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?


  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 –
  2. BAC Middle East –
  3. Nadia Middle East –

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. –
  2. NaukriGulf –

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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  1. hhii,

    I would like to what is the cost of living for a bachelor.
    I am a MBA from India (No Exp- fresher )and i got an offer letter from a company called Al Ghurair
    they are offering me Rs.2,00,000/- P/M (AED-16000pm.
    Is it ok or is it less??? i m confused???
    Any Suggestions??

  2. Rakesh Shah says:

    I have been offered 7800 AED by a Coaching classes in DUBAI.
    Is this a good salary there. Currently I’m making 60,000 INR (4900 AED) and have hardly expense of 6250 INR (500 AED). What should i do????
    Please let me know.???
    Waiting eagerly for your revert.

    Thanks a lot for such an informative stuff. GOD BLESS U.
    Rakesh Shah

  3. I don’t agree with the previous comment
    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

  4. Mr Freeze says:

    I got a job offer as a shift charge engineer in Fujairah Water & power plant. I plan to bring along my family (Wife + 3 children). They offer me monthly package as follows:

    Basic Salary AED 11,250
    Housing Allowance AED 3,500
    Transport Allowance AED 1,500
    Total AED 16,250

    – 1 way air ticket reimbursement for family (wife + upto 3 children) from your country to UAE.
    – 14 days of free accommodation upon arrival.

    – One time settling in allowance of AED 5000 – payment in two installment (1st installment AED 2,500 will be paid along with your 1st salary payment and the balance amount of AED 2,500 shall be paid to you after completion of your six (6) months probation period.

    – One time interest-free Housing loan of upto AED 6,000 (will be deducted from salary in installments)
    – Yearly Variable Bonus
    – Yearly Annual Increment
    – Yearly air ticket (paid in cash) for you & your family to the airport nearest to your home.

    Is the pay & benefits justifiable? Can my family survive with this amount?

  5. Hello-

    I have been offered a technology manager position in Dubai, currently working in US, can someone give me an idea about what is considered a good management level monthly salary in Dubai?

    • More details, i have been offered monthly salary of AED 40,000 plus 10 bonus, medical coverage, signup bonus, some relocation in $$$ and routed trip back to US, is this decent salary?

      Can anyone give us an idea about housing and American schooling in dubai? Thanks

  6. HI,

    I want to apply as a sales staff in mall, do u have idea how much is the salary and which company will give the best offer? Is there a company that will give 4500 above ? Is jewelry shop wil give high salary? tnx

  7. Hello,

    I am and American MD, with 3 years of experience in Internal Medicine post residency. I am considering moving to UAE with my wife, also an MD (Internal Med) with the same experience. After looking online I still don’t have a good idea what salaries/benefit packages for American MD’s such as my wife and I would be. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  8. i m currently in pakistan, someone offer me a labor job in dubai with 1300AED + accommodation. what should i do please help me.

  9. sivakumar says:

    hai sir,

    I am a mba graduate with more than 16 years of experience in sales, marketing, now I have an opportunity to work in dubai with a good company, what should be my package for a decent life of wife and two kids ( 6 year old and 9 year old) my prsent indian package is around 8 lakh per annum

  10. I am a jewellery designer having 5yrs of experience, getting job offers. With what salary i can work as fulltime designer?

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  12. Faru Khan says:

    i am a freshly qualified ca from india. i have been offered a salary of 7000 AED pm +accomodation. should i accept the offer.

  13. What is the minimum expected salary for post graduates in Dubai?

  14. What is the minimum expected salary for post graduates in Dubai?

  15. How much do music bands earn in Abu Dhabi for example a 3 piece or 4 piece band that perform in hotels?

  16. MichaelS says:

    Hey, I was wondering how much a graduate from Europe can earn in Dubai/Abu Dhabi at a high profile graduate development program? Asking 10-15k AED per month is reasonable, or too high?

  17. hi doing everybody
    iam a disable person coming to dubai with my wife.iam offered a salary of it enough to cover my expenses? also are there any facilities for the disable persons?
    thnks a lot

  18. What salary can i expect as a lecturer in medical school in the UAE? I am a doctor from Pakistan with 2 years experience.

    • Between 7000 – 20,000. Totally depends on your previous work expertise, experience and qualifications.

  19. This is amazing. Keep up the great work.

  20. hiiii i just graducate mba in marketing from pakistan now em looking job in dubai….can any body tell me which job is good in dubai and how much salary???

  21. Hi,
    I am an electrical engineer with PMP (Project Management Professional PMI-USA) having 7 years of experience in electronic system development,integration,commissioning and production. Including 3 year managerial experience and 1 year telecom sector experience. My wife is an ACCA finalist plus BSc in Applied Accountancy- UK, with 1.5 years of banking experience in pakistan.we are pakistani national and want to move to dubai.can you please help me in getting our market worth and expected salary range????
    is it possible to find a job once we are on visit visa in dubai??? and later get the work (residency) permit from the employer.
    please help me in this regard.

  22. is there any jobs for markeing , i am having exp in insurance sector.

  23. is there any jobs for marketing , i am having exp in insurance sector.

