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Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
15,300 AED
( 183,000 AED yearly)


A person working in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 15,300 AED per month. Salaries range from 2,070 AED (lowest) to 67,600 AED (highest).

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

Median and salary distribution monthly United Arab Emirates

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in United Arab Emirates range between 2,070 AED per month (minimum salary) to 67,600 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 14,800 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 14,800 AED while the other half are earning more than 14,800 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 7,590 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 7,590 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 38,700 AED while 25% are earning more than 38,700 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 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
13,800 AED
Average Salary 2017+4%
14,300 AED
Average Salary 2018+2%
14,500 AED
Average Salary 2019+2%
14,900 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in United Arab Emirates are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 3% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant10,300 AED
Accounting Assistant10,200 AED
Accounting Manager19,700 AED
Bookkeeper8,360 AED
Chartered Accountant13,200 AED
Corporate Treasurer27,800 AED
Financial Analyst16,000 AED
Financial Manager31,900 AED
Internal Auditor15,500 AED

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant8,080 AED
Office Manager10,100 AED
Receptionist8,740 AED
Secretary7,930 AED

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director14,800 AED
Creative Director15,100 AED
Graphic Designer10,700 AED
Photographer9,980 AED

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer17,100 AED
Air Traffic Controller14,800 AED
Flight Attendant12,900 AED
Pilot18,400 AED

Architect13,500 AED
CAD Drafter11,300 AED

Mechanic8,020 AED
Service Advisor12,700 AED

Bank Branch Manager21,600 AED
Teller9,880 AED

Teacher11,400 AED
Translator13,200 AED

Business Planning
Business Analyst18,000 AED
Business Development Manager22,400 AED
Project Manager18,800 AED

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny9,800 AED
Nursery Teacher10,500 AED

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer13,300 AED
Construction Project Manager17,200 AED
Health and Safety Officer10,100 AED

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative10,300 AED
Customer Service Manager20,500 AED
Customer Service Representative11,200 AED

Civil Engineer13,300 AED
Electrical Engineer15,600 AED
Engineer13,800 AED
Mechanical Engineer15,000 AED

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer34,400 AED
Chief Financial Officer30,500 AED
General Manager27,400 AED
Project Manager16,500 AED

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef12,200 AED
Executive Chef13,900 AED
Hotel Manager22,300 AED
Receptionist11,400 AED
Travel Agent12,300 AED
Waiter / Waitress9,310 AED

Health and Medical
Dentist36,400 AED
Dietitian35,800 AED
Laboratory Technician11,600 AED
Nurse12,200 AED

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager21,700 AED
Human Resources Officer12,900 AED

Information Technology
Computer Technician11,400 AED
Database Administrator15,200 AED
Developer / Programmer13,300 AED
Information Technology Manager22,500 AED
Network Engineer13,500 AED

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer11,600 AED

Attorney22,100 AED
Legal Assistant11,300 AED

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist15,300 AED

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer12,600 AED
Pharmacist16,600 AED

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier8,760 AED
Sales Manager25,200 AED
Sales Representative9,740 AED

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher10,300 AED
Secondary School Teacher12,600 AED

Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates

88 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates 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 Dhabi16,300 AED
Ajman15,000 AED
Al Ain15,400 AED
Dubai16,800 AED
Fujairah14,100 AED
Ras Al Khaimah14,600 AED
Sharjah15,900 AED
Um Al Quiwain13,700 AED
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