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Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense Average Salaries in Saudi Arabia 2021

How much money does a person working in Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense make in Saudi Arabia?


Average Monthly Salary
17,000 SAR
( 204,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
7,210
SAR
AVERAGE
17,000
SAR
HIGH
34,800
SAR

A person working in Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 17,000 SAR per month. Salaries range from 7,210 SAR (lowest average) to 34,800 SAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Aeronautical Engineer16,800 SAR
Aerospace Engineer20,100 SAR
Aerospace Technician15,100 SAR
Air Crew Officer10,400 SAR
Air Traffic Assistant9,740 SAR
Air Traffic Controller17,100 SAR
Aircraft Captain26,800 SAR
Aircraft Electrician8,600 SAR
Aircraft Engineer16,000 SAR
Aircraft Fueler7,140 SAR
Aircraft Maintenance Manager24,700 SAR
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor17,700 SAR
Aircraft Maintenance Technician7,940 SAR
Aircraft Mechanic8,670 SAR
Aircraft Quality Assurance21,400 SAR
Airfield Management Specialist25,700 SAR
Airfield Operations Specialist19,200 SAR
Airline Cabin Crew15,400 SAR
Airline Copilot18,400 SAR
Airlines Sales Manager28,400 SAR
Airlines Structural Assembler7,120 SAR
Airport Services Agent10,800 SAR
Airport Services Manager33,400 SAR
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic7,370 SAR
Aviation Analyst21,900 SAR
Aviation Inspector18,200 SAR
Aviation Manager33,800 SAR
Aviation Operations Controller17,700 SAR
Aviation Resources Manager27,800 SAR
Aviation Safety Manager30,200 SAR
Aviation Safety Officer16,100 SAR
Aviation Technician7,660 SAR
Cargo Executive14,400 SAR
Chief Pilot28,200 SAR
First Officer11,400 SAR
Fleet Management Officer11,700 SAR
Flight Attendant10,700 SAR
Flight Scheduler12,900 SAR
Flight Simulation Engineer14,700 SAR
Freight and Cargo Inspector11,900 SAR
Helicopter Pilot17,100 SAR
Loading Bridge Operator6,780 SAR
Pilot28,300 SAR
Ramp Agent7,250 SAR
Reservations Sales Agent9,100 SAR
Safety and Quality Specialist16,900 SAR
Test Pilot19,300 SAR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense Jobs Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 7,210 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 34,800 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 17,700 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense are earning less than 17,700 SAR while the other half are earning more than 17,700 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 people working in Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense are earning less than 11,200 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 11,200 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense are earning less than 27,300 SAR while 25% are earning more than 27,300 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
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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 employees in Saudi Arabia who work in Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
18,000 SAR
Female-8%
16,600 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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Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia for Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense professionals in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
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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 2020

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 2020. 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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Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
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Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

46% of surveyed staff in Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% 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
54%
No Bonus
46%

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.

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense Hourly Average Wage in Saudi Arabia


98 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 98 SAR. This means that the average person in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 98 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.

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense and Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense is 2% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha16,100 SAR
Dammam16,700 SAR
Jeddah17,700 SAR
Khubar16,500 SAR
Mecca17,400 SAR
Medina17,100 SAR
Riyadh18,000 SAR
Tabuk15,500 SAR
Taif15,800 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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