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Accounting Salary and CMA Exam in Egypt: Trend and Analysis

As the number of IMA members increase in the Middle East, the IMA is able to gather enough data to create country-specific reports on several countries in the region, including info on CMA salary in Egypt.

Typical Profile of an Egyptian IMA Member

There are more than 1,900 IMA members in Egypt, and 77 members (4%) participated in this survey.

Similar to the profile of other respondents in the region, a typical IMA member from Egypt is likely to be male (79%). All of them have bachelor degree, and 58% of them are CMA certificate holder. However, unlike those from UAE, only 6% have advanced degree. They are also slightly younger with an average age of 38.

Salary Level in Egypt

Accountant and CMA salary in Egypt

The mean salary and compensation (i.e. basic salary + benefits) for IMA members in Egypt is $10,467 and $27,476 respectively. This is significantly less than the global average.

The median salary and compensation is even lower at $4,900 and $6,213. Around 80% of the respondents earn less than the average level, explaining the big difference between the mean and median.

Difference in Salary Level Within Egypt

Accountant and CMA salary in Cairo vs others in Egypt

If we look further at the salary level within Egypt, professionals in Cairo have a much bigger compensation package on average. However, if you look at the median, places other than Cairo gets a slightly better package.

What does it mean? It means that there are a small portion of professionals in Cairo earning considerably more, thus pushing up the average in this city. Most professionals are earning more at the mediam level. In comparison, the income is more evenly distributed in the rest of Egypt.

Also, among these highly compensated individuals in Cairo, they are getting more compensation in the form of benefits instead of basic salary. This could mean bonuses, allowance and insurance. We will go over this later in this post.

CMA Salary in Egypt

CMA salary in Egypt

On average, CMA in Egypt earn significantly more: $13,936 in basic salary vs $5,588 for non-CMAs. This is a whopping 149% premium with the certification. The premium in terms of total compensation is even more drastic at 414%.

Similar but less drastic trend can be observed in education level. These with advanced degree earn 13%  more (and 188% more in terms of basic salary) than those with bachelor degree alone.

Egypt Accountant Salary by Job Nature

egypt accountant salary by industry

Accounting professionals in Finance and Budgeting & Planning earn the most. The rest is considerably lower in terms of basic salary.

If we look at total compensation, Budgeting & Planning comes first, followed by Finance, Internal Audit, Corporate Accounting, General Accounting and Risk Management.

The ranking is quite different from UAE where risk managers and information system professionals earn the most.

Salary Increase Potential

Egypt accountant salary increase

Overall, most Egyptian respondents are happy. 64% of respondents received a raise in the past year at an average of 12%. This is slightly higher than the 10.2% inflation rate according to the World Bank.

79% expect to have an increase next year, with slightly higher expectation than what they got this year.

Salary Trend

Despite the healthy salary raise, the average base salary and compensation of IMA members in Egypt is significantly lower than other countries in the Middle East, and the rest of the world.

Egypt accountant change jobs70% of respondents desire to switch job within a year, as shown in the pie chart on the right. Among these professionals, they are most interested to work in UAE or Saudi Arabia. This is expected as both the salary level is much higher in these neighboring countries.

In terms of compensation, around 70% of them receive healthcare and bonus. Around half of them receive life insurance and company car/allowance. Other benefits, such as flexible hours, travel allowance, extra holidays and hare options are less common.

Taking CMA Exam in Egypt

IMA research has indicated a substantial premium of CMA salary over non-CMA over the years.

In order to take the CMA exam in Egypt, you can first register as an IMA member, and when ready apply to take the 2-part exam. We have details on how to start your process here.

There are at least two places to take the CMA exam in Egypt:


38 Mohie El Din Abo El Ezz Street


28 Damietta street

There may be other sites for CMA exam in Egypt. Please check by following the instruction on this page. Remember to type in the city name (instead of country name).

Our CMA Exam Blogger — Sherif!

Sherif is from Egypt and is currently the Treasurer of IMA’s Western Province Chapter in KSA. You can witness Sherif’s journey towards the CMA certification through his blog posts. His story starts here>>

For Your Further Reading

Interested to work in neighboring countries? Here is more salary and CMA exam info for your reference.

CMA in UAE CMA exam in egypt CMA in Middle East
Salary in UAE Salary in Saudi Arabia Salary in Middle East

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