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Average Salary in Bahrain 2020

How much money does a person working in Bahrain make?

Average Monthly Salary
1,490 BHD
( 17,900 BHD yearly)


A person working in Bahrain typically earns around 1,490 BHD per month. Salaries range from 200 BHD (lowest average) to 6,600 BHD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Bahrain

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Bahrain range from 200 BHD per month (minimum salary) to 6,600 BHD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,580 BHD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,580 BHD while the other half are earning more than 1,580 BHD. 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 the population are earning less than 800 BHD while 75% of them are earning more than 800 BHD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 4,330 BHD while 25% are earning more than 4,330 BHD.

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 Bahrain costs anywhere from 7,450 Bahraini Dinar(s) to 22,300 Bahraini 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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

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 employees in Bahrain earn 15% more than their female counterparts.

1,400 BHD
1,610 BHD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bahrain

How much are annual salary increments in Bahrain? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Bahrain are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Bahrain
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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.

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 Bahrain is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Bahrain 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.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bahrain

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bahrain
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62% of surveyed staff in Bahrain 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 2% to 7% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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 Bahrain earn 17% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
1,390 BHD
Public Sector+17%
1,620 BHD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Bahrain

How are Bahrain salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Bahrain
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Average Salary 2016
1,310 BHD
Average Salary 2017+4%
1,360 BHD
Average Salary 2018+3%
1,410 BHD
Average Salary 2019+3%
1,450 BHD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Bahrain are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant1,040 BHD
Accounting Assistant1,020 BHD
Accounting Manager1,920 BHD
Bookkeeper760 BHD
Chartered Accountant1,250 BHD
Corporate Treasurer2,770 BHD
Financial Analyst1,530 BHD
Financial Manager2,940 BHD
Internal Auditor1,590 BHD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant770 BHD
Office Manager1,030 BHD
Receptionist870 BHD
Secretary780 BHD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director1,420 BHD
Creative Director1,510 BHD
Graphic Designer1,010 BHD
Photographer1,030 BHD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer1,660 BHD
Air Traffic Controller1,570 BHD
Flight Attendant1,340 BHD
Pilot1,820 BHD

Architect1,380 BHD
CAD Drafter1,110 BHD

Mechanic800 BHD
Service Advisor1,240 BHD

Bank Branch Manager2,200 BHD
Teller1,020 BHD

Teacher1,200 BHD
Translator1,250 BHD

Business Planning
Business Analyst1,760 BHD
Business Development Manager2,240 BHD
Project Manager1,850 BHD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny970 BHD
Nursery Teacher1,120 BHD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer1,350 BHD
Construction Project Manager1,720 BHD
Health and Safety Officer1,000 BHD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative990 BHD
Customer Service Manager2,000 BHD
Customer Service Representative1,090 BHD

Civil Engineer1,370 BHD
Electrical Engineer1,410 BHD
Engineer1,350 BHD
Mechanical Engineer1,540 BHD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer3,420 BHD
Chief Financial Officer3,130 BHD
General Manager2,670 BHD
Project Manager1,690 BHD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef1,210 BHD
Executive Chef1,340 BHD
Hotel Manager2,310 BHD
Receptionist1,090 BHD
Travel Agent1,260 BHD
Waiter / Waitress950 BHD

Health and Medical
Dentist3,450 BHD
Dietitian3,260 BHD
Laboratory Technician1,180 BHD
Nurse1,140 BHD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager2,120 BHD
Human Resources Officer1,210 BHD

Information Technology
Computer Technician1,140 BHD
Database Administrator1,450 BHD
Developer / Programmer1,270 BHD
Information Technology Manager2,260 BHD
Network Engineer1,260 BHD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer1,220 BHD

Attorney2,120 BHD
Legal Assistant1,070 BHD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist1,530 BHD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer1,350 BHD
Pharmacist1,760 BHD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier870 BHD
Sales Manager2,390 BHD
Sales Representative1,010 BHD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher990 BHD
Secondary School Teacher1,210 BHD

Average Hourly Wage in Bahrain

9 BHD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bahrain is 9 BHD. This means that the average person in Bahrain earns approximately 9 BHD 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.

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