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Special Education Teacher Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2021

How much money does a Special Education Teacher make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
16,700 AED
( 200,000 AED yearly)


A person working as a Special Education Teacher in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 16,700 AED per month. Salaries range from 8,350 AED (lowest) to 25,900 AED (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Special Education Teacher salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Special Education Teacher Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

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

  • Salary Range

    Special Education Teacher salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 8,350 AED per month (minimum salary) to 25,900 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 16,700 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Special Education Teacher(s) are earning less than 16,700 AED while the other half are earning more than 16,700 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 Special Education Teacher(s) are earning less than 11,300 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 11,300 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Special Education Teacher(s) are earning less than 21,300 AED while 25% are earning more than 21,300 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

Special Education Teacher Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly United Arab Emirates Special Education Teacher
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Special Education Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Special Education Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 10,000 AED per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,300 AED per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 17,700 AED per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Special Education Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 21,200 AED per month, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 22,800 AED per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 24,500 AED per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Special Education Teacher average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
10,000 AED
2 - 5 Years+32%
13,300 AED
5 - 10 Years+34%
17,700 AED
10 - 15 Years+19%
21,200 AED
15 - 20 Years+8%
22,800 AED
20+ Years+7%
24,500 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Special Education Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Special Education Teacher(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Special Education Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Special Education Teacher is 14,300 AED per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 22,600 AED per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Special Education Teacher average salary difference by education level in United Arab Emirates

Bachelor's Degree
14,300 AED
Master's Degree+58%
22,600 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Special Education Teacher Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates Special Education Teacher
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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 Special Education Teacher employees in United Arab Emirates earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

16,300 AED
17,100 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Arab Emirates for all Careers

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Special Education Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

How much are annual salary increments in United Arab Emirates for Special Education Teacher(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Special Education Teacher

Special Education Teacher(s) in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

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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.

United Arab Emirates / All Professions

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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Arab Emirates for the year 2020. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Special Education Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Arab Emirates

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Arab Emirates Special Education Teacher
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A Special Education Teacher is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% 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.

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.

Special Education Teacher Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates

96 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 96 AED. This means that the average Special Education Teacher in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 96 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.

