Salaries in Dubai – How To Predict Your Dubai Salary

One of the most asked questions I face is: how much am I going to be paid in Dubai? Even though the answer can vary greatly, you can still actually come up with a reasonable approximation of how much you are going to be paid in Dubai by following the methods that are outlined here.

To plan your life in Dubai safely and accurately, you need to align your expectations with reality. That’s why you need accurate approximation of your salary. To get that, you’re going to have to do some research of your own.

You can do your Dubai salary research online or offline or both. I will provide you with the information you need and will tell you about the benefits of each, and it is up to you to choose.

Question: what can you do online to find out your expected Dubai salary?

Answer:

  1. Check out the listings of Dubai recruitment agencies
  2. Check out Dubai job sites
  3. Use Dubai salary calculators
  4. Read Bayt’s salary survey reports

I will take you through each one of the bulletpoints above…So let’s start…

Online Investigation

Check out the listings of Dubai recruitment agencies

There are dozens of recruitment agencies in Dubai. However, only a few of them have fully maintained and up to date websites that provide salary information. Here are the three recruitment agencies that have listings I recommend you check for salaries:

  1. Jobtrack Middle East – http://www.jobtrackme.com
  2. BAC Middle East – http://bacme.com
  3. Nadia Middle East – http://nadia-me.com

For more, check out the the recruitment agency listing in Dubai Career’s Directory.

Even though the websites above don’t have the most user-friendly design and navigation, they do have rich listings that may give you valuable insight into Dubai salaries. Be aware, however, that some of these salaries are inflated to attract applicants or intended for IDEAL candidates.

Check out Dubai job sites

Another or additional way to measure your expected Dubai salary is to check out the listings on Dubai job sites. Some employers indicate a salary range in their job postings.

Just like with recruitment agencies, there are dozens of job sites in Dubai. Here are two that you can start with:

  1. Bayt.com – http://www.bayt.com
  2. NaukriGulf – http://naukrigulf.com

For more, check out the the job sites listing in Dubai Career’s Directory.

Do a search for your desired position on those sites, and see if there are postings that indicate a salary range.

Use Dubai salary calculators

A third way to investigate your expected Dubai salary online is to use Dubai salary calculators (which are based on salary surveys).

The seemingly most comprehensive salary calculator for Dubai and the one that I would recommend is PayScale’s.

Offline Investigation

There are several reasons why you might want to do offline salary research, such as:

  1. All of the above online methods didn’t provide enough information for your specific case
  2. You want to confirm your online findings
  3. The online research may take longer than this quick offline investigation

By offline investigation, what I really mean is that you call up a recruitment agency, tell them about your skills and experience, and ask them about the average salary for a profile like yours. It’s easy, quick and effective! I have done it a couple of times.

The most friendly recruitment agency I dealt with is IQ Selection. I recommend that you call them first. Their phone number is: +971 4 329 7770. Make sure that you ask for the recruiter who specializes in your specific industry.

As always, confirm your answers by calling a few other recruitment agents. You can find their phone numbers in my recruitment agencies list.

Now this kind of salary research should be enough to give you a pretty good idea of what you should expect to be paid in Dubai, so that you can plan safely and accurately!

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Comments

  1. Johaar Jacobs says:

    hello there. i am quite impressed with the scope of the information available on this site.good job! keep it up! thank you.johaar jacobs.

    • what is the salary for those who learnt MCipt , ncc. in networking field in case of fresher in dubai.

  2. ebrahim sadiq noorani says:

    whats the pay scale in dubai for a person having a bachelor of business administration.

  3. I am 22 year old Graduted 2007 Can you please suggest me some jobs and salary….I am from India..

    • Ciprian says:

      Dubai doesn’t care about your experience or diplomas. As of 1st criteria is THE PASSPORT / Nationality. That is what calculates your salary.

    • maruhtupandi veerauyan says:

      =======well said===== mr.ciprian

  4. Hello there,

    I can’t predict the salary for your specific situation. That’s why I wrote this article. Use the information and tools in this article to predict your own salary.

    Best of luck,

  5. dear i havent enough idea about dubai atmosphere for hindu i m indian engg.so please tell me via mail that dubai is good for hindu for job and settle…..pl.reply me full details like salary facilities,packages..etc..any body can reply me on my mail ….samirgadhvi@gmail.com

    • Hi Samir,

      The majority of Dubai population is Southeast Asian. You’ll find lots of Hindu communities here and I’d guess you’ll feel right at home among them.

      I can’t give you specific salary, facilities and package details. However, the free resources we provide here should be sufficient to answer many of your questions.

