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. How much will i earn at entry level if i have a BBA degree from Uni. of Toronto, no experience, white female? how many durhams per month ?

  2. Hello,

    I have completed Masters in Business Administration (MBA). And i have a work experience of 8 years in shinpping line (equipment control & operation). Could you please estimate how much would i get paid in Dubai?

  3. I have completed my BBA, major in finance and accounting. Acquired 2.5 years experience with giant knowledge in shipping and logistics. what remuneration package will be better match with my shorter experience along with my graduation background.

  4. PRIYANKA says:

    I HAVE GOT JOB IN DUBAI I HV EXP OF 15 YRS IN STORES AND NOW THEY ARE PAYING ME 4500AED FOR DUABI IS IT OK AS I M NEW COMMER IN DUBAI

  5. hello,
    I have my MBA certificate,working with Indias no.1 airline as in customer service and having load n trim licence with 6years of work experience,How much money should I expect in Dubai,plz help me.

  6. as as possible says:

    Hello, I read your information on your site and it was very informational. I have a B. A. degree in social science and plan to get a Master’s degree in Human Service however, the teaching careers “teaching English as a second language” has interested me. I am researching the TEFL cert. could I get a job with not expereince teaching English there. If so, who would I contact and how much could I look forward to making.

  7. Nishath says:

    Hello,

    I am a B.E. graduate in electronics and communication, right now working in VLSI domain (which is my passion to work in this domain), as I am getting married and have to move to Dubai.
    Can you please provide me good amount of information about good VLSI companies in Dubai and will they hire 1year experience graduate. Also what might be the average salary.

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Thanks.

  8. I have 7 years of experience in Network/Network security, currently I have an offer of 9K AED/month.
    Is it ok. In pak Im earning 80K/month.

    Thanks

  9. hi,about how much can a Lebanese university graduate who majored in finance with no experience earn in Dubai? and please I want answers in numbers just estimations would really help

  10. Hi there,

    I am looking for a job in Dubai and would like to ask you regarding the salary rate for sales managers. I have nearly 5 years of sales experience in steam & gas turbines and delivering engineering Solutions in Oil & Gas and Energy sector.

    I have an offer from a German company to work in Dubai but the salary still under negotiation.

    Thanks in advance for your replay.

    Have a nice day,

    Salam

  11. M.Hussain says:

    Hello,
    I have a Master degree of MBA finance from Pakistan. Want to work in UAE can you help me regardign how much i get salary.
    Thank you!

  12. Hi There
    I am a South African trained teacher with over twenty years of experience. I also have experience in
    the English education system, whereby I volunteered as a Mathematics teacher. I have the Senior Primary Education Diploma, Higher Education Diploma, BA in Education and History, B.Ed Hons and I am currently doing the M.Sc in Educational Management and Leadership with the University of Leicester. I live in Dubai. I have both teaching and facilitating experience. I am currently looking for a job with flexible hours. Could you please recommend.

  13. ahmad hassan khair says:

    Hello,
    my name is ahmad khair from jordan iam fresh graduated from university of jordan , my major is marketing , am looking for jop if whatever i don’t care about it , if ur have any oppotnity jop related to marketing send me on this email address : ahmad_khair89@hotmail.com

  14. I have been offered a monthly pay pack of 4000 AED in dubai for the post of sales executive for a IT company. I am single and hold 2.5 years experience in IT sales in Indian market. Can this offer be considered good in the present conditions. Please help. My current pay package in India is about 3.5 lacs/ annum.

  15. Hi

    I am looking to move to Dubai. I have kids and currently I get great benefits from my current employer – Medical, dental, Vision. One of my kid currently gets Occupational Therapy which again is covered by the medical insurance I was wondering what’s the coverage like in Dubai. Is it out of pocket? or do companies provide good/advanced medical plans for employees that covers employees, spouse and employee. Payscale is relatively good ( i don’t have a degree, but working towards it (3 years of school,1 1/2 year to go). I am moving as I want to be closer to home. Currently, I live in Boston, MA.

  16. asgar hussain says:

    DEAR SIR,
    I am going to Dubai after some time in Hyundai company as assistant manager

    I am MBA. holder (fresher) so ,please tell me what should be salary to me as assistant manager

  17. Vikas Viswanath says:

    Hello,

    I had 3+ years of experience in IT (Hardware & Networking),I’m searching for a aboard job.

  18. Hey guys!

    I am looking forward for the job in Dubai after my honors in Business mngt studies (16 years of education). could some one help me identity some of the pay scales that i could get?
    Also tell about the scope of English speaking Customer Care Representative?\

  19. John Clarrey says:

    Hello,
    I have been working in retail grocery stores for over 35 years, Management for over 30 years (Store Director and District Manager for different companies). I am seriously looking to move overseas. What kind of opportunities might there be for me in Dubai?

