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Construction Project Manager Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2020

How much money does a Construction Project Manager make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
17,200 AED
( 207,000 AED yearly)


A person working as a Construction Project Manager in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 17,200 AED per month. Salaries range from 7,920 AED (lowest) to 27,400 AED (highest).

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

Construction Project Manager Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

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

  • Salary Range

    Construction Project Manager salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 7,920 AED per month (minimum salary) to 27,400 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 18,600 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 18,600 AED while the other half are earning more than 18,600 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 Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 11,900 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 11,900 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 24,800 AED while 25% are earning more than 24,800 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

Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Construction Project Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Construction Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 8,990 AED per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 12,000 AED per month, 34% 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, 48% 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, Construction Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 21,600 AED per month, 22% 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 23,600 AED per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 25,500 AED per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Construction Project Manager average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
8,990 AED
2 - 5 Years+34%
12,000 AED
5 - 10 Years+48%
17,700 AED
10 - 15 Years+22%
21,600 AED
15 - 20 Years+9%
23,600 AED
20+ Years+8%
25,500 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Construction Project Manager(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 Construction Project Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Construction Project Manager is 10,400 AED per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 20,200 AED per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Construction Project Manager average salary difference by education level in United Arab Emirates

Bachelor's Degree
10,400 AED
Master's Degree+93%
20,200 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 76,300 UAE Dirham(s) to 229,000 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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates Construction Project Manager
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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 Construction Project Manager employees in United Arab Emirates earn 13% more than their female counterparts.

16,200 AED
18,200 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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Construction Project Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

How much are annual salary increments in United Arab Emirates for Construction Project Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Construction Project Manager

Construction Project Manager(s) in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 21 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Arab Emirates Construction Project Manager
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Arab Emirates
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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 2019

Information Technology

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

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Construction Project Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Arab Emirates

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Arab Emirates Construction Project Manager
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A Construction Project Manager is considered to be a high 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.

15% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 85% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

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 Construction Project Manager employees in United Arab Emirates earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
14,700 AED
Public Sector+6%
15,700 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Construction Project Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in United Arab Emirates

How are Construction Project Manager salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly United Arab Emirates Construction Project Manager
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Average Salary 2016
14,900 AED
Average Salary 2017+4%
15,400 AED
Average Salary 2018+4%
16,000 AED
Average Salary 2019+4%
16,600 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Construction Project Manager 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 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Construction Project Manager Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates

99 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 99 AED. This means that the average Construction Project Manager in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 99 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.

Construction Project Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Construction Project Manager and Construction / Building / Installation monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Construction Project Manager is 59% more than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 29% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator10,000 AED-42%
Assembler9,160 AED-47%
Boat Builder and Shipwright10,800 AED-37%
Bricklayer7,490 AED-56%
Building Administrator10,400 AED-40%
Building Contracts Manager16,800 AED-2%
Building Inspector11,100 AED-36%
Building Monitor7,890 AED-54%
Building Sales Manager17,300 AED+0%
Cabinetmaker9,270 AED-46%
Carpenter10,100 AED-41%
Civil Engineer13,300 AED-23%
Civil Technician12,100 AED-30%
Concreter9,850 AED-43%
Construction and Maintenance Manager11,600 AED-33%
Construction Assistant10,900 AED-37%
Construction Coordinator12,600 AED-27%
Construction Estimator12,300 AED-29%
Construction Field Engineer13,000 AED-24%
Construction General Manager15,000 AED-13%
Construction Inventory Officer8,200 AED-52%
Construction Operations Manager14,700 AED-15%
Construction Project Coordinator14,100 AED-18%
Construction Project Engineer14,400 AED-16%
Construction Project Manager17,200 AED-0%
Construction Project Planner14,500 AED-16%
Construction Quality Control Manager16,500 AED-4%
Construction Safety Officer13,300 AED-23%
Construction Superintendent13,800 AED-20%
Construction Supervisor15,700 AED-9%
Construction Technical Assistant9,830 AED-43%
Construction Technical Officer9,740 AED-43%
Construction Technical Writer9,500 AED-45%
Construction Technician8,570 AED-50%
Crane and Tower Operator9,470 AED-45%
Diesel Mechanic7,690 AED-55%
Drywall Installer8,890 AED-48%
Electrical Draftsman7,880 AED-54%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor14,100 AED-18%
Electrical Engineering Technician10,800 AED-37%
Electrician12,300 AED-29%
Elevator Installer and Repairer10,000 AED-42%
Engineer14,200 AED-18%
Excavator Operator9,810 AED-43%
Floor Finisher10,600 AED-38%
Floor Manager12,700 AED-26%
Foreman7,960 AED-54%
Frame and Truss Detailer8,130 AED-53%
Furniture Finisher7,970 AED-54%
Gas Technician 7,450 AED-57%
Handyman7,990 AED-54%
Health and Safety Coordinator10,400 AED-40%
Health and Safety Officer10,100 AED-41%
Installation Manager14,500 AED-16%
Installer9,190 AED-47%
Insulation Installer8,850 AED-49%
Labourer6,440 AED-63%
Land Surveyor9,710 AED-44%
Lift Technician7,650 AED-56%
Material Tester9,790 AED-43%
Model Maker10,200 AED-41%
Order Picker8,280 AED-52%
Painter8,610 AED-50%
Pipe Layer7,630 AED-56%
Pipefitter7,290 AED-58%
Plumber8,640 AED-50%
Property Coordinator13,800 AED-20%
Purchasing Manager15,300 AED-11%
Quantity Surveyor13,200 AED-23%
Roof Slater and Tiler9,340 AED-46%
Sheet Metal Mechanic9,790 AED-43%
Site Clerk9,070 AED-47%
Site engineer12,900 AED-25%
Site Leader14,300 AED-17%
Stock Controller11,600 AED-33%
Structural Steel Construction Worker9,950 AED-42%
Technical Draughtsman9,460 AED-45%
Tendering Manager17,600 AED+2%
Tower Crane Operator7,600 AED-56%
Wall and Floor Tiler8,210 AED-52%
Warehouse Manager15,100 AED-12%
Welder8,040 AED-53%
Welding Superintendent9,550 AED-45%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi18,400 AED
Ajman17,900 AED
Al Ain19,000 AED
Dubai19,200 AED
Fujairah17,100 AED
Ras Al Khaimah16,900 AED
Sharjah19,200 AED
Um Al Quiwain16,000 AED
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