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Information Technology Average Salaries in United Arab Emirates 2021

How much money does a person working in Information Technology make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
19,700 AED
( 236,000 AED yearly)


A person working in Information Technology in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 19,700 AED per month. Salaries range from 9,830 AED (lowest average) to 32,600 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 Information Technology careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
2nd Line Systems Engineer17,700 AED
ABAP Developer16,800 AED
Advertising Account Planner17,600 AED
Android Developer19,200 AED
Angular Developer17,900 AED
Application Consultant23,400 AED
Applications System Specialist16,600 AED
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist22,700 AED
Artificial Intelligence Developer23,300 AED
AS400 Programmer20,800 AED
Assistant Information Technology Manager22,400 AED
Assistant Service Delivery Manager22,200 AED
Avaloq Developer17,700 AED
BizTalk Developer 20,100 AED
Blockchain Associate19,600 AED
Blockchain Developer16,900 AED
Build and Release Engineer17,700 AED
Business Intelligence Analyst21,100 AED
Business Intelligence Developer19,400 AED
Business Objects Developer17,800 AED
Business Process Consultant20,600 AED
Business Systems Analyst17,300 AED
C# Developer21,500 AED
C++ Developer20,200 AED
Capacity Planning Manager25,300 AED
Change Administrator17,400 AED
Chief Information Security Officer27,800 AED
Client Delivery Manager24,900 AED
CMS Developer15,700 AED
Computer Animator17,100 AED
Computer Hardware Engineer15,700 AED
Computer Networks Architect20,500 AED
Computer Operator13,500 AED
Computer Technician14,600 AED
Copy Editor16,000 AED
CRM Application Administrator17,600 AED
Cross Platform Security Manager26,400 AED
Curam Developer16,600 AED
Data Analyst17,800 AED
Data Architect19,600 AED
Data Center Technician16,200 AED
Data Entry Supervisor12,700 AED
Data Manager24,600 AED
Data Modeling Analyst18,700 AED
Data Quality Analyst19,400 AED
Data Security Analyst19,000 AED
Data Security Manager27,800 AED
Data Warehousing Manager26,800 AED
Data Warehousing Specialist18,700 AED
Database Administration Manager23,400 AED
Database Administrator19,600 AED
Database Analyst21,000 AED
Database Developer19,000 AED
Database Report Writer18,000 AED
Delivery Manager19,000 AED
Developer / Programmer19,200 AED
Development Manager27,900 AED
Director of Application Development28,800 AED
Director of Technology32,200 AED
Disaster Recovery Analyst18,600 AED
Documentation Specialist17,200 AED
E-Commerce Manager23,600 AED
E-Commerce Marketing Analyst23,200 AED
E-Commerce Marketing Manager23,500 AED
E-Commerce Sales Manager25,200 AED
E-Commerce Strategy Manager27,500 AED
Enterprise Architecture Manager23,400 AED
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect26,100 AED
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager29,600 AED
ERP / CRM Technical Consultant19,400 AED
ERP Analyst20,000 AED
ERP Project Manager26,600 AED
Ethical Hacker16,700 AED
Financial Systems Manager29,700 AED
Flash Developer16,800 AED
Front End Developer15,900 AED
Full Stack Developer19,600 AED
Functional Analyst20,600 AED
Game Developer16,800 AED
GIS Analyst17,800 AED
GIS Developer19,400 AED
Global BI Analyst20,300 AED
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer17,500 AED
Graphics Programmer17,200 AED
Graphics Web Designer15,500 AED
Hardware Design Engineer18,000 AED
Hardware Engineering Manager27,300 AED
Hardware Technician14,600 AED
Head of Development27,900 AED
Help Desk Analyst17,700 AED
Help Desk Manager21,300 AED
Help Desk Support13,100 AED
Helpdesk Manager21,900 AED
Imaging Programmer16,300 AED
Informatics Optimization Specialist19,300 AED
Information Assurance Analyst20,600 AED
Information Program Director26,200 AED
Information Security Administrator20,800 AED
Information Security Analyst24,200 AED
Information Security Engineer18,400 AED
Information Security Manager28,100 AED
Information Security Specialist23,500 AED
Information Services Consultant23,000 AED
Information Technology Administrator15,300 AED
Information Technology Asset Manager26,300 AED
Information Technology Consultant24,100 AED
Information Technology Coordinator15,100 AED
Information Technology Director34,400 AED
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer16,700 AED
Information Technology Manager33,900 AED
Information Technology Operations Manager31,200 AED
Information Technology Product Manager27,700 AED
Information Technology Project Administrator15,600 AED
Information Technology Project Coordinator19,500 AED
Information Technology Project Leader23,300 AED
Information Technology Project Manager30,900 AED
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager21,900 AED
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)22,100 AED
Information Technology Quality Specialist19,000 AED
Information Technology Support13,000 AED
Information Technology Team Leader23,200 AED
Information Technology Trainer20,700 AED
Information Technology Training Analyst20,300 AED
Interface Design Manager24,000 AED
Interface Designer14,800 AED
IOS Developer20,500 AED
Java Developer20,900 AED
Javascript Developer19,300 AED
Lead Developer22,900 AED
Linux Administrator19,900 AED
Lotus Domino Administrator19,100 AED
Lotus Notes Developer19,400 AED
Mail Server Administrator16,800 AED
Major Incident Manager22,900 AED
Managed Service Specialist18,600 AED
Microsystems Engineer18,600 AED
Mobile Developer20,200 AED
Multimedia Developer17,200 AED
Multimedia Services Manager22,900 AED
Network Administration Team Lead23,700 AED
Network Administrator16,100 AED
Network Analyst17,600 AED
Network and Infrastructure Manager29,300 AED
Network Engineer17,300 AED
Network Engineering Manager23,400 AED
Network Security Systems Manager23,300 AED
Network Specialist18,800 AED
Network Technician15,100 AED
