Cost of Living in Amman

Summary about cost of living in Amman:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.00 JOD 3.50-7.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30.00 JOD 20.00-45.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 JOD 4.50-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 JOD 3.50-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 JOD 3.50-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.94 JOD 2.00-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.40 JOD 0.30-0.70
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.28 JOD 0.25-0.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.53 JOD 3.79-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.32 JOD 0.18-0.82
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.51 JOD 0.45-0.68
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.67 JOD 1.00-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.55 JOD 1.81-3.18
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.10 JOD 1.36-3.18
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.75 JOD 2.72-4.54
Apples (1 lb) 0.64 JOD 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.55 JOD 0.45-0.73
Oranges (1 lb) 0.42 JOD 0.23-0.68
Tomato (1 lb) 0.26 JOD 0.18-0.41
Potato (1 lb) 0.33 JOD 0.23-0.43
Onion (1 lb) 0.26 JOD 0.18-0.41
Lettuce (1 head) 0.48 JOD 0.30-0.75
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.41 JOD 0.35-0.60
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 JOD 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.53 JOD 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.89 JOD 4.00-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.50 JOD 2.30-2.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.50 JOD 0.50-0.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30.00 JOD 25.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.30 JOD 0.25-0.35
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.80 JOD 0.48-1.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5.00 JOD 2.00-6.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.30 JOD 2.84-3.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 JOD 18,650.00-27,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,050.77 JOD 16,000.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 61.88 JOD 30.00-100.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.04 JOD 0.02-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 31.83 JOD 22.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 46.81 JOD 30.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.52 JOD 6.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.00 JOD 7.00-10.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 170.92 JOD 100.00-250.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,171.43 JOD 3,000.00-7,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.68 JOD 23.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 51.18 JOD 30.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 71.63 JOD 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 64.90 JOD 40.00-100.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 295.98 JOD 200.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 201.40 JOD 150.00-350.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 495.94 JOD 350.00-750.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 361.60 JOD 250.00-600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 86.07 JOD 65.03-111.48
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 57.94 JOD 37.16-92.90
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 435.09 JOD
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.12 6.00-11.00

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Last update: April 2019
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59 Comments so far

#Daud on Apr 18, 2019 :
I m from pakistan . My company offers me 2000 (JOD) other than accumdation , transport and food expense . Is it wise to move in Jordan along with my family ( wife, and 3 kids).

#Ezal on Apr 01, 2019 :
Hi Guys

I have been assigned a business trip to Jordan for one week time, just wanted to know how much cash I should carry with me. this is off-course considering living a high standard life (excluding the hotel and transportation). I might not be checking the site again any time soon but do please send me private tweet on my account @AAziz_Albalushi sharing your views.
##xpat on Mar 24, 2019 :
#Rohit...You should be fine,depend on which part of Amman you will be staying in, most irritating part is kids school..if you are planning to put them in INT school...then kiss you salary goodbye.
Sorry but it is what it is pal.

#Rohit on Feb 22, 2019 :
Hi Guys, please guide me. I am MBA graduate with 10 years of experience in sales and import/Export. My company is sending me to Amman for 10 years, monthly income of 4700 JD . I am shifting with my spouse and 2 kids. My question is,Can I live a decent life along with some savings?
#Darlington on Sep 24, 2018 :
Please am trying to contact you on twitter but I can’t send you direct message it’s not going through,how do I contact you again please I need your help on something
#Sinan on Aug 28, 2018 :
Hey guys, I'm a local resident in Amman and I previously lived in Irbid. I just found out about this site and I want to offer help for anyone visiting Jordan for free. If you have any questions regarding the country just tweet me at @Khonfoshary and I'll be more than happy to answer your questions. Ahlan Wa Sahlan :)
#Saleh on Aug 26, 2018 :
Hi, I'm Jordanian. The prices listed above are updated and very close to what you find in the real life in Amman, Jordan. But regarding accomodation, you can find cheaper one outside city centre. Shared accommodation is a good idea. However, you can find cheeper accommodation during the present time because of competitions among owners.
#vikas bharti on Aug 01, 2018 :
Hello everyone.I am planing to move to jordan and also find a job ,with the company provided 3 times meals ,accommodation, transport and basic medical facilities with salary 600 jod is it sufficient request all please whats your advice.
#Anonymous on Jul 10, 2018 :
Hello everyone.I am planing to leave in jordan and also find a job , am a foreinr, please whats your advice.
#Mohammad a on Mar 02, 2018 :

