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Average Salary in Qatar 2024

How much money does a person working in Qatar make?

Average Monthly Salary
15,700 QAR
( 189,000 QAR 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 in Qatar typically earns around 15,700 QAR. Salaries range from 3,970 QAR (lowest average) to 70,000 QAR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

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

Pay Scale and Salaries in Qatar

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
30,400 QAR or more
10% of people earn
23,800 to 30,400 QAR
20% of people earn
9,250 QAR or less
65% of people earn
9,250 to 23,800 QAR
Minimum Salary
3,970 QAR
14,000 QAR
70,000 QAR

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 in Qatar range from 3,970 QAR (starting salary) to 70,000 QAR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 14,000 QAR, which means that 50% of the population in Qatar earns less than that while the other half earns more. 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population in Qatar earn less than 10,100 QAR while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 21,200 QAR while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights into how salaries are actually distributed in Qatar. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 9,250 QAR to 23,800 QAR. Approximately 20% fall under the 9,250 QAR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 23,800 QAR to 30,400 QAR. Only 5% of people grossed 30,400 QAR or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary is primarily determined by the level of experience one possesses, with higher levels of experience resulting in higher wages.

In Qatar, employees with two to five years of experience typically earn an average of 32% more than entry-level and junior workers in all industries and fields.

Individuals with more than five years of experience tend to earn an average of 36% more than those with less than five years of experience.

After ten years of work, salaries increase by 21%, with an additional 14% increase for those who have worked for over 15 years.

These figures should be used as rough estimates, as considering individual job titles can lead to more accurate assessments.

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.
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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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.

The correlation between higher education and higher salary is widely acknowledged, but how much of an income increase can one expect from obtaining a degree?

We conducted a study in Qatar comparing the salaries of professionals with different levels of college degrees who held similar positions in various industries.

Our results showed that individuals with a certificate or diploma earned an average of 17% more than those who only completed high school.

Those who obtained a Bachelor's Degree earned 24% more than their counterparts with a certificate or diploma.

Professionals with a Master's Degree earned 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, those who held a PhD earned an average of 23% more than those with a Master's Degree while performing the same job.

Is investing in a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Is pursuing higher education worth the investment?

Earning a Master's degree or any post-graduate qualification in Qatar is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 78,700 QAR to 236,000 QAR and a duration of around two years. It's important to note that during this period, any salary increases are unlikely, assuming ongoing employment. Salary reviews are typically conducted after completing the program and obtaining the degree.

Many individuals pursue advanced education as a means of transitioning to higher-paying positions, and the statistics indicate that this is an effective strategy. On average, individuals who change jobs after earning a higher degree receive a salary increase of about 10% more than the typical annual raise.

Ultimately, deciding whether or not to pursue advanced education depends on a variety of factors, including the personal situation and experience. However, if one can afford the financial costs of obtaining a higher degree, the return on investment is likely to be worthwhile, with the ability to recoup the costs in approximately a year.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Qatar

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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? In Qatar, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 5% across all career fields.

16,100 QAR
15,300 QAR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Qatar

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


Employees in Qatar are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 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.

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 Qatar is 7%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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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 in Qatar

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Qatar
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47% of surveyed staff in Qatar reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% 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.

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.

Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant10,400 QAR
Accounting Assistant7,970 QAR
Accounting Manager23,300 QAR
Bookkeeper7,180 QAR
Chartered Accountant13,300 QAR
Corporate Treasurer19,500 QAR
Financial Analyst20,100 QAR
Financial Manager29,500 QAR
Internal Auditor13,800 QAR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant8,260 QAR
Office Manager13,500 QAR
Receptionist6,940 QAR
Secretary7,030 QAR

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director15,600 QAR
Creative Director14,600 QAR
Graphic Designer9,110 QAR
Photographer8,460 QAR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer18,600 QAR
Air Traffic Controller17,200 QAR
Flight Attendant9,940 QAR
Pilot26,900 QAR

Architect17,900 QAR
CAD Drafter7,650 QAR

Mechanic5,880 QAR
Service Advisor10,300 QAR

Bank Branch Manager27,900 QAR
Teller5,830 QAR

Teacher11,500 QAR
Translator13,300 QAR

Business Planning
Business Analyst19,000 QAR
Business Development Manager23,300 QAR
Project Manager19,100 QAR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny6,050 QAR
Nursery Teacher5,700 QAR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer14,700 QAR
Construction Project Manager25,400 QAR
Health and Safety Officer6,750 QAR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative5,470 QAR
Customer Service Manager21,400 QAR
Customer Service Representative5,810 QAR

Civil Engineer14,000 QAR
Electrical Engineer15,300 QAR
Engineer14,000 QAR
Mechanical Engineer14,700 QAR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer35,300 QAR
Chief Financial Officer31,600 QAR
General Manager27,700 QAR
Project Manager17,500 QAR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef9,340 QAR
Executive Chef11,400 QAR
Hotel Manager28,100 QAR
Receptionist5,670 QAR
Travel Agent9,230 QAR
Waiter / Waitress4,980 QAR

Health and Medical
Dentist35,100 QAR
Dietitian30,100 QAR
Laboratory Technician11,700 QAR
Nurse11,700 QAR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager23,300 QAR
Human Resources Officer9,370 QAR

Information Technology
Computer Technician11,300 QAR
Database Administrator15,500 QAR
Developer / Programmer14,200 QAR
Information Technology Manager24,000 QAR
Network Engineer12,700 QAR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer8,680 QAR

Attorney30,700 QAR
Legal Assistant8,070 QAR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist16,600 QAR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer12,700 QAR
Pharmacist19,700 QAR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier5,650 QAR
Sales Manager25,500 QAR
Sales Representative9,360 QAR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher10,000 QAR
Secondary School Teacher12,500 QAR

Average Hourly Wage in Qatar

91 QAR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Qatar is 91 QAR.This is the rate that the average individual gets 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 a person in Qatar is 23 QAR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Doha16,400 QAR

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 Qatar is 5% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
15,300 QAR
Public Sector+5%
16,100 QAR
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 in Qatar?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Qatar would range anywhere between 14,000 QAR and 21,200 QAR.

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 in Qatar ranges from 3,970 QAR to 10,100 QAR. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, 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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