UAE Salary Guide 2015: Are you being paid enough?
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Dubai: If you are planning to ask for a salary increase this year, it is important to know what you’re worth before talking to your manager about it.

Negotiating for a bigger paycheque can be both tricky and uncomfortable.

In fact, nearly three out of 10 people have decided not to bother their employer about wage increases because they feel uncomfortable doing so, according to a new survey by Payscale.

However, if you’re armed with the right salary information, you will be confident enough to step up and demand for that extra money that you rightly deserve.

The 2015 Salary Guide by Hays, a recruitment agency that has an office in Dubai, provides the latest salary brackets for more than 100 job titles in various industries in the UAE and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

The guide includes salary ranges for various jobs, mostly from high-level to medium-level positions, in accounting and finance, construction and property, human resources, information technology, marketing, office support and supply chain and logistics.

The guide has been completed using data gathered in the last quarter of 2014 from more than 2,000 employees and 200 employers throughout the Middle East. Hays has used job listings, job offers and candidate registrations with Hays UAE to verify the survey findings and give a rounded and detailed analysis of salaries.

A spokesperson from Hays clarified that the companies surveyed for the salary guide were multinational organisations of all sizes, from family-owned conglomerates to smaller businesses, the majority of which are based in UAE

“All the salary information in the report has been provided by our 2,000 plus candidate respondents. We have not tried to second-guess these numbers,” Chris Greaves, Hays managing director for the Gulf region, told Gulf News.

“The upper and lower salary figures given in the ‘range’ for each job title are the lowest and highest salary reported for that particular job. We have rounded up or down marginally, but this is not material. The averages have been worked accurately taking into account all the replies,” said Greaves.

Here’s a close look at the current range of monthly salaries for a number of positions in at least seven sectors in the GCC, as of December 2014:



CFO-Group/Regional: Dh80,000 – Dh160,000
CFO (Medium sized company): Dh65,000 – Dh80,000
Head of Finance/Finance Director

(Medium sized company):

Dh45,000 – Dh65,000
Financial Controller: Dh35,000 – Dh58,000
Internal Audit Department Head: Dh23,000 – Dh55,000
Chief Accountant/Finance Manager: Dh22,000 – Dh35,000
Senior/Regional Financial Analyst: Dh20,000 – Dh33,000
Financial Analyst: Dh15,000 – Dh24,000
Credit/Revenue Controller (Professional Services): Dh16,000 – Dh25,000
Financial/Management Accountant: Dh14,000 – Dh25,000
Internal Auditor (non-management position): Dh12,000 –  Dh23,000
Accountant/Senior Accountant: Dh10,000 – Dh18,000
Account Receivable/Payable: Dh8,000 – Dh18,000



Senior Architect: Dh29,000 – Dh45,000
Senior Interior Design: Dh22,000 – Dh30,000
Site Architect: Dh17,000 – Dh25,000
Junior Architect: Dh10,000 – Dh14,000
Interior Designer: Dh9,500 – Dh16,000


