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System Administrator Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a System Administrator make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
13,400 SAR
( 161,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as a System Administrator in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 13,400 SAR per month. Salaries range from 6,970 SAR (lowest) to 20,500 SAR (highest).

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

System Administrator Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    System Administrator salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 6,970 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 20,500 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 12,900 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as System Administrator(s) are earning less than 12,900 SAR while the other half are earning more than 12,900 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 System Administrator(s) are earning less than 8,930 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 8,930 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of System Administrator(s) are earning less than 16,000 SAR while 25% are earning more than 16,000 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

System Administrator 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 System Administrator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A System Administrator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 7,920 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 10,600 SAR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 13,800 SAR per month, 30% 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, System Administrator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 16,700 SAR per month, 21% 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 18,300 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 19,200 SAR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

System Administrator average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
7,920 SAR
2 - 5 Years+34%
10,600 SAR
5 - 10 Years+30%
13,800 SAR
10 - 15 Years+21%
16,700 SAR
15 - 20 Years+9%
18,300 SAR
20+ Years+5%
19,200 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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System Administrator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a System Administrator is 9,410 SAR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 14,300 SAR per month, 52% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 20,200 SAR per month, 42% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

System Administrator average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Certificate or Diploma
9,410 SAR
Bachelor's Degree+52%
14,300 SAR
Master's Degree+42%
20,200 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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System Administrator Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia System Administrator
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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 System Administrator employees in Saudi Arabia earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

12,700 SAR
14,600 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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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 System Administrator 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

System Administrator Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia System Administrator
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Average Salary 2016
11,900 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
12,300 SAR
Average Salary 2018+2%
12,600 SAR
Average Salary 2019+3%
12,900 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

System Administrator 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 3% 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.

System Administrator Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

77 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 77 SAR. This means that the average System Administrator in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 77 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.

System Administrator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between System Administrator and Information Technology monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for System Administrator is 11% less than that of IT Administration. Also, IT Administration salaries are 7% less than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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CRM Application Administrator14,100 SAR+5%
Information Technology Administrator12,200 SAR-9%
Information Technology Project Administrator13,500 SAR+1%
Linux Administrator15,400 SAR+15%
Lotus Domino Administrator15,600 SAR+16%
Mail Server Administrator13,900 SAR+4%
NT Systems Administrator13,500 SAR+1%
SharePoint Administrator14,800 SAR+10%
System Administrator13,400 SAR-0%
Technology Specialist17,000 SAR+27%
UNIX Administrator14,800 SAR+10%
Windows System Administrator14,600 SAR+9%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha14,200 SAR
Dammam13,800 SAR
Jeddah15,700 SAR
Khubar14,300 SAR
Mecca14,600 SAR
Medina14,900 SAR
Riyadh15,300 SAR
Tabuk13,100 SAR
Taif13,600 SAR
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