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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Kuwait 2020

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Kuwait?


Average Monthly Salary
960 KWD
( 11,600 KWD yearly)

LOW
520
KWD
AVERAGE
960
KWD
HIGH
1,460
KWD

A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Kuwait typically earns around 960 KWD per month. Salaries range from 520 KWD (lowest) to 1,460 KWD (highest).

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

Laboratory Technician Salary Distribution in Kuwait

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Kuwait range from 520 KWD per month (minimum salary) to 1,460 KWD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 890 KWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 890 KWD while the other half are earning more than 890 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 Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 630 KWD while 75% of them are earning more than 630 KWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,080 KWD while 25% are earning more than 1,080 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

Laboratory Technician 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 Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 610 KWD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 760 KWD per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,010 KWD per month, 32% 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, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 1,190 KWD per month, 18% 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 1,310 KWD per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 1,400 KWD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Kuwait

0 - 2 Years
610 KWD
2 - 5 Years+26%
760 KWD
5 - 10 Years+32%
1,010 KWD
10 - 15 Years+18%
1,190 KWD
15 - 20 Years+11%
1,310 KWD
20+ Years+6%
1,400 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 780 KWD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 1,200 KWD per month, 53% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Kuwait

Bachelor's Degree
780 KWD
Master's Degree+53%
1,200 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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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kuwait Laboratory Technician
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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 Laboratory Technician employees in Kuwait earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
1,000 KWD
Female-7%
920 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kuwait

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% 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

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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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kuwait

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

92% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 8% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
8%
No Bonus
92%

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.

Laboratory Technician 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 Laboratory Technician 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.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Laboratory Technician and Health and Medical monthly Kuwait
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 39% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Ambulance Dispatcher980 KWD+2%
Ambulance Driver910 KWD-6%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic1,070 KWD+11%
Ambulatory Services Director2,000 KWD+110%
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Anesthesia Technician1,460 KWD+51%
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Anesthesiology Assistant1,400 KWD+45%
Assistant Optometrist1,170 KWD+21%
Audiologist2,430 KWD+150%
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Biomedical Engineering Technician910 KWD-6%
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Cardiovascular Specialist5,090 KWD+430%
Cardiovascular Technologist1,960 KWD+100%
Central Sterile Processing Technician1,070 KWD+11%
Charge Entry Specialist1,250 KWD+30%
Clinical Application Specialist1,180 KWD+22%
Clinical Biochemist2,230 KWD+130%
Clinical Cytogeneticist1,930 KWD+100%
Clinical Data Reviewer1,200 KWD+24%
Clinical Development Specialist1,520 KWD+58%
Clinical Field Associate1,230 KWD+27%
Clinical Genetic Technologist1,980 KWD+110%
Clinical Microbiologist2,580 KWD+170%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist2,180 KWD+130%
Clinical Neuropsychologist2,650 KWD+170%
Clinical Research Coordinator1,360 KWD+41%
Clinical Scientist2,460 KWD+150%
CME Specialist2,000 KWD+110%
CT Technologist1,180 KWD+22%
Cytogenetic Technologist1,790 KWD+85%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer1,410 KWD+46%
Dispensing Optician1,210 KWD+25%
Dosimetrist1,680 KWD+74%
EKG Technician1,110 KWD+15%
Endoscopic Assistant1,020 KWD+6%
Endoscopy Technician1,040 KWD+8%
Enterostomal Therapist1,700 KWD+76%
Epidemiologist2,170 KWD+120%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian1,070 KWD+11%
Health Systems Specialist1,590 KWD+65%
Health Technologist1,640 KWD+70%
Healthcare Data Analyst1,240 KWD+28%
Hearing Aid Specialist1,350 KWD+40%
Histotechnologist1,620 KWD+68%
Immunologist2,350 KWD+140%
Industrial Hygienist1,730 KWD+79%
Infection Control Coordinator1,160 KWD+20%
Infection Control Practitioner2,750 KWD+180%
Infection Preventionist1,810 KWD+88%
Informatics Practice Specialist1,440 KWD+49%
Interventional Radiographer2,010 KWD+110%
Lab Assistant940 KWD-3%
Laboratory Manager1,810 KWD+88%
Laboratory Technician960 KWD-1%
Low Vision Therapist2,200 KWD+130%
Mammography Technician1,010 KWD+5%
Medical Coder920 KWD-5%
Medical Courier660 KWD-32%
Medical Equipment Preparer1,010 KWD+5%
Medical Forms Designer850 KWD-12%
Medical Technologist1,120 KWD+16%
MRI Technologist1,060 KWD+10%
Music Therapist1,440 KWD+49%
Neonatologist2,800 KWD+190%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian1,060 KWD+10%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant890 KWD-8%
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Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist1,460 KWD+51%
Nutrition Assistant1,030 KWD+7%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant1,050 KWD+9%
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Operating Room Services Director2,870 KWD+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant1,100 KWD+14%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician1,120 KWD+16%
Optician2,230 KWD+130%
Orthopedic Technician1,080 KWD+12%
Orthoptist2,810 KWD+190%
Orthotist2,850 KWD+200%
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Pre Authorization Case Manager1,470 KWD+52%
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Radiographer2,380 KWD+150%
Radiography Technologist1,390 KWD+44%
Radiologic Technologist1,400 KWD+45%
Radiology Technologist1,510 KWD+56%
Respiratory Care Practitioner2,850 KWD+200%
Respiratory Therapist2,060 KWD+110%
Respiratory Therapy Technician1,150 KWD+19%
Sonographer1,520 KWD+58%
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Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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

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