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Average Salary in Kuwait 2020

How much money does a person working in Kuwait make?

Average Monthly Salary
1,270 KWD
( 15,300 KWD yearly)


A person working in Kuwait typically earns around 1,270 KWD per month. Salaries range from 170 KWD (lowest) to 5,640 KWD (highest).

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

Median and salary distribution monthly Kuwait

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Kuwait range between 170 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 5,640 KWD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,300 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,300 KWD while the other half are earning more than 1,300 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 660 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 660 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 3,610 KWD while 25% are earning more than 3,610 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 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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Kuwait
Average Salary 2016
1,140 KWD
Average Salary 2017+4%
1,180 KWD
Average Salary 2018+3%
1,220 KWD
Average Salary 2019+2%
1,250 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Kuwait are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 2% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant890 KWD
Accounting Assistant870 KWD
Accounting Manager1,650 KWD
Bookkeeper700 KWD
Chartered Accountant1,130 KWD
Corporate Treasurer2,240 KWD
Financial Analyst1,410 KWD
Financial Manager2,480 KWD
Internal Auditor1,320 KWD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant710 KWD
Office Manager930 KWD
Receptionist700 KWD
Secretary700 KWD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director1,240 KWD
Creative Director1,300 KWD
Graphic Designer860 KWD
Photographer870 KWD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer1,380 KWD
Air Traffic Controller1,310 KWD
Flight Attendant1,090 KWD
Pilot1,470 KWD

Architect1,220 KWD
CAD Drafter970 KWD

Mechanic670 KWD
Service Advisor1,040 KWD

Bank Branch Manager1,890 KWD
Teller910 KWD

Teacher990 KWD
Translator1,130 KWD

Business Planning
Business Analyst1,570 KWD
Business Development Manager1,920 KWD
Project Manager1,470 KWD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny830 KWD
Nursery Teacher950 KWD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer1,120 KWD
Construction Project Manager1,500 KWD
Health and Safety Officer790 KWD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative920 KWD
Customer Service Manager1,650 KWD
Customer Service Representative890 KWD

Civil Engineer1,160 KWD
Electrical Engineer1,310 KWD
Engineer1,130 KWD
Mechanical Engineer1,250 KWD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer2,880 KWD
Chief Financial Officer2,650 KWD
General Manager2,190 KWD
Project Manager1,520 KWD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef1,060 KWD
Executive Chef1,170 KWD
Hotel Manager1,960 KWD
Receptionist980 KWD
Travel Agent1,050 KWD
Waiter / Waitress780 KWD

Health and Medical
Dentist3,120 KWD
Dietitian2,980 KWD
Laboratory Technician960 KWD
Nurse1,050 KWD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager1,810 KWD
Human Resources Officer1,030 KWD

Information Technology
Computer Technician980 KWD
Database Administrator1,340 KWD
Developer / Programmer1,130 KWD
Information Technology Manager1,910 KWD
Network Engineer1,090 KWD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer1,030 KWD

Attorney1,950 KWD
Legal Assistant890 KWD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist1,310 KWD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer1,080 KWD
Pharmacist1,530 KWD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier720 KWD
Sales Manager1,950 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 approximatly 7 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.

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