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Receptionist Average Salary in Kuwait 2020

How much money does a Receptionist make in Kuwait?

Average Monthly Salary
610 KWD
( 7,370 KWD yearly)


A person working as a Receptionist in Kuwait typically earns around 610 KWD per month. Salaries range from 310 KWD (lowest) to 950 KWD (highest).

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

Receptionist Salary Distribution in Kuwait

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

  • Salary Range

    Receptionist salaries in Kuwait range from 310 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 950 KWD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 610 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Receptionist(s) are earning less than 610 KWD while the other half are earning more than 610 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 Receptionist(s) are earning less than 410 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 410 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Receptionist(s) are earning less than 780 KWD while 25% are earning more than 780 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

Receptionist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Receptionist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Receptionist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 370 KWD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 490 KWD per month, 33% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 650 KWD per month, 34% 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, Receptionist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 780 KWD per month, 19% 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 840 KWD per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 900 KWD per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Receptionist average salary change by experience in Kuwait

0 - 2 Years
370 KWD
2 - 5 Years+33%
490 KWD
5 - 10 Years+34%
650 KWD
10 - 15 Years+19%
780 KWD
15 - 20 Years+8%
840 KWD
20+ Years+7%
900 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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Receptionist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Receptionist is 490 KWD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 680 KWD per month, 40% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 850 KWD per month, 25% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Receptionist average salary difference by education level in Kuwait

High School
490 KWD
Certificate or Diploma+40%
680 KWD
Bachelor's Degree+25%
850 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Receptionist 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 Receptionist employees in Kuwait earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

590 KWD
630 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Receptionist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuwait

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


Receptionist(s) in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 31 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Kuwait Receptionist
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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 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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Receptionist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kuwait

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kuwait Receptionist
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A Receptionist is considered to be a low 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.

89% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 11% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% 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 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
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Receptionist Average Hourly Wage in Kuwait

4 KWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kuwait is 4 KWD. This means that the average Receptionist in Kuwait earns approximately 4 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.

Receptionist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Receptionist and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Kuwait
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The average salary for Receptionist is 19% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Administrative Aide500 KWD-19%
Administrative Analyst950 KWD+55%
Administrative Assistant710 KWD+16%
Administrative Associate660 KWD+7%
Administrative Manager990 KWD+61%
Administrative Receptionist650 KWD+6%
Board Secretary600 KWD-2%
Central Office Operator620 KWD+1%
Clerk440 KWD-28%
Commercial Administrator950 KWD+55%
Commissions Processor800 KWD+30%
Conveyancing Secretary590 KWD-4%
Document Controller550 KWD-10%
Document Management Specialist830 KWD+35%
Executive Assistant700 KWD+14%
Executive Personal Assistant830 KWD+35%
Executive Secretary730 KWD+19%
Front Desk Attendant640 KWD+4%
Front Desk Coordinator770 KWD+25%
Front Desk Manager990 KWD+61%
Group Services Manager1,710 KWD+180%
Head Receptionist730 KWD+19%
Key Account Assistant740 KWD+21%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator410 KWD-33%
Leasing Administrator810 KWD+32%
Legal Secretary650 KWD+6%
Librarian780 KWD+27%
Mailroom Manager720 KWD+17%
Management Support Secretary650 KWD+6%
Master Programme Coordinator1,260 KWD+110%
Medical Receptionist710 KWD+16%
Meeting and Event Assistant740 KWD+21%
Meeting and Event Manager1,630 KWD+170%
Night Manager990 KWD+61%
Office Administrator1,050 KWD+71%
Office Assistant470 KWD-23%
Office Manager1,180 KWD+92%
Office Services Coordinator860 KWD+40%
Operations Analyst1,380 KWD+120%
Operations Manager1,690 KWD+180%
Personal Assistant630 KWD+3%
Planning Assistant760 KWD+24%
Process Expert970 KWD+58%
Program Coordinator910 KWD+48%
Programme Assistant800 KWD+30%
Project Administrator1,080 KWD+76%
Project Coordinator1,460 KWD+140%
Reception Team Lead850 KWD+38%
Receptionist610 KWD-1%
Records Officer560 KWD-9%
Schedule Officer440 KWD-28%
School Secretary650 KWD+6%
Secretary580 KWD-6%
Switchboard Operator540 KWD-12%
Technical Program Manager1,440 KWD+130%
Technical Project Manager1,520 KWD+150%
Typist520 KWD-15%
Wayleave Officer450 KWD-27%
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