying and Mapping Technician11,900 SAR-50%
Team Leader17,400 SAR-28%
Technical Manager18,600 SAR-23%
Technical Officer12,300 SAR-49%
Technical Service Director18,600 SAR-23%
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist15,000 SAR-38%
Technical Services Research and Development Manager24,500 SAR+2%
Technical Services Research Coordinator16,100 SAR-33%
Technician11,000 SAR-54%
Water Ecologist22,000 SAR-8%
Wildlife Biologist20,700 SAR-14%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha22,700 SAR
Dammam22,300 SAR
Jeddah24,400 SAR
Khubar22,700 SAR
Mecca23,700 SAR
Medina23,000 SAR
Riyadh25,200 SAR
Tabuk22,000 SAR
Taif23,000 SAR
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