      Best of luck,

  6. Hi,

    How much does an apprentice Aircraft Maintance Engineer make.

    What airline in Dubai will hire an apprentice?

  7. Hiya, I have read on an article that the pay in many middle-eastern countries between men & women is very different, Men get paid much more than women, Is that true? can any1 tell me please?

  8. Etam Hassan says:

    Hello

    Could you please inform me, what could be the best way to apply for TV channels jobs ….?

    thanks

  9. i m 30 yeares old igraduated in metallurgy eng in tehran university .i have more than 5 yeares experiance and i now iseeking a job . please help me
    best regard

    • Muhanad Jaff says:

      Nowadays jobs are available in Abu Dhabi more than that in Dubai. I am not sure but I guess you’d best to look for jobs in industrial companies, like emirates steel company, emirates Aluminium and such.
      Those places offer really good salary, but the question is whether one can get a job there or not

  10. mohd abdul gaffar says:

    Dear,
    sir I am Mohd Abdul gaffar i am graduate in commerce i had completed my graduation in 2008. so plz gave me good response from ur side so my future may be bright.iam waiting for ur postive reply thanking you.

  11. shaik dawood says:

    Hello,iam shaik dawood from india.i have completed B.sc computers.will you please suggest me which job is right for me with handsome salary.

  12. I’m checking for teaching positions overseas for my son and his wife. He is an American citizen and she is a Columbian citizen. They have a small son. Both teach English in Bogota, Colombia. My son also taught English in Korea, and Japan for several years. He speaks fluent spanish, some Japanese. She speaks fluent spanish and english. They are very interested in teaching in Dubai. Do they need a masters degree to teach in Dubai? Thank you.

    • G.israel sampathraj says:

      Dear friend
      I am basiclly an indian,i have a very good experience in teaching hotelmgt.and catering.
      In case if you come across any vacancy,kindly let me know.
      cell no.9487762128 mailid gideon.sampath@gmail.com
      kindly help me in this regard

      thank you

      G.Israel sampath raj

  13. Rizwan Bashir says:

    I am 26 year old rizwan from pakistan, i have the degrees of master in english literature, law graduation nd MBA with marketing could u sugest me some job there in dibai.

    • You are 26 with tones of degrees please hide a few because it looks like you bought a few. Also with a master in English literature you do not seems to have mastered the language yet so please hide that as well. So now you are left with MBA, all the best

  14. Cynthia says:

    Hey,

    I am looking to move to dubai ending of the year. I have my bachelor’s of business management and I will attend for my associate in Construction Management for I work for a government agency in the U.S.A as an office engineer.. I am a U.S. citizen female age 28yr.. do you know how long it takes to get a job in dubai and what is the esmtimated salary for a position as mine.

    • Hey Cynthia, did u end up goin to Dubai? I just got back from a 3 day vacation there & I think the jobs now days are in Abu Dhabi.

    • I would say, if you get a suitable position, no less than 35k aed monthly plus benefits.It could be much more of coarse you know it all depends on your post, some established professionals can earn as much as 100k aed a month

    • Hi Cynthia do you think people like me at the age of 42 can get job in Dubai, if so please help me dear I need job.I am a teacher with 10 years experience .I have Education Honors in Education specialising in Law and Policy.

  15. im a helicopter pilot alongwith a single engine fixed wing aircraft instructor..can u help me in locating a job

    • Hi Amjad, do you have any specific questions that you’d like us to address?

  16. I am PLC technicican , I am trying job in dubai . how much salary can I ask them?

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Hi Suresh, your salary would depend on your experience. Use the information that is provided in the article to research how much salary you could earn.

  17. Hi there,

    I must say just as I was about to give up with searching for jobs in Dubai, I come across this site amazing facts and useful tools for us new comers in Dubai so I say thank you for those responsible with the research and efforts to help people like me.I hope this site will be a step toward finding myself a job and if that happens you will be informed.

  18. I am a structural engineer and am looking to find a workplacement in Dubai, is there anyway of finding jobs that specifically target westerners so as not to take any jobs from locals? Also I am a little bit confused as some jobs show gross salary of 15,000 AED’s which is about 2500 GBP this must be monthly right? Any help appreciated. Also would just like to say this site is fantastic and has really helped me with my search

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Hi Andy,

      Yes, 15,000 AED, that’s definitely monthly.

      Good luck with your search,

      Mohammed

  19. i am the graduate in medical technology. i worked as medical lab technologist for one year. i want to do job in dubai. how much salary can i except. how often salary increases.

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Hi Venkatesh,

      You can request a salary re-evaluation at any point in time. Some companies have policies for periodic performance appraisals where they reevaluate salaries and pay bonuses. You can ask your potential employer about their specific policies.

