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Information Technology Average Salaries in Riyadh 2020

How much money does a person working in Information Technology make in Riyadh?

Average Monthly Salary
17,700 SAR
( 213,000 SAR yearly)


A person working in Information Technology in Riyadh typically earns around 17,700 SAR per month. Salaries range from 9,190 SAR (lowest average) to 28,900 SAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Information Technology careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
2nd Line Systems Engineer16,200 SAR
ABAP Developer15,300 SAR
Advertising Account Planner14,800 SAR
Android Developer16,700 SAR
Angular Developer14,500 SAR
Application Consultant19,500 SAR
Applications System Specialist14,100 SAR
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist20,500 SAR
Artificial Intelligence Developer19,500 SAR
AS400 Programmer16,800 SAR
Assistant Information Technology Manager19,500 SAR
Assistant Service Delivery Manager20,100 SAR
Avaloq Developer15,200 SAR
BizTalk Developer 17,900 SAR
Blockchain Associate15,800 SAR
Blockchain Developer15,500 SAR
Build and Release Engineer15,500 SAR
Business Intelligence Analyst17,100 SAR
Business Intelligence Developer17,000 SAR
Business Objects Developer16,000 SAR
Business Process Consultant17,900 SAR
Business Systems Analyst15,500 SAR
C# Developer18,300 SAR
C++ Developer17,500 SAR
Capacity Planning Manager22,700 SAR
Change Administrator14,900 SAR
Chief Information Security Officer24,900 SAR
Client Delivery Manager21,200 SAR
CMS Developer13,500 SAR
Computer Animator14,900 SAR
Computer Hardware Engineer13,500 SAR
Computer Networks Architect17,500 SAR
Computer Operator11,000 SAR
Computer Technician13,300 SAR
Copy Editor13,500 SAR
CRM Application Administrator15,500 SAR
Cross Platform Security Manager22,000 SAR
Curam Developer13,500 SAR
Data Analyst16,000 SAR
Data Architect16,200 SAR
Data Center Technician14,900 SAR
Data Entry Supervisor11,000 SAR
Data Manager21,100 SAR
Data Modeling Analyst16,200 SAR
Data Quality Analyst16,600 SAR
Data Security Analyst16,900 SAR
Data Security Manager23,600 SAR
Data Warehousing Manager22,300 SAR
Data Warehousing Specialist15,400 SAR
Database Administration Manager20,000 SAR
Database Administrator17,300 SAR
Database Analyst17,000 SAR
Database Developer17,500 SAR
Database Report Writer15,400 SAR
Delivery Manager16,600 SAR
Developer / Programmer17,100 SAR
Development Manager23,600 SAR
Director of Application Development23,700 SAR
Director of Technology28,900 SAR
Disaster Recovery Analyst15,400 SAR
Documentation Specialist14,900 SAR
E-Commerce Manager20,600 SAR
E-Commerce Marketing Analyst18,700 SAR
E-Commerce Marketing Manager21,400 SAR
E-Commerce Sales Manager21,200 SAR
E-Commerce Strategy Manager23,600 SAR
Enterprise Architecture Manager20,400 SAR
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect21,900 SAR
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager26,300 SAR
ERP / CRM Technical Consultant17,700 SAR
ERP Analyst17,300 SAR
ERP Project Manager21,800 SAR
Ethical Hacker15,300 SAR
Financial Systems Manager24,900 SAR
Flash Developer13,900 SAR
Front End Developer13,700 SAR
Full Stack Developer16,500 SAR
Functional Analyst16,600 SAR
Game Developer14,800 SAR
GIS Analyst14,600 SAR
GIS Developer15,700 SAR
Global BI Analyst17,300 SAR
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer14,900 SAR
Graphics Programmer14,900 SAR
Graphics Web Designer13,700 SAR
Hardware Design Engineer15,600 SAR
Hardware Engineering Manager23,500 SAR
Hardware Technician13,100 SAR
Head of Development23,600 SAR
Help Desk Analyst15,400 SAR
Help Desk Manager18,700 SAR
Help Desk Support12,000 SAR
Helpdesk Manager18,500 SAR
Imaging Programmer14,100 SAR
Informatics Optimization Specialist16,400 SAR
Information Assurance Analyst16,600 SAR
Information Program Director23,600 SAR
Information Security Administrator18,200 SAR
Information Security Analyst20,500 SAR
Information Security Engineer16,000 SAR
Information Security Manager24,900 SAR
Information Security Specialist19,500 SAR
Information Services Consultant19,300 SAR
Information Technology Administrator13,800 SAR
Information Technology Asset Manager22,600 SAR
Information Technology Consultant19,300 SAR
Information Technology Coordinator13,600 SAR
Information Technology Director28,900 SAR
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer14,900 SAR
Information Technology Manager27,400 SAR
Information Technology Operations Manager27,100 SAR
Information Technology Product Manager24,900 SAR
Information Technology Project Administrator14,200 SAR
Information Technology Project Coordinator16,800 SAR
Information Technology Project Leader20,500 SAR
Information Technology Project Manager24,900 SAR
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager20,100 SAR
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)18,600 SAR
Information Technology Quality Specialist17,100 SAR
Information Technology Support11,400 SAR
Information Technology Team Leader19,500 SAR
Information Technology Trainer17,500 SAR
Information Technology Training Analyst16,400 SAR
Interface Design Manager21,200 SAR
Interface Designer13,100 SAR
IOS Developer18,400 SAR
Java Developer18,400 SAR
Javascript Developer16,800 SAR
Lead Developer18,700 SAR
Linux Administrator16,200 SAR
Lotus Domino Administrator16,600 SAR
Lotus Notes Developer16,200 SAR
Mail Server Administrator15,500 SAR
Major Incident Manager19,700 SAR
Managed Service Specialist16,900 SAR
Microsystems Engineer16,900 SAR
Mobile Developer16,200 SAR
Multimedia Developer14,100 SAR
Multimedia Services Manager19,300 SAR
Network Administration Team Lead19,900 SAR
Network Administrator14,900 SAR
Network Analyst15,000 SAR
Network and Infrastructure Manager24,900 SAR
Network Engineer15,100 SAR
Network Engineering Manager18,700 SAR
Network Security Systems Manager21,000 SAR
Network Specialist15,800 SAR
Network Technician13,100 SAR
Nodejs Developer17,900 SAR
NT Systems Administrator14,600 SAR
Numerical Control Programmer14,000 SAR
Online Banking Manager26,200 SAR
Online Banking Specialist20,600 SAR
OPS Manager23,600 SAR
Oracle Database Administrator16,000 SAR
Oracle Developer17,900 SAR
Perl Developer14,400 SAR
PHP Developer14,300 SAR
Python Developer17,900 SAR
Records Manager13,500 SAR
Remedy Developer13,100 SAR
Reporting Analyst16,600 SAR
Ruby Developer14,700 SAR
Salesforce Administrator16,200 SAR
Salesforce Developer12,700 SAR
SAP Consultant17,900 SAR
SAS Programmer15,300 SAR
Scrum Master13,800 SAR
SEO Associate14,000 SAR
SEO Manager20,600 SAR
Service Delivery Manager21,900 SAR
Service Level Manager20,800 SAR
Service Support Lead17,100 SAR
SharePoint Administrator15,400 SAR
Sharepoint Consultant16,600 SAR
Sharepoint Developer17,000 SAR
Shift Leader17,000 SAR
SOA Analyst16,500 SAR
SOC Engineer16,200 SAR
Software Analyst16,600 SAR
Software Architect16,600 SAR
Software Development Manager22,300 SAR
Software Engineer16,000 SAR
Software QA Engineer14,800 SAR
Software Sales14,600 SAR
Software Specialist14,900 SAR
Software Support Engineer13,100 SAR
Software Test Engineer14,700 SAR
Solutions Architect21,800 SAR
Storage Engineer13,300 SAR
Supervisor11,200 SAR
Support Analyst14,300 SAR
Support Specialist17,300 SAR
System Administrator15,300 SAR
Systems Analyst16,400 SAR
Systems Architect16,000 SAR
Systems Consultant20,400 SAR
Systems Engineer13,100 SAR
Systems Integrator16,600 SAR
Technical Analyst14,700 SAR
Technical Consultant18,200 SAR
Technical Manager17,300 SAR
Technical Project Manager22,200 SAR
Technical Sales16,400 SAR
Technical Trainer16,400 SAR
Technical Writer15,100 SAR
Technology Business Analyst16,400 SAR
Technology Director28,900 SAR
Technology Specialist20,000 SAR
Teradata Developer13,300 SAR
Test Analyst15,600 SAR
Tester13,500 SAR
Testing Manager22,300 SAR
TIBCO Developer13,700 SAR
UNIX Administrator16,200 SAR
Usability Engineer16,200 SAR
User Experience Consultant17,000 SAR
User Experience Design Expert16,800 SAR
User Experience Designer14,900 SAR
User Experience Researcher17,900 SAR
User Interface Designer15,400 SAR
VB Developer13,100 SAR
VB.NET Developer16,500 SAR
Video Game Designer13,900 SAR
Visual Information Specialist15,500 SAR
Web Applications Manager18,900 SAR
Web Content Specialist17,300 SAR
Web Designer14,900 SAR
Web Developer14,300 SAR
Web Editor14,000 SAR
Web Project Manager19,000 SAR
Web Promotions Specialist15,800 SAR
Web Security Administrator17,300 SAR
Web Security Manager23,700 SAR
Web Support Analyst12,100 SAR
Web Writer13,600 SAR
Webmaster13,500 SAR
Windows System Administrator15,300 SAR
Wireless Consultant19,700 SAR
Writer and Documentor14,100 SAR

