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Average Salary in Kuwait 2019

How much money does a person working in Kuwait make?

1,206 KWD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Kuwait typically earns around 1,206 KWD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Kuwait | All Jobs

25% of people earn
500 KWD
or less
50% of people earn
834 KWD
or less
75% of people earn
1,500 KWD
or less
100 KWD
834 KWD
6,800 KWD

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Kuwait range between 100 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 6,800 KWD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 834 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 834 KWD while the other half are earning more than 834 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.

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 500 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 500 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 1,500 KWD while 25% are earning more than 1,500 KWD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Kuwait

How are Kuwait salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Average Salary 2016    =  
1,123 KWD
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
1,154 KWD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
1,182 KWD
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
1,206 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Kuwait are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Average Hourly Wage in Kuwait | All Jobs

6 KWD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kuwait | All Jobs is 6 KWD. This means that the average person in Kuwait earns approximatly 6 KWD for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abdullah Al-Salem1,479 KWD
Abraq Khaytan569 KWD
Abu Futaira472 KWD
Abu Halifa999 KWD
Adiliya600 KWD
Al Jahra1,270 KWD
Al Murqab1,223 KWD
Al Shuwaikh691 KWD
Al-Adan1,699 KWD
Al-Qurain560 KWD
Dahiya Abduallah al Salem525 KWD
Funaitees625 KWD
Hawally1,118 KWD
Kaifan2,182 KWD
Kuwait City1,313 KWD
Messila2,175 KWD
Qurtubah1,217 KWD
Riqqah4,350 KWD
Sabah Al-Salem3,400 KWD
Shamiya973 KWD
Sulaibikhat987 KWD
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