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Engineering Average Salaries in Riyadh 2020

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Riyadh?

Average Monthly Salary
15,800 SAR
( 190,000 SAR yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Riyadh typically earns around 15,800 SAR per month. Salaries range from 8,750 SAR (lowest average) to 21,000 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 Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer16,000 SAR
Assembly Engineering Technician14,000 SAR
Assistant Chief Engineer16,200 SAR
Associate Engineer15,300 SAR
Autocad Operator12,700 SAR
Automation Engineer17,300 SAR
Avionic System Support Engineer14,100 SAR
Biochemical Engineer17,500 SAR
BMS Engineer16,600 SAR
Bridge and Lock Tender14,600 SAR
Broadcast Engineer16,800 SAR
CAD Design Engineer14,600 SAR
CAD Designer12,700 SAR
CAE Engineer15,300 SAR
Ceramics Engineer15,500 SAR
Civil Engineer15,000 SAR
Commissioning Engineer15,800 SAR
Communications Engineer16,600 SAR
Condition Monitoring Engineer13,300 SAR
Contract Associate Engineer16,600 SAR
Control Systems Engineer15,600 SAR
Controls Engineer15,600 SAR
Controls Software Engineer16,000 SAR
Corrosion Engineer15,100 SAR
Design Engineer17,100 SAR
Drafter11,200 SAR
Drafting Manager17,700 SAR
Drilling Engineer14,600 SAR
Electrical Draughtsman9,560 SAR
Electrical Engineer17,100 SAR
Electrical Engineering Manager18,900 SAR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist16,600 SAR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler15,100 SAR
Energy Engineer17,900 SAR
Engine Assembler10,800 SAR
Engineer15,800 SAR
Engineering Account Manager14,600 SAR
Engineering Chief Designer15,600 SAR
Engineering Consultant17,500 SAR
Engineering Key Account Manager18,400 SAR
Engineering Lab Technician13,500 SAR
Engineering Planning Manager18,700 SAR
Engineering Production Manager19,900 SAR
Engineering Project Analyst17,700 SAR
Engineering Project Coordinator 15,500 SAR
Engineering Project Director18,900 SAR
Engineering Project Manager18,700 SAR
Engineering Research and Development Manager18,300 SAR
Engineering Safety Coordinator13,300 SAR
Engineering Sales Manager19,700 SAR
Engineering Technician13,700 SAR
Engineering Technologist13,700 SAR
Environmental Engineer15,800 SAR
Equipment Engineer15,300 SAR
Equipment Engineering Manager17,700 SAR
Estimator14,800 SAR
Fabrication Specialist13,600 SAR
Fabricator11,200 SAR
Facade Engineer17,300 SAR
Fiber Analyst13,100 SAR
Field Engineer15,300 SAR
Field Engineering Manager19,100 SAR
Fire Engineer16,900 SAR
Fitter and Turner8,320 SAR
Forestry Strategic Planner17,300 SAR
Generation Engineer17,700 SAR
Genetic Engineer19,700 SAR
Geological Engineer17,500 SAR
Geotechnical Engineer17,900 SAR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic12,700 SAR
Highway Engineer13,900 SAR
HSE Professional14,200 SAR
HVAC Engineer16,400 SAR
HVAC Supervisor15,800 SAR
Industrial Engineer14,600 SAR
Industrial Engineering Technologist15,300 SAR
Instrument Engineer16,800 SAR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer17,100 SAR
Instrumentation Engineer16,200 SAR
Instrumentation Manager19,700 SAR
Irrigation Engineer15,300 SAR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer15,600 SAR
Locomotive Engineer15,500 SAR
Maintenance Engineer14,300 SAR
Maintenance Fitter9,980 SAR
Maintenance Manager17,900 SAR
Manufacturing Engineer17,300 SAR
Marine Engineer13,900 SAR
Materials Engineer15,300 SAR
Materials Researcher16,400 SAR
Materials Technician15,300 SAR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer17,500 SAR
Mechanical Design Engineer17,100 SAR
Mechanical Designer14,100 SAR
Mechanical Engineer16,200 SAR
Mechanical Engineering Manager19,900 SAR
Mechanical Inspector16,200 SAR
Mechatronics Engineer14,600 SAR
Mining Engineer14,700 SAR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer17,900 SAR
Optical Engineer14,100 SAR
Optical Instrument Assembler13,300 SAR
PCB Assembler11,400 SAR
Photonics Engineer17,500 SAR
Photonics Technician13,500 SAR
Pipeline Engineer15,300 SAR
Piping Designer12,900 SAR
Piping Engineer15,300 SAR
Planning Engineer14,600 SAR
Pressure Vessel Inspector10,500 SAR
Principal Cost Engineer17,500 SAR
Principal Engineer16,600 SAR
Principal Support Engineer15,300 SAR
Process Engineer14,800 SAR
Process Operator12,900 SAR
Product Development Engineer17,100 SAR
Product Development Technician14,000 SAR
Product Engineer14,600 SAR
Product Safety Engineer15,500 SAR
Production Engineer15,800 SAR
Project Engineer16,400 SAR
Proposal Manager18,600 SAR
Purchasing Engineer15,000 SAR
Quality Assurance Engineer14,600 SAR
Rail Engineer15,300 SAR
Robotics Engineer18,600 SAR
Robotics Technician14,600 SAR
Safety Engineer14,300 SAR
Safety Inspector14,200 SAR
Safety Manager17,500 SAR
Safety Officer12,900 SAR
Sales Engineer15,300 SAR
Scheduling Engineer13,100 SAR
Service Engineer17,300 SAR
Solar Engineer16,200 SAR
Staff Engineer15,300 SAR
Static Equipment Engineer14,100 SAR
Stationary Engineer14,700 SAR
Stress Engineer14,700 SAR
Structural Analysis Engineer15,400 SAR
Structural Designer13,500 SAR
Structural Engineer16,400 SAR
Structural Technician12,900 SAR
Supply Chain Specialist16,600 SAR
Surveyor11,400 SAR
Technical Affairs Officer12,900 SAR
Technical Assistant12,700 SAR
Technical Engineer14,200 SAR
Technical Support Engineer13,500 SAR
Tender Engineer13,700 SAR
Test Development Engineer14,800 SAR
Transportation Engineer16,200 SAR
Validation Engineer14,600 SAR
Verification Engineer14,100 SAR
Wastewater Engineer15,100 SAR
Wind Energy Engineer16,000 SAR
Wind Energy Operations Manager19,500 SAR
Work Planner12,000 SAR

