A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Saudi Arabia typically earns around 11,500 SAR per month. Salaries range from 5,420 SAR (lowest) to 18,200 SAR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Laboratory Technician salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Laboratory Technician salaries in Saudi Arabia range from 5,420 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 18,200 SAR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 12,200 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 12,200 SAR while the other half are earning more than 12,200 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 Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 7,940 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 7,940 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 16,100 SAR while 25% are earning more than 16,100 SAR.
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
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 Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 6,250 SAR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 8,620 SAR per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 12,300 SAR per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 15,000 SAR per month, 22% 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 15,800 SAR per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 17,200 SAR per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+38%|
|5 - 10 Years||+42%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
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 Laboratory Technician salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 8,620 SAR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 15,800 SAR per month, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
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 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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Laboratory Technician employees in Saudi Arabia earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.
Laboratory Technician(s) in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.
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.
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
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.
A Laboratory Technician is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.
68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 45% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Academic Clinician||29,500 SAR||+160%|
|Admitting Officer||11,400 SAR||-1%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||11,700 SAR||+1%|
|Ambulance Driver||10,700 SAR||-7%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||12,600 SAR||+9%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||23,000 SAR||+99%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||28,000 SAR||+140%|
|Anesthesia Technician||16,400 SAR||+42%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||17,200 SAR||+49%|
|Assistant Optometrist||13,700 SAR||+19%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||23,000 SAR||+99%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||12,000 SAR||+4%|
|Cardiac Technician||11,500 SAR||-0%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||60,100 SAR||+420%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||22,600 SAR||+96%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||14,000 SAR||+21%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||15,000 SAR||+30%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||15,200 SAR||+32%|
|Clinical Biochemist||27,500 SAR||+140%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||23,300 SAR||+100%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||15,100 SAR||+31%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||18,600 SAR||+61%|
|Clinical Field Associate||14,800 SAR||+28%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||23,200 SAR||+100%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||30,300 SAR||+160%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||25,000 SAR||+120%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||31,200 SAR||+170%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||17,600 SAR||+53%|
|Clinical Scientist||30,500 SAR||+160%|
|CME Specialist||25,400 SAR||+120%|
|CT Technologist||15,200 SAR||+32%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||22,400 SAR||+94%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||18,300 SAR||+59%|
|Dispensing Optician||14,600 SAR||+27%|
|EKG Technician||14,500 SAR||+26%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||12,400 SAR||+8%|
|Endoscopy Technician||13,000 SAR||+13%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||20,800 SAR||+80%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||12,300 SAR||+7%|
|Health Systems Specialist||19,200 SAR||+66%|
|Health Technologist||21,400 SAR||+86%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||15,400 SAR||+34%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||16,000 SAR||+39%|
|Industrial Hygienist||20,200 SAR||+75%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||14,600 SAR||+27%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||32,600 SAR||+180%|
|Infection Preventionist||23,200 SAR||+100%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||17,100 SAR||+48%|
|Interventional Radiographer||24,400 SAR||+110%|
|Lab Assistant||12,200 SAR||+6%|
|Laboratory Manager||22,100 SAR||+92%|
|Laboratory Technician||11,500 SAR||-0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||27,700 SAR||+140%|
|Mammography Technician||12,700 SAR||+10%|
|Medical Coder||10,900 SAR||-5%|
|Medical Courier||8,470 SAR||-27%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||12,600 SAR||+9%|
|Medical Forms Designer||10,500 SAR||-9%|
|Medical Technologist||12,900 SAR||+12%|
|MRI Technologist||13,000 SAR||+13%|
|Music Therapist||18,100 SAR||+57%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||12,800 SAR||+11%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||11,100 SAR||-4%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||18,000 SAR||+56%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||18,200 SAR||+58%|
|Nutrition Assistant||12,300 SAR||+7%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||12,500 SAR||+8%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||11,800 SAR||+2%|
|Operating Room Services Director||36,200 SAR||+210%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||13,000 SAR||+13%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||12,900 SAR||+12%|
|Orthopedic Technician||13,400 SAR||+16%|
|Pathology Assistant||12,500 SAR||+8%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||18,300 SAR||+59%|
|Radiation Therapist||43,100 SAR||+270%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||17,900 SAR||+55%|
|Radiography Technologist||17,700 SAR||+53%|
|Radiologic Technologist||17,700 SAR||+53%|
|Radiology Technologist||18,600 SAR||+61%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||32,500 SAR||+180%|
|Respiratory Therapist||25,000 SAR||+120%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||14,200 SAR||+23%|
|Sonography Technologist||18,300 SAR||+59%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||26,200 SAR||+130%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||13,300 SAR||+15%|
|Vascular Technologist||12,000 SAR||+4%|
|X-Ray Technologist||18,700 SAR||+62%|
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.