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Monthly salary of expatriates in Qatar by sector 2017

Expatriates working as CEOs or MDs for multinational companies had the highest paying jobs in Qatar as of 2017. The nationality of the expatriates however was the determinant factor of the specific salary bracket. Western expatriates (European, North American or Australian nationals) earned about 40.7 thousand U.S. dollars per month compared to the 43 thousand U.S. dollars of expatriates from Arab countries, which was about ten thousand U.S. dollars more than Asian counterparts working in similar positions at a multinational company.  

Population and workforce

As of 2017, the total population of Qatar was 2.7 million people, only about 300 thousand of those were actual Qatari citizens. Qatar’s population in general is quite young, with a median age group of 25 to 29 years.
During 2017, the workforce participation rate for Qatari nationals was 52.2 percent compared to 91.8 percent of non-Qataris. Of these, about 58.5 percent of females and 96.1 percent of males participated in the labor force. However, the gender distribution once split by nationality is quite different. Only 36.7 percent of Qatari women participate in the force, compared to 64.5 percent of female foreigners in the country.  


The average age of an expatriate in Qatar was about 42 years old. Amongst all expatriate postings, Qatar is ranked 35 when it comes to working abroad and 30 when it came to personal finances for expatriates.

Average monthly salary of expatriates in Qatar 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.

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