Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. James Petersen

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Van Valey

Third Advisor

Dr. Donald Cooney

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships among job satisfaction and demographic variables for foreign employees in the private sector in Saudi Arabia.

The population for this study was foreign employees in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. A sample of 206 employees participated in the study from four private organizations in Riyadh. Each organization was visited to obtain permission to collect data from foreign employees. All subjects were given a packet of forms that included the Job Description Index, Job in General Scale, and Demographic Data Sheet. The subjects' responses were entered into the SPSS program that was available on the computer network at Western Michigan University. Analysis of variance and T-tests were used to analyze the research questions.

The study found significant correlations between job satisfaction and each of the following variables: marital status, religion, age, education, occupational level, nationality, family status, and income. No significant correlation was found between length of employment and job satisfaction. The study found that income was the strongest predictor of job satisfaction.