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Monthly salary of expatriates in Kuwait by sector 2017

As of 2017, western expatriates working in Kuwait as CEO or managing directors of multinational companies earned an average monthly salary of 35.7 thousand U.S. dollars. Arab CEOs or managing directors of multinational companies in Kuwait earned slightly more than western expatriates. Asian CEO or managing directors of multinational cooperation earned significantly less per month with an average monthly salary of 31 thousand U.S. dollars.

Composition of Kuwait’s society

   The estimated population size of Kuwait is currently 4.4 million inhabitants. About 2.7 million residents of Kuwait are male, outnumbering woman by over one million. Kuwaiti citizens are a minority in with 1.3 million, compared to over three million foreigners residing and working in Kuwait.  

 Labor force 

   According to the most recent estimates, 2.4 million people in Kuwait were employed. Almost 2.1 million people of Kuwait’s labor force were foreigners, compared to 366 thousand Kuwaiti Citizens. 42 percent of respondents for a job satisfaction survey in Kuwait stated that they are satisfied with their salary and allowances.

Average monthly salary of expatriates in Kuwait in 2017, by sector

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Release date

April 2017



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Supplementary notes

Note: salary levels of domestic workers are difficult to obtain as traditional income information are sparsely published in the GCC, as they may be considered politically charged. Generally speaking, the states in the Gulf Cooperation Council have labor policies which make local workers significantly more expensive than expatriates. Additionally, those states have a "nationalization" scheme which encourages the employment of locals.

Figures were compiled from several reports: for Asian expatriates, Arab expatriates, and Western expatriates.

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