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Biomedical Engineer Average Salary in Kuwait 2020

How much money does a Biomedical Engineer make in Kuwait?

Average Monthly Salary
1,080 KWD
( 13,000 KWD yearly)


A person working as a Biomedical Engineer in Kuwait typically earns around 1,080 KWD per month. Salaries range from 530 KWD (lowest) to 1,690 KWD (highest).

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

Biomedical Engineer Salary Distribution in Kuwait

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

  • Salary Range

    Biomedical Engineer salaries in Kuwait range from 530 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 1,690 KWD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,100 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 1,100 KWD while the other half are earning more than 1,100 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 Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 740 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 740 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 1,420 KWD while 25% are earning more than 1,420 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

Biomedical Engineer 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 Biomedical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Biomedical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 630 KWD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 810 KWD per month, 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 1,120 KWD per month, 38% 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, Biomedical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 1,380 KWD per month, 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 1,480 KWD per month, 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 1,580 KWD per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Biomedical Engineer average salary change by experience in Kuwait

0 - 2 Years
630 KWD
2 - 5 Years+28%
810 KWD
5 - 10 Years+38%
1,120 KWD
10 - 15 Years+24%
1,380 KWD
15 - 20 Years+7%
1,480 KWD
20+ Years+7%
1,580 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Biomedical Engineer is 790 KWD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 1,260 KWD per month, 61% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Biomedical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Kuwait

Bachelor's Degree
790 KWD
Master's Degree+61%
1,260 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 6,320 Kuwaiti Dinar(s) to 19,000 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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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kuwait Biomedical Engineer
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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 Biomedical Engineer employees in Kuwait earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,000 KWD
1,140 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Biomedical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuwait

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

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineer(s) in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 29 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

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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Biomedical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kuwait

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kuwait Biomedical Engineer
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A Biomedical 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.

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.

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

Biomedical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Kuwait

6 KWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kuwait is 6 KWD. This means that the average Biomedical Engineer in Kuwait earns approximately 6 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.

Biomedical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Biomedical Engineer and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly Kuwait
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The average salary for Biomedical Engineer is 36% less than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 33% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist1,060 KWD-2%
Assistant Pharmacy Director1,970 KWD+82%
Associate Medical Affairs Director2,800 KWD+160%
Bioinformatics Scientist2,430 KWD+120%
Bioinformatics Technician1,140 KWD+5%
Biological Scientist2,700 KWD+150%
Biological Technician1,180 KWD+9%
Biomedical Engineer1,080 KWD-0%
Biomedical Engineering Director2,130 KWD+97%
Biostatistician1,750 KWD+62%
Biotechnologist 1,660 KWD+53%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager1,320 KWD+22%
Chemical Process Technician1,160 KWD+7%
Clinical Consultant1,670 KWD+54%
Clinical Data Manager1,730 KWD+60%
Clinical Data Specialist1,610 KWD+49%
Clinical Operations Manager2,420 KWD+120%
Clinical Pharmacist1,580 KWD+46%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist2,070 KWD+91%
Clinical Programmer900 KWD-17%
Clinical Project Manager1,610 KWD+49%
Clinical Research Associate1,430 KWD+32%
Clinical Research Manager2,410 KWD+120%
Clinical Study Manager2,040 KWD+89%
Compliance Specialist1,680 KWD+55%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist1,380 KWD+28%
Cytotechnologist1,410 KWD+30%
GCP Auditor1,490 KWD+38%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician1,220 KWD+13%
Manufacturing Engineer1,430 KWD+32%
Medical Affairs Director2,700 KWD+150%
Medical Representative 1,080 KWD-0%
Medical Science Liaison1,850 KWD+71%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist2,880 KWD+170%
Nuclear Pharmacist1,790 KWD+65%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead3,130 KWD+190%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager2,840 KWD+160%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer1,510 KWD+40%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager1,910 KWD+77%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor1,890 KWD+75%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant1,330 KWD+23%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist1,530 KWD+41%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate1,660 KWD+53%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist2,580 KWD+140%
Pharmaceutical Researcher2,390 KWD+120%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager2,000 KWD+85%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager2,330 KWD+120%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative1,120 KWD+4%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager2,490 KWD+130%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader1,810 KWD+67%
Pharmaceutical Technologist1,330 KWD+23%
Pharmacist1,730 KWD+60%
Pharmacy Aide1,130 KWD+4%
Pharmacy Manager2,250 KWD+110%
Pharmacy Stock Controller970 KWD-10%
Pharmacy Technician960 KWD-11%
Records Management Coordinator900 KWD-17%
Shift Encapsulator960 KWD-11%
Staff Pharmacist1,630 KWD+51%
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