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Attorney Average Salary in Kuwait 2020

How much money does an Attorney make in Kuwait?


Average Monthly Salary
1,950 KWD
( 23,400 KWD yearly)

LOW
900
KWD
AVERAGE
1,950
KWD
HIGH
3,100
KWD

A person working as an Attorney in Kuwait typically earns around 1,950 KWD per month. Salaries range from 900 KWD (lowest) to 3,100 KWD (highest).

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

Attorney Salary Distribution in Kuwait

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

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in Kuwait range from 900 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 3,100 KWD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,110 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 2,110 KWD while the other half are earning more than 2,110 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 Attorney(s) are earning less than 1,350 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 1,350 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 2,810 KWD while 25% are earning more than 2,810 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

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

An Attorney with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,020 KWD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,360 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 2,010 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, Attorney(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 2,450 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 2,670 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 2,890 KWD per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Attorney average salary change by experience in Kuwait

0 - 2 Years
1,020 KWD
2 - 5 Years+34%
1,360 KWD
5 - 10 Years+48%
2,010 KWD
10 - 15 Years+22%
2,450 KWD
15 - 20 Years+9%
2,670 KWD
20+ Years+8%
2,890 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Attorney Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Attorney is 1,160 KWD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 1,820 KWD per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 3,060 KWD per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.


Attorney average salary difference by education level in Kuwait

Bachelor's Degree
1,160 KWD
Master's Degree+57%
1,820 KWD
PhD+68%
3,060 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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Attorney 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 Attorney employees in Kuwait earn 24% more than their female counterparts.

Female
1,740 KWD
Male+24%
2,160 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuwait

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

Attorney

Attorney(s) in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% 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

Banking
7%
Energy
5%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
1%
Travel
8%
Construction
6%
Education
4%

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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Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kuwait

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

33% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 67% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
67%
No Bonus
33%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Attorney 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

Attorney Salary Trend and Forecast in Kuwait

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

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Average Salary 2016
1,690 KWD
Average Salary 2017+4%
1,750 KWD
Average Salary 2018+4%
1,820 KWD
Average Salary 2019+4%
1,880 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Attorney 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.

Attorney Average Hourly Wage in Kuwait


11 KWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kuwait is 11 KWD. This means that the average Attorney in Kuwait earns approximately 11 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.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Attorney is 39% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge1,990 KWD+2%
Arbitrator1,590 KWD-19%
Associate Attorney1,500 KWD-23%
Attorney1,950 KWD-0%
Bailiff1,110 KWD-43%
Barrister1,010 KWD-48%
Candidate Attorney1,380 KWD-29%
Conciliator1,270 KWD-35%
Contracts Manager1,550 KWD-21%
Contracts Negotiator1,360 KWD-30%
Conveyancing Secretary830 KWD-57%
Corporate Counsel1,370 KWD-30%
Counsel1,310 KWD-33%
Court Clerk820 KWD-58%
Court Judicial Assistant1,100 KWD-44%
Court Liaison Specialist1,200 KWD-39%
Court Reporter1,360 KWD-30%
Court Representative1,280 KWD-34%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer2,160 KWD+11%
Immigration Executive2,030 KWD+4%
In House Counsel1,340 KWD-31%
Intellectual Property Specialist1,400 KWD-28%
Judge Advocate1,860 KWD-5%
Law Clerk910 KWD-53%
Lawyer1,860 KWD-5%
Legal Administrative Assistant950 KWD-51%
Legal Advisor1,650 KWD-15%
Legal Assistant890 KWD-54%
Legal Associate1,200 KWD-39%
Legal Consultant1,510 KWD-23%
Legal Counsel1,560 KWD-20%
Legal Editor1,210 KWD-38%
Legal Executive1,440 KWD-26%
Legal Executive Secretary1,040 KWD-47%
Legal IP Officer840 KWD-57%
Legal Officer970 KWD-50%
Legal Services Director2,190 KWD+12%
Legal Services Manager2,100 KWD+8%
Legal Support Worker760 KWD-61%
Legislative Liaison1,160 KWD-41%
Litigation Attorney1,920 KWD-2%
Litigation Paralegal1,830 KWD-6%
Magistrate Judge2,050 KWD+5%
Paralegal1,810 KWD-7%
Patent Attorney1,990 KWD+2%
Staff Attorney1,700 KWD-13%
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