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Average Salary in Riyadh 2020

How much money does a person working in Riyadh make?


Average Monthly Salary
17,700 SAR
( 212,000 SAR yearly)

LOW
4,460
SAR
AVERAGE
17,700
SAR
HIGH
78,800
SAR

A person working in Riyadh typically earns around 17,700 SAR per month. Salaries range from 4,460 SAR (lowest average) to 78,800 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 careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Riyadh

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Riyadh range from 4,460 SAR per month (minimum salary) to 78,800 SAR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 18,700 SAR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 18,700 SAR while the other half are earning more than 18,700 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 the population are earning less than 10,400 SAR while 75% of them are earning more than 10,400 SAR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 51,700 SAR while 25% are earning more than 51,700 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.



Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Saudi Arabia
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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 earn 21% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Female
14,800 SAR
Male+21%
17,800 SAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Saudi Arabia

How much are annual salary increments in Saudi Arabia? How often do employees get salary raises?

Saudi Arabia

Employees in Saudi Arabia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Saudi Arabia
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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.

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

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

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.


Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
Mid-Career
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Saudi Arabia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Saudi Arabia
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51% of surveyed staff in Saudi Arabia 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
49%
No Bonus
51%

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.


Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

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 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

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant11,500 SAR
Accounting Assistant9,450 SAR
Accounting Manager26,300 SAR
Bookkeeper7,730 SAR
Chartered Accountant15,000 SAR
Corporate Treasurer23,600 SAR
Financial Analyst22,300 SAR
Financial Manager34,700 SAR
Internal Auditor15,700 SAR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant9,190 SAR
Office Manager14,500 SAR
Receptionist6,570 SAR
Secretary7,480 SAR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director16,500 SAR
Creative Director17,300 SAR
Graphic Designer10,500 SAR
Photographer9,230 SAR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer21,200 SAR
Air Traffic Controller19,200 SAR
Flight Attendant12,100 SAR
Pilot28,700 SAR

Architecture
Architect20,000 SAR
CAD Drafter8,480 SAR

Automotive
Mechanic6,570 SAR
Service Advisor12,100 SAR

Banking
Bank Branch Manager31,500 SAR
Teller6,240 SAR

Bilingual
Teacher13,300 SAR
Translator15,000 SAR

Business Planning
Business Analyst21,800 SAR
Business Development Manager27,600 SAR
Project Manager18,700 SAR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny6,990 SAR
Nursery Teacher6,240 SAR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer15,200 SAR
Construction Project Manager28,900 SAR
Health and Safety Officer7,480 SAR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative6,240 SAR
Customer Service Manager23,600 SAR
Customer Service Representative6,240 SAR

Engineering
Electrical Engineer17,100 SAR
Engineer16,400 SAR
Mechanical Engineer15,700 SAR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer39,400 SAR
Chief Financial Officer34,400 SAR
General Manager30,600 SAR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef10,400 SAR
Executive Chef12,000 SAR
Hotel Manager31,500 SAR
Travel Agent10,500 SAR
Waiter / Waitress5,520 SAR

Health and Medical
Dentist39,500 SAR
Dietitian32,400 SAR
Laboratory Technician12,500 SAR
Nurse13,700 SAR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager26,300 SAR
Human Resources Officer10,500 SAR

Information Technology
Computer Technician13,300 SAR
Database Administrator17,300 SAR
Developer / Programmer17,100 SAR
Information Technology Manager27,400 SAR
Network Engineer15,100 SAR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer9,980 SAR

Legal
Attorney34,100 SAR
Legal Assistant8,730 SAR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist19,700 SAR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer14,100 SAR
Pharmacist22,300 SAR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier6,570 SAR
Sales Manager28,700 SAR
Sales Representative11,400 SAR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher11,400 SAR
Secondary School Teacher14,200 SAR

Average Hourly 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.

Riyadh VS Saudi Arabia

Salary Comparison Between Riyadh and Saudi Arabia monthly
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We compared 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
Dammam16,400 SAR
Jeddah17,400 SAR
Khubar16,200 SAR
Mecca17,000 SAR
Medina16,700 SAR
Riyadh17,700 SAR
Tabuk15,200 SAR
Taif15,500 SAR
17030 - 1603

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