Cost of Living in Amman

Summary about cost of living in Amman:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.00 JOD 4.00-6.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30.00 JOD 20.00-40.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 JOD 4.20-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 JOD 3.00-6.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 JOD 4.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.16 JOD 2.00-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.41 JOD 0.35-1.25
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.32 JOD 0.25-1.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.21 JOD 3.79-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.18 JOD 0.11-0.45
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.53 JOD 0.45-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.49 JOD 1.20-2.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.46 JOD 1.81-3.18
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.32 JOD 1.59-3.18
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.13 JOD 3.18-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.55 JOD 0.39-0.68
Banana (1 lb) 0.46 JOD 0.36-0.68
Oranges (1 lb) 0.44 JOD 0.34-0.61
Tomato (1 lb) 0.27 JOD 0.18-0.39
Potato (1 lb) 0.33 JOD 0.23-0.43
Onion (1 lb) 0.27 JOD 0.18-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.46 JOD 0.25-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.44 JOD 0.35-0.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.50 JOD 13.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.70 JOD 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.55 JOD 3.00-6.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2.15 JOD 2.10-2.30
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.50 JOD 0.35-0.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30.00 JOD 20.00-40.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.25 JOD 0.25-0.35
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.53 JOD 0.34-0.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5.00 JOD 4.00-7.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.88 JOD 2.46-3.41
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 JOD 16,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,615.46 JOD 18,000.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 57.56 JOD 30.00-90.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.04 JOD 0.03-0.06
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 34.45 JOD 21.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.83 JOD 25.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.38 JOD 7.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.00 JOD 7.00-10.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 254.07 JOD 125.00-600.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 3,578.95 JOD 2,000.00-9,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 46.71 JOD 20.00-70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 50.87 JOD 25.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 63.50 JOD 50.00-80.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 64.89 JOD 45.00-95.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 324.14 JOD 180.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 201.67 JOD 130.00-300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 575.00 JOD 400.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 372.32 JOD 250.00-600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84.19 JOD 55.74-102.19
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 49.47 JOD 37.16-65.03
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 446.43 JOD
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 7.55 5.00-11.00

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Last update: December 2017
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85 Comments so far