It really depends on where you are going to live, I mean which area.
The rents here in Amman vastly varies between different locations, you will find some areas at which you are going to pay at least 150jod even it is a shared flat, but in another location you can rent a whole apartment for yourself for 150jod.
In general I think that 500jod a month is more than enough for 1 person to live in Jordan.
Bottom line is the main thing that you should be worried about is rent, besides that transportation and food are cheap, they are overestimated in this page.
#Marie on Feb 28, 2018 :
Hello everyone,

I might go to Amman to volunteer at the German Academic Exchange Service(DAAD), however, I will only have about 500 JOD, if i can make it by saving a lot, maybe 600 JOD of allowance a month. I am a student used to living on not a very high standard and I would definitely want to live with other local students in a shared flat. I wouldn't really want to live in the super westernized expat communities anyway because I would like to see the parts of Amman where the general population and students live. But I want to fo out and experience life and if possible travel on the weekends too. From what I have seen here, its seems almost impossible to live of 500 JOD, right? Unfortunately the programme doesn't pay much and my parents aren't able to support me at all.
Any help is really appreciated, thanks a lot
#Nadia.. on Feb 28, 2018 :

Yes that would be enough to live a decent basic life, nothing extra fancy though. If you can live frugally you might even save 100 JODs a month or so.
#Anonymous on Feb 22, 2018 :
Hi there,

Please could somebody tell me how costs a shower gel for men (brand/ non-brand) and a sun cream PF30?

Thank you.
#Jacks on Feb 17, 2018 :
Is 650JOD will be enough for one person to stay in Aqaba when accommodation and food is provided by company?
#Anonymous on Dec 26, 2017 :
@Expat in Jo
All you have said is true except that the cars are expensive only for the foreigners. The cars in jordan cost the same for jordanians. For me as an Jordanian, I fled, I could not live there anymore. I left the country when I was 18 and visited it only once. That sounds a lot sad. But the life did not suit me there. Sorry for my bad English :/
#Expat in Jo on Dec 09, 2017 :
Hello, as in every other place in the world. Your spending style will really affect your finance.
If you cook at home and manage to like cosy nights at home then you can live cheaply here. To give you an idea. I have 2 kids. Get paid a quiet good salary by Jordanian standards, but am really struggling to get ends meet.
1- My rent is 8000 yearly. I took a furnished place because I calculated it would cost me 5-6k to furnish a whole apartment. One kid only at school. We pay around 3k yearly. Those together are 11k. So almost 1200 USD. If you want your kids to have extra curricular activities, add to that about 70-100USD per activity. Martial Art classes 60-100 USD. Swimming 100 USD. All this is probably not too bad, the main issue in Amman is that it is not walkable, has no reliable public transportation system and virtually no free/public access entertainments.
You want to go outside get your wallet ready. Really few parks, and the only "beach" around is the Dead Sea: you can go to a local-type modest place or spend around 60 USD per person to access a hotel's swimming pool. Forget about buying a car with 3000 USD. The cheapest car that you can buy as a foreigner (less than 5 years old) is going to be 14,000 USD.
Btw, most of the landlords want you to pay the rent yearly. If you find offers monthly, then nothing below 1200 USD or higher.
To tell you the truth, I really need a minimum of 3000 JOD on average. 3000 USD is fine if you already own the place, would enroll your kids at an moderately priced school you will be going out once per week. Forget about traveling around the country, renting a car, or doing anything much.
If this is an upgrade to what you have right now, then go for it. If you don't plan on saving money then frankly you will like it here. It is safe and they like foreigners.
#amani on May 25, 2017 :
@rochelle. yes that would be sufficient. there are different private schools available, some are 200JD a month and some a really expensive with more than 1k JD.