C-Suite/Principal Level: Dh51,000 – Dh130,000

Senior Estimating Manager: Dh55,000 – Dh65,000

Commercial Manager: Dh45,000 – Dh68,000

Senior Contracts Manager: Dh40,000 – Dh55,000

Senior Project Manager: Dh25,000 – Dh65,000

HSSE Manager: Dh35,000 – Dh80,000

Senior Cost Manager: Dh37,000 – Dh42,000

Senior Quantity Surveyor: Dh28,000 – Dh46,500

Project Manager: Dh20,000 – Dh46,000

Contracts Manager: Dh24,000 – Dh40,000

Construction Manager: Dh20,000 – Dh48,000

Cost Manager: Dh17,000 – Dh35,000

Quantity Surveyor: Dh15,000 – Dh35,000


MEP: Dh27,000 – Dh55,000

Senior Electrical Engineer: Dh32,000 – Dh40,000

Senior Civil Engineer: Dh20,000 – Dh50,000

Planning Engineer: Dh12,500 – Dh55,000

Resident Engineer: Dh20,000 – Dh55,000

Project Engineer: Dh15,000 – Dh25,000

Quality Assurance Engineer: Dh17,000 – Dh20,000

Electrical Engineer: Dh10,000 – Dh18,000


Senior Facilities Manager: Dh30,000 – Dh42,000

Facilities Manager: Dh15,000 – Dh28,000


Senior Development Manager: Dh50,000 – Dh65,000

Senior Commercial/Leasing Manager: Dh38,000 – Dh60,000

Commercial/Leasing Manager In-house: Dh24,000 – Dh30,000

MRICS Valuations Manager: Dh20,000 – Dh30,000

Property Manager: Dh15,000 – Dh40,000


HR Director (Group): Dh40,000 – Dh80,000

Senior HR Manager/Director: Dh35,000 – Dh49,000

C&B Manager: Dh22,000 – Dh37,000

Recruitment Manager: Dh21,000 – Dh50,000

HR Manager: Dh20,000 – Dh36,000

L&D Manager: Dh25,000 – Dh35,000

Talent Management: Dh25,000 – Dh40,000

HR Generalist: Dh15,000 – Dh20,000

Recruitment Specialist: Dh12,500 – Dh20,000

HR Advisor: Dh13,000 – Dh15,000

HR Officer/Assistant: Dh10,000 – Dh15,000

HR Admin Assistant: Dh10,000 – Dh15,000

Recruitment Assistant: Dh10,000 – Dh15,000


Head of IT/IT Director: Dh35,000 – Dh65,000

Information Security Manager: Dh25,000 – Dh45,000

Project Manager: Dh15,000 – Dh45,000

IT Manager: Dh15,000 – Dh45,000

Network Architect: Dh15,000 – Dh50,000

Technical Team Leader: Dh12,000 – Dh25,500

Business Analyst: Dh12,000 – Dh37,500

Systems Analyst: Dh12,500 – Dh22,000

System Administrator: Dh10,000 – Dh22,000

Software Engineer: Dh10,000 – Dh20,000

Network Administrator: Dh10,000 – Dh19,000

Network Engineer: Dh10,000 – Dh18,000

IT Engineer: Dh10,000 – Dh18,000


CMO: Dh52,000 – Dh100,000

Marketing Director: Dh30,000 – Dh59,000

Marketing Manager: Dh21,000 – Dh38,000

Senior Account Manager: Dh22,000 – Dh27,000

Digital Marketing Manager: Dh20,000 – Dh30,000

Marketing Executive: Dh15,000 – Dh23,000

Social Media Manager: Dh15,000 – Dh20,000

Public Relations Executive: Dh13,000 – Dh20,000

Assistant Brand Manager: Dh12,000 – Dh15,500

Marketing Assistant: Dh10,000 – Dh14,000

Account Manager: Dh9,000 – Dh12,000


General/Operations Manager: Dh30,000 – Dh50,000

Legal Secretary: Dh11,000 – Dh23,000

Office Manager: Dh10,000 – Dh25,000

Executive Assistant: Dh12,000 – Dh25,000

Personal Assistant: Dh15,000 – Dh25,000

Executive Secretary: Dh13,000 – Dh22,000

Administrator: Dh10,000 – Dh18,000

Team Assistant: Dh9,000 – Dh18,000

Reception: Dh6,000 – Dh16,000

Administration Assistant: Dh4,000 – Dh12,000


COO: Dh70,000 – Dh100,000

General Manager 3PL: Dh35,000 – Dh60,000

Logistics Manager: Dh15,000 – Dh30,000

Planning Manager: Dh20,000 – Dh30,000

Logistics Specialist: Dh10,000 – Dh18,000

Logistics Coordinator: Dh10,000 – Dh17,000

Customer Service Executive: Dh7,000 – Dh15,000

Operations Manager: Dh20,000 – Dh35,000

Supply Chain Director: Dh50,000 – Dh75,000

Group Supply Chain Manager: Dh40,000 – Dh50,000

Supply Chain Manager: Dh25,000 – Dh35,000

Supply Chain Coordinator: Dh10,000 – Dh22,000


Manager’s Office UAE

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