#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.
##NotAfraidToSpeakTheTruth on Mar 22, 2015 :
@ anonymous, yes 3560 is good enough to live in jordan, where will you be working I am a jordanian citizen and get paid a fraction of that..
#Anonymous on Mar 18, 2015 :
Yea hi there I might be coming to jordan next year for work can someone tell me if 3560 jd a month is enough to live in Amman for a family of 3
#NotAfraidToSpeakTheTruth on Mar 05, 2015 :
Amman is a nice city, but the Media has caused a wide range of brain washing to the citizens "mainly people between the ages of 9 - 35" who watched TV during the 90's and early 2000, I came to realize that we are a 2 faced society that want to be viewed by western culture as "Hip, Cool, up-to-date, ((((open minded)))), etc ….” so we can be accepted.. never understood why we cared so much about the western culture when they don’t even know that we exist as a country.. Even until this day ask any American, and I mean American that lives in the states, they will not know what Jordan is but that’s not our fault, that’s the American’s fault for not liking geography lol..but hey whatever floats your boat right.. if it makes u feel good about yourself go ahead and try to impress a culture that doesn’t give 2 shits about u or your religion or your values... in fact they prolly rather you wiped out since your costing them tax dollars with all the relief and aid they send you.
Back again to our Jordanian citizen.. Notice up top I put open minded inside the parenthesis, that’s because half the culture here is a hypocrite.. How do I know ?
Just ask anybody about their views on homosexuality.. oooh touchy subject.. not really you brain washed if he was on a Jordanian television he will say “I will not tolerate such behavior in my country blah blah blah all serious”..
ask this same person but this time on western channel, and he will say the complete opposite, why ? Because he wants to be viewed as a "civilized person from a civilized country".. I feel so bad for my country and for what it has become.. Thanks to the media and the politicians and corruption and lack of education about real human values, instead the shit they feed you on television and movies and commercials.
There are few good things in Amman though for example the food, mainly the spices, honestly the quality is terrible but the spices make the bad quality seem good for the moment..
the people here do really stand together shoulder to shoulder, even though half of them are pissed off at everything, but friends do get a long..
Transportation is terrible, if ur a female cab drivers and busses will gladly break the law to let you on.. if you are a man on the other hand, then cab drivers will not bother to stop and pick you up, and if you’re lucky the busses will pick you up.
politics is also nothing but bull crap, we are a culture that as I said before still living by the code of "who is connected", if your backed up by your family name, then your untouchable anywhere you go...almost 80% of politicians here take bribes..
I am not gonna bash my country more because it tears me apart, and what I am even more terrified from is what the future holds. I am afraid for future generations.. we weren’t so bright but at least half of us made it alright, knowing what’s true and what’s false, what’s right and what’s wrong.. Today I look at teenagers and all I c is a sheep.. eat sleep poop and these days even mate.. Dark times we are living in..
#Somshekhar on Feb 18, 2015 :
What is the decent salary to earn and have good saving too in Jordan? What is the cost of living per month for a family of 4 plus one kid? Is income taxable in Jordan? Please help me with details to close on job offer. thanks
#seriously? on Feb 02, 2015 :
So who really wants to go to Jordan? Seriously? R u outta your mind? Jordan is's beautiful it's not perfect it's a developing country and it's the best in the Mideast the safest. I miss life in the USA but there is no perfect place in this life u have to be crazy, r you crazy enough to come here? Crazy is good, u know its not cheap here but nowhere is cheap and if you can't make here u can't make it nowhere! By the way,welcome to jordan, friend
#Anonymous on Jan 30, 2015 :
yea im gonna spend 3000 bucks just to come to jordan, and eat falafel and knafa ahahha..
#Fattah Alya on Jan 24, 2015 :
To the ones that says Jordan is expensive, ugly, not safe and so on, ok so whats its like in the USA! garbage comparing to Jordan, living in the USA you get scammed on an everyday basis, you pay so much taxes, rent in a trashy towns is expensive, buying a house there its not really yours you work like a dog to pay the mortgage. Dealing with homeless and trashy people thats part of your life everywhere you go. if you are a foreign in the USA you get discriminated, there is a lot more but too many to mention and i believe what i said there is enough for now. So for the ones trying to be smart asses and say better off to stay in the USA and not go to Jordan you are a complete brain washed idiot.. the ones are thinking to live in Jordan go for it and ignore these ignorant people that talk negative of Jordan, but remember you have to have a decent income to live decent just like if you would live anywhere else. I am myself thinking to move there and buy a home.
#Anonymous on Dec 31, 2014 :
Iam from Morocco. 6 months so far. This country is a total fucking expensive shithole! With most people trying to rip u off from crazy ass taxi drivers....
#Ahmad Faidi on Dec 01, 2014 :
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#U.K Expat on Nov 26, 2014 :
Well what can i say...
Jordan is country run by idiots who think the only thing good is the stability... These people are the most corrupt individuals i have ever encountered. They have zero respect for the law and im constantly fighting with drivers daily who have little respect for car users... These people dont pull over for ambulances or emergency services they sit and smoke in your face while eating then leave their shit for you to clean, they throw rubbish from their windows because they are too lazy to walk to bins.. A great saying about Jordan is " its not my problem let someone else deal with it" ive lived here 2yrs even their own people (educated ones) think its a shithole...
#umm 2 kids on Nov 15, 2014 :
I am an American married to a Jordanian. I've been living in Amman for over 6 years. I work and make a salary over 1200jd a month. We don't pay rent, but we do pay car loan, gas, utilities, cable, nad housemaid. My husband's salary was not enough so he moved to Saudi Arabia. Overall, I think most of the complaints are from those who want western style of living in a country that is very poor on resourses. Someone once said that the infrastructure in Amman is advancing and developing much faster than the people. Go outside of west Amman and it is like being teleported into another world.
The one complaint I have as a mother is not having enough clean, cheap family friendly outdoor activities available. No clean parks, no clean picnic areas, no manmade lakes. When we are off from school and not traveling I sit and wonder what on earth to do with my kids that is not going to cost a small fortune.
Overall, the people here are nice. They accomodate my children, who speak Arabic with a heavy accent. I have not experienced the heckling or shouting out that others here have complained about (at least not to the degree where I feel unsafe).
But, back to the cost of living, if you want to live comfortably with western standards AND be able to save, then you need at least 2,000 jd per month if you have a family, mainly due to very high taxes and duties.
#James on Nov 12, 2014 :
Who pays for inner wall water leaks when I'm the tenant. Who will pay for my damaged belongings? Who is responsible for repairing my electric heat for my unit since it is a central air device?
#Getmeoutofhere on Nov 04, 2014 :
It's really stupid for people that living comfort life outside Jordan to think to come in here and live and settle . You must be bored or on crack . Stay where u are and be happy u idiots. U can teach your kids arabic at home and shore there's mosques in the states or canada or in the whole world. Stay where u are ,or u be fucked lol
#Malek on Oct 13, 2014 :
It's really expensive in Jordan they try to be like USA ( copy & paste) but it's not .dust and very ugly country. my advise to everyone do not visit Jordan it's not worth it . Believe it or not it's my mistake going to this ugly country
#issa on Oct 12, 2014 :
Well...don't know what to say really...I read all and I must go with most who say ...It is expensive.....but I like the country and would like to visit still.....
Just to eat some falafel....hey everybody cheer up and come along with me. ....
From issa...from London...The real great city.....plenty of fog...but lovely.....good luck..
#Ahmad on Oct 09, 2014 :
I live in Jordan, it's not as horrible as people here describe it. Exaggerations are stupid guys. maybe Jordan is NOT as rich as the gulf states, but it has a strong history of stability and security, good climate, and great potential because of it's educated people.
#Rajneesh on Oct 04, 2014 :

