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Engineering Average Salaries in Kuwait 2021

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Kuwait?

Average Monthly Salary
1,070 KWD
( 12,800 KWD yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Kuwait typically earns around 1,070 KWD per month. Salaries range from 340 KWD (lowest average) to 2,260 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer1,140 KWD
Assembly Engineering Technician930 KWD
Assistant Chief Engineer1,230 KWD
Associate Engineer1,050 KWD
Autocad Operator750 KWD
Automation Engineer1,170 KWD
Avionic System Support Engineer1,140 KWD
Biochemical Engineer1,090 KWD
BMS Engineer1,060 KWD
Bridge and Lock Tender600 KWD
Broadcast Engineer1,090 KWD
CAD Design Engineer1,190 KWD
CAD Designer730 KWD
CAE Engineer1,100 KWD
Ceramics Engineer1,030 KWD
Civil Engineer1,180 KWD
Commissioning Engineer1,170 KWD
Communications Engineer1,220 KWD
Condition Monitoring Engineer950 KWD
Contract Associate Engineer1,110 KWD
Control Systems Engineer1,110 KWD
Controls Engineer1,090 KWD
Controls Software Engineer1,010 KWD
Corrosion Engineer1,100 KWD
Design Engineer1,190 KWD
Drafter720 KWD
Drafting Manager1,350 KWD
Drilling Engineer1,140 KWD
Electrical Draughtsman580 KWD
Electrical Engineer1,310 KWD
Electrical Engineering Manager1,570 KWD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist1,240 KWD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler610 KWD
Energy Engineer1,150 KWD
Engine Assembler520 KWD
Engineer1,180 KWD
Engineering Account Manager1,290 KWD
Engineering Chief Designer1,320 KWD
Engineering Consultant1,620 KWD
Engineering Key Account Manager1,660 KWD
Engineering Lab Technician1,070 KWD
Engineering Planning Manager1,560 KWD
Engineering Production Manager1,950 KWD
Engineering Project Analyst1,380 KWD
Engineering Project Coordinator 1,320 KWD
Engineering Project Director2,430 KWD
Engineering Project Manager1,570 KWD
Engineering Research and Development Manager1,870 KWD
Engineering Safety Coordinator870 KWD
Engineering Sales Manager1,540 KWD
Engineering Technician870 KWD
Engineering Technologist920 KWD
Environmental Engineer1,110 KWD
Equipment Engineer1,050 KWD
Equipment Engineering Manager1,540 KWD
Estimator940 KWD
Fabrication Specialist820 KWD
Fabricator540 KWD
Facade Engineer1,080 KWD
Fiber Analyst650 KWD
Field Engineer1,230 KWD
Field Engineering Manager2,030 KWD
Fire Engineer1,190 KWD
Fitter and Turner390 KWD
Forestry Strategic Planner1,360 KWD
Generation Engineer1,160 KWD
Genetic Engineer1,290 KWD
Geological Engineer1,240 KWD
Geotechnical Engineer1,170 KWD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic640 KWD
Highway Engineer1,120 KWD
HSE Professional1,120 KWD
HVAC Engineer1,210 KWD
HVAC Supervisor1,050 KWD
Industrial Engineer1,110 KWD
Industrial Engineering Technologist1,080 KWD
Instrument Engineer1,140 KWD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,170 KWD
Instrumentation Engineer1,190 KWD
Instrumentation Manager1,090 KWD
Irrigation Engineer1,140 KWD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer1,210 KWD
Locomotive Engineer1,080 KWD
Maintenance Engineer1,110 KWD
Maintenance Fitter390 KWD
Maintenance Manager1,140 KWD
Manufacturing Engineer1,160 KWD
Marine Engineer1,110 KWD
Materials Engineer1,100 KWD
Materials Researcher1,100 KWD
Materials Technician860 KWD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer1,260 KWD
Mechanical Design Engineer1,200 KWD
Mechanical Designer980 KWD
Mechanical Engineer1,220 KWD
Mechanical Engineering Manager1,630 KWD
Mechanical Inspector1,160 KWD
Mechatronics Engineer1,180 KWD
Mining Engineer1,180 KWD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer1,300 KWD
Optical Engineer1,090 KWD
Optical Instrument Assembler580 KWD
PCB Assembler430 KWD
Photonics Engineer1,210 KWD
Photonics Technician1,000 KWD
Pipeline Engineer1,020 KWD
Piping Designer610 KWD
Piping Engineer1,050 KWD
Planning Engineer1,190 KWD
Pressure Vessel Inspector540 KWD
Principal Cost Engineer1,120 KWD
Principal Engineer1,170 KWD
Principal Support Engineer1,190 KWD
Process Engineer1,080 KWD
Process Operator680 KWD
Product Development Engineer1,160 KWD
Product Development Technician800 KWD
Product Engineer1,170 KWD
Product Safety Engineer1,110 KWD
Production Engineer1,170 KWD
Project Engineer1,210 KWD
Proposal Manager1,500 KWD
Purchasing Engineer1,060 KWD
Quality Assurance Engineer1,150 KWD
Rail Engineer1,190 KWD
Robotics Engineer1,310 KWD
Robotics Technician960 KWD
Safety Engineer1,200 KWD
Safety Inspector940 KWD
Safety Manager1,320 KWD
Safety Officer600 KWD
Sales Engineer1,220 KWD
Scheduling Engineer1,040 KWD
Service Engineer1,210 KWD
Solar Engineer1,250 KWD
Staff Engineer1,170 KWD
Static Equipment Engineer1,140 KWD
Stationary Engineer1,040 KWD
Stress Engineer1,110 KWD
Structural Analysis Engineer1,070 KWD
Structural Designer1,020 KWD
Structural Engineer1,090 KWD
Structural Technician730 KWD
Supply Chain Specialist1,130 KWD
Surveyor860 KWD
Technical Affairs Officer560 KWD
Technical Assistant590 KWD
Technical Engineer1,040 KWD
Technical Support Engineer950 KWD
Tender Engineer1,000 KWD
Test Development Engineer1,150 KWD
Transportation Engineer1,040 KWD
Validation Engineer990 KWD
Verification Engineer1,080 KWD
Wastewater Engineer1,120 KWD
Wind Energy Engineer1,170 KWD
Wind Energy Operations Manager1,550 KWD
Work Planner840 KWD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Kuwait

Median and salary distribution monthly Kuwait Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Kuwait range from 340 KWD per month (minimum average salary) to 2,260 KWD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 980 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 980 KWD while the other half are earning more than 980 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 590 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 590 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,490 KWD while 25% are earning more than 1,490 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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.
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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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kuwait Engineering
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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 who work in Engineering earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,100 KWD
1,020 KWD
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Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuwait

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


Engineering professionals in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Kuwait Engineering
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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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Kuwait for the year 2020. 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kuwait

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kuwait Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

69% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Kuwait

6 KWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kuwait is 6 KWD. This means that the average person in Kuwait earns approximately 6 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Kuwait
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

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
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