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Pharmacist Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2020

How much money does a Pharmacist make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
16,600 AED
( 199,000 AED yearly)


A person working as a Pharmacist in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 16,600 AED per month. Salaries range from 7,980 AED (lowest) to 26,100 AED (highest).

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

Pharmacist Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

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

  • Salary Range

    Pharmacist salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 7,980 AED per month (minimum salary) to 26,100 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 17,300 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 17,300 AED while the other half are earning more than 17,300 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 Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 11,400 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 11,400 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 22,600 AED while 25% are earning more than 22,600 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

Pharmacist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly United Arab Emirates Pharmacist
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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 Pharmacist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Pharmacist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 9,340 AED per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,200 AED per month, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 17,400 AED per month, 31% 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, Pharmacist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 21,400 AED per month, 23% 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 22,700 AED per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 24,900 AED per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pharmacist average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
9,340 AED
2 - 5 Years+42%
13,200 AED
5 - 10 Years+31%
17,400 AED
10 - 15 Years+23%
21,400 AED
15 - 20 Years+6%
22,700 AED
20+ Years+10%
24,900 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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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly United Arab Emirates Pharmacist
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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 Pharmacist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Pharmacist is 14,700 AED per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 21,000 AED per month, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Pharmacist average salary difference by education level in United Arab Emirates

Bachelor's Degree
14,700 AED
Master's Degree+43%
21,000 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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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates Pharmacist
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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 Pharmacist employees in United Arab Emirates earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

16,200 AED
17,300 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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Pharmacist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

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


Pharmacist(s) in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 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 Pharmacist
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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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Pharmacist Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Arab Emirates

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

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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

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 Pharmacist 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

Pharmacist Salary Trend and Forecast in United Arab Emirates

How are Pharmacist 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 Pharmacist
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Average Salary 2016
14,900 AED
Average Salary 2017+4%
15,400 AED
Average Salary 2018+3%
15,900 AED
Average Salary 2019+3%
16,300 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pharmacist 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.

Pharmacist 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 Pharmacist 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.

Pharmacist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Pharmacist is 2% more than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 7% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist13,400 AED-19%
Assistant Pharmacy Director24,900 AED+50%
Associate Medical Affairs Director21,300 AED+28%
Bioinformatics Scientist20,300 AED+22%
Bioinformatics Technician14,000 AED-16%
Biological Scientist23,400 AED+41%
Biological Technician14,500 AED-13%
Biomedical Engineer12,600 AED-24%
Biomedical Engineering Director18,900 AED+14%
Biostatistician16,400 AED-1%
Biotechnologist 14,600 AED-12%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager13,700 AED-18%
Chemical Process Technician13,000 AED-22%
Clinical Consultant16,700 AED+0%
Clinical Data Manager18,300 AED+10%
Clinical Data Specialist14,800 AED-11%
Clinical Operations Manager18,700 AED+12%
Clinical Pharmacist17,300 AED+4%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist18,000 AED+8%
Clinical Programmer10,800 AED-35%
Clinical Project Manager14,900 AED-10%
Clinical Research Associate16,000 AED-4%
Clinical Research Manager18,600 AED+12%
Clinical Study Manager20,700 AED+25%
Compliance Specialist18,000 AED+8%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist13,800 AED-17%
Cytotechnologist14,100 AED-15%
GCP Auditor16,100 AED-3%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician15,700 AED-6%
Manufacturing Engineer14,700 AED-12%
Medical Affairs Director22,300 AED+34%
Medical Representative 12,600 AED-24%
Medical Science Liaison16,000 AED-4%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist17,200 AED+3%
Nuclear Pharmacist2,190 AED-87%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead25,200 AED+52%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager23,200 AED+40%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer16,900 AED+2%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager15,600 AED-6%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor17,600 AED+6%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant14,000 AED-16%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist14,800 AED-11%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate17,000 AED+2%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist20,300 AED+22%
Pharmaceutical Researcher22,600 AED+36%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager21,500 AED+29%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager22,800 AED+37%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative11,500 AED-31%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager19,400 AED+17%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader17,400 AED+5%
Pharmaceutical Technologist13,100 AED-21%
Pharmacist16,600 AED-0%
Pharmacy Aide13,700 AED-18%
Pharmacy Manager24,700 AED+49%
Pharmacy Stock Controller11,200 AED-33%
Pharmacy Technician11,300 AED-32%
Records Management Coordinator10,300 AED-38%
Shift Encapsulator11,400 AED-31%
Staff Pharmacist17,200 AED+3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi17,800 AED
Ajman17,500 AED
Al Ain16,700 AED
Dubai18,400 AED
Fujairah16,700 AED
Ras Al Khaimah16,700 AED
Sharjah18,700 AED
Um Al Quiwain15,800 AED
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