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Revealed: average GCC exec monthly salary is $11,211

New survey also shows that average wage rose by nearly 8% in the Gulf region last year

Revealed: average GCC exec monthly salary is $11,211

The average white-collar salary across the Gulf region for has risen by nearly eight percent to $11,211, according to a new survey published on Tuesday.

The Gulf Business study showed that following a two percent decrease in the previous 12 months, salaries across all GCC countries, positions and racial groups increased by 7.88 percent this year.

It said that Kuwait registered the biggest increase in salaries this year (10.19 percent), followed by the UAE (9.97 percent).

Gulf Business said that in Bahrain, average salaries rose by 4.43 percent, and Saudi Arabia and Qatar saw growth of seven percent and 7.74 percent respectively while Oman wages rose by 7.9 percent.

The survey said that the gap between the pay of Western and Asian expats decreased, although only very slightly, with Westerners earning 26.91 percent more on average.

Arab and Asian salaries also narrowed with the former earning 20 percent more on average compared to 24.69 percent last year.

However, Gulf Business said there was a widening in the gap between Western and Arab expat salaries, with Westerners gaining ground at 6.96 per cent more on average in the 2015 survey.

Last month, a survey by Hay Group said many GCC employees may be disappointed with the level of pay rises awarded in 2015 as staff expectations are not generally matched by employers.

According to The Hays GCC 2015 Salary & Employment Report, the majority of businesses expect to increase salaries by a maximum of 5 percent but staff believe their monthly salaries will jump by over 10 percent this year.

The difference in expectations between employers and their workforce could motivate employees to look elsewhere for opportunities, Hay Group said.

The report surveyed over 2,000 working professionals and more than 200 hiring managers in the GCC, and found that 79 percent of employees are expecting their salaries to increase by a minimum of 5 percent, a fact which is only mirrored by 35 percent of employers.

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Sadtosee 5 years ago

I do not know how they have arrived at this average, but i am pretty sure that if i undertook a similar survey i would come up with drastically opposite and downward numbers.

Chris 5 years ago

Unless you properly define 'Exec' and 'White-collar' this survey is is meaningless.

George Ittyarah 5 years ago


There is a huge difference between white collar executives and white or blue collar professionals. White collar or blue collar professionals who are specialists in their respective careers may be able to earn more than 11000+ $.

It is just exaggeration only and beyond common sense if most of the other ordinary white collar executives are earning more than USD 11000 per month in Dubai or any where in UAE!!