Average salaries in Dubai

Mar 20 2016

Average salaries in Dubai

Salaries vary widely in Dubai, depending on your qualifications and negotiation skills. Dubai has no minimum wage rates or standardized salaries, and salaries are usually similar to, or greater than those paid in western nations. Salaries also vary widely depending on nationalities, qualifications, experience, employee history and other random factors.

The Middle East employment market is robust. Strategic recruitment, looking at both current and future hiring needs is creating further momentum and with demand for skilled talent outpacing supply, providing competitive salaries coupled with attractive bonus and benefits packages will be a key strategy in winning the war for talent.

Salary packages are mostly dependent on your negotiation skills. For instance, an executive secretary may be paid more than a product sales representative within the same company, and even two secretaries working on same jobs can have different salary packages.

The UAE Federal Labour Law and the Emirate of Dubai does not have the provision for minimum wages, and your basic salary is what is a negotiated rate stipulated in your labour contract. The amount is important, as it is the basis of calculation for your end-of-service gratuity pay.

According to latest study on Global Salary Increase Survey 2014, by Aon Hewitt, the leading management consultancy firm, salaries in UAE are likely to increase 4.8 percent in 2015, as per the study conducted by 500 or more organizations and businesses in Middle East.

For couples and families looking to relocate with their family to Dubai, a minimum salary of Dh.10,000 to Dh.15,000 is a must. Lower salary range is acceptable only if the company bears accommodation expenses. In UAE, salaries may range from minimum of Dh.1000 to Dh.90,000 with average salaries falling in range Dh.13,600 to Dh.17,619.

Table of average wage ranges in Dubai

Job Title Monthly salary in AED (2014-15)
Accountant 3000 – 20,000
Airline Pilot (Captain) 30,000 – 50,000
Business Development Manager 10,000 – 35,000
Bar Manager 5000 – 25000
Cabin Crew 7000 – 14,000
Driver (Indian school) 1500 – 2500
Director 50,000 – 70,000
Engineer (civil) 10000 – 25,000
Engineer (mechanical) 10,000 – 25,000
Engineer (software) 10,000 – 20,833
Executive Assistant 15,000 – 25,000
Interior Designer 17,000 – 65,000
Kindergarten Supervisor (western) 12,000 – 20,000
Labourer 600 – 1,500
Maid, Nanny 700 – 3000
Marketing Manager 11,000 – 34,000
Nursery School Teacher 1000 – 10,000
Office Manager 8000 – 16,000
Operations Manager 13,300 – 42,500
Personal Assistant 2000 – 25000
Project Manager 12,000 – 75,000
Project Architect 20,000 – 30,000
Research Assistant 8000 – 12,000
Commercial sales 5000 – 25,000
Sales Assistant in shops 1500 – 2500
School Principal (Indian schools) 7,000 – 12,000
School Principal (International school) 25,000 – 45,000
Emirati Government School Teacher 24,000 – 34,000
University Teacher 5,000 – 30,000




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