Monthly salary of expatriates in Oman by sector 2017

The average Western CEO or MD of a multinational company in the gulf sultanate of Oman earned about 33 thousand U.S. dollars per month as of 2017. This was significantly more than its Asian or Arab peers in comparable positions.

Labor market of Oman

  More than four million people live in the sultanate of Oman. The share of the population that is native is around 2.5 million. Beside Saudi Arabia, only Oman’s native population outnumbers foreign residents amongst all Gulf Cooperation Council states. About half of Oman’s population is below the age of 24 years old. At the same time youth unemployment is around 48.7 percent. According to a survey about half of adults in employment in Oman generally satisfied with their salary and allowances.

Expatriates perspective

  About 1.8 million foreigners work in Oman. Expatriates ranked Oman as 39th out of 68 working abroad destinations. In the Gulf region only Bahrain and Qatar were ranked higher in the expatriate survey.

Average monthly salary of expatriates in Oman 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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