A person working in Engineering in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 16,400 AED per month. Salaries range from 4,680 AED (lowest average) to 35,600 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||17,400 AED|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||13,100 AED|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||19,800 AED|
|Associate Engineer||16,100 AED|
|Autocad Operator||10,500 AED|
|Automation Engineer||18,600 AED|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||17,100 AED|
|Biochemical Engineer||16,100 AED|
|BMS Engineer||15,500 AED|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||9,550 AED|
|Broadcast Engineer||17,000 AED|
|CAD Design Engineer||18,500 AED|
|CAD Designer||11,200 AED|
|CAE Engineer||16,400 AED|
|Ceramics Engineer||16,500 AED|
|Civil Engineer||17,400 AED|
|Commissioning Engineer||16,400 AED|
|Communications Engineer||19,300 AED|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||15,100 AED|
|Contract Associate Engineer||16,400 AED|
|Control Systems Engineer||16,900 AED|
|Controls Engineer||16,600 AED|
|Controls Software Engineer||15,500 AED|
|Corrosion Engineer||15,700 AED|
|Design Engineer||17,800 AED|
|Drafting Manager||19,600 AED|
|Drilling Engineer||17,300 AED|
|Electrical Draughtsman||8,340 AED|
|Electrical Engineer||20,200 AED|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||24,800 AED|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||19,300 AED|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||9,230 AED|
|Energy Engineer||18,400 AED|
|Engine Assembler||7,410 AED|
|Engineering Account Manager||20,200 AED|
|Engineering Chief Designer||19,500 AED|
|Engineering Consultant||22,900 AED|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||24,800 AED|
|Engineering Lab Technician||16,600 AED|
|Engineering Planning Manager||24,900 AED|
|Engineering Production Manager||31,100 AED|
|Engineering Project Analyst||20,300 AED|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||20,300 AED|
|Engineering Project Director||34,700 AED|
|Engineering Project Manager||24,600 AED|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||28,600 AED|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||14,100 AED|
|Engineering Sales Manager||23,700 AED|
|Engineering Technician||13,300 AED|
|Engineering Technologist||13,100 AED|
|Environmental Engineer||17,600 AED|
|Equipment Engineer||15,200 AED|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||22,900 AED|
|Fabrication Specialist||12,800 AED|
|Facade Engineer||16,600 AED|
|Fiber Analyst||9,490 AED|
|Field Engineer||18,400 AED|
|Field Engineering Manager||31,200 AED|
|Fire Engineer||17,700 AED|
|Fitter and Turner||5,260 AED|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||21,000 AED|
|Generation Engineer||18,600 AED|
|Genetic Engineer||20,300 AED|
|Geological Engineer||17,600 AED|
|Geotechnical Engineer||18,000 AED|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||8,640 AED|
|Highway Engineer||17,300 AED|
|HSE Professional||15,600 AED|
|HVAC Engineer||19,000 AED|
|HVAC Supervisor||16,400 AED|
|Industrial Engineer||17,600 AED|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||16,800 AED|
|Instrument Engineer||17,300 AED|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||17,800 AED|
|Instrumentation Engineer||17,200 AED|
|Instrumentation Manager||17,000 AED|
|Irrigation Engineer||16,500 AED|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||19,700 AED|
|Locomotive Engineer||17,100 AED|
|Maintenance Engineer||16,300 AED|
|Maintenance Fitter||5,890 AED|
|Maintenance Manager||17,900 AED|
|Manufacturing Engineer||17,200 AED|
|Marine Engineer||18,500 AED|
|Materials Engineer||16,800 AED|
|Materials Researcher||15,800 AED|
|Materials Technician||12,600 AED|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||19,000 AED|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||18,700 AED|
|Mechanical Designer||15,400 AED|
|Mechanical Engineer||18,800 AED|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||25,700 AED|
|Mechanical Inspector||16,900 AED|
|Mechatronics Engineer||19,300 AED|
|Mining Engineer||17,900 AED|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||18,900 AED|
|Optical Engineer||16,800 AED|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||8,620 AED|
|PCB Assembler||5,790 AED|
|Photonics Engineer||19,300 AED|
|Photonics Technician||16,000 AED|
|Pipeline Engineer||16,200 AED|
|Piping Designer||9,530 AED|
|Piping Engineer||15,500 AED|
|Planning Engineer||17,400 AED|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||8,130 AED|
|Principal Cost Engineer||17,100 AED|
|Principal Engineer||17,800 AED|
|Principal Support Engineer||18,300 AED|
|Process Engineer||17,500 AED|
|Process Operator||10,500 AED|
|Product Development Engineer||19,000 AED|
|Product Development Technician||12,000 AED|
|Product Engineer||17,600 AED|
|Product Safety Engineer||17,400 AED|
|Production Engineer||17,100 AED|
|Project Engineer||18,400 AED|
|Proposal Manager||24,100 AED|
|Purchasing Engineer||15,800 AED|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||17,700 AED|
|Rail Engineer||18,500 AED|
|Robotics Engineer||19,800 AED|
|Robotics Technician||14,500 AED|
|Safety Engineer||17,000 AED|
|Safety Inspector||12,900 AED|
|Safety Manager||20,400 AED|
|Safety Officer||8,820 AED|
|Sales Engineer||18,200 AED|
|Scheduling Engineer||16,600 AED|
|Service Engineer||18,600 AED|
|Solar Engineer||19,100 AED|
|Staff Engineer||17,400 AED|
|Static Equipment Engineer||17,300 AED|
|Stationary Engineer||15,700 AED|
|Stress Engineer||16,000 AED|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||17,400 AED|
|Structural Designer||14,700 AED|
|Structural Engineer||17,800 AED|
|Structural Technician||10,600 AED|
|Supply Chain Specialist||17,500 AED|
|Technical Affairs Officer||8,140 AED|
|Technical Assistant||8,830 AED|
|Technical Engineer||15,000 AED|
|Technical Support Engineer||15,100 AED|
|Tender Engineer||15,400 AED|
|Test Development Engineer||16,400 AED|
|Transportation Engineer||16,600 AED|
|Validation Engineer||16,100 AED|
|Verification Engineer||16,300 AED|
|Wastewater Engineer||16,700 AED|
|Wind Energy Engineer||17,100 AED|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||23,200 AED|
|Work Planner||11,900 AED|
Engineering salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 4,680 AED per month (minimum average salary) to 35,600 AED per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 17,400 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 17,400 AED while the other half are earning more than 17,400 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 9,930 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 9,930 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 28,100 AED while 25% are earning more than 28,100 AED.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 who work in Engineering earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.
Engineering professionals in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Arab Emirates for the year 2021. 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.
Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.
44% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.
|Abu Dhabi||17,600 AED|
|Al Ain||16,600 AED|
|Ras Al Khaimah||15,700 AED|
|Um Al Quiwain||14,700 AED|
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.