Industry Low-down

UAE Salary Guide

Published on: 02-01-2018

Moving abroad can be exciting and scary at the same time!  Have a look at what salary you should be expecting for various roles within Architecture and Interior Design.

Adrem - UAE Architecture Salary Guide

The monthly packages below include everything that is available in the Gulf region i.e. basic salary + accommodation allowance + car allowance. There is no provision from an employer in the UAE for school fees or other associated costs, as funds for this must come out of the individuals basic salary. The only “extras” that would be added would be health insurance for the individual (not family) and 1 economy return flight to and from the point of origin for the individual (not family).

The lower end of the salary scale would be appropriate for a smaller design practice with the  higher end for large consultancies; multi-disciplinary companies along with contractors and developers.


UAE Architecture Salary Guide

Job Title – Architecture Salary Low (AED P/M) Salary Average (AED P/M) Salary High(AED P/M)
Project Architect (3-5 years) 20,000 25,000 30,000
Senior Architect 30,000 37,500 45,000
Associate Architect 42,000 48,000 55,000
Associate Director/Project Director 45,000 52,500 60,000
Director 50,000 60,000 70,000


UAE Interior Design Salary Guide


Job Title – Interior Design Salary Low(AED P/M) Salary Average (AED P/M) Salary High (AED P/M)
3 – 5 years Post Grad (Middleweight – Senior) 17,000 22,000 27,000
5 -10 years Post Grad (Senior) 24,000 30,000 36,000
Associate/Design Manager 35,000 40,000 45,000
Design Director 45,000 55,000 65,000


If you require any advice on the above salary survey or have any general questions regarding the UAE market itself please feel free to contact one of our specialist Consultants within the MENA team.