@unkown 3k USD are sufficent as well, you'd be considered upper class
#rochelle on May 07, 2017 :
Is 2500 for a single woman with two kids sufficient to live comfortably?
Kids speak no arabic so International school is necessary.
#Unkown on Apr 27, 2017 :
Please tell me if 3000 usd per month offered to a person with 3 dependents so is it good to accept the offer can it maintain a good living standard in jordan?
#AMMAN on Apr 15, 2017 :
Greetings to all, who wants any services(legal services)inside Amman-Jordan please contact with me
#just a jordanian on Mar 31, 2017 :
@Anonymous, it depends. What is your experience, what is your academic field? I know someone who makes +2k JD as an engineer, others only make 500 JD. It all depends.
#Anonymous on Feb 27, 2017 :
Hi there! Lately I have been offered a job, being a foreigner in Jordan with residence. However, I would like to know what is the "Average Foreigner Salary" (per year or month) in Jordan. I know the local minimum-wage is 220,- JOD since 2017. However, for working 8 hours each day, 6 days a week... being an academic Foreigner with diploma...?
#Mohammad Javed on Feb 20, 2017 :
i'm a job seeker. I'm an Indian,if anyone have a working visa of computer operator or any office work so please email me.
#Rami on Feb 16, 2017 :
Yes it's normal since the 4 of you have 1 bill. The more the usage the bill increases significantly as the KWH becomes more expensive. If you divide it into 4 bills, it will be much cheaper in total. My bill was 8 JDs, it reaches sometimes 12.
#Anonymous on Oct 09, 2016 :
I would estimate it at 500-1000 JOD in a good (private) hospital.
#Anonymous on Oct 05, 2016 :
Good day everyone can somebody tell me what's the salary for a PADI dive instructor in Aqaba Jordan please.
#Dutchie on Aug 01, 2016 :
How much is the averige salary of a tourguide in Jordan?
#Jo on Jul 25, 2016 :
So at the building I live, water bills are devided into 4 apartments, and we recently received the invoice which came out for 135JD so each one of us will have to pay about 30 plus JDs, that isn't normal at all?? And I got to know that some of my friends pay averagely about 7JD every 3 months. Something must be wrong and I'm not very familiar with these things? I need help!!!
#archu on Jun 19, 2016 :
Hi, m in India.My husband is working in Jordan and drawin a salary of 740jd per mnth.He has been provided accommodation facilities by company.I wish to go there.Can you please advice if Jordan has any salary limitations for bringing spouse there.kindly advise.thankyou
#Jordanian on Jun 03, 2016 :
@Patricia Depends on what your income/social security/pension is. If you want to live in the Western part of Amman you can rent a nice 3 bedroom apartment for 500 JD a month. Then you need food, a car, clothes etc. In my experience you'd need at least 2k a month if you want to have a comfortable western style of living in Amman.
#joanna on May 31, 2016 :
how much does it cost to giver birth here in amman?
#Patricia on May 14, 2016 :
Can anyone tell me what it would be like to retire to Amman, Jordan. Could buy or rent an apartment. How much would it take to live per month. I lived there when I was younger and I have a longing to go back there.
Thank you.
#Suzy on May 09, 2016 :
Amman is more expensive that other cities especially comparing to the UK. Salaries are low and cost of living is too high. Average salaries especially for fresh graduates is around JD 350-JD550 a month. Shopping for cloths is expensive, like a dress would cost around JOD60.00-JOD120.00 minimum from Debenhams, shoes are the same. Cost of eating outside is expensive especially adding 26% to the last bill to cover tax and service charge. Drinking is very very expensive, like a glass of wine in a normal pub would cost around JOD 7.00-12.00.
#Vernando on Apr 02, 2016 :
I read all comments here.
Salarys of 1500or 3000 dinars in Jordan???
If u have this salary's, and u tell me it's not enough, then the problem is u, not the salary.
For 1500 dinar a month, a family can live veeeery well, in jordan, but if u want to live in the most exclusive neighbourhoods in jordan, is like living in hollywood, then u dont get much for 2000 dollars.
The neighbourhoods u mention here, is the most exclusive places in jordan.
Jordan is a very nice and safe country, with helpfull people. I love it.
#A.A. on Feb 07, 2016 :
Guys, I get JD 1,500 Monthly and can't even reach to the break even point. Family 3prs