Nodejs Developer20,400 AED
NT Systems Administrator17,000 AED
Numerical Control Programmer16,000 AED
Online Banking Manager33,000 AED
Online Banking Specialist22,700 AED
OPS Manager28,300 AED
Oracle Database Administrator17,500 AED
Oracle Developer21,000 AED
Perl Developer15,500 AED
PHP Developer16,700 AED
Python Developer20,700 AED
Records Manager15,700 AED
Remedy Developer15,300 AED
Reporting Analyst19,200 AED
Ruby Developer17,400 AED
Salesforce Administrator17,500 AED
Salesforce Developer14,700 AED
SAP Consultant21,200 AED
SAS Programmer16,600 AED
Scrum Master16,000 AED
SEO Associate15,800 AED
SEO Manager23,600 AED
Service Delivery Manager24,600 AED
Service Level Manager24,600 AED
Service Support Lead19,600 AED
SharePoint Administrator18,200 AED
Sharepoint Consultant20,000 AED
Sharepoint Developer21,000 AED
Shift Leader19,400 AED
SOA Analyst17,900 AED
SOC Engineer17,500 AED
Software Analyst19,200 AED
Software Architect18,800 AED
Software Development Manager26,400 AED
Software Engineer19,500 AED
Software QA Engineer16,800 AED
Software Sales17,400 AED
Software Specialist16,700 AED
Software Support Engineer14,800 AED
Software Test Engineer16,300 AED
Solutions Architect26,600 AED
Storage Engineer15,700 AED
Supervisor13,800 AED
Support Analyst16,600 AED
Support Specialist19,800 AED
System Administrator17,500 AED
Systems Analyst19,500 AED
Systems Architect18,600 AED
Systems Consultant23,600 AED
Systems Engineer16,000 AED
Systems Integrator18,100 AED
Technical Analyst16,300 AED
Technical Consultant22,800 AED
Technical Manager20,200 AED
Technical Project Manager25,500 AED
Technical Sales19,200 AED
Technical Trainer18,900 AED
Technical Writer16,900 AED
Technology Business Analyst18,800 AED
Technology Director32,500 AED
Technology Specialist24,100 AED
Teradata Developer15,300 AED
Test Analyst19,300 AED
Tester16,300 AED
Testing Manager26,100 AED
TIBCO Developer16,300 AED
UNIX Administrator20,100 AED
Usability Engineer18,200 AED
User Experience Consultant20,800 AED
User Experience Design Expert20,500 AED
User Experience Designer17,500 AED
User Experience Researcher21,200 AED
User Interface Designer17,900 AED
VB Developer14,800 AED
VB.NET Developer20,300 AED
Video Game Designer16,200 AED
Visual Information Specialist16,900 AED
Web Applications Manager22,600 AED
Web Content Specialist19,700 AED
Web Designer17,100 AED
Web Developer17,900 AED
Web Editor15,400 AED
Web Project Manager21,200 AED
Web Promotions Specialist18,900 AED
Web Security Administrator20,200 AED
Web Security Manager27,400 AED
Web Support Analyst14,600 AED
Web Writer15,000 AED
Webmaster16,200 AED
Windows System Administrator16,700 AED
Wireless Consultant23,400 AED
Writer and Documentor16,300 AED

Information Technology Jobs Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

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

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 9,830 AED per month (minimum average salary) to 32,600 AED per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 18,500 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 18,500 AED while the other half are earning more than 18,500 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 people working in Information Technology are earning less than 12,700 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 12,700 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 24,000 AED while 25% are earning more than 24,000 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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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.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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.

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 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.

Information Technology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates Information Technology
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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 employees in United Arab Emirates who work in Information Technology earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

20,300 AED
18,900 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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Information Technology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

How much are annual salary increments in United Arab Emirates for Information Technology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Information Technology

Information Technology 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Arab Emirates Information Technology
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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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Arab Emirates for the year 2020. 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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Information Technology Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Arab Emirates

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

50% of surveyed staff in Information Technology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% 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.

Information Technology Hourly Average Wage in United Arab Emirates

110 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 110 AED. This means that the average person in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 110 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.

Information Technology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Information Technology and Information Technology monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi21,100 AED
Ajman19,400 AED
Al Ain19,900 AED
Dubai21,600 AED
Fujairah18,100 AED
Ras Al Khaimah18,800 AED
Sharjah20,500 AED
Um Al Quiwain17,600 AED

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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

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