Revealed: Average Western expatriate salaries in the Gulf

Average wages earned by Western expats across all the positions rose 0.22 per cent, finds 2017 Gulf Business salary survey



The average monthly salary earned by a Western expatriate across the GCC rose only by 0.22 per cent, from $12,350 in last year’s survey to $12,377 in the 2017 Gulf Business salary survey.

However, Western expatriates continue to earn the highest among all our three racial groups, pocketing on average 32 per cent more than Asian peers and 5 per cent more than their Arab peers.

The highest paid worker – according to our survey – is a Western managing director or CEO of a multinational in Saudi Arabia, who receives a salary of $42,389 per month on average.

Overall, the report also found that for the topmost position across the region – the CEO or managing director of a multinational – average salaries were down 0.76 per cent on the previous year from $35,092 to $34,826.

The Gulf Business 2017 Salary Survey polled the average remuneration for 20 roles, including finance, real estate and media, across the six Gulf countries.

Average monthly salary in USD ($) for a Western expatriate employee in the Gulf

BAHRAIN KSA KUWAIT UAE OMAN QATAR
CEO/MD – Multinational 34,740 42,389 35,701 36,704 33,098 40,702
CEO/MD – Local Company 22,646 27,632 24,514 25,551 20,581 26,924
Human Resources – Manager 9,861 13,015 10,121 11,690 11,061 12,597
Information Technology – Manager 12,072 15,052 12,537 14,209 12,211 14,988
Sales/Marketing – Account Manager 6,868 9,297 7,736 8,038 7,259 8,186
Legal – Lawyer Marketer/Manager 9,976 12,784 11,484 11,673 9,958 12,131
Facilities Management – Manager 7,850 11,895 9,969 10,032 8,913 10,765
Finance & Accounting – Manager 8,967 10,996 9,502 10,433 8,858 10,872
Recruitment – Manager 6,673 10,491 7,850 8,323 7,367 8,896
Healthcare – General Practitioner/ Manager 8,603 13,105 9,670 10,322 9,779 10,976
Real Estate – Manager 11,283 13,352 10,707 10,657 8,610 12,330
Banking – Branch Manager 11,717 13,295 12,222 12,007 9,438 13,146
Banking – Treasury Manager 14,635 16,873 15,656 15,426 12,910 17,063
Banking – Retail/Personal Banking Manager 10,747 11,991 11,483 11,833 10,420 12,891
Media – Advertising Creative Manager 8,614 12,120 9,778 10,089 8,668 10,495
Media – Public Relations Manager 7,895 10,577 8,768 9,366 7,905 10,037
Media – Publishing Editor 6,241 7,962 6,600 7,658 6,494 7,802
Construction – Project Manager 12,551 16,876 13,969 15,072 11,808 15,610
Events – Manager 5,463 8,762 6,656 7,169 5,708 7,898
Executive Secretary/PA 5,124 5,774 5,482 5,647 4,787 6,029

The 2017 salary survey was compiled based on inputs from regional recruitment companies including Nadia and Charterhouse. Click here for the complete report.