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Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2019

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

15,266 AED per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 15,266 AED per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. 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 | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly United Arab Emirates

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in United Arab Emirates range between 2,066 AED per month (minimum salary) to 67,598 AED per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 14,808 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 14,808 AED while the other half are earning more than 14,808 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.

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 7,593 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 7,593 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 38,731 AED while 25% are earning more than 38,731 AED.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in United Arab Emirates

How are United Arab Emirates salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly United Arab Emirates
Average Salary 2016    =  
14,177 AED
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
14,702 AED
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
14,937 AED
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
15,266 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in United Arab Emirates are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant10,337 AED
Administrative Assistant8,080 AED
Architect13,450 AED
Attorney22,124 AED
Biomedical Engineer12,599 AED
CAD Drafter11,301 AED
Cashier8,761 AED
Chartered Accountant13,235 AED
Chef12,243 AED
Chief Executive Officer34,353 AED
Chief Financial Officer30,507 AED
Civil Engineer13,312 AED
Civil Engineer13,271 AED
Computer Technician11,406 AED
Creative Director15,147 AED
Dentist36,443 AED
Developer / Programmer13,332 AED
Electrical Engineer15,636 AED
Elementary School Teacher10,295 AED
Engineer13,796 AED
Executive Chef13,910 AED
Flight Attendant12,930 AED
General Manager27,365 AED
Graphic Designer10,654 AED
Hotel Manager22,338 AED
Human Resources Manager21,713 AED
Internal Auditor15,475 AED
Journalist15,336 AED
Legal Assistant11,262 AED
Mechanical Engineer15,021 AED
Nurse12,169 AED
Pharmacist16,623 AED
Photographer9,984 AED
Pilot18,442 AED
Police Officer11,600 AED
Project Manager16,467 AED
Receptionist11,381 AED
Receptionist8,736 AED
Sales Manager25,178 AED
Sales Representative9,743 AED
Secondary School Teacher12,631 AED
Secretary7,933 AED
Teacher11,383 AED
Teller9,880 AED
Travel Agent12,268 AED
Waiter / Waitress9,308 AED

Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates | All Jobs

88 AED per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates | All Jobs is 88 AED. This means that the average person in United Arab Emirates earns approximatly 88 AED for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi16,334 AED
Ajman15,021 AED
Al Ain15,434 AED
Dubai16,775 AED
Fujairah14,073 AED
Ras Al Khaimah14,591 AED
Sharjah15,925 AED
Um Al Quiwain13,656 AED
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