      Best,

      Mohammed

  20. Farhan Anwar says:

    Hi,

    I am currently working in Lahore (Pakistan) in DAWN Media Group as Asst. Manager Sales for DAWN NEWS and CityFM89. I want to know about the opportunities in Dubai Media City with the same job description. Or it can be either in some good advertising agency or at brand side.

    kindly suggest.

    regards

  21. Hi Mohammed,

    I have been offered a job of Assistant Director of Conv Sales in a hotel in Dubai. I have been offered the salary of 9000 AED a month + flat + meals at work + food allowance of 1400 AED + trasport and mobile allowances + medical inssurance.

    Could you please give me an idea of whether this is a reasobnable offer? I would be coming over with my husband. Would this be enough for both of us to live on? (before he finds the job?)

    I am just trying to work out the cost of living on Dubai.

    Thanks a lot

    Michaela

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Hi Michaela,

      Depending on your experience, qualifications, and your responsibilities as an assistant director at the hotel, this offer may very well be fair.

      If it’s just you and your husband who will be here, you could survive fairly comfortably for awhile on AED 10,000+/month. This is a good way for you and your husband to set foot in Dubai and then continue planning your lives and careers.

      Best,

      Mohammed

    • mdasgupta says:

      basic is low..should be min 10k plus and the benefits as he is the Asst Director for Conv sales.

  22. Hi,
    I have 5 years of experience in Accounts & Finance(Reconciliations, AP,Audit). Am looking for a job in Dubai. Can any one please help me to get some details about recruites also i would like to know how much salary i can expect in Dubai.

    Thanks,
    Kumar

  23. Hi,

    I am currently working in Dhaka (Bangladesh) as a Marchendiser for Garments and textile. I want to know about the opportunities in Dubai City with the same job description. Or it can be either in some computer related jobs.

    kindly suggest.
    Waiting for reply

    Kajol

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Hi Kajol,

      If you’re looking for traditional job listings in Dubai, check out this list of job portals. On that list, you can find websites that list 100s of jobs in Dubai. However, from my experience and from what other users have reported, the response rate for job sites in Dubai is very poor. Networking is a much more powerful job hunting method in Dubai.

      Best,

      Mohammed

  24. Mr. Eldin E. says:

    Hi,

    I have been in hospitality industry for a decade already here in the USA, curently employed as a general manager of a mid size hotel in New York. How and what steps do I need to take to get an executive job in the hotel industry in Dubai.

    Thanks

    Eldin E.

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Hi Eldin,

      Recruiters are usually interested in high profile candidates. Check out and get in touch with the recruiters we list here. But more importantly, you should find a way to get in touch with executives of holding companies that operate hotels in Dubai, such as Jumeirah Group and Tatweer. I provide more details here.

      Best,

      Mohammed

  25. Hi, I really like this site; I have one question that the jobs advertised usually include monthly salary along with Annual Benefits. Can you explain what are these benefits? Also, lots of engineering jobs have payscale of AED 20000/month; is the money mentioned is enough for a good lifestyle because I have heard that living expenses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are huge, in terms of rental accomodation and food?

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Hi Omer,

      The benefits that each employer offers vary greatly. They generally include one or more of the following: relocation assistance, private medical insurance, annual return tickets, accommodation and transportation allowances, vehicle allowance, mobile phone allowance, furnishing (for accommodation) allowance, and food allowance. AED 20,000 is considered very good for a single expat in Dubai. Accommodation in Abu Dhabi is more expensive, though. Check out our cost of living in Dubai guide for more details.

      Best,

      Mohammed

  26. aswini kuamar samal says:

    with ccna,ccip,jncia,jncis and having 5.7 ys experience what is the expected salary in dubai.

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Hello Aswini,

      You can use this guide to predict your Dubai salary. Qualifications is just one of the factors you need to account for. Size of company and position applied for also bear on the salary you are given. Often, the final figure depends on how well you negotiate. Good luck!

  27. Slam Alaikum Mr. Mohammed

    I am working as a Sr. Business Development Executive in India for a group of hotels and I am looking forward to visit UAE by Jan – 2010 on Visit Visa for a Job. I have done my MBA in Marketing and HR with distinction in 2009 and also look forward for your advice in this. I wanted to know wat is the minimum pay would I get with the above qualification. And I want to change my industry too.

    Look forward for your reply

    Thanks and Regards
    AZMATH ULLAH BAIG

    • Mohammed al-Safi says:

      Dear Azmath,

      Use this page to predict your Dubai salary. Qualification and work history are just some of the factors you need to consider. Size of company, their financial ability to pay, and the position applied for also bear on the salary you are given. Often, the final figure depends on how well you negotiate. Good luck!