Can anyone tell me whether JOD 1000 is more than sufficient for fooding & Lodging for a family in Amman, Jordan or not.And I wan to know more about tax deduction like Income tax, Social Tax or any which has to be deduct from my salary in details like how many percentage and about return of Income tax & Social tax.
Main me on
#Moeen on Sep 22, 2014 :
I read the all comments very carefully .I think the present situation is the same every where and expenses of living , Food , Medical , Transport , House hold are becoming much higher day by day .
This situation is not only in Jordan this is in all over the world .
Even in the home land we are facing lot of troubles which perhaps we will not face in abroad or any other countries .
As the matter of fact the human rights violation is a play game of materialist community .
This community is much dangerous then the snakes or alligators . Due to this reality we are facing many problems and this is the duty of every good government to get control on the violation of Human Rights .
The Rules of Kafeel or sponsors which is existing in all over the Muslim countries that should be stopped . Any one can go to any country for earning bread and butter . Work permit should be given by the governments not by the recommendation of Kafeel . Kafeel or sponsor systems is not an Islamic system it must be stopped in all over the countries ........
#Sal Ahmed on Sep 19, 2014 :
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#expat Muslimah on Sep 17, 2014 :
How much does it cost on average to wash a 2x2m carpet in Amman?
#Muslimah expat on Sep 17, 2014 :
We are a Muslim expat family living in Amman. We would like our child to learn Arabic and so we are looking for a good school that is mostly taught in Arabic. The good schools seem to be at least 50% in English but we want Arabic language schools that provide a relatively bully-free and safe environment for children (higher ratio of teacher to student than typical cheap schools). Looking for primary schools if anyone has any recommendations or suggestions around Abdali area. thank you
#A.S on Sep 02, 2014 :
I'm a Jordanian living in Amman , I got to say Amman varies greatly from area to area , averaging them all would yield a moderate-- quality experience .Although it is a small city , a 20 min. drive from one area to another can get you a vastly different experience (esp. moving from east to west) - If you limit yourself to living and working in certain areas , shopping from certain shops , you can live reasonably good , find nice cloths , good internet and modern furniture/electronics , reasonable car , nice restaurants, modern healthcare and nice gyms and a fairly reasonable quality of life . You probably want to avoid the typical/average Jordanian experience , and live like a middle class+ Jordanian , no point in leaving west Amman unless on a weekend adventure or a sightseeing tour ..etc , forget about other cities to live in , except maybe Aqaba.

Everything comes dearly here , life is pretty expensive , so you should have a reasonably good salary (1100+ for one person or 1800+ for a small family of 3) to be able to have picky (non-plush) living.

-Live in : West Amman (Abdoun , Rabieh , Deir ghbar , khalda , Tla Ali , Jabal amman), maybe 450 JOD/month for a 2-bedroom 2-saloon 2 bathroom medium kitchen nice location unfurnished apartment.

-Shop for furniture at IKEA. Good prices , better furniture also available , avoid the common.
-Shop for grocery : Carrefour in city mall , Safeway , ctown , should cover all your needs with reasonable prices.Electronics also at Carrefour , Smart buy and dealerships (Samsung,Sharp..etc)

-Shop for nice cloths at city mall lots of brands and prices especially in sales season , avoid the regular small clothing shops , bad quality and bargaining hassle.

-Internet : go for Orange fixed line (up to 24 MB/s no disconnections) , or a 3G provider like umniah (I pay 15 JOD/Month and get 30 GB/Month cab with average 4 MB/s 3G router).

-Gym : Fitness one , Fitness first ,dynamic rabiah branch , power hut . All clean and nice. I recommend gyms as not much places for walking in Amman , with pollution from cars especially diesel and hot sun in the summer , cold wind and mud in the winter.

