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|