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Accountant Salary in Dubai and UAE: Latest Trend + Analysis

As the number of IMA members increase in the Middle East, the IMA is able to gather enough data to create country-specific salary reports on several countries in the region, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the rest of the United Arab Emirates.

Profile of a Typical IMA Member in UAE

This analysis is based on 131 usable responses from mostly Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Respondents are typically around 40 years old, and more likely to be male (78%). They have at least a bachelor degree and 39% of them have advanced degree. Slightly more than half have CMA certification. Accountant salary in UAE vs global average As shown in the chart above, the average accountant compensation (basic salary + benefits) in UAE is US$71,710, 37% higher than the global average. The median, at US$48,846, is also 37% higher. The large difference between mean and median indicates that a small number of respondents who are earning significantly more than others, thus pushing up the overall country average. The median is more representative of a typical accounting professional in UAE.

Accountant Salary in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Accountant salary in Dubai vs Abu Dhabi If we look at the figures by location within the UAE, we find that Abu Dhabi has slightly higher average salary and considerably higher compensation than that in Dubai. Both emirates still enjoy higher income level than most cities in the Middle East.

CMA vs Non Certification Holders

CMA salary in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

CMA salary in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and generally the UAE is US$80,571, 31% higher than those without the certification. This trend is consistent throughout the Middle East region and the rest of the world. Those with advanced degree also enjoy higher salary but the premium, at 16%, is smaller than the impact of CMA certification.

Accountant Salary in UAE by Job Nature

UAE accountant salary by job natureThe salary level varies widely depending on the niche within accounting. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, risk management professionals are paid the most, followed by general management, information system, internal audit and government accounting. In contrast to the situation in other parts of the world, public accounting is paid significantly lower than their global peers and other accountants in the country.

UAE Accountant Salary Trend

Accountant salary trend for UAE 63% of respondents enjoyed salary raise in the past year, at an average of 14%. This is very high as UAE’s inflation is generally low at 2-4%. Most of them expect the increasing trend to continue next year. UAE accounting professional job change trendWhile the increase is very attractive compared to other parts of the world, 55% of respondents look to change jobs within a year for better career opportunities and quality of life. Among those who would like to change jobs, 32% would like to work in another country, notably the US, Australia and Canada. When compared to those in the US, the Middle Eastern professionals are more willing to accept more rigid schedules in order to advance their careers. This shows that, in general, career is more important than personal considerations.

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Source: IMA UAE Salary Survey (2014)

About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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Leave a Comment:

yogender says January 4, 2017

Hlo sir,
i m yogender from india
and i need accountant job in abu dhabi….

    Stephanie Ng says January 4, 2017

    Hello, I am not sure if I can be helpful. I am simply providing stats and info. It is better to seek help from a recruiter or an online job search site in the Abu Dhabi area.

Jack D'Cruz says November 19, 2016

is CMA or CMA (US) good for to get job in the UAE?

Zohab Ch says October 8, 2016

Then what is the problem.?

    Stephanie Ng says October 8, 2016

    Hi Zohab, not sure what you mean by that…

zubaid khan says July 11, 2016

i need a lot of this job

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