Rent (2B) 400
Food & Others 400
Trspt (Petrol) 150
Utilities 150
maid 200
Loan (Car) 250
I guess small family needs minimum JD 2K to cover all life expenses here in JO
#kk on Feb 06, 2016 :
How do foreign nurses register in Jordan?
Kindly, forward nursing council official registration address.
Can I get an employer to employ while you are not in country?
Need employer contacts. Kindly, assist.
#Mjd on Dec 28, 2015 :
I was born here and lived in the country for around 2,5 years. The city is nice, the west side that is. The east is very rural, conservative and poor. The air is filled with smog and the environment gets treated with little to no respect. The city is incredibly expensive and overpriced! Don't expect to live there comfortably unless you have at least 1500JD every month. Even this salary won't allow you to save a lot every month. The city is also relatively boring, and the traffic is overwhelming and irritating. I am very torn and depressed because this is my home but it's just so expensive with no social mobility. I would never trade in the life in Canada/USA with the one in Amman. Every citizen of Jordan who has a modicum of an education wants to leave the country because it is just so exconomically depressing! Unless you are a citizen or have family roots here, don't come!
#Don't come here on Dec 15, 2015 :
Don't come to jordan .unless u have an offer 3000 dinar and up, u fools lol
#obaz on Oct 31, 2015 :
can someone come to Jordan I have a job without working visa and how much will he or she aim at the end of the month.. reply plz
#SygsyBoy on Oct 27, 2015 :
800 is enough for two, but only enough, don't expect very high life quality, unless the incentives are decent. Small apartment in a good area in Amman would cost around 300 JOD monthly.
Around 200-400 JOD net.
Depends on experience, but can be up to 1500 JOD or more for senior programmers.
Some employers offer that, others don't, you need to ask the employer.
##Nick on Oct 26, 2015 :
Wondering what type of health insurance national staff receive in Jordan and if it is common or uncommon for employers to provide private health insurance to their employees?
#Marah on Oct 13, 2015 :
What's the average salary for a waitress in Amman? and how much would the taxes be for that? Thanks!
#Satya on Oct 12, 2015 :

I was offred an salary of 800 JOD + incentives (?) without accumodation and food. Is it fine to live a good life for a two.

I know rent is high is their any scope for good life.
#ahmed on Aug 05, 2015 :
I need to know the web designer and UI developer salary in Jordan
#SegsyBoy on Jul 15, 2015 :
congrats on being stupid and turning down a monthly salary of 5000 JOD (7000 USD). I doubt you were really offered that anyway. I wonder what is your definition of "decent life". Yes Jordan in expensive compared to other developing countries, but not as expensive as Western Europe or North America.
#Don on Jul 14, 2015 :
After reading, noted that most of them are unrealistic to the cost of living in Jordan and especially in Amman City. For you to know that Amman been rated as most expensive city in Middle East.
The 900JD or 1000JD is make no sense to live a decent life till you live on Falafel and Humus for all of your daily 3 meals.
I am Jordanian & Canadian Citizen I been offered a role of Chief Executive with a monthly pay of Five thousand Jordanian dinners (5000JD) I turned it down as the company didn't provide a paid accommodation and transportation.
Amman is very expensive city and it is not the heaven ... please remember that.
#larmiee on Jul 12, 2015 :
Its cool with the cost of living in Amman Jordan but am in Nigeria and wishes to live there in Jordan and Amman to be precised, how can I make it there and what are the neccessary steps to take .... I need help here pls. If u av any information ,pls send to my
#SegsyBoy on Jul 04, 2015 :
You will need around 200 jd for a unfurnished one room apartment/studio, or 250 jd for furnished one in the good areas (western Amman.)
970 jd is decent salary in jordan. I know a civil engineer with 5 years experience who gets 900 jd.
#Nikos on Jul 02, 2015 :
I was offered a job of 970 jd per month. will it be enough for one person to live comfortably renting a single room flat in a good area?
Thank you
#SegsyBoy on Jul 02, 2015 :

