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. Pathan.Mahathap Khan says:

    iam working branch post master in postal department in india.I also 15years experience and 15 years experience in hindhi teacher.Plese inform correct job in dubai or kuwait.Thanking you.

  2. hello
    i finished B.B.A i am searching for new job in Dubai i had experiences in supermarket, footwear shop….more than 7 years ,,,,how to search job in Dubai….how to apply…

  3. Woow this is quite good information for some body who is going to be new at dubai hunting for a job, Thank you for the advise.

  4. Argyris Anastasiadis says:

    My name is Argyris Anastasiadis, 23 years old,greek citizenship and i am going to Dubai in February.
    I am a cook/chef de cuisine graduated from culinary school and searching for a job.
    what’s the right salary for a cook? And how much it costs the basic living monthly?
    Thank you.

  5. hello
    i finished B.B.A (CA) i am living in India I am searching for a job in Dubai… i had experience in supermarket & footwear shop more than 7 years..but i don’t know how to search job in Dubai

  6. I am an MBA graduate with 4 years of experience in international pharma market.. How s the scope in dubai for that .. And i intend to work in a consulting firm..

    Pls let me know the possiblity of getting a good job in dubai

  7. I’m a senior radiographer but were not working for 6 yrs due to two complicated pragnancies. Will I be able to find a good job in Dubai and what will my salary be more or less. I will be going tere with my 2 babies and husband. My husband will enroll for the diamond courses in Dubai.Please help me.

  8. Hi dears….I’m Babak,I’m 30 yrs old, I have Bachelor degree in Electronics from IRAN, I have near 7 yrs of experiences in Telecommunications systems ,contains 2G & Wimax for Nokia,ericsson & Huawei Companies.I’m teamwork,friendly, athlete and energetic .Also,I have good experiences in Installation,Commissioning,Engineering,coordination & Management.

    I would like to apply job and work in UAE ,Would you please, someone help me herein.

    Thanking you in anticipation
    Kind regards.

  9. i am 32 yrs old lady. i have MBA degree in HR.wat is the job prospectus in dubai for me.

  10. Dear All,
    This is vinay from India. Basically i’m an mechanical design engineer with 2.6 years of experience in the field of industrial automation,machine design,jigs and fixtures.
    I’m very much willing to work in Dubai and the much worrying part is the salary provided for my present experience.
    Kindly guide /suggest me approximate salary slab i would expect and a comfortable salary package to lead a comfortable life for single( me)in Dubai/emirates.
    Plz inform me Approximate cost for accomadation,food,transportation cost for a bachelor.
    will look forward for your valuable suggestions.
    Text me to email:


  11. Single Mom says:

    Hello my x lost his job with Mexicnana and abandoned his financial responsibility toward his son. I had come across three persons who say that he is in dubai. Can anyone fill me in on how much money USD co-pilots make (737) and any information on human resourse headquarters for EmiratesAirline.

    thank you.

  12. Hello I would like to know about salary expected as an executive secretary or administrative assistant with more than 10 years experience in related fields. I have also seen the attached items, such as flat and food allowances along with transportation and food as part of the package. Is this typical? I am from the US. I will relocate to Dubai.

  13. srinivas.k says:

    i have completed my b-tech from mechanical engineering department, right now working for aeronautics organisation, and am having the experience in automobile service industry also, could i know will i get the job in uae, if job gets what will be the salary, what will be facilities will provided by uae organisers.

  14. muhammad kashif khan says:

    i have bachelors degree in commerece and now preparing for MBA, i have worked as Marine / Motor surveys for abour 9 years and now i am working in a most popular Insurnacce company in Pakistan since last 8 years. can someone let me know any reliable recruitment website or refer me to contact to get job in UAE.

  15. hello…My self alankar mhatre ,currently i m doing my last year…of bachlolor of technology from ICT,Mumbai university….in fibers and textile processing technology…..i m worried about my jobs…can i get job in i m fresher for job i dont have any job experiance….but i had done in plant training as i had it through my college in century rayon company for processing of cellulosic fibers…..can i expect job in dubai….if plz kindly reply me on my email id/….i m waintg .
    thank you..

  16. hi,i have a bachelors degree of civil engineering from Iran with no experience.
    How much do you think i would get paid if i come to dubai ?

  17. Hi,

    I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer from Australia with approx 6 years Project Engineering/Management experience. I am hoping to move to Dubia/Abu Dhabi by teh end of 2012. I am planning on visiting Dubai for a few days purely to find a job. I am hoping that I could visit a number of recruitment agencies while there to find a suitable position. Would anyone recommend doing this or done anything similar?? Applying for positions from Australia seems to be somewhat pointless.

  18. M Adeel Qureshi says:

    I am double Masters Degree Holder and have 7 years of teaching experience in Karachi University, as visiting Lecturer of International Relations and History, specialization in Archaeology looking for a job as lecture, or academic coordinator
    My cell number is 0092-323-2988014
    if any one find my message in cyber space please pass it to the concerned, maybe we both find what we both are looking for
    M Adeel

  19. Assalamu Alaikum

    I Completed MBA (Marketing & systems)course from India ,but 2 exams i didn’t wrote.Exam is only in sep 2012.MBA course completion certificate is there and marklists too.Before that i need to come there for a job.2 year management experience also i have.Can i apply for MBA jobs there,or it is relevant to have my MBA certificate?

    Which mode of visiting visa i need to take for searching the job in UAE?

    Is there any good recruiting agency in Kerala-India for direct recruitment?