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Riyadh

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Riyadh range from 8,750 SAR per month (minimum average salary) to 21,000 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,800 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 15,800 SAR while the other half are earning more than 15,800 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 Engineering are earning less than 11,100 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 11,100 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 18,400 SAR while 25% are earning more than 18,400 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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 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 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia Engineering
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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 earn 20% more than their female counterparts.

13,800 SAR
16,500 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Saudi Arabia for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia
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Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Saudi Arabia
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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.

Private Sector
16,200 SAR
Public Sector+7%
17,300 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering Salary Forecast and Trend in Saudi Arabia

How do Engineering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Saudi Arabia Engineering
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Average Salary 2016
13,200 SAR
Average Salary 2017+4%
13,700 SAR
Average Salary 2018+3%
14,100 SAR
Average Salary 2019+3%
14,600 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering salaries in Saudi Arabia are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Riyadh

91 SAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Riyadh is 91 SAR. This means that the average person in Riyadh earns approximately 91 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Riyadh
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The average salary for Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.

Riyadh VS Saudi Arabia

Salary Comparison Between Riyadh and Saudi Arabia monthly Engineering
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We compared Engineering 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
Abha14,200 SAR
Dammam14,700 SAR
Jeddah15,600 SAR
Khubar14,500 SAR
Mecca15,300 SAR
Medina15,000 SAR
Riyadh15,800 SAR
Tabuk13,600 SAR
Taif13,900 SAR
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