  28. shanthi says:

    Thank you Mohammad for the information in this site. I have been looking for jobs in the last month. I do have some offers in hand which are being negotiated with. This information from you would definetely help me
    Thanks

  29. Hi,
    I am currently working with IT Company in India with a Annual salary Package of INR 5.10 Lacs. where as I have been approached by Dubai based IT Company with 40% hike (INR 7.14 Lacs + Company Car + Company Flat).

    So, Please give comment on the descent life style can be maintained or not? Also provide some fair idea about salary market of 8 years Experienced person in IT Sales, My current title is as Sr. Area Manager(team Handling+Sales Figure Achieving, Client Management)

    thanks & regards,

    Basu

    • Prof. Dr. Crawford says:

      Hello Basu,
      We deliver training courses in Dubai, very often. I have, therefore, had enough time to make an assessment of the situation. You have not said your current salary. However, let’s look at the positives. Despite the Recession, Dubai still presents a wealth of opportunities. The most valuable aspect of your package is Housing Accommodation. I would advise you to hold on to it. Nevertheless, my suggestion would be to trade the car for an improved salary. The Public Transportation in Dubai has greatly improved, with the introduction of the Metro and enhanced Bus Service. The site below, will provide you with a realistic salary scale for different occupations and professions: http://www.payscale.com/research/PH/Country=Philippines/Salary
      Good Luck with your endeavour.

  30. Hello, probably i will be moving to dubai with a salary around 3000 – 4000 dirhams per month. do you think it will be enough for me and my pregnant wife? we’ll do a low profile living.. and so far, we have around 30000 dirhams in saving.

  31. Hi,

    I am planning to settle Dubai in a coupple of weeks. I am MBA Finance from an institute of repute in India with 6 years of experience in financial services. Currently working at a Regional Head level at a package of Rs 10 Lacs per annum. What should be by average package in Dubai so that i can maintain same life style in Dubai with my Wife and Kid. My wife is also an Engineer but with no job experience . How much she can get if she start working there as a school teacher.

    Regards

    Gaurav Mor

    • Hi sir

      this is naveen from ap.i completed MBA finance 2009 passout from JNTU.i have experience in LOGISTICS in manufacturing industry 1 year(RAVI FOODS PVT LIMITED-HYDERABAD)as a logistics executive.
      now iam working at company secretary as a asst company secretary.. i taking wrong step moving logistics to this.i want to do the job in gulf..sir please suggest me how wl i approach getting job…thanking you sir..my contact no 9492422472

  32. Miss Jonhson says:

    Hello there,

    I am a High School Teacher with two years of exprience in UK. How much is the salary that it usually starts from when teaching in a British School in Dubai?

    Please get beack to me A.S.A.P.

    Thank you.

  33. Hello Mohammed,

    Thanks for a very useful article. I have been offered a job in Abu Dhabi for 6500 AED/month.
    Just wanted to know if this would be enough for surviving there. I am a Senior Software Engineer with 4.2 yrs of experience.

    Thanks in advance.

    Prashant

  34. Hello,

    I was currently offered a job as an accountant at Oasis investment Company of the Al Shirawi group. Basic Salary is 5000 dirhams, which will eventually be increased to 6,000 dirhams after one year. Accomodation, utilities, medical insurance, furnitures, and transporation will be provided free by the company. And they say that I will only spend for my meals.

    am a certified public accountant here in our country with 6 months experience in the biggest Real Estate company in our country. Further more, I graduated from the top university in our country, though I didn’t graduate with honors.

    Is the job offer reasonable? I would appreciate much your opinion on this.

    Regards,

  35. Hi Jason

    i think the offer is very good when compared with your exp., Enquire about the company and its paying abilities and decide to take up.

    all the best

    Rao

  36. Hello
    I’m a ski teacher from Europe, and have been offered a job at Ski Dubai. The package is : 3,700 Dhs per month + 2,250 Dhs / month Housing Allowance + 300 Dhs furniture allowance.
    Is this low/decent or very low? Can I expect to save some after a year or two? Also, are there any chances of negociating the pacakage from the very begining, or employers do not do that?
    Thank you!

    • This salary is really good

    • its alrite.if you are just begining your career and if you dont have any obligation like wife/parent/kids to look after or else earning in AED and spending in EURO would be like selling an Mercedes and buying an Nissan.

    • Thank you for your answers!How much would say an average person spends on food/groceries per month in dubai?

