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Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2023

How much money does a person working in United Arab Emirates make?

Average Monthly Salary
19,600 AED
( 235,000 AED yearly)


A person working in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 19,600 AED per month. Salaries range from 4,370 AED (lowest average) to 90,100 AED (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 United Arab Emirates

Median and salary distribution monthly United Arab Emirates
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 4,370 AED per month (minimum salary) to 90,100 AED per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 18,400 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 18,400 AED while the other half are earning more than 18,400 AED. 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 10,300 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 10,300 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 51,000 AED while 25% are earning more than 51,000 AED.

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 United Arab Emirates costs anywhere from 97,900 UAE Dirham(s) to 294,000 UAE Dirham(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 United Arab Emirates
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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 United Arab Emirates earn 7% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

20,200 AED
18,800 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

How much are annual salary increments in United Arab Emirates? How often do employees get salary raises?

United Arab Emirates

Employees in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Arab Emirates
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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 United Arab Emirates is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Arab Emirates for the year 2022. 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%
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 United Arab Emirates

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Arab Emirates
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50% of surveyed staff in United Arab Emirates reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant13,400 AED
Accounting Assistant10,600 AED
Accounting Manager29,500 AED
Bookkeeper9,140 AED
Chartered Accountant17,800 AED
Corporate Treasurer28,000 AED
Financial Analyst25,600 AED
Financial Manager41,700 AED
Internal Auditor18,400 AED

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant10,100 AED
Office Manager16,400 AED
Receptionist9,430 AED
Secretary8,170 AED

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director19,400 AED
Creative Director19,100 AED
Graphic Designer12,300 AED
Photographer10,300 AED

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer26,200 AED
Air Traffic Controller20,800 AED
Flight Attendant13,100 AED
Pilot35,200 AED

Architect23,300 AED
CAD Drafter9,560 AED

Mechanic6,910 AED
Service Advisor14,100 AED

Bank Branch Manager35,300 AED
Teller6,620 AED

Teacher14,500 AED
Translator17,800 AED

Business Planning
Business Analyst24,600 AED
Business Development Manager30,900 AED
Project Manager26,300 AED

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny7,890 AED
Nursery Teacher6,640 AED

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer17,700 AED
Construction Project Manager31,800 AED
Health and Safety Officer8,760 AED

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative6,780 AED
Customer Service Manager27,600 AED
Customer Service Representative7,260 AED

Civil Engineer17,400 AED
Electrical Engineer20,200 AED
Engineer18,500 AED
Mechanical Engineer18,800 AED

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer45,400 AED
Chief Financial Officer40,400 AED
General Manager36,000 AED
Project Manager21,400 AED

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef11,800 AED
Executive Chef14,600 AED
Hotel Manager35,900 AED
Receptionist7,100 AED
Travel Agent12,000 AED
Waiter / Waitress5,770 AED

Health and Medical
Dentist48,200 AED
Dietitian40,900 AED
Laboratory Technician14,700 AED
Nurse15,400 AED

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager31,000 AED
Human Resources Officer12,000 AED

Information Technology
Computer Technician14,600 AED
Database Administrator19,600 AED
Developer / Programmer19,200 AED
Information Technology Manager33,900 AED
Network Engineer17,300 AED

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer11,100 AED

Attorney39,600 AED
Legal Assistant10,300 AED

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist23,000 AED

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer16,200 AED
Pharmacist24,600 AED

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier7,050 AED
Sales Manager36,500 AED
Sales Representative12,300 AED

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher13,100 AED
Secondary School Teacher16,200 AED

Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates

110 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 110 AED. This means that the average person in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 110 AED 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi21,000 AED
Ajman19,300 AED
Al Ain19,800 AED
Dubai21,500 AED
Fujairah18,100 AED
Ras Al Khaimah18,700 AED
Sharjah20,400 AED
Um Al Quiwain17,500 AED

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 United Arab Emirates earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
18,900 AED
Public Sector+6%
20,100 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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