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Architect Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2019

How much money does an Architect make in Saudi Arabia?

13,981 SAR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as an Architect in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 13,981 SAR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Architect salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Architect Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

Median and salary distribution monthly Saudi Arabia Architect

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Architect salaries in Saudi Arabia range between 6,851 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 20,413 SAR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 13,422 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Architect are earning less than 13,422 SAR while the other half are earning more than 13,422 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 Architect are earning less than 9,123 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 9,123 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Architect are earning less than 15,564 SAR while 25% are earning more than 15,564 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

Architect Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
8,072 SAR
2 - 5 Years    +29%  
10,377 SAR
5 - 10 Years    +17%  
12,140 SAR
10 - 15 Years    +15%  
13,903 SAR
15 - 20 Years    +21%  
16,887 SAR
20+ Years    +16%  
19,531 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 Architect salaries by experience level. An Architect with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 8,072 SAR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 10,377 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 12,140 SAR per month, 17% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Architect(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 13,903 SAR per month, 15% 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 16,887 SAR per month, 21% 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 19,531 SAR per month, 16% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Saudi Arabia Architect

Architect Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
10,513 SAR
Bachelor's Degree    +30%  
13,632 SAR
Master's Degree    +25%  
17,023 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 Architect salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of an Architect is 10,513 SAR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 13,632 SAR per month, 30% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 17,023 SAR per month, 25% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Saudi Arabia Architect


Architect Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
13,003 SAR
Male    +14%  
14,820 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 Architect employees in Saudi Arabia earn 14% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Architect

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
12,304 SAR
Public Sector    +26%  
15,519 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 Architect employees in Saudi Arabia earn 26% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Saudi Arabia Architect

Architect Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Architect
Average Salary 2016    =  
13,099 SAR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
13,584 SAR
Average Salary 2018    +1%  
13,761 SAR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
13,981 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Architect 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 2% 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.

Architect Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

81 SAR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia for Architect is 81 SAR. This means that the average Architect 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.

Architect VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Architect and Architecture monthly Saudi ArabiaWe compared Saudi Arabia salaries for Architect, Architecture, and All Jobs and we found that Architect salaries are 2% less than those of Architecture. We also found out that Architecture salaries are 15% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Architect13,981 SAR=
Architectural Designer13,661 SAR-2%
Architectural Drafter11,054 SAR-21%
Architectural Manager18,576 SAR+33%
Architectural Technician14,803 SAR+6%
Architecture Consultant15,498 SAR+11%
Architecture Estimating Manager15,780 SAR+13%
Architecture Specifications Writer10,395 SAR-26%
Assistant Architectural Manager16,078 SAR+15%
CAD Drafter12,415 SAR-11%
CAD Manager15,280 SAR+9%
Design and Decoration Assistant12,719 SAR-9%
Design Manager15,988 SAR+14%
Drafting Supervisor13,101 SAR-6%
Facilities and Project Manager17,620 SAR+26%
Facility Planner14,909 SAR+7%
Interior Design Assistant11,045 SAR-21%
Interior Designer14,772 SAR+6%
Kitchen Designer12,494 SAR-11%
Landscape Architect14,253 SAR+2%
Landscape Artist14,017 SAR+0%
Landscaper12,885 SAR-8%
Mapping Technician11,481 SAR-18%
Mechanical Drafter12,211 SAR-13%
Photogrammetrist11,651 SAR-17%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha14,572 SAR
Dammam14,524 SAR
Jeddah16,028 SAR
Khubar14,468 SAR
Mecca15,519 SAR
Medina15,017 SAR
Riyadh14,970 SAR
Tabuk12,819 SAR
Taif13,477 SAR
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