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Project Manager Average Salary in Kuwait 2020

How much money does a Project Manager make in Kuwait?

Average Monthly Salary
1,570 KWD
( 18,900 KWD yearly)


A person working as a Project Manager in Kuwait typically earns around 1,570 KWD per month. Salaries range from 740 KWD (lowest) to 2,490 KWD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Project Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Project Manager Salary Distribution in Kuwait

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

  • Salary Range

    Project Manager salaries in Kuwait range from 740 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 2,490 KWD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,670 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Project Manager(s) are earning less than 1,670 KWD while the other half are earning more than 1,670 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 Project Manager(s) are earning less than 1,080 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 1,080 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Project Manager(s) are earning less than 2,200 KWD while 25% are earning more than 2,200 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

Project Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Project Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 850 KWD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,180 KWD per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,680 KWD per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 2,040 KWD per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 2,160 KWD per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 2,350 KWD per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Project Manager average salary change by experience in Kuwait

0 - 2 Years
850 KWD
2 - 5 Years+38%
1,180 KWD
5 - 10 Years+42%
1,680 KWD
10 - 15 Years+22%
2,040 KWD
15 - 20 Years+6%
2,160 KWD
20+ Years+9%
2,350 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Project Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Project Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Project Manager is 1,050 KWD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 1,230 KWD per month, 17% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 1,790 KWD per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 2,350 KWD per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Project Manager average salary difference by education level in Kuwait

High School
1,050 KWD
Certificate or Diploma+17%
1,230 KWD
Bachelor's Degree+45%
1,790 KWD
Master's Degree+31%
2,350 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Project Manager 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 Project Manager employees in Kuwait earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,670 KWD
1,500 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Project Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuwait

How much are annual salary increments in Kuwait for Project Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Project Manager(s) in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees 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.

Kuwait / All Professions

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

Information Technology

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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Project Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kuwait

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kuwait Project Manager
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A Project Manager is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

34% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 66% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Project Manager Average Hourly Wage in Kuwait

9 KWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kuwait is 9 KWD. This means that the average Project Manager in Kuwait earns approximately 9 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.

Project Manager VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Project Manager is 18% more than that of Business Planning. Also, Business Planning salaries are 5% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Business Development Manager1,670 KWD+6%
Assistant Merchandise Planner1,020 KWD-35%
Business Advisor1,640 KWD+4%
Business Analyst1,640 KWD+4%
Business Consultant1,620 KWD+3%
Business Continuity Associate940 KWD-40%
Business Development Associate810 KWD-49%
Business Development Coordinator930 KWD-41%
Business Development Manager2,020 KWD+28%
Business Development Specialist1,560 KWD-1%
Business Operations Specialist1,500 KWD-5%
Business Process Writer920 KWD-42%
Capacity Planner1,090 KWD-31%
Capacity Planning Supervisor1,470 KWD-7%
Change Communications Analyst1,460 KWD-7%
Change Control Analyst1,510 KWD-4%
Contracts Executive1,630 KWD+4%
Corporate Strategy Analyst1,590 KWD+1%
Cost Control Engineer1,020 KWD-35%
Cost Estimator1,080 KWD-31%
Data Executive840 KWD-47%
Development Researcher1,160 KWD-26%
Due Diligence Analyst1,760 KWD+12%
Estimating Manager1,720 KWD+9%
General Manager1,970 KWD+25%
Incident Handler1,140 KWD-28%
Incident Specialist1,430 KWD-9%
Lean Consultant1,260 KWD-20%
Manager2,040 KWD+30%
Materials Planner710 KWD-55%
Merchandise Controller680 KWD-57%
Merchandise Planner720 KWD-54%
Operations Analyst1,460 KWD-7%
Operations Research Analyst970 KWD-38%
Planning and Reporting Manager1,800 KWD+14%
Planning Director2,170 KWD+38%
Project Administrator1,040 KWD-34%
Project Manager1,570 KWD-0%
Project Planner980 KWD-38%
Research Assistant860 KWD-45%
Research Engineer960 KWD-39%
Research Officer790 KWD-50%
Risk Management Specialist1,510 KWD-4%
Scholarship Coordinator820 KWD-48%
Store Planner770 KWD-51%
Strategy Director2,180 KWD+39%
Top Research and Development Executive2,380 KWD+51%

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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