  24. Don’t expect any help from recruiters unless you already know one personally. I called Nadia and the lady told me to submit a CV and hung up on me! BAC is supposed to be the most professional but the lady was like “everybody is at lunch, just call back later” and then gave me a sarcastic “yeah yeah, just call back” This is isn’t my first bad experience with these guys.

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    In this regards.
    We are looking forward to start the business with your reputed Organization. If given a chance, we assure you to give the best of service.
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  26. Muhammad says:

    Dear TP,

    I am Garmenst wash expert daling with some leading brands
    having 10 years of experince in wash developments and product
    review, how much i can expact in dhms.

  27. Muhammad says:

    Dear TP,

    I am Garment wash expert daling with some leading brands
    having 10 years of experince in wash developments and product
    review, how much i can expact in dhms.

  28. Hello there ,
    just wanted to confirm that i have been offered personal loan profile for RAK bank i.e. Offrole with package of 5250 durhum, i am graudate with 3 years experince in sales. So just wanted to confirm that do u think its resonable package n also what will be the minimum living expencec for a single person in dubai with basic life style. I.e room rent , food expences n etc.
    Waitng for reply.

  29. Mrinaal sapru says:

    I’ve a job offer in hand (actually it’s a transfer from India to Abu Dhabi in my current organisation). I’ve been offered 16K AED per month which includes 12131 AED per month as fixed and rest as variables.Other than this, I’ll be provided with a car & mobile. I’ve an overall experience of 7 years including 3.5 years in my current organization.I am married with no kids. Please suggest is it a good salary?

  30. I cant believe the comments here…Read the god damn article you selfish lazy bastards.

  31. Hi, i am getting a job in jotun paints dubai, as an projects engineer, with a salary of AED 15000 per month (without accomodation and travelling). I am 7.5 years of exp in projects management in petchemical engineering and am earning 10 lakh per annum in India. Help needed asap!! should I say yes or no.

  32. hi
    ur comments r so helpful
    wana knw dat m currently in pakistan(home country) have 5 yaers ov experience in admin department and also completed ma mba hr recently. a sole propeietor company offer a job to me in dubai as a scretary bt thay told me pay scale adh 2500???
    m confused about it

  33. Sundaramoorthy says:

    I am an Engineer . I have 1.6 years. I got an offer from dubai they are paying me 4500 AED/M. Pls suggest

  34. horntail says:

    Hi! I would like to know how much is the basic salary as a Commis Chef for a fine dining in Dubai. They said they will cover the housing, transportation and food; I will also receive a service charge. How much should I ask for a basic pay? thank you! by the way, I have 3 years work experience =)

  35. whatever happened to the great guns here….nobody is answering…..Please help I have very less time left to reply…I want to come to dubai for a good life
    I am getting a job in jotun paints dubai, as an projects engineer, with a salary of AED 15000 per month (without accomodation and travelling). I am a mechanical engineer with around 7.5 years of exp in projects management in petrochemical field and am earning 10 lakh per annum in India (New delhi, in a german MNC). Help needed asap!! should I say yes or no.
    Also my wife is an IT engineer (currently working in TCS), can she get job easily in dubai??
    Please , please , please, my respected experts…REPLYYYY, time is flying like an arrow.

  36. justtohelp says:

    Hi KT,

    Please note that I am replying just because you need an answer soon, I am new to Dubai but I have understood a little bit of the employment situations is what I have to tell you (entirely my personal thought)

    If you are getting aprox Rs85,000 per month in India, getting 15,000 AED will never come close to it. (i used to earn 35,000 INR and now I get 13,000 AED)Trust me waht you are getting in India is supergood compared to this and you wife is working in TCS too (im sure she is getting paid really well too). I would suggest unless you get something more than 20,000AED and you wife gets something near 9000AED you should not choose to come here. And please understand a truth, : its always better to be in your native land when you can get the best there.

    Hope this helps you in some way!

    • Hello Justtohelp, I appreciate your help. But what about the good life and exposure up there at Dubai?. Initially for six months I shall travel alone and definitely would never prefer to bring my wife here unless I find some decent job for her.
      Will I be able to save something?.
      What are the stay and travel charges there?.
      Is 15000 AED a respectable score?.
      How soon can my wife get a job there?.
      How quickly can I get a driving license in Dubai?.
      Meanwhile being in petrochemical field I presume that I would be able to make a good future and career in UAE.
      What is your take on this. I hope I am not bothering u guyz with so many questions.But believe me, replies to these queries shall be the utmost help to me, as my interview is on this saturday. I express my gratitude towards the deep interest shown in my case. Thnx for your suggestions in advance.

  37. justtohelp says:


    Of course you will get an international exposure at Dubai. The growth is unlimited here.

    If you are staying alone still you can save a ‘not bad’ amount (when converted to INR), but when it comes to stay with a family it is even expensive, obviously. A normal Descent family accommodation will cost you between 3500-5000 AED (which depends on the locations/number of rooms etc.)