Yes 1700 USD is more than enough for a single person to live comfortably in Amman, you might even save some. You'll be fine. Most unfurnished average-sized apartments are 250-450 jod.
#Nabil single no children or wife on Jul 01, 2015 :
I live in Australia for long time and now I wish to go and live in jordan I love to live in Amman it is in my opinion beautiful city and the best place to live the end of my life in it
'I'm a single person my monthly payment is 1700 US dollars is this money good enough to rent an apartment and to eat and live in dignity without I need any help from any one please help and let me know with thanks/ yours in good health / Nabil
#my name is nabil on Jun 28, 2015 :
I,m 73 years old retired single person male I love to live in Amman any one can advice me that[1500]mmonthley good and enough for food and rent to live in Ammanfor good thank you
#SegsyBoy on Jun 17, 2015 :
with your qualifications you would get a job 300 or 400 JOD max. And you will have hard time finding a job if you don't speak Arabic, unless it is a big or international company. I would say a couple (without children) would need at the very minimum 500-600 JOD to live ok life, just basic needs nothing more.
#Rina on May 23, 2015 :

Can some one tell me home 'd cost changing your car oil (AC DELCO ) type in Jordan ?
Thanks in advance to whom will answer !
#sammy on May 13, 2015 :
Im akenyan working self employed as atourguide/driver.Tourism has totally gone down bcause of insecurity in kenya.Have closed down my firm and i'm looking for ajob opportunity in Jordan.Kindly how can i get one even as a mere driver to start with and how are the payments?
#Nosa on May 05, 2015 :
hi guys

What is the average payment for registered nurses in jordan? And do u recommend specific hospitals/clinics to apply for a job? Do u guys know if health insurance provided any accomadation for canadian nurses coming abroad?
Any info will be helpful

#ZEESHAN on Apr 19, 2015 :
I m from Pakistan..I have to wish live in jordan I m 29 n I m draftsman...but having less experienced...I having diploma of associat engineer(electronics)..plz tell me whatkind of job I can in jordan..n how much I can earn???wht is mminimum pay in jordan??how much income required for a couple....
#Junaid on Apr 13, 2015 :

Jordan is a beautiful country. People are generally good and better than other arab countries. Country is safe, no security issues.

If you want to live in Jordan and have been offered a job, below are some of the points you may want to note.

1. House rents are increasing because of the high demand. A one bedroom furnished apartment could cost you around 250 - 450 JD's in a decent locality. 2 bedroom furnished apartment between 450 - 700 JD's. However prices could also vary. If you want to live in a shared apartment, the monthly rental could go from 150 JD to 300 JD.

2. Income is taxable, but taxes are not high. For a salary of 2500 JD, the monthly income tax would be around 200 JD. There is a social security deduction of 7% from employee's salary and 13% that employer pays for you.

3. Health facilities are good and you need to ensure you are covered.

4. Night life is ok and not bad.

5. Weather in Amman can be classified as cold in winter and pleasant in summer.

6. Transportation is good. A cab would charge anywhere between 0.5 to 3 JD for a trip in city.

7. Food: Try to eat and cook at home as restaurants could be expensive. If you are a vegetarian, then there is no choice for you but non veg's can live on arabic food and have many choices.

8. If you are single and not much work experience, you should not settle for anything less than 1000 JOD if you are desperately wanting to work in Jordan and should try to negotiate above 1500 JOD salary if you have options. If you are coming with the family, try to negotiate for 2000 or more per month salary.
#Sai on Apr 06, 2015 :
I'm really surprised at some of these comments. Yes, Amman has a high cost of living, but if you're from the West then you should be used to that. I'm British and married to a Jordanian. My husband earns a fraction of what I used to earn in England, but we make do comfortably. Comparing Amman to the Gulf countries is also unfair and paints an inaccurate picture. The gulf countries may offer tax free salaries (unlike Amman), but they too have a very high cost of living with most goods being imported. The main problem people will face is the language barrier if you don't speak Arabic. If you are considering a move here, I would recommend you look around the different areas, because Amman differs so much from area to area. Also, for those saying Jordan is an ugly country, I don't know what they're looking at? I came on holiday to Jordan and was amazed at how beautiful it was, and now that I live here, I still find it just as beautiful.