Information Technology Jobs Salary Distribution in Riyadh

Median and salary distribution monthly Riyadh Information Technology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology salaries in Riyadh range from 9,190 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 28,900 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 18,800 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 18,800 SAR while the other half are earning more than 18,800 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 people working in Information Technology are earning less than 12,600 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 12,600 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 25,300 SAR while 25% are earning more than 25,300 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Information Technology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Information Technology
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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 employees in Saudi Arabia who work in Information Technology earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

17,600 SAR
15,500 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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Information Technology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia for Information Technology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Information Technology

Information Technology professionals in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia Information Technology
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Saudi Arabia / All Professions

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.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

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

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Saudi Arabia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Saudi Arabia for the year 2019. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Information Technology Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia Information Technology
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Information Technology is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

51% of surveyed staff in Information Technology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

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.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

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.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting 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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

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.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

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.

Information Technology Hourly Average Wage in Riyadh

100 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Riyadh is 100 SAR. This means that the average person in Riyadh earns approximately 100 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.

Information Technology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Information Technology and Information Technology monthly Riyadh
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The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.

Riyadh VS Saudi Arabia

Salary Comparison Between Riyadh and Saudi Arabia monthly Information Technology
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We compared Information Technology salaries in Riyadh and Saudi Arabia and we found that Riyadh salaries are 6% more than those of Saudi Arabia.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abha15,900 SAR
Dammam16,500 SAR
Jeddah17,400 SAR
Khubar16,300 SAR
Mecca17,100 SAR
Medina16,800 SAR
Riyadh17,700 SAR
Tabuk15,300 SAR
Taif15,500 SAR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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.

Private Sector
16,000 SAR
Public Sector+7%
17,200 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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