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Biochemist Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
41,900 AED
( 503,000 AED yearly)


A person working as a Biochemist in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 41,900 AED per month. Salaries range from 22,200 AED (lowest) to 63,700 AED (highest).

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

Biochemist Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

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

  • Salary Range

    Biochemist salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 22,200 AED per month (minimum salary) to 63,700 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 39,400 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Biochemist(s) are earning less than 39,400 AED while the other half are earning more than 39,400 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Biochemist(s) are earning less than 27,700 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 27,700 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Biochemist(s) are earning less than 48,500 AED while 25% are earning more than 48,500 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

Biochemist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Biochemist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 25,500 AED per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 31,400 AED per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 44,400 AED per month, 42% 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, Biochemist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 51,900 AED per month, 17% 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 57,100 AED per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 60,400 AED per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Biochemist average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
25,500 AED
2 - 5 Years+23%
31,400 AED
5 - 10 Years+42%
44,400 AED
10 - 15 Years+17%
51,900 AED
15 - 20 Years+10%
57,100 AED
20+ Years+6%
60,400 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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Biochemist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Biochemist is 28,000 AED per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 44,600 AED per month, 59% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 57,900 AED per month, 30% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Biochemist average salary difference by education level in United Arab Emirates

Bachelor's Degree
28,000 AED
Master's Degree+59%
44,600 AED
57,900 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 98,000 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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Biochemist Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Biochemist employees in United Arab Emirates earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

39,600 AED
43,500 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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Biochemist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

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


Biochemist(s) in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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 Biochemist
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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 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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Biochemist Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Arab Emirates

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Arab Emirates Biochemist
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A Biochemist 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.

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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 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

Biochemist Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates

240 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 240 AED. This means that the average Biochemist in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 240 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.

Biochemist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Biochemist and Science and Technical Services monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Biochemist is 56% more than that of Science and Technical Services. Also, Science and Technical Services salaries are 37% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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3D Lab Technologist18,100 AED-57%
Algorithm Developer24,700 AED-41%
Analytical Chemist35,900 AED-14%
Anthropologist26,700 AED-36%
Archeologist23,700 AED-43%
Assistant Breeder11,800 AED-72%
Astronomer45,800 AED+9%
Atmospheric and Space Scientist35,800 AED-15%
Behavior Analyst23,600 AED-44%
Behavior Intervention Specialist26,900 AED-36%
Biochemist41,900 AED-0%
Biofuels Processing Technician16,500 AED-61%
Biofuels Production Manager30,700 AED-27%
Biologist43,900 AED+5%
Biomedical Scientist41,900 AED-0%
Biophysicist40,600 AED-3%
Chemical Engineer19,300 AED-54%
Chemical Technologist18,600 AED-56%
Chemist38,200 AED-9%
Chief Technologist36,100 AED-14%
Climate Change Analyst27,700 AED-34%
Clinical Laboratory Scientist43,200 AED+3%
Computer Scientist33,100 AED-21%
Conservation Scientist33,500 AED-20%
Data Scientist32,500 AED-22%
DNA Analyst42,800 AED+2%
Ecologist31,600 AED-25%
Economic Development Specialist32,800 AED-22%
Flavourist13,600 AED-68%
Food Scientist27,200 AED-35%
Forensic Scientist33,900 AED-19%
Formulation Technologist15,700 AED-63%
Fraud Investigator20,100 AED-52%
Genomics Scientist41,500 AED-1%
Geographer21,700 AED-48%
Geographic Information Systems Technician14,000 AED-67%
Geological Data Technician14,600 AED-65%
Geological Technician17,300 AED-59%
Geologist34,600 AED-17%
Geomatics Scientist34,600 AED-17%
Geophysical Data Technician13,100 AED-69%
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist30,100 AED-28%
Hydrologist26,400 AED-37%
Industrial Ecologist28,200 AED-33%
Intelligence Analyst25,900 AED-38%
Knowledge Management Specialist19,700 AED-53%
Laboratory Manager30,300 AED-28%
Laboratory Researcher19,600 AED-53%
Laboratory Technician12,300 AED-71%
Life Sciences Analyst28,600 AED-32%
Life Scientist34,200 AED-18%
Marine Architect26,000 AED-38%
Marine Biologist30,400 AED-28%
Marine Superintendent17,800 AED-58%
Materials Analyst18,700 AED-55%
Materials Scientist30,300 AED-28%
Mathematician33,000 AED-21%
Medical Scientist45,300 AED+8%
Metallurgist31,600 AED-25%
Meteorologist29,400 AED-30%
Microbiologist44,800 AED+7%
Natural Language Processing Researcher26,200 AED-38%
Natural Resource Specialist24,400 AED-42%
Natural Sciences Manager39,500 AED-6%
Nuclear Engineer46,900 AED+12%
Physical Scientist34,500 AED-18%
Physicist39,900 AED-5%
Political Scientist32,300 AED-23%
Polygraph Examiner11,200 AED-73%
Polysomnographic Technologist20,200 AED-52%
Product Development Scientist35,700 AED-15%
Quantitative Research Analyst29,100 AED-31%
Quantitative Researcher29,900 AED-29%
Radiation Protection Specialist22,400 AED-47%
Refrigeration Technician9,170 AED-78%
Research Scientist29,800 AED-29%
Risk Safety Engineer19,300 AED-54%
Scientific Photographer19,100 AED-54%
Scientific Programmer25,600 AED-39%
Scientist30,900 AED-26%
Service Engineer17,800 AED-58%
Service Technician12,800 AED-69%
Social Science Research Assistant17,700 AED-58%
Social Scientist34,300 AED-18%
Sociologist30,700 AED-27%
Soil Scientist26,400 AED-37%
Statistical Analyst18,700 AED-55%
Statistical Assistant13,800 AED-67%
Statistician28,700 AED-32%
Survey Analyst17,900 AED-57%
Survey Researcher17,100 AED-59%
Surveying and Mapping Technician10,600 AED-75%
Team Leader26,800 AED-36%
Technical Manager29,600 AED-29%
Technical Officer12,500 AED-70%
Technical Service Director37,100 AED-12%
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist18,300 AED-56%
Technical Services Research and Development Manager46,100 AED+10%
Technical Services Research Coordinator22,100 AED-47%
Technician11,800 AED-72%
Water Ecologist37,000 AED-12%
Wildlife Biologist30,600 AED-27%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi44,900 AED
Ajman41,300 AED
Al Ain41,300 AED
Dubai47,200 AED
Fujairah36,700 AED
Ras Al Khaimah38,100 AED
Sharjah44,800 AED
Um Al Quiwain36,600 AED
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