A person working as Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait typically earns around 1,220 KWD. Salaries range from 600 KWD (lowest) to 1,900 KWD (highest).
This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Mechanical Engineer salaries in Kuwait vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Salaries for the position Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait range from 600 KWD (starting salary) to 1,900 KWD (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.
With a median salary of 1,130 KWD, half of the professionals who work as Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.
The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait earn less than 930 KWD, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 1,300 KWD while 25% earn more.
To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 710 KWD to 1,000 KWD. About 20% of salaries are below the 710 KWD mark, while 10% fall within the range of 1,000 KWD to 1,130 KWD. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 1,130 KWD.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+28%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally, the more years of experience the higher the wage. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Mechanical Engineer and this is what we found.
Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 710 KWD.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 910 KWD, 28% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,250 KWD, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 1,550 KWD, 24% 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 1,660 KWD, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 1,770 KWD, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
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 salaries by education level for the position Mechanical Engineer in order to make a comparison.
Employees at this education level have an average salary of 880 KWD.
At this level, the average salary becomes 1,420 KWD, 60% more than the previous level.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Kuwait costs anywhere from 6,320 KWD to 19,000 KWD 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 to a higher-paying job. The numbers seem to support the theory. 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? For the people who work as Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 10%.
Individuals working as Mechanical Engineer 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 rare 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 2022. 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.
Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.
62% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 38% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.
|Average Salary 2019|
|Average Salary 2020||+4%|
|Average Salary 2021||+3%|
|Average Salary 2022||+2%|
Salaries for individuals working as Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recently submitted salaries and reports. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from one 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 fixed 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 minimum pay rate per hour for people working as Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait is 3 KWD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||1,140 KWD||-6%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||930 KWD||-24%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||1,230 KWD||+1%|
|Associate Engineer||1,050 KWD||-14%|
|Autocad Operator||750 KWD||-38%|
|Automation Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||1,140 KWD||-6%|
|Biochemical Engineer||1,090 KWD||-10%|
|BMS Engineer||1,060 KWD||-13%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||600 KWD||-51%|
|Broadcast Engineer||1,090 KWD||-10%|
|CAD Design Engineer||1,190 KWD||-2%|
|CAD Designer||730 KWD||-40%|
|CAE Engineer||1,100 KWD||-10%|
|Ceramics Engineer||1,030 KWD||-15%|
|Civil Engineer||1,180 KWD||-3%|
|Commissioning Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Communications Engineer||1,220 KWD||+0%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||950 KWD||-22%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||1,110 KWD||-9%|
|Control Systems Engineer||1,110 KWD||-9%|
|Controls Engineer||1,090 KWD||-10%|
|Controls Software Engineer||1,010 KWD||-17%|
|Corrosion Engineer||1,100 KWD||-10%|
|Design Engineer||1,190 KWD||-2%|
|Drafting Manager||1,350 KWD||+11%|
|Drilling Engineer||1,140 KWD||-6%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||580 KWD||-52%|
|Electrical Engineer||1,310 KWD||+8%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||1,570 KWD||+29%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||1,240 KWD||+2%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||610 KWD||-50%|
|Energy Engineer||1,150 KWD||-5%|
|Engine Assembler||520 KWD||-57%|
|Engineering Account Manager||1,290 KWD||+6%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||1,320 KWD||+9%|
|Engineering Consultant||1,620 KWD||+33%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||1,660 KWD||+37%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||1,070 KWD||-12%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||1,560 KWD||+28%|
|Engineering Production Manager||1,950 KWD||+60%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||1,380 KWD||+13%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||1,320 KWD||+9%|