-School for the kids : This is an area where you'll have to pony up , government schools are virtually free but low quality , good (and really good) private schools exists but could cost a lot (1000+ per kid/year) to several 1000s for an international school).

Of course if you want all high end designer cloths, villas with swimming pools and Mercedes benz/range rover you can buy these in Amman (there is a Lamborghini dealership !) but if money is no object you're probably better off living in another country.

Salaries like 400 to 700 is below middle class for an individual , maybe you'll get by just fine on 900 as a single person.

Also regarding people who 'stare' at women and say rude things , this is becoming pop culture , especially outside the richer western regions of Amman , but also it only ends at staring or honking , don't be afraid you'd be abducted or robbed or something by a creepy person , vast majority of people are peaceful even if they seem rude and you can just ignore and dress more modestly to minimize these annoyances.

The general city-wide facilities (Ambulances , police stations, governmental institutes..etc)are below average quality , so seek private medical care and try to avoid.

The biggest gripe here is Jordan needs improvements to its jurisdictional system to be a legally-safe place (for example if you hit a pedestrian you'll be in an almost life-changing situation although it may be their fault jay walking..etc , other weird things exist) ,make no mistake general fairness is provided to all , but you could get caught in situations where somebody needs to talk to somebody to ease things,of course *some* people are 'almost' above the law or can rid themselves from trouble easier than others.. I think you'll be dealt with somewhat preferentially if you come from a good country (USA,europe..) , your embassy may have good influence and government is friendly with your embassy staff . I think 95%+ of foreigners don't experience don't get really into trouble , just worst case scenario here..

What else to say about living here ?.. em , that should be it..
#solomon on Sep 01, 2014 :
wao,I can never come to Jordan of all these i have read about it.
#saleha on Aug 30, 2014 :
hi. I am Pakistani and I got job in Jordan with salary 700jod with accommodation and food and medication and transportation for job.and I am married but no kids , is it sufficient for servival there. please reply me urgent.
#Anonymous on Aug 25, 2014 :
Most of these complaints are like saying, "I can't afford a Ferrari, so I guess I can't have a car." One person is saying a four star hotel costs 218.00 JDs. There is a middle ground. Its not a mansion or a refugee camp!!!!!
#Teresa on Aug 25, 2014 :
Jordanians like to paint a bleak picture for foreigners. The truth is that about 2400 US dollars (about 1700 jds) buys quite a lot. There are many places to live around Amman where you can get a really nice place for 400 to 500 jds a month. A good internet connection is going to run about 50 jds a month.(Its not gonna be unreliable) Gas in the winter time will be about 40 jds a month. Water is about 10 jds a month. Electric is about 30.00 jds a month. My budget for food is about 320 jds a month and this includes going out and never wanting for anything! 80 jds a month is more than enough to go anywhere you want in a taxi for the whole month. A cellphone runs about 20 jds a month.


rent - 500.00
water - 10.00
natural gas - 40.00
cable - 50.00
t-mobile - 20.00
electric - 30.00
food - 320.00
maid - 201.00
taxi - 80.00

total 1,340.93

left over 359.07

Jordanians routinely over exaggerate the cost of living in Amman. My husbands relatives will say stuff like, "You need 100 JDs every time you leave the house." This is so not true. Its also not true that its more than Tokyo or London. It is true that most Jordanians don't make a lot of money. A good salary is about 800 jds. However, if you have a pension or other income from the US or Europe, you will be just fine. I would not recomend anyone from the developed world to live on less than 1700 jds. Your life will be hell. Clothes and shoes are expensive and of bad quality. Comparing to the US, I find that you could get better quality in Walmart or even a dollar store. Household items are also of inferior quality. Its best to fill up your bags with these things when you visit home or have someone bring it in when they visit. The cost for each child would probably be about 700 jds additionally per month, for each child, to maintain lifestyle. That would be a moderate school, food and clothing. Medical care has different pricing depending on class of care and procedure. I would say that some procedures are 1/5 of the cost in the US and and others close to the same cost. I have insurance that works over here and I would recommend that you have it also. As far as comparing lifestyle to Europe or the US, I would say its a lot cheaper!
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#Hamza Musa on Aug 08, 2014 :
Hi am from Sudan, am having a diploma in graphics design, i wanna come to Jordan for searching of Job, please can some one tell me how much i can get in a month estimatically?
#Jameelah_Lee on Aug 05, 2014 :
I've been living and working here in Amman for almost 2 yrs, I get 500++ JD per month plus commissions, free accommodation. I can say its pretty enough for a single person, I can buy what I want, branded clothing, dine out, go to starbucks, second cup etc.... The above prices are mostly accurate. Its kinda hard at first until you get used to the way of living here.
#Pires on Aug 01, 2014 :
I'm going to Amman on august the 14th. I will live there for two months.
can anyone advise me what kind of cloths i have to carry?
#Mahmoud Issa on Jul 31, 2014 :

I got a job offer to work in Amman. It is for 500 JD + 5% commission. I am not sure how much the commission will be so is 500 JD sufficient? I will be living alone and rent free as my father has a apartment there but i will have to pay for electricity, water. I am looking to ship a car there and drive to work which will be 20 km from home.