  20. Hello,
    I’ve got bachelors degree of computer application, masters degree of business administration and 5 years of experience in telecommunications. What would be an average salary working in telecom/IT field?

    Thank you

  21. sir,
    I am from India,10th passed any high salary jobs in any oil and gas companies
    in U.A.E

  22. Sir,my name is Hemant frm India and i completed my engineering degree in electronics and communication.i am vry interested to work in dubai,but i dnt know hw to get touch with the consultancy in dubai ,i am a fresher,plz suggest me hw to get job in dubai plz,thanking you,Hemant

  23. I am a MBA(HR) graduate with around 6 yrs of experience, working as a team leader in wipro (india). i have handled both uk and US projects (back office)is there any scope for me in dubai if so what will be my package please assist me

  24. Hello,i’m a nigerian & i have a degree in business administration(PT) & i’m a member of two professional management institute in nigeria with four years working experience under a sole business.Can i get a good job in Dubai or alternatively Qatar.

  25. Jamshedur Rahman says:

    Hi There, I’m from Toronto Canada and I am Canadian Citizen.
    I am planing to move to Dubai since last year if I get a better job. So, I’ve been applying with many agencies/recruitment etc.
    Currently, I am working for Toronto District School Board as School Based Safety Officer.
    I’ve more than 8 years of Retail experience. 2 years as Customer Service Manager and 6 years of Internal & External Investigation Officer.
    What are the best ways of applying for jobs in UAE?
    Please help. or email me at if you know any website/place or anything that would get me a job.


  26. sir wht is the salary in abudhabi coz i ve an experence of 5 years in chemist lab in bangalore city ..

  27. amin quader says:

    ,i m 21yrs.i m looking for official deliveryman job or something like that in Dubai.i m fresher 10th passed.i have basic knowl,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  28. Hi there, i am a qualified electrician living in australia however i am very keen to find some work in dubai….can anyone help me find some work and/or give me an insight into the pay rates …..i have industrial experience as well as experience in the mining industry…
    thank you

  29. Harpreet singh says:

    i hav recently got a job in sharjah(Damen Shipyards) and the salary they are offering me is 2000dhs + accomodation and Food.i hav no experience fresher diploma mechanical engg. after 10th

    so can u suggest me shud i accept this offer or nt


  30. I am a chartered accountant with 2.5 years experience. I am being offered AED 12,000 + AED 1500 car allowance, with no other major benefits.

    Is this offer sufficient?

  31. Farhat Iqbal Aawan says:

    I am 30 year old & from 8 years working in admin Dept in UAE Abu Dhabi. Can you please suggest me some jobs and salary from the same Dept.

  32. Hello,
    am doing my final Mba in finance and i like to work in dubai but i dont know the process of how to find a good company because many news are getting daily about fake job in dubai.
    So help me with this,send me the website and what are things i have to do.

  33. Hello,

    Could any one please guide, how the company secretaries passed in India, having 2 years of experience gets remunerated in Dubai. I mean what would be the pay scale, etc.

  34. THIPPESWAMY P S says:

    Hi There,

    I am ITI student and I complete my ITI from india,so can i doing good job at dubai or other gulf country with good salary package. WORK EXPEREINCE – TOYOTO MANUFACTURING COMPANY IN BANGALORE

  35. WAQAR ALI KHAN says:

    Dear Sir I am Waqar Ali Khan from Pakistan i need your good favor that i am in Dubai right now and i am in search of a good Job here in Dubai so plz guide me that how should i contact any recruitment agence or where would i go for that.
    I would be very glad on your above cooperation in this matter.
    Waqar Ali Khan

  36. Hi.piya..can you help me out that hw or guide me cuz u already got a job in dubai,m in need of job,i did my graduation in engg.electronics field,plz help thnx

  37. Hello TP,

    I have a question about the current job market in Dubai..I gave a try with lot of job agents and ended up in Qatar.

    I have a very good w.Exp of 7 Years with MNC like HP,Capgemini,E& finance and Accounts domain..Please can you suggetst me how do i approach for a job and how much can i expect the salary(Basic+Benifit).


  38. HI…….I am a commerce graduate and i have 14 years experience as office administrator, Branch Manager, Production Manager in [IT & ITES], I would like to settle in DUBAI. Will you please help me land a job in dubai?

  39. i am looking for a JOB in dubai,actually i am a food technologist & work in pakistan since 2001.
    i have more then 9 years experience in ice cream & dairy industry.
    can you help me regarding job searching?
    you can reply me on my email id “”

  40. Naressh gudurii says:

    am pursuing MBA in hyderabad,i need to recruit in Dubai,plz help me,and plz telme about salary ranges,


  41. I am a Court Reporter in the US, and my husband is an Insurance Adjuster, are there jobs in Dubai for the line of work that we are in. We are both from Europe, but are US citizens as well. I have looked for the salary for Court Reporters in Dubai, but cannot find it… If you can give me some details on job opportunities and salaries, I would be very grateful. Thank you.

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  43. Hello, I am from Greece and i work as a cook. I try to find a job as a cook or cleaning in Abu Dahbi, you think it is posible to find? And how can I find the money i must take for the 5 years experience I have?

  44. K.SARADAMBAL says:

    My husband is PhD in Computer Science (Software engineering). Now he is working in India as a Associate professor in an GOVT. aided college for a past 20 years. My husband have been looking for a job in Dubai ( either MNC or teaching ) . what range of salary can i expect this experience ? Pls. help me in this regards.

    Thank you very much
    with regards