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Developer / Programmer Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2019

How much money does a Developer / Programmer make in Saudi Arabia?

13,968 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Developer / Programmer in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 13,968 SAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Developer / Programmer salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Developer / Programmer Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Developer / Programmer

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Developer / Programmer salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 5,727 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 21,511 SAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 14,527 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Developer / Programmer are earning less than 14,527 SAR while the other half are earning more than 14,527 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 people working as Developer / Programmer are earning less than 9,114 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 9,114 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Developer / Programmer are earning less than 19,461 SAR while 25% are earning more than 19,461 SAR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
6,595 SAR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
9,042 SAR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
11,409 SAR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
13,777 SAR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
16,144 SAR
20+ Years    +24%  
20,012 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Developer / Programmer salaries by experience level. A Developer / Programmer with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 6,595 SAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 9,042 SAR per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 11,409 SAR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Developer / Programmer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 13,777 SAR per month, 21% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 16,144 SAR per month, 17% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 20,012 SAR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Saudi Arabia Developer / Programmer

Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
8,331 SAR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
11,646 SAR
Master's Degree    +41%  
16,381 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Developer / Programmer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Developer / Programmer is 8,331 SAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 11,646 SAR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 16,381 SAR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Saudi Arabia Developer / Programmer


Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
12,641 SAR
Male    +21%  
15,295 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Developer / Programmer employees in Saudi Arabia earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Developer / Programmer

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
11,943 SAR
Public Sector    +34%  
15,994 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Developer / Programmer employees in Saudi Arabia earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Saudi Arabia Developer / Programmer

Developer / Programmer Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Developer / Programmer
Average Salary 2016    =  
12,526 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
12,989 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
13,470 SAR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
13,968 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Developer / Programmer salaries in Saudi Arabia are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Developer / Programmer Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

81 SAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia for Developer / Programmer is 81 SAR. This means that the average Developer / Programmer in Saudi Arabia earns approximatly 81 SAR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Developer / Programmer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Developer / Programmer and Information Technology monthly Saudi ArabiaWe compared Saudi Arabia salaries for Developer / Programmer, Information Technology, and All Jobs and we found that Developer / Programmer salaries are 14% less than those of Information Technology. We also found out that Information Technology salaries are 3% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
ABAP Developer14,525 SAR+4%
Android Developer13,462 SAR-4%
Angular Developer13,143 SAR-6%
AS400 Programmer14,455 SAR+3%
Avaloq Developer13,371 SAR-4%
BizTalk Developer 14,967 SAR+7%
Build and Release Engineer14,565 SAR+4%
Business Intelligence Developer16,575 SAR+19%
Business Objects Developer14,596 SAR+4%
C# Developer14,626 SAR+5%
C++ Developer15,705 SAR+12%
CMS Developer13,011 SAR-7%
Curam Developer13,192 SAR-6%
Developer / Programmer13,968 SAR=
Flash Developer13,250 SAR-5%
Front End Developer13,036 SAR-7%
Full Stack Developer15,150 SAR+8%
Game Developer14,805 SAR+6%
GIS Developer14,640 SAR+5%
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer13,327 SAR-5%
Graphics Programmer12,975 SAR-7%
Imaging Programmer13,205 SAR-5%
IOS Developer14,131 SAR+1%
Java Developer13,852 SAR-1%
Javascript Developer14,330 SAR+3%
Lead Developer15,281 SAR+9%
Mobile Developer13,826 SAR-1%
Multimedia Developer12,962 SAR-7%
Nodejs Developer15,701 SAR+12%
Oracle Developer16,333 SAR+17%
Perl Developer13,775 SAR-1%
PHP Developer14,071 SAR+1%
Python Developer15,214 SAR+9%
Remedy Developer12,158 SAR-13%
Ruby Developer14,017 SAR+0%
Salesforce Developer12,621 SAR-10%
SAS Programmer14,107 SAR+1%
Sharepoint Developer14,153 SAR+1%
Software Development Manager17,505 SAR+25%
Software QA Engineer14,325 SAR+3%
Software Test Engineer13,396 SAR-4%
Teradata Developer12,860 SAR-8%
TIBCO Developer12,685 SAR-9%
User Experience Designer12,894 SAR-8%
VB Developer12,308 SAR-12%
VB.NET Developer14,030 SAR+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha13,157 SAR
Dammam14,660 SAR
Jeddah14,785 SAR
Khubar14,344 SAR
Mecca14,260 SAR
Medina15,193 SAR
Riyadh15,319 SAR
Tabuk12,842 SAR
Taif13,570 SAR
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