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Chef Average Salary in Kuwait 2024

How much money does a person working as Chef make in Kuwait?

Average Monthly Salary
810 KWD
( 9,710 KWD yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working as Chef in Kuwait typically earns around 810 KWD. Salaries range from 420 KWD (lowest) to 1,240 KWD (highest).

Salary Variance

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

Chef Pay Scale and Salaries in Kuwait

Median and salary distribution Kuwait Chef monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
730 KWD or more
10% of people earn
650 to 730 KWD
20% of people earn
480 KWD or less
65% of people earn
480 to 650 KWD
Minimum Salary
420 KWD
740 KWD
1,240 KWD

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries for the position Chef in Kuwait range from 420 KWD (starting salary) to 1,240 KWD (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 740 KWD, half of the professionals who work as Chef in Kuwait earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Chef in Kuwait earn less than 610 KWD, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 840 KWD while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Chef in Kuwait compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 480 KWD to 650 KWD. About 20% of salaries are below the 480 KWD mark, while 10% fall within the range of 650 KWD to 730 KWD. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 730 KWD.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Chef / Kuwait

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
480 KWD
2 - 5 Years+34%
640 KWD
5 - 10 Years+30%
830 KWD
10 - 15 Years+21%
1,010 KWD
15 - 20 Years+9%
1,100 KWD
20+ Years+5%
1,160 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Kuwait Chef
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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. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Chef and this is what we found.

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 480 KWD.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 640 KWD, 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 830 KWD, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 1,010 KWD, 21% 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 1,100 KWD, 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 1,160 KWD, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty 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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary Comparison By Education / Chef / Kuwait

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Chef.

High School
600 KWD
Certificate or Diploma+68%
1,010 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 salaries by education level for the position Chef in order to make a comparison.

Level 1: High School

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 600 KWD.

Level 2: Certificate or Diploma

At this level, the average salary becomes 1,010 KWD, 68% more than the previous level.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Chef / Kuwait

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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? For the people who work as Chef in Kuwait, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 9%.

850 KWD
780 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kuwait for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Chef / Kuwait

How much are annual salary increments in Kuwait for individuals working as Chef? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as Chef in Kuwait are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% 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 rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Chef / Kuwait

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kuwait Chef
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66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

Average Hourly Wage / Chef / Kuwait

5 KWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Chef in Kuwait is 5 KWD.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working as Chef in Kuwait is 2 KWD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

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Assistant Tour Manager800 KWD-1%
Baker and Pastrycook460 KWD-43%
Bakery Manager930 KWD+15%
Bakery Superintendent610 KWD-25%
Banquet Captain500 KWD-38%
Banquet Manager660 KWD-18%
Banquet Server420 KWD-48%
Bar Attendant420 KWD-48%
Bar Manager900 KWD+11%
Bar Supervisor630 KWD-22%
Barista500 KWD-38%
Bartender500 KWD-38%
Bellman400 KWD-51%
Beverage Manager1,040 KWD+29%
Bistro Attendant430 KWD-47%
Buffet Chef790 KWD-2%
Buffet Host430 KWD-47%
Buffet Manager970 KWD+20%
Butcher and Slaughterer340 KWD-58%
Cafeteria Assistant460 KWD-43%
Cafeteria Manager780 KWD-4%
Cafeteria Supervisor580 KWD-28%
Cake Decorator500 KWD-38%
Casino Shift Manager1,440 KWD+78%
Chain Store Customer Support700 KWD-13%
Chef810 KWD+0%
Chef De Cuisine1,150 KWD+42%
Club Manager1,480 KWD+83%
Cluster Director1,920 KWD+140%
Cluster Revenue Manager1,530 KWD+89%
Cocktail Server420 KWD-48%
Coffee Shop Manager1,480 KWD+83%
Concierge410 KWD-49%
Confectionery Baker500 KWD-38%
Conference and Sales Coordinator780 KWD-4%
Conference Services Manager930 KWD+15%
Cook680 KWD-16%
Corporate Sous Chef1,140 KWD+41%
Corporate Travel Consultant1,190 KWD+47%
Croupier540 KWD-33%
Culinary Assistant380 KWD-53%
Culinary Associate380 KWD-53%
Culinary Tour Guide1,000 KWD+24%
Demi Chef790 KWD-2%
Dietary Aide810 KWD+0%
Dining Room Supervisor760 KWD-6%
Dishwasher340 KWD-58%
Duty Manager1,010 KWD+25%
Events Coordinator650 KWD-20%
Executive Chef960 KWD+19%
Executive Pastry Chef740 KWD-9%
Fast Food Cook660 KWD-18%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor680 KWD-16%
Fine Dining Cook1,180 KWD+46%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef1,220 KWD+51%
Fleet Manager2,040 KWD+150%
Food and Beverage Manager1,550 KWD+92%
Food and Beverage Trend Analyst1,010 KWD+25%
Food Consultant1,290 KWD+59%
Food Photographer830 KWD+3%
Food Policy Analyst1,130 KWD+40%
Food Safety Auditor1,070 KWD+32%
Food Safety Compliance Manager1,260 KWD+56%
Food Safety Coordinator970 KWD+20%
Food Server400 KWD-51%
Food Service Director1,510 KWD+87%
Food Service Manager1,740 KWD+120%
Food Service Sales990 KWD+22%
Food Service Worker390 KWD-52%
Food Stylist710 KWD-12%
Food Sustainability Consultant1,150 KWD+42%
Front Desk Agent480 KWD-41%
Front Desk Clerk460 KWD-43%
Front Office Manager840 KWD+4%
Gastronomy Consultant950 KWD+17%
Guest Service Executive1,360 KWD+68%
Guest Service Representative550 KWD-32%
Head Chef 1,010 KWD+25%
Head Concierge620 KWD-23%
Hospitality Director2,420 KWD+200%
Hospitality Technology Specialist980 KWD+21%
Hostess / Host480 KWD-41%
Hotel Desk Clerk460 KWD-43%
Hotel Maid340 KWD-58%
Hotel Manager2,400 KWD+200%
Hotel Revenue Manager1,400 KWD+73%
Hotel Sales Manager1,810 KWD+120%
Hotel Service Supervisor1,370 KWD+69%
Hotel Staff440 KWD-46%
Inventory Coordinator540 KWD-33%
Kitchen Manager760 KWD-6%
Kitchen Staff430 KWD-47%
Kitchen Supervisor710 KWD-12%
Line Cook700 KWD-13%
Luggage Porter340 KWD-58%
Molecular Gastronomist1,130 KWD+40%
Motel Manager1,300 KWD+61%
Pastry Chef710 KWD-12%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant450 KWD-44%
Personal Chef990 KWD+22%
Production Operator650 KWD-20%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator710 KWD-12%
Receptionist510 KWD-37%
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Restaurant Manager1,630 KWD+100%
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Special Events Coordinator910 KWD+12%
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Sustainable Catering Coordinator990 KWD+22%
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Tour Consultant1,130 KWD+40%
Tour Guide790 KWD-2%
Tour Manager1,000 KWD+24%
Travel Agent810 KWD+0%
Travel Consultant1,210 KWD+50%
Virtual / Augmented Reality Tourism Specialist980 KWD+21%
Waiter / Waitress410 KWD-49%
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Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Kuwait is 10% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
1,230 KWD
Public Sector+10%
1,360 KWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for the job title Chef in Kuwait?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 740 KWD and 840 KWD. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for a careers like Chef in Kuwait ranges from 420 KWD to 610 KWD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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