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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||1,140 KWD|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||930 KWD|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||1,230 KWD|
|Associate Engineer||1,050 KWD|
|Autocad Operator||750 KWD|
|Automation Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||1,140 KWD|
|Biochemical Engineer||1,090 KWD|
|BMS Engineer||1,060 KWD|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||600 KWD|
|Broadcast Engineer||1,090 KWD|
|CAD Design Engineer||1,190 KWD|
|CAD Designer||730 KWD|
|CAE Engineer||1,100 KWD|
|Ceramics Engineer||1,030 KWD|
|Civil Engineer||1,180 KWD|
|Commissioning Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Communications Engineer||1,220 KWD|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||950 KWD|
|Contract Associate Engineer||1,110 KWD|
|Control Systems Engineer||1,110 KWD|
|Controls Engineer||1,090 KWD|
|Controls Software Engineer||1,010 KWD|
|Corrosion Engineer||1,100 KWD|
|Design Engineer||1,190 KWD|
|Drafting Manager||1,350 KWD|
|Drilling Engineer||1,140 KWD|
|Electrical Draughtsman||580 KWD|
|Electrical Engineer||1,310 KWD|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||1,570 KWD|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||1,240 KWD|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||610 KWD|
|Energy Engineer||1,150 KWD|
|Engine Assembler||520 KWD|
|Engineering Account Manager||1,290 KWD|
|Engineering Chief Designer||1,320 KWD|
|Engineering Consultant||1,620 KWD|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||1,660 KWD|
|Engineering Lab Technician||1,070 KWD|
|Engineering Planning Manager||1,560 KWD|
|Engineering Production Manager||1,950 KWD|
|Engineering Project Analyst||1,380 KWD|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||1,320 KWD|
|Engineering Project Director||2,430 KWD|
|Engineering Project Manager||1,570 KWD|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||1,870 KWD|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||870 KWD|
|Engineering Sales Manager||1,540 KWD|
|Engineering Technician||870 KWD|
|Engineering Technologist||920 KWD|
|Environmental Engineer||1,110 KWD|
|Equipment Engineer||1,050 KWD|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||1,540 KWD|
|Fabrication Specialist||820 KWD|
|Facade Engineer||1,080 KWD|
|Fiber Analyst||650 KWD|
|Field Engineer||1,230 KWD|
|Field Engineering Manager||2,030 KWD|
|Fire Engineer||1,190 KWD|
|Fitter and Turner||390 KWD|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||1,360 KWD|
|Generation Engineer||1,160 KWD|
|Genetic Engineer||1,290 KWD|
|Geological Engineer||1,240 KWD|
|Geotechnical Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||640 KWD|
|Highway Engineer||1,120 KWD|
|HSE Professional||1,120 KWD|
|HVAC Engineer||1,210 KWD|
|HVAC Supervisor||1,050 KWD|
|Industrial Engineer||1,110 KWD|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||1,080 KWD|
|Instrument Engineer||1,140 KWD|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Instrumentation Engineer||1,190 KWD|
|Instrumentation Manager||1,090 KWD|
|Irrigation Engineer||1,140 KWD|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||1,210 KWD|
|Locomotive Engineer||1,080 KWD|
|Maintenance Engineer||1,110 KWD|
|Maintenance Fitter||390 KWD|
|Maintenance Manager||1,140 KWD|
|Manufacturing Engineer||1,160 KWD|
|Marine Engineer||1,110 KWD|
|Materials Engineer||1,100 KWD|
|Materials Researcher||1,100 KWD|
|Materials Technician||860 KWD|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||1,260 KWD|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||1,200 KWD|
|Mechanical Designer||980 KWD|
|Mechanical Engineer||1,220 KWD|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||1,630 KWD|
|Mechanical Inspector||1,160 KWD|
|Mechatronics Engineer||1,180 KWD|
|Mining Engineer||1,180 KWD|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||1,300 KWD|
|Optical Engineer||1,090 KWD|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||580 KWD|
|PCB Assembler||430 KWD|
|Photonics Engineer||1,210 KWD|
|Photonics Technician||1,000 KWD|
|Pipeline Engineer||1,020 KWD|
|Piping Designer||610 KWD|
|Piping Engineer||1,050 KWD|
|Planning Engineer||1,190 KWD|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||540 KWD|
|Principal Cost Engineer||1,120 KWD|
|Principal Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Principal Support Engineer||1,190 KWD|
|Process Engineer||1,080 KWD|
|Process Operator||680 KWD|
|Product Development Engineer||1,160 KWD|
|Product Development Technician||800 KWD|
|Product Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Product Safety Engineer||1,110 KWD|
|Production Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Project Engineer||1,210 KWD|
|Proposal Manager||1,500 KWD|
|Purchasing Engineer||1,060 KWD|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||1,150 KWD|
|Rail Engineer||1,190 KWD|
|Robotics Engineer||1,310 KWD|
|Robotics Technician||960 KWD|
|Safety Engineer||1,200 KWD|
|Safety Inspector||940 KWD|
|Safety Manager||1,320 KWD|
|Safety Officer||600 KWD|
|Sales Engineer||1,220 KWD|
|Scheduling Engineer||1,040 KWD|
|Service Engineer||1,210 KWD|
|Solar Engineer||1,250 KWD|
|Staff Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Static Equipment Engineer||1,140 KWD|
|Stationary Engineer||1,040 KWD|
|Stress Engineer||1,110 KWD|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||1,070 KWD|
|Structural Designer||1,020 KWD|
|Structural Engineer||1,090 KWD|
|Structural Technician||730 KWD|
|Supply Chain Specialist||1,130 KWD|
|Technical Affairs Officer||560 KWD|
|Technical Assistant||590 KWD|
|Technical Engineer||1,040 KWD|
|Technical Support Engineer||950 KWD|
|Tender Engineer||1,000 KWD|
|Test Development Engineer||1,150 KWD|
|Transportation Engineer||1,040 KWD|
|Validation Engineer||990 KWD|
|Verification Engineer||1,080 KWD|
|Wastewater Engineer||1,120 KWD|
|Wind Energy Engineer||1,170 KWD|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||1,550 KWD|
|Work Planner||840 KWD|
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.
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.