|Engineering Project Director||2,430 KWD||+100%|
|Engineering Project Manager||1,570 KWD||+29%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||1,870 KWD||+54%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||870 KWD||-28%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||1,540 KWD||+27%|
|Engineering Technician||870 KWD||-28%|
|Engineering Technologist||920 KWD||-24%|
|Environmental Engineer||1,110 KWD||-9%|
|Equipment Engineer||1,050 KWD||-14%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||1,540 KWD||+27%|
|Fabrication Specialist||820 KWD||-33%|
|Facade Engineer||1,080 KWD||-11%|
|Fiber Analyst||650 KWD||-47%|
|Field Engineer||1,230 KWD||+1%|
|Field Engineering Manager||2,030 KWD||+67%|
|Fire Engineer||1,190 KWD||-2%|
|Fitter and Turner||390 KWD||-68%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||1,360 KWD||+12%|
|Generation Engineer||1,160 KWD||-5%|
|Genetic Engineer||1,290 KWD||+6%|
|Geological Engineer||1,240 KWD||+2%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||640 KWD||-47%|
|Highway Engineer||1,120 KWD||-8%|
|HSE Professional||1,120 KWD||-8%|
|HVAC Engineer||1,210 KWD||-0%|
|HVAC Supervisor||1,050 KWD||-14%|
|Industrial Engineer||1,110 KWD||-9%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||1,080 KWD||-11%|
|Instrument Engineer||1,140 KWD||-6%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||1,190 KWD||-2%|
|Instrumentation Manager||1,090 KWD||-10%|
|Irrigation Engineer||1,140 KWD||-6%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||1,210 KWD||-0%|
|Locomotive Engineer||1,080 KWD||-11%|
|Maintenance Engineer||1,110 KWD||-9%|
|Maintenance Fitter||390 KWD||-68%|
|Maintenance Manager||1,140 KWD||-6%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||1,160 KWD||-5%|
|Marine Engineer||1,110 KWD||-9%|
|Materials Engineer||1,100 KWD||-10%|
|Materials Researcher||1,100 KWD||-10%|
|Materials Technician||860 KWD||-29%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||1,260 KWD||+4%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||1,200 KWD||-1%|
|Mechanical Designer||980 KWD||-19%|
|Mechanical Engineer||1,220 KWD||+0%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||1,630 KWD||+34%|
|Mechanical Inspector||1,160 KWD||-5%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||1,180 KWD||-3%|
|Mining Engineer||1,180 KWD||-3%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||1,300 KWD||+7%|
|Optical Engineer||1,090 KWD||-10%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||580 KWD||-52%|
|PCB Assembler||430 KWD||-65%|
|Photonics Engineer||1,210 KWD||-0%|
|Photonics Technician||1,000 KWD||-18%|
|Pipeline Engineer||1,020 KWD||-16%|
|Piping Designer||610 KWD||-50%|
|Piping Engineer||1,050 KWD||-14%|
|Planning Engineer||1,190 KWD||-2%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||540 KWD||-56%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||1,120 KWD||-8%|
|Principal Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Principal Support Engineer||1,190 KWD||-2%|
|Process Engineer||1,080 KWD||-11%|
|Process Operator||680 KWD||-44%|
|Product Development Engineer||1,160 KWD||-5%|
|Product Development Technician||800 KWD||-34%|
|Product Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Product Safety Engineer||1,110 KWD||-9%|
|Production Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Project Engineer||1,210 KWD||-0%|
|Proposal Manager||1,500 KWD||+23%|
|Purchasing Engineer||1,060 KWD||-13%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||1,150 KWD||-5%|
|Rail Engineer||1,190 KWD||-2%|
|Robotics Engineer||1,310 KWD||+8%|
|Robotics Technician||960 KWD||-21%|
|Safety Engineer||1,200 KWD||-1%|
|Safety Inspector||940 KWD||-23%|
|Safety Manager||1,320 KWD||+9%|
|Safety Officer||600 KWD||-51%|
|Sales Engineer||1,220 KWD||+0%|
|Scheduling Engineer||1,040 KWD||-14%|
|Service Engineer||1,210 KWD||-0%|
|Solar Engineer||1,250 KWD||+3%|
|Staff Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||1,140 KWD||-6%|
|Stationary Engineer||1,040 KWD||-14%|
|Stress Engineer||1,110 KWD||-9%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||1,070 KWD||-12%|
|Structural Designer||1,020 KWD||-16%|
|Structural Engineer||1,090 KWD||-10%|
|Structural Technician||730 KWD||-40%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||1,130 KWD||-7%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||560 KWD||-54%|
|Technical Assistant||590 KWD||-51%|
|Technical Engineer||1,040 KWD||-14%|
|Technical Support Engineer||950 KWD||-22%|
|Tender Engineer||1,000 KWD||-18%|
|Test Development Engineer||1,150 KWD||-5%|
|Transportation Engineer||1,040 KWD||-14%|
|Validation Engineer||990 KWD||-19%|
|Verification Engineer||1,080 KWD||-11%|
|Wastewater Engineer||1,120 KWD||-8%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||1,170 KWD||-4%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||1,550 KWD||+27%|
|Work Planner||840 KWD||-31%|
Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Kuwait is 10% on average across all career fields.
A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 1,130 KWD and 1,300 KWD. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.
The base salary for a careers like Mechanical Engineer in Kuwait ranges from 930 KWD to 1,300 KWD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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
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