Special Education Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Special Education Teacher and Teaching / Education monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Special Education Teacher is 20% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor21,300 AED+27%
Academic Coach20,300 AED+21%
Academic Manager25,100 AED+50%
Academic Specialist17,500 AED+5%
Academic Staff15,400 AED-8%
Accompanist17,300 AED+4%
Achievement Coach21,000 AED+26%
Admissions Specialist17,500 AED+5%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher15,300 AED-8%
Anthropology Teacher16,400 AED-2%
Arabic Language Teacher14,800 AED-11%
Archeology Teacher16,800 AED+1%
Architecture Teacher18,900 AED+13%
Archivist14,200 AED-15%
Art Teacher14,600 AED-13%
Assistant School Principal22,000 AED+32%
Assistant Teacher13,800 AED-17%
Biochemistry Professor 30,400 AED+82%
Biology Teacher17,500 AED+5%
Bursary Scheme Manager19,800 AED+19%
Business Teacher17,600 AED+5%
Chemistry Teacher15,500 AED-7%
Child Care Coordinator16,500 AED-1%
Child Care Worker13,500 AED-19%
Clinical School Psychologist24,600 AED+47%
College Aide21,700 AED+30%
College and Career Readiness Specialist21,400 AED+28%
College President37,500 AED+120%
Communications Teacher17,500 AED+5%
Community Education Officer14,500 AED-13%
Computer Science Teacher15,500 AED-7%
Computer Teacher15,400 AED-8%
Creative Writing Trainer20,100 AED+20%
Credit Counselor21,100 AED+26%
Cultural Studies Teacher15,500 AED-7%
Curriculum Developer20,900 AED+25%
Curriculum Specialist21,400 AED+28%
Demonstrator14,100 AED-16%
Deputy Controller of Examinations19,300 AED+16%
Director of Learning Technology22,700 AED+36%
Distance Learning Coordinator18,500 AED+11%
Economics Lecturer30,000 AED+80%
Education Administrator18,400 AED+10%
Education Assistant Director21,400 AED+28%
Education Assistant Principal18,400 AED+10%
Education Assistant Professor24,500 AED+47%
Education Consultant23,800 AED+42%
Education Coordinator17,900 AED+7%
Education Counselor20,200 AED+21%
Education Director28,900 AED+73%
Education Program Specialist21,300 AED+27%
Education Researcher24,800 AED+48%
Education Resource Specialist17,300 AED+4%
Education Services Facilitator18,800 AED+13%
Educational Psychologist26,400 AED+58%
EFL Teacher16,800 AED+1%
eLearning Trainer15,600 AED-7%
Elementary School Teacher13,100 AED-22%
Engineering Lecturer28,400 AED+70%
Engineering Teacher24,100 AED+44%
English Teacher15,900 AED-5%
ESL Teacher16,900 AED+1%
Faculty Assistant21,500 AED+29%
Foreign Language Teacher15,600 AED-7%
GED Teacher14,500 AED-13%
Geography Teacher15,800 AED-5%
Head of Mathematics Department21,700 AED+30%
Head of School28,500 AED+71%
High School Teacher18,300 AED+10%
History Teacher16,100 AED-4%
Infant Teacher12,000 AED-28%
Instructional Assistant18,100 AED+8%
Instructor18,800 AED+13%
Kindergarten Teacher12,800 AED-23%
Language Instructor For Expatriate13,200 AED-21%
Law Teacher24,200 AED+45%
Learning Designer19,000 AED+14%
Lecturer29,900 AED+79%
Librarian13,200 AED-21%
Library Assistant11,200 AED-33%
Library Director18,800 AED+13%
Library Specialist14,600 AED-13%
Life Sciences Teacher16,600 AED-1%
Math Lecturer30,600 AED+83%
Mathematics Teacher18,600 AED+11%
Mentor18,300 AED+10%
Middle School Teacher17,300 AED+4%
Music Teacher14,900 AED-11%
Nursery Manager25,900 AED+55%
Nursery Worker9,540 AED-43%
Paraprofessional22,200 AED+33%
Physical Education Specialist17,200 AED+3%
Physical Education Teacher14,100 AED-16%
Physics Teacher 16,900 AED+1%
Political Science Teacher16,600 AED-1%
Post Doctoral Researcher25,700 AED+54%
Preschool Education Administrator18,700 AED+12%
Preschool Teacher13,900 AED-17%
Primary School Teacher14,300 AED-14%
Principal25,100 AED+50%
Product Specialist18,100 AED+8%
Professor - Accounting30,600 AED+83%
Professor - Architecture31,900 AED+91%
Professor - Biology28,700 AED+72%
Professor - Business Administration28,700 AED+72%
Professor - Chemical Engineering32,400 AED+94%
Professor - Chemistry32,700 AED+96%
Professor - Civil Engineering28,200 AED+69%
Professor - Communication28,700 AED+72%
Professor - Computer Science31,100 AED+86%
Professor - Dentistry30,100 AED+80%
Professor - Drama28,400 AED+70%
Professor - Economics31,500 AED+89%
Professor - Education31,800 AED+90%
Professor - Electrical Engineering30,800 AED+84%
Professor - English28,600 AED+71%
Professor - Environmental Engineering31,500 AED+89%
Professor - Foreign Languages29,900 AED+79%
Professor - Geological Sciences28,800 AED+72%
Professor - History29,900 AED+79%
Professor - Industrial Engineering30,400 AED+82%
Professor - Law30,700 AED+84%
Professor - Legal Support28,100 AED+68%
Professor - Liberal Arts30,100 AED+80%
Professor - Marketing31,600 AED+89%
Professor - Mathematics33,900 AED+100%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering30,700 AED+84%
Professor - Medical Administration31,900 AED+91%
Professor - Medicine36,900 AED+120%
Professor - Music28,800 AED+72%
Professor - Nursing27,500 AED+65%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences29,800 AED+78%
Professor - Philosophy30,900 AED+85%
Professor - Physical Therapy33,300 AED+99%
Professor - Physics32,000 AED+92%
Professor - Psychology29,800 AED+78%
Professor - Rehabilitation28,500 AED+71%
Professor - Social Work26,000 AED+56%
Professor - Sociology29,200 AED+75%
Professor - Special Education30,600 AED+83%
Psychology Teacher23,900 AED+43%
Public Management Assistant Professor24,800 AED+48%
School Counselor22,600 AED+35%
Science Educator16,400 AED-2%
Science Laboratory Assistant14,400 AED-14%
Science Teacher16,600 AED-1%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher16,800 AED+1%
Secondary School Teacher16,200 AED-3%
Special Education Teacher16,700 AED-0%
Special Needs Assistant14,500 AED-13%
Statistics Lecturer28,500 AED+71%
Student Accounts Coordinator15,600 AED-7%
Student Development Specialist19,300 AED+16%
Student Employment Specialist18,800 AED+13%
Student Services15,400 AED-8%
Student Support Manager20,800 AED+24%
Substitute Teacher13,400 AED-20%
Teacher15,400 AED-8%
Teacher Aide12,200 AED-27%
Teacher Trainer20,500 AED+23%
Training and Development Specialist22,200 AED+33%
Training Coordinator14,100 AED-16%
Tutor15,400 AED-8%
University Teacher28,500 AED+71%
Vocational Education Teacher15,800 AED-5%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi17,900 AED
Ajman16,900 AED
Al Ain17,000 AED
Dubai18,200 AED
Fujairah15,600 AED
Ras Al Khaimah16,700 AED
Sharjah17,800 AED
Um Al Quiwain15,500 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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