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Engineering Average Salaries in United Arab Emirates 2021

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


Average Monthly Salary
16,400 AED
( 197,000 AED yearly)

LOW
4,680
AED
AVERAGE
16,400
AED
HIGH
35,600
AED

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.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer17,400 AED
Assembly Engineering Technician13,100 AED
Assistant Chief Engineer19,800 AED
Associate Engineer16,100 AED
Autocad Operator10,500 AED
Automation Engineer18,600 AED
Avionic System Support Engineer17,100 AED
Biochemical Engineer16,100 AED
BMS Engineer15,500 AED
Bridge and Lock Tender9,550 AED
Broadcast Engineer17,000 AED
CAD Design Engineer18,500 AED
CAD Designer11,200 AED
CAE Engineer16,400 AED
Ceramics Engineer16,500 AED
Civil Engineer17,400 AED
Commissioning Engineer16,400 AED
Communications Engineer19,300 AED
Condition Monitoring Engineer15,100 AED
Contract Associate Engineer16,400 AED
Control Systems Engineer16,900 AED
Controls Engineer16,600 AED
Controls Software Engineer15,500 AED
Corrosion Engineer15,700 AED
Design Engineer17,800 AED
Drafter11,100 AED
Drafting Manager19,600 AED
Drilling Engineer17,300 AED
Electrical Draughtsman8,340 AED
Electrical Engineer20,200 AED
Electrical Engineering Manager24,800 AED
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist19,300 AED
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler9,230 AED
Energy Engineer18,400 AED
Engine Assembler7,410 AED
Engineer18,500 AED
Engineering Account Manager20,200 AED
Engineering Chief Designer19,500 AED
Engineering Consultant22,900 AED
Engineering Key Account Manager24,800 AED
Engineering Lab Technician16,600 AED
Engineering Planning Manager24,900 AED
Engineering Production Manager31,100 AED
Engineering Project Analyst20,300 AED
Engineering Project Coordinator 20,300 AED
Engineering Project Director34,700 AED
Engineering Project Manager24,600 AED
Engineering Research and Development Manager28,600 AED
Engineering Safety Coordinator14,100 AED
Engineering Sales Manager23,700 AED
Engineering Technician13,300 AED
Engineering Technologist13,100 AED
Environmental Engineer17,600 AED
Equipment Engineer15,200 AED
Equipment Engineering Manager22,900 AED
Estimator15,500 AED
Fabrication Specialist12,800 AED
Fabricator7,400 AED
Facade Engineer16,600 AED
Fiber Analyst9,490 AED
Field Engineer18,400 AED
Field Engineering Manager31,200 AED
Fire Engineer17,700 AED
Fitter and Turner5,260 AED
Forestry Strategic Planner21,000 AED
Generation Engineer18,600 AED
Genetic Engineer20,300 AED
Geological Engineer17,600 AED
Geotechnical Engineer18,000 AED
Heavy Equipment Mechanic8,640 AED
Highway Engineer17,300 AED
HSE Professional15,600 AED
HVAC Engineer19,000 AED
HVAC Supervisor16,400 AED
Industrial Engineer17,600 AED
Industrial Engineering Technologist16,800 AED
Instrument Engineer17,300 AED
Instrumentation and Control Engineer17,800 AED
Instrumentation Engineer17,200 AED
Instrumentation Manager17,000 AED
Irrigation Engineer16,500 AED
Licensed Aircraft Engineer19,700 AED
Locomotive Engineer17,100 AED
Maintenance Engineer16,300 AED
Maintenance Fitter5,890 AED
Maintenance Manager17,900 AED
Manufacturing Engineer17,200 AED
Marine Engineer18,500 AED
Materials Engineer16,800 AED
Materials Researcher15,800 AED
Materials Technician12,600 AED
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer19,000 AED
Mechanical Design Engineer18,700 AED
Mechanical Designer15,400 AED
Mechanical Engineer18,800 AED
Mechanical Engineering Manager25,700 AED
Mechanical Inspector16,900 AED
Mechatronics Engineer19,300 AED
Mining Engineer17,900 AED
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer18,900 AED
Optical Engineer16,800 AED
Optical Instrument Assembler8,620 AED
PCB Assembler5,790 AED
Photonics Engineer19,300 AED
Photonics Technician16,000 AED
Pipeline Engineer16,200 AED
Piping Designer9,530 AED
Piping Engineer15,500 AED
Planning Engineer17,400 AED
Pressure Vessel Inspector8,130 AED
Principal Cost Engineer17,100 AED
Principal Engineer17,800 AED
Principal Support Engineer18,300 AED
Process Engineer17,500 AED
Process Operator10,500 AED
Product Development Engineer19,000 AED
Product Development Technician12,000 AED
Product Engineer17,600 AED
Product Safety Engineer17,400 AED
Production Engineer17,100 AED
Project Engineer18,400 AED
Proposal Manager24,100 AED
Purchasing Engineer15,800 AED
Quality Assurance Engineer17,700 AED
Rail Engineer18,500 AED
Robotics Engineer19,800 AED
Robotics Technician14,500 AED
Safety Engineer17,000 AED
Safety Inspector12,900 AED
Safety Manager20,400 AED
Safety Officer8,820 AED
Sales Engineer18,200 AED
Scheduling Engineer16,600 AED
Service Engineer18,600 AED
Solar Engineer19,100 AED
Staff Engineer17,400 AED
Static Equipment Engineer17,300 AED
Stationary Engineer15,700 AED
Stress Engineer16,000 AED
Structural Analysis Engineer17,400 AED
Structural Designer14,700 AED
Structural Engineer17,800 AED
Structural Technician10,600 AED
Supply Chain Specialist17,500 AED
Surveyor12,800 AED
Technical Affairs Officer8,140 AED
Technical Assistant8,830 AED
Technical Engineer15,000 AED
Technical Support Engineer15,100 AED
Tender Engineer15,400 AED
Test Development Engineer16,400 AED
Transportation Engineer16,600 AED
Validation Engineer16,100 AED
Verification Engineer16,300 AED
Wastewater Engineer16,700 AED
Wind Energy Engineer17,100 AED
Wind Energy Operations Manager23,200 AED
Work Planner11,900 AED

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

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

  • Salary Range

    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).

  • Median Salary

    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.

  • 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 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.


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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates Engineering
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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 Engineering earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
17,000 AED
Female-7%
15,900 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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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

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

Engineering

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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Arab Emirates Engineering
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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

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 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Arab Emirates

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

Received Bonus
56%
No Bonus
44%

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.

Engineering Hourly Average 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 person 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi17,600 AED
Ajman16,100 AED
Al Ain16,600 AED
Dubai18,000 AED
Fujairah15,100 AED
Ras Al Khaimah15,700 AED
Sharjah17,100 AED
Um Al Quiwain14,700 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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