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Project Manager Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2020

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


Average Monthly Salary
16,500 AED
( 198,000 AED yearly)

LOW
8,400
AED
AVERAGE
16,500
AED
HIGH
25,400
AED

A person working as a Project Manager in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 16,500 AED per month. Salaries range from 8,400 AED (lowest) to 25,400 AED (highest).

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

Project Manager Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

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

  • Salary Range

    Project Manager salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 8,400 AED per month (minimum salary) to 25,400 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 16,100 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Project Manager(s) are earning less than 16,100 AED while the other half are earning more than 16,100 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 Project Manager(s) are earning less than 11,000 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 11,000 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Project Manager(s) are earning less than 20,300 AED while 25% are earning more than 20,300 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

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

A Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 9,420 AED per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 12,300 AED per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 17,200 AED per month, 40% 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, Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 20,700 AED per month, 20% 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 22,500 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 24,300 AED per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Project Manager average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
9,420 AED
2 - 5 Years+31%
12,300 AED
5 - 10 Years+40%
17,200 AED
10 - 15 Years+20%
20,700 AED
15 - 20 Years+9%
22,500 AED
20+ Years+8%
24,300 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Project Manager is 11,300 AED per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 13,000 AED per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 18,200 AED per month, 41% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 23,500 AED per month, 29% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


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

High School
11,300 AED
Certificate or Diploma+15%
13,000 AED
Bachelor's Degree+41%
18,200 AED
Master's Degree+29%
23,500 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

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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates 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 Project Manager employees in United Arab Emirates earn 11% more than their female counterparts.

Female
15,600 AED
Male+11%
17,400 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Arab Emirates for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates
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Project Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

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

Project Manager

Project Manager(s) in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 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 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

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

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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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 Project Manager
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A 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.

21% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 79% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
79%
No Bonus
21%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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

Public vs private sector salaries monthly United Arab Emirates
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector 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

Project Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in United Arab Emirates

How are 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 Project Manager
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Average Salary 2016
14,700 AED
Average Salary 2017+4%
15,300 AED
Average Salary 2018+2%
15,600 AED
Average Salary 2019+3%
16,200 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 3% 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.

Project Manager Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates


95 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 95 AED. This means that the average Project Manager in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 95 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.

Project Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Project Manager and Executive and Management monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Project Manager is 21% less than that of Executive and Management. Also, Executive and Management salaries are 36% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Coordinator13,700 AED-17%
Administration Manager17,700 AED+7%
Area Manager15,400 AED-6%
Asset Protection Associate19,700 AED+20%
Assistant Director17,400 AED+6%
Assistant Manager19,200 AED+17%
Assistant Operations Manager20,400 AED+24%
Assistant Project Manager17,800 AED+8%
Assistant Section Head15,600 AED-5%
Assistant to CEO17,400 AED+6%
Assistant Vice President20,000 AED+21%
Associate Director17,600 AED+7%
Bid Manager20,600 AED+25%
Branch Manager19,100 AED+16%
Business Development Manager22,600 AED+37%
Business Operations Associate18,700 AED+14%
Business Operations Lead17,900 AED+9%
Campaign Manager19,400 AED+18%
Chairman of The Board33,000 AED+100%
Chairman Office Manager22,300 AED+35%
Chief Corporate Officer26,500 AED+61%
Chief Executive Officer34,400 AED+110%
Chief Financial Officer30,500 AED+85%
Chief of Staff15,500 AED-6%
Chief Operating Officer24,900 AED+51%
Chief Risk Officer22,000 AED+34%
Client Services Manager21,900 AED+33%
Commercial Project Manager19,600 AED+19%
Commodity Broker14,200 AED-14%
Corporate Affairs Executive20,000 AED+21%
Corporate Compliance Director23,500 AED+43%
Corporate Director23,000 AED+40%
Corporate Officer15,700 AED-5%
Corporate Partnerships Officer16,700 AED+1%
Country Manager26,400 AED+60%
Deputy Director24,400 AED+48%
Director26,200 AED+59%
Director of Accreditation23,500 AED+43%
Director of Catering Services19,600 AED+19%
Director of Client Services23,100 AED+40%
Director of Facilities Management18,500 AED+12%
Director of Operations22,400 AED+36%
Director of Process Simplification18,600 AED+13%
Director of Project Management23,100 AED+40%
Director of Revenue Management21,300 AED+29%
Director of Training and Development22,900 AED+39%
Distribution Manager22,800 AED+38%
Division Manager19,700 AED+20%
Duty Manager18,900 AED+15%
Engagement Manager23,200 AED+41%
Executive Director33,700 AED+100%
Executive Manager27,500 AED+67%
Franchise Manager30,200 AED+83%
General Manager27,400 AED+66%
Global Master Data Manager24,900 AED+51%
Head of Middle Office21,100 AED+28%
Head of Projects22,200 AED+35%
Head of Sustainability18,800 AED+14%
Housing Manager18,500 AED+12%
HSE Manager18,800 AED+14%
Key Account Manager19,100 AED+16%
Knowledge Manager22,900 AED+39%
Location Manager21,200 AED+29%
Logistics Manager18,100 AED+10%
Management Consultant19,100 AED+16%
Management Executive25,500 AED+55%
Manager24,100 AED+46%
Managing Director26,900 AED+63%
MIS Executive24,200 AED+47%
Ocean Services Manager24,900 AED+51%
Operations Assistant16,400 AED-0%
Operations Director24,900 AED+51%
Operations Executive25,100 AED+52%
Operations Manager25,000 AED+52%
Operations Supervisor21,900 AED+33%
Policy Administration Executive19,500 AED+18%
Private Sector Executive20,600 AED+25%
Product Development Manager23,200 AED+41%
Product Executive19,500 AED+18%
Production Executive23,800 AED+45%
Production Manager24,200 AED+47%
Production Supervisor20,000 AED+21%
Program Manager23,900 AED+45%
Programme Coordinator17,200 AED+4%
Project Control Manager23,200 AED+41%
Project Coordinator14,900 AED-10%
Project Management Officer16,600 AED+1%
Project Manager16,500 AED+0%
Project Portfolio Manager19,200 AED+17%
Quality Manager18,300 AED+11%
R/D Director20,400 AED+24%
Regional Director31,900 AED+94%
Regional Manager23,900 AED+45%
Relationship Manager23,600 AED+43%
Retail District Manager15,600 AED-5%
Revenue Manager19,200 AED+17%
Risk and Capital Manager25,700 AED+56%
Risk Officer17,700 AED+7%
Safety Manager16,800 AED+2%
Section Head18,400 AED+12%
Service Manager18,100 AED+10%
Shift Supervisor14,300 AED-13%
Solutions Manager16,900 AED+3%
Supervisor13,700 AED-17%
Supply Chain Manager23,600 AED+43%
Surveyor16,700 AED+1%
Technical Manager22,500 AED+37%
Territory Manager23,400 AED+42%
Validation Manager19,100 AED+16%
Vice President27,500 AED+67%
Zone Manager24,400 AED+48%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi17,600 AED
Ajman16,200 AED
Al Ain17,100 AED
Dubai19,500 AED
Fujairah16,000 AED
Ras Al Khaimah16,600 AED
Sharjah18,500 AED
Um Al Quiwain15,100 AED
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