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Interior Designer Average Salary in Saudi Arabia 2020

How much money does an Interior Designer make in Saudi Arabia?

Average Monthly Salary
14,800 SAR
( 177,000 SAR yearly)


A person working as an Interior Designer in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 14,800 SAR per month. Salaries range from 7,390 SAR (lowest) to 22,900 SAR (highest).

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

Interior Designer Salary Distribution in Saudi Arabia

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

  • Salary Range

    Interior Designer salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 7,390 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 22,900 SAR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 14,800 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Interior Designer(s) are earning less than 14,800 SAR while the other half are earning more than 14,800 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 Interior Designer(s) are earning less than 9,970 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 9,970 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Interior Designer(s) are earning less than 18,800 SAR while 25% are earning more than 18,800 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

Interior Designer 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 Interior Designer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Interior Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 8,860 SAR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 11,700 SAR per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 15,700 SAR per month, 34% 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, Interior Designer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 18,700 SAR per month, 19% 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 20,200 SAR per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 21,700 SAR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Interior Designer average salary change by experience in Saudi Arabia

0 - 2 Years
8,860 SAR
2 - 5 Years+32%
11,700 SAR
5 - 10 Years+34%
15,700 SAR
10 - 15 Years+19%
18,700 SAR
15 - 20 Years+8%
20,200 SAR
20+ Years+7%
21,700 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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Interior Designer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Interior Designer is 11,100 SAR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 12,700 SAR per month, 14% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 17,200 SAR per month, 36% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 21,700 SAR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Interior Designer average salary difference by education level in Saudi Arabia

High School
11,100 SAR
Certificate or Diploma+14%
12,700 SAR
Bachelor's Degree+36%
17,200 SAR
Master's Degree+26%
21,700 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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Interior Designer Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Interior Designer employees in Saudi Arabia earn 8% more than their female counterparts.

14,100 SAR
15,200 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 Interior Designer 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

Interior Designer Salary Trend and Forecast in Saudi Arabia

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Interior Designer
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Average Salary 2016
13,300 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
13,800 SAR
Average Salary 2018+3%
14,200 SAR
Average Salary 2019+1%
14,400 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Interior Designer 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 1% 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.

Interior Designer Average Hourly Wage in Saudi Arabia

85 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Saudi Arabia is 85 SAR. This means that the average Interior Designer in Saudi Arabia earns approximately 85 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.

Interior Designer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Interior Designer and Architecture monthly Saudi Arabia
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The average salary for Interior Designer is 3% more than that of Architecture. Also, Architecture salaries are 15% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Architect14,000 SAR-5%
Architectural Designer13,700 SAR-7%
Architectural Drafter11,100 SAR-25%
Architectural Manager18,600 SAR+26%
Architectural Technician14,800 SAR+0%
Architecture Consultant15,500 SAR+5%
Architecture Estimating Manager15,800 SAR+7%
Architecture Specifications Writer10,400 SAR-30%
Assistant Architectural Manager16,100 SAR+9%
CAD Drafter12,400 SAR-16%
CAD Manager15,300 SAR+4%
Design and Decoration Assistant12,700 SAR-14%
Design Manager16,000 SAR+8%
Drafting Supervisor13,100 SAR-11%
Facilities and Project Manager17,600 SAR+19%
Facility Planner14,900 SAR+1%
Interior Design Assistant11,000 SAR-26%
Interior Designer14,800 SAR+0%
Kitchen Designer12,500 SAR-15%
Landscape Architect14,300 SAR-3%
Landscape Artist14,000 SAR-5%
Landscaper12,900 SAR-13%
Mapping Technician11,500 SAR-22%
Mechanical Drafter12,200 SAR-17%
Photogrammetrist11,700 SAR-21%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha14,500 SAR
Dammam15,200 SAR
Jeddah16,300 SAR
Khubar14,700 SAR
Mecca15,900 SAR
Medina15,600 SAR
Riyadh16,600 SAR
Tabuk13,900 SAR
Taif14,300 SAR
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