  37. Omer Songur says:

    Hı there
    I had a Job Offer from AuE as a Asst Food&Beverage Manager.I realy want know How much Does the Salary Cap for thıs postion.
    Thx

  38. Hello,

    I am from Eastern Europe, looking for a job in UAE. I am working as a PA (Pers. Assistent), so what salary can I expect there? Thanks…

  39. simi binu says:

    Hi All….
    Greetings…
    I have 3+ years of exp in Reruitment Industry(India)…
    I Have been looking for a job in Dubai for 2 months now.What range ofsalary can i expect with this exp.Pls help

    • Let us be honest..you have to visit our website below.It allways better to come to dubai and attain some intreview in a visiting visa.Its useless posting the comment and asking abt the status.

  40. Hi I have one and half year uae experience as a Client Servicing and marketing manager, pursuing for Driving License, current salary is very less 2500/- please let me know i should search another job or this is ok, please suggest as soon as possible

    • YES,2500 AED if you are coming to dubai tooooo less,you might suffocate to death(i mean it).Be where you are now and gather some expierience.This can help you.

  41. hey , im a manufacturing engineering honors degree holder with only 6 month experience..one of dubai’s firm offered me a engineering job for 5000 AED + accomdation + transportation + medical….will it be enough to live ,eat, survive & save a little..pls help

    • Yes,5000 AED for starting is ok rather i would say descent but dont expect hike for next two years as per the new UAE Labour law.Its all give and take policies..

    • you should ask how much the offered accommodation worth in AED a month. I know some place where a utility operator gets 6k AED a month, without accommodation

  42. I am a Brand Designer & Communication Strategist with 5 years of work experience.

    Worked with brands like Tag Heuer, Dior Watches, AMEX, Whirlpool, Carlserg, Deewar’s Whiskey etc.

    How much money should I expect i Dubai.

    • Min 20K AED..less than that,it wont..coz i m sure you are coming from NA or EU region so.But i dont think you will get a good deal.Also depends on your current total take home/month/bi weekly.

  43. i m pursuing BE in CSE.hw much salary i can get in dubai,if i start my career as a fresher there?

  44. i hav done my BE in CSE with an hons degree.can anyone help me out hw much salary i will get in dubai,kuwait,muscat if i start my career as a fresher in these places?

    • first decide..have you completed the BE in CSE or not.If you want to start as a fresher, it would be tough,well,recommend you to have or get some experince in home country and try after 1-3 years in the same domain.

    • sir/mam thks 4 d guidance ….

  45. hello, can you please give me some sort of idea about the level of company accommodation facility provided for engineers in qatar & uae,, im a fresh engineering gradute who got an offer from qatar with accomodation.

  46. will you help me on my job hunt. I am a graduate of BS Accountancy here in the Philippines. Presently my work is accounting clerk (in other countries accountant, right?) with more than 5 years of experience. Will you please help me land a job in dubai?
    thanks…

    • Wellcomedubai says:

      Well,Cyril.Better get some good expereince out there and hunt after that.And that will fetch you good salary

    • 5 years experience is quite good one. I believe you can find a job easily but the question is what salary, when you are new in a place like Dubai you always get as worse as possible, but definitely you can get one. You need to come yourself no one can land you a job from distance unless the job is very bad one

  47. hi ……am pursuing my MBA (SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS) IN Chennai…………i just need recruitment in dubai?????can some one pls help me ?and wat would be the salary for documentation dept in a shipping co? for a fresher

    • You should contact one of the employment agencies listed on this website. You will find them very helpful. Specially if you want to get your hiring process fast. You may also apply on your own but then you would not be able to reach the right people on the right time. Hope it helps! Thanks.

  48. Hi There,

    I am high school student and I complete my high school from india,so can i doing good job at dubai or other gulf country with good salary package.

  49. I am a Brand Designer & Communication Strategist with 5 years of work experience.

    Worked with brands like Tag Heuer, Dior Watches, AMEX, Whirlpool, Carlserg, Deewar’s Whiskey etc.

    How much money should I expect in Dubai. I am from India. My current earning is Rs. 12 Lakh per Annum

    • you are already an well establish person with the above figures mentioned.I dont find any good reason other than looking for some trouble out here.Dubai is good to visit..though,u can expect around 20K AED/month.

  50. Hello,
    I have a bachelors degree of Medical Technologist from United states as well as current ASCP certification. I just graduated and started working this year. Could you please estimate how much would I get paid in Dubai?
    Thank you!

    • i dont think with no expereince is wise to take risk in foreign land.Better have some experience in your home land and try later after an year.But as your question is concerned,you MIGHT get around Starting10K+AED tentatively