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Information Technology Manager Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does an Information Technology Manager make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
27,000 SAR
( 324,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as an Information Technology Manager in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 27,000 SAR per month. Salaries range from 13,800 SAR (lowest) to 41,600 SAR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Information Technology Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Information Technology Manager Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology Manager salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 13,800 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 41,600 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 26,500 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Information Technology Manager(s) are earning less than 26,500 SAR while the other half are earning more than 26,500 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 Information Technology Manager(s) are earning less than 18,100 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 18,100 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Information Technology Manager(s) are earning less than 33,300 SAR while 25% are earning more than 33,300 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

Information Technology Manager 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 Information Technology Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Information Technology Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 15,400 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 20,200 SAR per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 28,200 SAR per month, 40% 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, Information Technology Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 33,900 SAR per month, 20% 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 36,900 SAR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 39,800 SAR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Information Technology Manager average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
15,400 SAR
2 - 5 Years+31%
20,200 SAR
5 - 10 Years+40%
28,200 SAR
10 - 15 Years+20%
33,900 SAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
36,900 SAR
20+ Years+8%
39,800 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Information Technology Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Information Technology Manager(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 Information Technology Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of an Information Technology Manager is 17,700 SAR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 26,600 SAR per month, 50% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 39,400 SAR per month, 48% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Information Technology Manager average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Certificate or Diploma
17,700 SAR
Bachelor's Degree+50%
26,600 SAR
Master's Degree+48%
39,400 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 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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Information Technology Manager 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 Information Technology Manager employees in Saudi Arabia earn 25% more than their female counterparts on average.

24,200 SAR
30,100 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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Information Technology Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

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

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Information Technology Manager(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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

Information Technology

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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Information Technology Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Information Technology Manager
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An Information Technology Manager is considered to be a high 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.

20% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 80% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

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 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

Information Technology Manager Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

160 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 160 SAR. This means that the average Information Technology Manager in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 160 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.

Information Technology Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Information Technology Manager and Information Technology monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Information Technology Manager is 26% more than that of IT Management. Also, IT Management salaries are 26% more than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Information Technology Manager19,000 SAR-30%
Assistant Service Delivery Manager19,100 SAR-29%
Capacity Planning Manager20,800 SAR-23%
Client Delivery Manager21,100 SAR-22%
Delivery Manager15,600 SAR-42%
Development Manager21,300 SAR-21%
Director of Technology26,600 SAR-1%
Enterprise Architecture Manager19,100 SAR-29%
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager23,200 SAR-14%
ERP Project Manager20,100 SAR-26%
Financial Systems Manager21,700 SAR-20%
Hardware Engineering Manager23,500 SAR-13%
Head of Development21,300 SAR-21%
Helpdesk Manager18,400 SAR-32%
Information Technology Asset Manager19,700 SAR-27%
Information Technology Director26,900 SAR-0%
Information Technology Manager27,000 SAR+0%
Information Technology Operations Manager25,400 SAR-6%
Information Technology Product Manager23,700 SAR-12%
Information Technology Project Coordinator16,300 SAR-40%
Information Technology Project Leader18,600 SAR-31%
Information Technology Project Manager23,700 SAR-12%
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager18,000 SAR-33%
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)17,200 SAR-36%
Information Technology Team Leader19,400 SAR-28%
Interface Design Manager20,000 SAR-26%
Major Incident Manager18,400 SAR-32%
Multimedia Services Manager17,800 SAR-34%
Network Administration Team Lead17,300 SAR-36%
Network and Infrastructure Manager24,900 SAR-8%
Service Delivery Manager20,700 SAR-23%
Service Level Manager19,300 SAR-29%
Service Support Lead14,900 SAR-45%
SOC Engineer14,400 SAR-47%
Supervisor10,600 SAR-61%
Technical Manager16,100 SAR-40%
Technical Project Manager20,200 SAR-25%
Technology Director25,600 SAR-5%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha26,100 SAR
Dammam26,300 SAR
Jeddah28,600 SAR
Khubar27,100 SAR
Mecca26,900 SAR
Medina28,000 SAR
Riyadh27,400 SAR
Tabuk23,600 SAR
Taif26,200 SAR
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