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 salaries in Kuwait range from 520 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 1,790 KWD per month (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
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.
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 Engineer is 0% less than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||1,230 KWD||+9%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||1,090 KWD||-3%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||1,220 KWD||+8%|
|Associate Engineer||1,150 KWD||+2%|
|Autocad Operator||980 KWD||-13%|
|Automation Engineer||1,240 KWD||+10%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||1,150 KWD||+2%|
|Biochemical Engineer||1,320 KWD||+17%|
|BMS Engineer||1,220 KWD||+8%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||1,100 KWD||-2%|
|Broadcast Engineer||1,260 KWD||+12%|
|CAD Design Engineer||1,140 KWD||+1%|
|CAD Designer||960 KWD||-15%|
|CAE Engineer||1,110 KWD||-2%|
|Ceramics Engineer||1,120 KWD||-1%|
|Civil Engineer||1,160 KWD||+3%|
|Commissioning Engineer||1,220 KWD||+8%|
|Communications Engineer||1,200 KWD||+6%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||1,000 KWD||-11%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||1,250 KWD||+11%|
|Control Systems Engineer||1,190 KWD||+5%|
|Controls Engineer||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Controls Software Engineer||1,180 KWD||+5%|
|Corrosion Engineer||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Design Engineer||1,270 KWD||+13%|
|Drafting Manager||1,340 KWD||+19%|
|Drilling Engineer||1,160 KWD||+3%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||750 KWD||-34%|
|Electrical Engineer||1,310 KWD||+16%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||1,400 KWD||+24%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||1,300 KWD||+15%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||1,140 KWD||+1%|
|Energy Engineer||1,270 KWD||+13%|
|Engine Assembler||850 KWD||-25%|
|Engineering Account Manager||1,110 KWD||-2%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||1,230 KWD||+9%|
|Engineering Consultant||1,420 KWD||+26%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||1,370 KWD||+21%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||1,030 KWD||-9%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||1,420 KWD||+26%|
|Engineering Production Manager||1,410 KWD||+25%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||1,350 KWD||+20%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||1,140 KWD||+1%|
|Engineering Project Director||1,540 KWD||+37%|
|Engineering Project Manager||1,420 KWD||+26%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||1,440 KWD||+28%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||1,010 KWD||-10%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||1,430 KWD||+27%|
|Engineering Technician||1,040 KWD||-8%|
|Engineering Technologist||1,100 KWD||-2%|
|Environmental Engineer||1,210 KWD||+7%|
|Equipment Engineer||1,130 KWD||+0%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||1,390 KWD||+23%|
|Fabrication Specialist||1,010 KWD||-10%|
|Facade Engineer||1,240 KWD||+10%|
|Fiber Analyst||960 KWD||-15%|
|Field Engineer||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Field Engineering Manager||1,550 KWD||+37%|
|Fire Engineer||1,280 KWD||+13%|
|Fitter and Turner||680 KWD||-40%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||1,360 KWD||+21%|
|Generation Engineer||1,370 KWD||+21%|
|Genetic Engineer||1,480 KWD||+31%|
|Geological Engineer||1,420 KWD||+26%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||1,270 KWD||+13%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||970 KWD||-14%|
|Highway Engineer||1,060 KWD||-6%|
|HSE Professional||1,100 KWD||-2%|
|HVAC Engineer||1,200 KWD||+6%|
|HVAC Supervisor||1,160 KWD||+3%|
|Industrial Engineer||1,140 KWD||+1%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||1,110 KWD||-2%|
|Instrument Engineer||1,320 KWD||+17%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||1,300 KWD||+15%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||1,320 KWD||+17%|
|Instrumentation Manager||1,400 KWD||+24%|
|Irrigation Engineer||1,150 KWD||+2%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||1,190 KWD||+5%|
|Locomotive Engineer||1,120 KWD||-1%|
|Maintenance Engineer||1,150 KWD||+2%|
|Maintenance Fitter||740 KWD||-34%|
|Maintenance Manager||1,380 KWD||+22%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||1,340 KWD||+19%|
|Marine Engineer||1,040 KWD||-8%|
|Materials Engineer||1,110 KWD||-2%|
|Materials Researcher||1,320 KWD||+17%|
|Materials Technician||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||1,320 KWD||+17%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||1,240 KWD||+10%|
|Mechanical Designer||1,090 KWD||-3%|
|Mechanical Engineer||1,250 KWD||+11%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||1,490 KWD||+32%|
|Mechanical Inspector||1,260 KWD||+12%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||1,090 KWD||-3%|
|Mining Engineer||1,120 KWD||-1%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||1,380 KWD||+22%|
|Optical Engineer||1,070 KWD||-5%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||980 KWD||-13%|
|PCB Assembler||870 KWD||-23%|
|Photonics Engineer||1,240 KWD||+10%|
|Photonics Technician||1,020 KWD||-10%|
|Pipeline Engineer||1,100 KWD||-2%|
|Piping Designer||990 KWD||-12%|
|Piping Engineer||1,130 KWD||+0%|
|Planning Engineer||1,160 KWD||+3%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||780 KWD||-31%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||1,240 KWD||+10%|
|Principal Engineer||1,300 KWD||+15%|
|Principal Support Engineer||1,150 KWD||+2%|
|Process Engineer||1,100 KWD||-2%|
|Process Operator||1,010 KWD||-10%|
|Product Development Engineer||1,220 KWD||+8%|
|Product Development Technician||990 KWD||-12%|
|Product Engineer||1,110 KWD||-2%|
|Product Safety Engineer||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Production Engineer||1,260 KWD||+12%|
|Project Engineer||1,210 KWD||+7%|
|Proposal Manager||1,390 KWD||+23%|
|Purchasing Engineer||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||1,150 KWD||+2%|
|Rail Engineer||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Robotics Engineer||1,390 KWD||+23%|
|Robotics Technician||1,160 KWD||+3%|
|Safety Engineer||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Safety Inspector||1,100 KWD||-2%|
|Safety Manager||1,250 KWD||+11%|
|Safety Officer||1,010 KWD||-10%|
|Sales Engineer||1,130 KWD||+0%|
|Scheduling Engineer||1,010 KWD||-10%|
|Service Engineer||1,290 KWD||+14%|
|Solar Engineer||1,270 KWD||+13%|
|Staff Engineer||1,170 KWD||+4%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||1,130 KWD||+0%|
|Stationary Engineer||1,080 KWD||-4%|
|Stress Engineer||1,130 KWD||+0%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||1,140 KWD||+1%|
|Structural Designer||1,070 KWD||-5%|
|Structural Engineer||1,180 KWD||+5%|
|Structural Technician||990 KWD||-12%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||1,300 KWD||+15%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||920 KWD||-18%|
|Technical Assistant||1,000 KWD||-11%|
|Technical Engineer||1,100 KWD||-2%|
|Technical Support Engineer||1,010 KWD||-10%|
|Tender Engineer||1,040 KWD||-8%|
|Test Development Engineer||1,180 KWD||+5%|
|Transportation Engineer||1,150 KWD||+2%|
|Validation Engineer||1,090 KWD||-3%|
|Verification Engineer||1,090 KWD||-3%|
|Wastewater Engineer||1,120 KWD||-1%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||1,250 KWD||+11%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||1,470 KWD||+30%|
|Work Planner||920 KWD||-18%|