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Average Salary in Kuwait 2020

How much money does a person working in Kuwait make?


Average Monthly Salary
1,260 KWD
( 15,200 KWD yearly)

LOW
320
KWD
AVERAGE
1,260
KWD
HIGH
5,640
KWD

A person working in Kuwait typically earns around 1,260 KWD per month. Salaries range from 320 KWD (lowest average) to 5,640 KWD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Kuwait

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Kuwait range from 320 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 5,640 KWD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,320 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,320 KWD while the other half are earning more than 1,320 KWD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 740 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 740 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 3,620 KWD while 25% are earning more than 3,620 KWD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Kuwait costs anywhere from 6,320 Kuwaiti Dinar(s) to 19,000 Kuwaiti Dinar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.



Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Kuwait earn 8% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Male
1,330 KWD
Female-7%
1,230 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuwait

How much are annual salary increments in Kuwait? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Employees in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 29 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Kuwait is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
7%
Energy
5%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
1%
Travel
8%
Construction
6%
Education
4%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Kuwait for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
Mid-Career
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kuwait

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kuwait
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63% of surveyed staff in Kuwait reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 37% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
37%
No Bonus
63%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant910 KWD
Accounting Assistant730 KWD
Accounting Manager1,880 KWD
Bookkeeper620 KWD
Chartered Accountant1,180 KWD
Corporate Treasurer1,730 KWD
Financial Analyst1,730 KWD
Financial Manager2,460 KWD
Internal Auditor1,220 KWD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant710 KWD
Office Manager1,180 KWD
Receptionist610 KWD
Secretary580 KWD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director1,260 KWD
Creative Director1,270 KWD
Graphic Designer790 KWD
Photographer710 KWD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer1,620 KWD
Air Traffic Controller1,420 KWD
Flight Attendant870 KWD
Pilot2,130 KWD

Architecture
Architect1,620 KWD
CAD Drafter660 KWD

Automotive
Mechanic480 KWD
Service Advisor910 KWD

Banking
Bank Branch Manager2,350 KWD
Teller510 KWD

Bilingual
Teacher990 KWD
Translator1,180 KWD

Business Planning
Business Analyst1,640 KWD
Business Development Manager2,020 KWD
Project Manager1,570 KWD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny550 KWD
Nursery Teacher500 KWD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer1,150 KWD
Construction Project Manager2,110 KWD
Health and Safety Officer560 KWD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative500 KWD
Customer Service Manager1,690 KWD
Customer Service Representative480 KWD

Engineering
Civil Engineer1,180 KWD
Electrical Engineer1,310 KWD
Engineer1,180 KWD
Mechanical Engineer1,220 KWD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer2,880 KWD
Chief Financial Officer2,660 KWD
General Manager2,190 KWD
Project Manager1,520 KWD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef810 KWD
Executive Chef960 KWD
Hotel Manager2,400 KWD
Receptionist510 KWD
Travel Agent810 KWD
Waiter / Waitress410 KWD

Health and Medical
Dentist3,120 KWD
Dietitian2,580 KWD
Laboratory Technician960 KWD
Nurse1,040 KWD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager1,980 KWD
Human Resources Officer760 KWD

Information Technology
Computer Technician980 KWD
Database Administrator1,340 KWD
Developer / Programmer1,260 KWD
Information Technology Manager2,190 KWD
Network Engineer1,090 KWD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer790 KWD

Legal
Attorney2,650 KWD
Legal Assistant650 KWD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist1,510 KWD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer1,080 KWD
Pharmacist1,730 KWD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier480 KWD
Sales Manager2,150 KWD
Sales Representative820 KWD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher920 KWD
Secondary School Teacher1,050 KWD

Average Hourly Wage in Kuwait


7 KWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kuwait is 7 KWD. This means that the average person in Kuwait earns approximately 7 KWD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Kuwait earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,230 KWD
Public Sector+10%
1,350 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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