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Engineer Average Salary in Kuwait 2020

How much money does an Engineer make in Kuwait?

Average Monthly Salary
1,130 KWD
( 13,500 KWD yearly)


A person working as an Engineer in Kuwait typically earns around 1,130 KWD per month. Salaries range from 520 KWD (lowest) to 1,790 KWD (highest).

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

Engineer Salary Distribution in Kuwait

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineer salaries in Kuwait range from 520 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 1,790 KWD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,220 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 1,220 KWD while the other half are earning more than 1,220 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 Engineer(s) are earning less than 780 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 780 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 1,630 KWD while 25% are earning more than 1,630 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

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Kuwait Engineer
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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 Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 590 KWD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 790 KWD per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,160 KWD per month, 48% 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, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 1,420 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 1,550 KWD per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 1,670 KWD per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Engineer average salary change by experience in Kuwait

0 - 2 Years
590 KWD
2 - 5 Years+34%
790 KWD
5 - 10 Years+48%
1,160 KWD
10 - 15 Years+22%
1,420 KWD
15 - 20 Years+9%
1,550 KWD
20+ Years+8%
1,670 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Engineer(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 Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Engineer is 690 KWD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 1,320 KWD per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Engineer average salary difference by education level in Kuwait

Bachelor's Degree
690 KWD
Master's Degree+93%
1,320 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 6,370 Kuwaiti Dinar(s) to 19,100 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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Engineer 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 Engineer employees in Kuwait earn 24% more than their female counterparts.

1,010 KWD
1,250 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuwait

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


Engineer(s) in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 30 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

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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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Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kuwait

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kuwait Engineer
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An Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.

59% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 41% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Engineer employees in Kuwait earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
1,240 KWD
Public Sector+10%
1,360 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Kuwait

How are Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
980 KWD
Average Salary 2017+4%
1,010 KWD
Average Salary 2018+4%
1,050 KWD
Average Salary 2019+4%
1,090 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineer 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 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Engineer 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 Engineer in Kuwait earns approximately 7 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.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Engineer is 0% less than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