SO is 500 JD sufficient?
#Loui on Jul 17, 2014 :
Life in Jordan fucken expensive it's not worth it to leave USA even to visit
#Jasmine on Jul 07, 2014 :
I moved to Amman to live here for a couple of months from the states..... Never again in my life would I ever come back. Living here is hell. It's sad that I can't walk in the streets not feeling safe because of the disrespectful/creepy men. People here have absolutely no manners and are so low. They stare, point, talk about you in your face and even talk to you in such a rude and disrespectful way without even knowing them and that's normal here. The pollution is ridiculous EVERYONE smokes and smoking is allowed almost anywhere. This place is a dump... So trashy everywhere and so noisy day and night , the roads are crazy no rules and people don't know how to drive it's scary. I don't know why some people say jordan is beautiful... There's nothing beautiful about it. The schools are trash and disgusting. 80% of people live in small apartments and still pay way too much. The prices are insane. Jordan is such a poor and ugly country and not a good place for living at all.. There is no comparison between the US and Jordan, never realized how lucky I was
#Daed haddadin on May 04, 2014 :
Dear Anonymous,

if you can not say any good about our beloved Jordan kindly be quiet, the hole western world is not better than Amman and not cleaner, not cheaper I have neen living abroad, and they are not much more honest at all, it is very expensive as well enough of Job less people, racist, homeless as well enough of child abuse. at least we live in a secure Jordan. love and love the earth of Jordan.miss it always and miss the kind heart genrous nation down there. love Jordan my two German boya would like to go and live and study there next summer.we had lovley holidies in Jordan secure and the wonderful clean Aqaba resturants.waiting for the retierment to go and live down there for longer time.
#ready on Apr 27, 2014 :
I guess i have to go and make a difference.
#Umm Omar on Mar 29, 2014 :
I am a Muslim American married to a Jordanian. We have five children. I have been living in Amman for 15 years. We came here when our oldest child was in first grade. We decided to live here so that our children would be raised in an Islamic environment, would become fluent in Arabic, and grow up with "Arab" manners. We are living on my husbands U.S. income. The prices on the chart above are pretty accurate. Figure out what you need to buy to be 'comfortable' and add it up. If you have the advantage of a US salary, then I would say you have a reasonable 'choice' of living here. I am constantly baffled at how people live on Jordanian salaries. I read some comments of people who make 1500 jd per month. That is an excellent salary for Jordan...but you are not going to be living the high life,...especially if you have kids. Realistically, however most people don't make that much money. According to the chart above, the average salary is about
450 jd. I would say that seems fairly accurate. There isn't going to be any Starbucks on that salary!

I would like to open the topic of primary education choices here in Jordan especially for ex pats or non Arabs. I would love to hear other people's experiences and conclusions. Thanks!
#RHIZZA on Jan 28, 2014 :
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I am planning to go to Jordan this year as a tourist for a week.. It is possible that i can acquire a job there also. What are the things i needed to prepare or what is the minimum wage a normal company can give me. I am Accounting graduate and flexible to all kind of work. I will be happy if i can hear from your side here is my email add:

#sami on Jan 01, 2014 :
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#Anonymous on Dec 31, 2013 :
Amman ia a dirty place, with rubbish thrown all over the streets, wild cats all over the place, wild dogs that roam in packs as well as Hyena's. The prices are disgusting and you will rarely find any good fashionable clothes, besides ones that went out of fashion years ago. People stare and have no manners. The roads are disgusting and have no laws, everyone drives around with a mobile phone stuck on their ears and there[s beggers everywhere. The rats that were running around outside of the Queen Alia airport were as big as cats. Not a good place to holiday at all. Oh and the Mosques are the most annoying, screaming and shouting all day and waking everyone up at around 3 am every morning.
#Anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 :
hi, a big advice from me don't even try to come, every thing expensive, law salaries, coast living more than tokyo or london even vigas, bad people, but i have to admit if your salary more than 10.000 jd you can live perfect life but remember you can't save a dollar from that amount but you will make everything you want
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