    Thank you!

  20. I have done BE in Electrical.I have total 2 years of experience. Out of which 1.6 years is in IT and IT sales (majorly) and from past 6 months working as Business Development Manager in an Automation Company.
    What are the opportunities in Dubai for BDM kind of profiles and what would the average take home ??
    PLease suggest

  21. i have completed my d-pharmacy at 2006,plz suggest me job.

  22. yeswanth k c says:

    sir,
    it me yeswanth from india……i am persuing Bachelor of engineering in mechanical…….i wish to find a job as a freshers in gulf….is it safe to go to gulf without any job experience? will i get the job as a fresher? what are the steps i want to follow to get the job as a fresher studeny? suggest me sir……..

  23. tanvir ahmed says:

    hi kss, i am us citizen , now decided to word in dubai.please let me know how can i get dubai work permit and apply for jobs in dubai.i wanted to work in airlines .thanks

  24. Wasif khan says:

    Hello,
    I am from India and have done graduation with commerce stream and have experienced as a account assistance last 2 years under chartered accountant. I do work on tallyerp9 software as well as making of cash book,sale,purchase,journal,ledger. I would like to apply for job in dubai. SO PLEASE DO SUGGEST ME HOW MUCH WOULD I GET IN THE STARING SALARY OVER THERE AND WHICH SECTOR IS BETTER FOR ME. MIND GETTING ME REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

  25. I want to come to Dubai on a 70 days visa to job hunt do you think I can get a job in a short while? I am a Nigerian national with a master degree MBA in Europe Cyprus, with 4 years work exp 2 in Cyprus 2+ in Nigeria, re my chances high in getting a job?
    Where will be better to get a job fastest with less immigration procedure Dubai,Qatar,Abu Dhabi,Kuwait, Bahrain or Oman.?
    What re my chances with my course of study and young experience also caring a Nigerian passport?
    Thanks

  26. salauddin says:

    Hello
    i have done mba(finance) 2011 pass out.could you tell me how much would i get paid in dubai?

  27. I want to come to Dubai on a 70 days visa to job hunt do you think I can get a job in a short while? I am a Nigerian national with a master degree MBA in Europe Cyprus, with 4 years work exp 2 in Cyprus 2+ in Nigeria, re my chances high in getting a job?
    Where will be better to get a job fastest with less immigration procedure Dubai,Qatar,Abu Dhabi,Kuwait, Bahrain or Oman.?
    What re my chances with my course of study and young experience also caring a Nigerian passport?
    First degree in banking and finance with a business administration masters, also run my own bar, also got a 3 months training in party and event catering.
    With a certificate from the project management college UK of American PMP
    Do I ve enough with all this? Or do I need go equip meself more? And how much salary will I be able to command in dubai
    Thank

  28. I want to come to Dubai on a 70 days visa to job hunt do you think I can get a job in a short while? I am a Nigerian national with a master degree MBA in Europe Cyprus, with 4 years work exp 2 in Cyprus 2+ in Nigeria, re my chances high in getting a job?
    Where will be better to get a job fastest with less immigration procedure Dubai,Qatar,Abu Dhabi,Kuwait, Bahrain or Oman.?
    What re my chances with my course of study and young experience also caring a Nigerian passport?
    First degree in banking and finance with a business administration masters, also run my own bar, also got a 3 months training in party and event catering.
    With a certificate from the project management college UK of American PMP
    Do I ve enough with all this? Or do I need go equip meself more?
    Thank

  29. its great work here.so usefull,im seeking a job now in dubai with visit visa in IT FIRM,AND holding much certifications and 3years post qualifications . could u plese guid me d fast way to get an job be4 my visa ends.im kindly waiting for ur support n reply

  30. P Mukherjee says:

    I am B com graduate ( marketing hons), Mba in retail management, have an experience of 5 yrs in healthcare sector ( Speech & Hearing Industry) as an operational Manager, Want to settle in Dubai.

    What will be the procedure and how much I will able to earn there?

  31. Hi,I have Almost 4 years experience from PayPal,from Dublin as an business analyst.Are there any job chances in this (e-commerce / Financial)field,I am planning to visit Dubai in 3 weeks time. Please guide me which recruiting agency I should appraoch,pls list few of them. Will be greatful to you for this great great help.Jazak Allah.

  32. Miss Farah says:

    Hello,
    I am from Australia..I Have finished advance diploma in accounting ane also got some accountingg field experience..now i am doing ACCA Australia…i want to know can i get accounting field job in Dubai easily or not…..could u please tell me how much would i get paid in dubai…..Please repy my question answer..Thank you..

