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Tester Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does a Tester make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
13,300 SAR
( 160,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as a Tester in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 13,300 SAR per month. Salaries range from 6,520 SAR (lowest) to 20,700 SAR (highest).

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

Tester Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Tester
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Tester salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 6,520 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 20,700 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 13,600 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Tester(s) are earning less than 13,600 SAR while the other half are earning more than 13,600 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 Tester(s) are earning less than 9,030 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 9,030 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Tester(s) are earning less than 17,500 SAR while 25% are earning more than 17,500 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

Tester Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Saudi Arabia Tester
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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 Tester salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Tester with less than two years of experience makes approximately 7,720 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 9,930 SAR per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 13,700 SAR per month, 38% 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, Tester(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 17,000 SAR per month, 24% 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 18,200 SAR per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 19,400 SAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Tester average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
7,720 SAR
2 - 5 Years+29%
9,930 SAR
5 - 10 Years+38%
13,700 SAR
10 - 15 Years+24%
17,000 SAR
15 - 20 Years+7%
18,200 SAR
20+ Years+7%
19,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Tester Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Tester(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Saudi Arabia Tester
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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 Tester salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Tester is 9,930 SAR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 13,300 SAR per month, 34% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 20,500 SAR per month, 53% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Tester average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

Certificate or Diploma
9,930 SAR
Bachelor's Degree+34%
13,300 SAR
Master's Degree+53%
20,500 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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Tester Salary Comparison By Gender

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

12,100 SAR
14,000 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 Tester 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

Tester Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Tester
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Average Salary 2016
11,800 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
12,200 SAR
Average Salary 2018+3%
12,600 SAR
Average Salary 2019+2%
12,800 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Tester 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.

Tester 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 Tester 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.

Tester VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Tester and Information Technology monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Tester is 10% less than that of Other IT. Also, Other IT salaries are 10% less than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Applications System Specialist14,000 SAR+5%
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist16,700 SAR+26%
Artificial Intelligence Developer15,200 SAR+14%
Blockchain Associate14,400 SAR+8%
Blockchain Developer14,800 SAR+11%
Computer Animator13,900 SAR+5%
Computer Hardware Engineer13,000 SAR-2%
Computer Operator10,700 SAR-20%
Computer Technician12,200 SAR-8%
Copy Editor12,900 SAR-3%
Data Center Technician14,100 SAR+6%
Documentation Specialist13,400 SAR+1%
Ethical Hacker14,600 SAR+10%
GIS Analyst14,300 SAR+8%
Global BI Analyst16,600 SAR+25%
Hardware Design Engineer14,600 SAR+10%
Hardware Technician11,600 SAR-13%
Help Desk Analyst14,900 SAR+12%
Informatics Optimization Specialist15,300 SAR+15%
Information Assurance Analyst15,200 SAR+14%
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer13,500 SAR+2%
Information Technology Quality Specialist15,100 SAR+14%
Information Technology Trainer16,200 SAR+22%
Interface Designer12,300 SAR-7%
Microsystems Engineer16,000 SAR+20%
Numerical Control Programmer13,100 SAR-1%
Records Manager13,500 SAR+2%
Scrum Master12,800 SAR-4%
Software Sales13,400 SAR+1%
Software Specialist13,100 SAR-1%
Storage Engineer12,800 SAR-4%
Systems Engineer12,400 SAR-7%
Systems Integrator14,800 SAR+11%
Technical Sales14,300 SAR+8%
Technical Trainer16,400 SAR+23%
Technical Writer14,200 SAR+7%
Tester13,300 SAR+0%
Usability Engineer14,300 SAR+8%
User Experience Consultant17,000 SAR+28%
User Experience Design Expert15,500 SAR+17%
User Experience Researcher16,600 SAR+25%
User Interface Designer15,300 SAR+15%
Video Game Designer13,400 SAR+1%
Visual Information Specialist13,800 SAR+4%
Writer and Documentor13,700 SAR+3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha12,900 SAR
Dammam13,000 SAR
Jeddah14,100 SAR
Khubar13,300 SAR
Mecca13,200 SAR
Medina13,800 SAR
Riyadh13,500 SAR
Tabuk11,600 SAR
Taif12,900 SAR
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