How much is your salary?

How much is your salary?

Al riyadh

By Ahmad Al-Zamami


Employees spend most of their time in the work environment. Therefore, the work environment, as well as the salary they get, heavily affects their productivity, skills and motivation to work.

Keeping in mind that the schoolteacher is one of the main pivots behind the development of society, their salaries must be high in order for them to be effective.

According to a recent study in 2014, the average salary of elementary schoolteachers in Luxembourg (a small European country with almost half a million population) is $68,000 a year. This is around $5,600 a month. Second is Germany at $51,000, then Denmark at $45,000, then the United States of America at $42,000, then Australia and Canada at $39,000, and then Japan and England at $28,000. The salary of schoolteachers in Saudi Arabia is $24,000 which might increase to $29,000 depending on qualifications. According to the previous study, the salary in the Kingdom is close to the salaries of schoolteachers in Japan and England.

So are these salaries actually enough for schoolteachers to work hard for the development of society or is there a possibility for a positive change?

A long time ago, the Saudi Ministry of Health decided to open new hospitals that work under a self-operating system due to the inequality of salaries that sometimes occur in the medical field. This provided a good opportunity for these hospitals to hire people with higher salaries than people employed in the governmental sectors. This was an extraordinary opportunity because hospitals are able to ensure that employees will be productive.

Is it possible with the government’s recent privatization of some sectors to introduce such strategies in schools? If they were, then schoolteachers would have the right to work temporary and with a clear employment contract that ensures both parties get their full rights.

Would it also be possible to ensure at the same time that employees with the best qualifications are the ones getting hired? If it is then we could introduce this strategy in all of our schools.


  1. with due respect,you only saw the one side of the picture.
    in the developed countries the outcome of the education is totally different from ksa.
    their education system is far more better than ksa and more productive.
    even if you compare with countries like india,egypt and pakistan,they are spending little on education,but the outcomes are far better.thats the reason you employ most of your staff from these the main solution is not to spend more on employees,rather spend more on eduaction as a whole.

  2. Salaam,

    Also omitted was the cost of living. In the US there are no supplementations. No housing benefits, no transportation benefits. KSA offers housing and transportation (it did in 2010). But I do agree that the wage for teaching is too low. With an increase may come better qualified teachers?

  3. Luxembourg, for example, has double per capita income than Saudi Arabia..
    Also, in Luxembourg income is taxed, in KSA there are practically no taxes.
    Finally, as Elizabeth correctly notes, the cost of living there is much higher.
    In these difficult times, with the revenues of the state being much lower, it is out of place to talk of raises in salaries in my opinion. I agree that the salary of teachers is low and the state should make an effort to increase them, but expectations should be low in the current situation.

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