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CAD Design Engineer1,140 KWD+1%
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Ceramics Engineer1,120 KWD-1%
Civil Engineer1,160 KWD+3%
Commissioning Engineer1,220 KWD+8%
Communications Engineer1,200 KWD+6%
Condition Monitoring Engineer1,000 KWD-11%
Contract Associate Engineer1,250 KWD+11%
Control Systems Engineer1,190 KWD+5%
Controls Engineer1,170 KWD+4%
Controls Software Engineer1,180 KWD+5%
Corrosion Engineer1,170 KWD+4%
Design Engineer1,270 KWD+13%
Drafter880 KWD-22%
Drafting Manager1,340 KWD+19%
Drilling Engineer1,160 KWD+3%
Electrical Draughtsman750 KWD-34%
Electrical Engineer1,310 KWD+16%
Electrical Engineering Manager1,400 KWD+24%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist1,300 KWD+15%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,140 KWD+1%
Energy Engineer1,270 KWD+13%
Engine Assembler850 KWD-25%
Engineer1,130 KWD+0%
Engineering Account Manager1,110 KWD-2%
Engineering Chief Designer1,230 KWD+9%
Engineering Consultant1,420 KWD+26%
Engineering Key Account Manager1,370 KWD+21%
Engineering Lab Technician1,030 KWD-9%
Engineering Planning Manager1,420 KWD+26%
Engineering Production Manager1,410 KWD+25%
Engineering Project Analyst1,350 KWD+20%
Engineering Project Coordinator 1,140 KWD+1%
Engineering Project Director1,540 KWD+37%
Engineering Project Manager1,420 KWD+26%
Engineering Research and Development Manager1,440 KWD+28%
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,010 KWD-10%
Engineering Sales Manager1,430 KWD+27%
Engineering Technician1,040 KWD-8%
Engineering Technologist1,100 KWD-2%
Environmental Engineer1,210 KWD+7%
Equipment Engineer1,130 KWD+0%
Equipment Engineering Manager1,390 KWD+23%
Estimator1,100 KWD-2%
Fabrication Specialist1,010 KWD-10%
Fabricator890 KWD-21%
Facade Engineer1,240 KWD+10%
Fiber Analyst960 KWD-15%
Field Engineer1,170 KWD+4%
Field Engineering Manager1,550 KWD+37%
Fire Engineer1,280 KWD+13%
Fitter and Turner680 KWD-40%
Forestry Strategic Planner1,360 KWD+21%
Generation Engineer1,370 KWD+21%
Genetic Engineer1,480 KWD+31%
Geological Engineer1,420 KWD+26%
Geotechnical Engineer1,270 KWD+13%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic970 KWD-14%
Highway Engineer1,060 KWD-6%
HSE Professional1,100 KWD-2%
HVAC Engineer1,200 KWD+6%
HVAC Supervisor1,160 KWD+3%
Industrial Engineer1,140 KWD+1%
Industrial Engineering Technologist1,110 KWD-2%
Instrument Engineer1,320 KWD+17%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,300 KWD+15%
Instrumentation Engineer1,320 KWD+17%
Instrumentation Manager1,400 KWD+24%
Irrigation Engineer1,150 KWD+2%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer1,190 KWD+5%
Locomotive Engineer1,120 KWD-1%
Maintenance Engineer1,150 KWD+2%
Maintenance Fitter740 KWD-34%
Maintenance Manager1,380 KWD+22%
Manufacturing Engineer1,340 KWD+19%
Marine Engineer1,040 KWD-8%
Materials Engineer1,110 KWD-2%
Materials Researcher1,320 KWD+17%
Materials Technician1,170 KWD+4%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer1,320 KWD+17%
Mechanical Design Engineer1,240 KWD+10%
Mechanical Designer1,090 KWD-3%
Mechanical Engineer1,250 KWD+11%
Mechanical Engineering Manager1,490 KWD+32%
Mechanical Inspector1,260 KWD+12%
Mechatronics Engineer1,090 KWD-3%
Mining Engineer1,120 KWD-1%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer1,380 KWD+22%
Optical Engineer1,070 KWD-5%
Optical Instrument Assembler980 KWD-13%
PCB Assembler870 KWD-23%
Photonics Engineer1,240 KWD+10%
Photonics Technician1,020 KWD-10%
Pipeline Engineer1,100 KWD-2%
Piping Designer990 KWD-12%
Piping Engineer1,130 KWD+0%
Planning Engineer1,160 KWD+3%
Pressure Vessel Inspector780 KWD-31%
Principal Cost Engineer1,240 KWD+10%
Principal Engineer1,300 KWD+15%
Principal Support Engineer1,150 KWD+2%
Process Engineer1,100 KWD-2%
Process Operator1,010 KWD-10%
Product Development Engineer1,220 KWD+8%
Product Development Technician990 KWD-12%
Product Engineer1,110 KWD-2%
Product Safety Engineer1,170 KWD+4%
Production Engineer1,260 KWD+12%
Project Engineer1,210 KWD+7%
Proposal Manager1,390 KWD+23%
Purchasing Engineer1,170 KWD+4%
Quality Assurance Engineer1,150 KWD+2%
Rail Engineer1,170 KWD+4%
Robotics Engineer1,390 KWD+23%
Robotics Technician1,160 KWD+3%
Safety Engineer1,170 KWD+4%
Safety Inspector1,100 KWD-2%
Safety Manager1,250 KWD+11%
Safety Officer1,010 KWD-10%
Sales Engineer1,130 KWD+0%
Scheduling Engineer1,010 KWD-10%
Service Engineer1,290 KWD+14%
Solar Engineer1,270 KWD+13%
Staff Engineer1,170 KWD+4%
Static Equipment Engineer1,130 KWD+0%
Stationary Engineer1,080 KWD-4%
Stress Engineer1,130 KWD+0%
Structural Analysis Engineer1,140 KWD+1%
Structural Designer1,070 KWD-5%
Structural Engineer1,180 KWD+5%
Structural Technician990 KWD-12%
Supply Chain Specialist1,300 KWD+15%
Surveyor880 KWD-22%
Technical Affairs Officer920 KWD-18%
Technical Assistant1,000 KWD-11%
Technical Engineer1,100 KWD-2%
Technical Support Engineer1,010 KWD-10%
Tender Engineer1,040 KWD-8%
Test Development Engineer1,180 KWD+5%
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Validation Engineer1,090 KWD-3%
Verification Engineer1,090 KWD-3%
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