  33. Hi,

    I am a recent graduate from Aston University, United Kingdom, with FIRST class in Business and Management. I have >1 year of experience in Project Management area in London and my passport from russia. I am planning to travel to UAE and visit a number of employment agencies directly and was wondering if I have any chances to find a job in Abu Dhabi/Dubai

    Kind regards

  34. Deepak Tiwari says:

    I am a computer graduate with experience of 1+ years in Leading MNC company in india.How much salary i will get if i joined any software company in dubai and what is the process to join a good company.Plz guide.

  35. HELLO,
    I completed my MBA in retail from india ,but i am ready to work all sort management level job,if i come there as a fresher can i get the good job with decent salary????????????????

  36. Muhammad Saqib says:

    hi….
    I did B.COM and still MBA (HR)
    i have no experience but have good “Computer Skill i.e Ms-word Excel Internet etc..”
    and i want JOB in “ABU DHABI, dubai”
    can i meet a good JOB ?

  37. Hello, I am an Indian national working for an ad agency as a Senior Account Executive (Client Servicing) in KSA. I have got 7 Years of experiance overall in Printing & Advertising. I am getting paid 8k SAR, What salary can i expect in Dubai ?

  38. i am doing business now from last 4 years. but before that i was services in companies as a computer accountant and at administration lavel.

    know i am seeking for job in uae. what can i do for my cv. how can i write my cv please adviceme.

  39. i have completed my BTECH in Electronics and communication with an aggregate of 74% honors in 2011.i would like to know that what salary i will be getting in IT or Communication sector in Dubai,muscat,qatar etc. and will the company provide me with food and accomodation?

  40. Dear Sir,
    I am mechanical engineer having 4year of work experience in procurement Dept.
    kindly suggest how can i applied for procurement Dept job in Dubai & having 4year of experience, how much salary expectation must be maintain by me.
    I am from India.

    Waiting for your response.

  41. Hi…I am Anand. I had completed my B-Tech in Automobile Engineering, i had got an offer in dubai as QC engineer (in civil field), their package is like that only- Basic – 4000 AED, Allowance for Food & Acco. – 1650 AED, Transportation Allowance – 300 AED. Presently i am working in an Automotive manufacturing company in india. How do you think about the offer?

    I want to know for bachelor accomodation & food, how much required? the company i got selected is UNITED PRECAST CONCRETE., purely civil, feed back about the job profile?

  42. hi sir ,i m a Banking Professional from india with over 4 years’ experience in Banking and Finance .
     Experience in Business Development in Banking ,Asset Management and Insurance sugest me how to get/find good banking job in dubai and how much i can get in dubai /uae/ ,

  43. Hello

    Iam an undergraduate from India , having an experience of 14 yrs in automobile sales. Would like to know about the opportunities and salary in UAE.

    THANKS & REGARDS

  44. Hi,
    Thanks for creating such a quality website for people such as myself looking at working abroad in the middle east. Im a 26 year old Australian school teacher currently teaching in London. I am planning ahead, but will aim to move to Dubai in late 2012. What is the process for finding teaching employment. When does the school year start and finish? Thanks in advance.

  45. Hello ,
    I am a CPA(USA), MBA(USA) and Bachelors in ACCOUNTING from Malaysia, I am Senior accountant and I work with a Medium CPA firm here in Washington DC. I am a US citizen, but originnaly from Kenya; I am currently making $75,000 a year + 5% 401k. I have 5 years of experience in public accounting + 3 years as Accounts payable and payroll speciatlist. All my experience are in USA.

    It has always been my dream to work in UAE, esp DUBAI. I am looking for a senior Accountant or controller position.

    Could you tell me aprx how much can I make in Dubai? Or how much should I negotiate.

    Thanks

  46. Hello
    I have completed my b.com graduation,iam from india ,now iam working in a pharma company as a medical representative.Iam interested in abroad jobs with good salary.

  47. Praveenkumar says:

    I am working as a Sales Representive for more than 6 years and completed my B Com Degree from India.I am looking for a well salary job in sales field.What salary I can expect in my recuirements.

  48. Hi Experts

    I am getting an offer of 17000 AED/Month with normal Benefits . having exp 8 yrs in IT Industry – Cloud Computing .

    I have to move with my Wife and small Kid . Can you pls advice the offer is well enough to live good in Dubai

    Vishal

  49. Hello,

    I am a B.E. graduate in electronics and communication, right now working in VLSI domain with 1year experience , as I am getting married and have to move to Dubai.
    Can you please provide me good amount of information about good VLSI companies in Dubai and will they hire 1year experience graduate. Also what might be the average salary.

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Thanks

  50. hELLO, i HAVE BEN OFFERED TO WORK AS A guest relations officer in a Barch hotel in Abu Dhabi. I’d like to know more or less how much is the salary for sucs position in hospitality companies in Abu dhabi. thanks in advance