    15000 AED is a respectable score, but again for a person who was earning almost 1/2 of that amount in India; it is less coz majority people look for at least 5 x hikes as compared to India. Since you said this Saturday is your interview, why don’t you bring this to their notice and tell them you want 20,000AED (try negotiating)

    Getting a job for a smart and talented person is not that difficult in Dubai, but to get the right job is the challenge…Once you are settled in Dubai and when you bring your wife (she will be on your Visa) she can patiently search for an appropriate job. It might take 2-3 months to get the right one. Please note that all that counts here is GCC/western work experience.

    You need appropriate papers from your company to apply for a Driving license. You need to certain number of compulsory classes and if you are really good and really lucky, you will get it in the first shot (within 2-3 months), it might take you 4-6 times of driving test to pass out. And this whole process can cost around 6000 AED (depends on the driving school etc.)

    Of course, you can grow very well, being in petrochemical field, but make sure you get a good start.
    All the best!

  38. wow justtohelp, u really are a great help….Thnx man (or woman whoever u r:-))..nope!! these guyz have fixed the upper limit of 15000, it can be a couple of bucks here & there (maybe 500+ or-)….I dont know, maybe when I come there I might swicth my job in another 1 year or so..Hey dude! what are the travelling, fooding & Boozing charges up there…is it pretty expensive??….will it be covered in 3000 AED..can I get an studio apartment (something like that?)…If I try saving 8000 AED an moth shall I suffocate to death huh?? answer me pal!!…u see bro’I actually have an offer from an Austrian company based at Purwakarta, Indonesia. For me this is a choice between tweedledee & Tweedledum..In Indonesia I get accomodation etc, however I sacrifice my wife’s career:-(…& she wont mind leaving me for that:-)…
    Listen man!!I dont know if I am asking for too much by this post, but thnx for the above two posts..U rock!!

  39. Surya S says:


    I’m a Technology analyst in an Indian MNC and earning 5.7 Laks Per Annum. Have exposure in Oracle, Unix. Please let me know how much I can expect in Dubai. Also, wat would be the min. rent of a fully furnished flat in a decent area. I’m planning to move my family(Wife) to dubai.


  40. amarjeet says:

    what the salary package if a person is qualified cost accountant with three years exp. if somone give Rs 70000 INR for working in dubai ,+ free housing accomodation is is sufficent for me. plz help me

  41. Hi.

    I am instrumentation/electronics engineering graduate having 13 years of experiance in industrial automation field for oil & Gas food & bevereages from engineer to currently engineering manager.

    I would like to ask you, if i would get job offer in Dubai or Abu Dhabi local as an engineering manager, what salary range should I get?

    If job offer is for offshore (28 day work/28 day holiday basis), as an engineering manager what salary range should I expect?

    Please suggest.


  42. Hie guys, im an undergraduate student who is yet to finish his first degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management and im from Zimbabwe. What i want to know is for us inexperienced students, is it wise to look for internship in Dubai? After i complete my degree i want to be able to find work in Dubai so is this a wise move?

  43. hi my name is betty and i would be coming to dubai to study (MSc) and i do hope to work during my spare time , would i be able to get a full or part time job and what would be an average monthly salary of a par time worker in any company.

    Thank you

  44. Kashif Ameen says:

    I will complete my MS.C degree of International Business and Managment in coming September from
    UK University. Can any one please tell me that it will have some worth in DUBAI and if any DUBAI company offer me job then what salery will be good for me.

    Regards: Kashif Ameen

  45. Abdul S says:


    I’m looking for a job in dubai as “Unix administrator” with 2-3 years of experience.

    what could be the expected pay as this is my first visit to dubai. what could be the average expectation here online survey on pay scales says an average of 6500 AED for my kind of experience. If I get any offer what are the things do I need to be clear before I accept any offer.

    Help would be really appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

  46. Hi,

    I am a software engineer with two years of experience in software testing and application development for andoird platform. I am currently located in Pakistan. I have been looking online for mobile applications development job for past 5 months. Till now I have came across few openings but most of them do not reply back. I have got replays from only 2-3 offering me 3-4 k AED which I dont believe acceptable.

    1) Please advise me how can I find an appropriate job?
    2) Should I stop looking for Mobile Application job and look for jobs is some other platform? (e.g web applications etc)
    3) How much time does it usually take to find a job in Dubai?
    4) What is should be the average salary of a Software Eng. with 2 years experience?
    5) If I come to dubai for visit, will that increase the chance of finding a job?


  47. hi i am 25 years old young man from india. i want to do a hotel job, may be waiter, roomboy, front office job, receptionist job in dubai..i am high school graduate with no experience. is it possible for me to get a job there??? also i have seen so many ads where some hotels are offering 2000dhs+visa+transportation+accomodation, is it good??? please reply soon… you may mail me on

  48. I m searching a job in Dubai as truck driver any one big one or small , like with trailers , containers , fridge etc or taxi or limo too can u help me in locating a job ..
    many thanks ..

  49. Senthil says:

    Hi sir,
    This is Senthil from India, Iam Diploma holder havin 3.5 yr exp in Mechanical designig field, How much salary i can get in Dubai for my profile. Kindly let me know the status

  50. hi! is there anyone who can reply me fast! it’s urgent, cannot wait that long..please help..please.. :(