Cost of Living in Kuwait City

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 90.45
Rent Index: 38.13
Groceries Index: 107.86
Restaurants Index: 52.77
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 65.35
Local Purchasing Power: 77.39
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.00 KWD 1.25-3.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 14.00 KWD 10.00-20.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 2.00 KWD 1.60-3.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.00 KWD 0.50-1.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.50 KWD 0.30-0.50
Cappuccino (regular) 1.48 KWD 1.00-2.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.17 KWD 0.09-0.30
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.12 KWD 0.10-0.20
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 1.64 KWD 1.25-1.89
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.26 KWD 0.14-0.45
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.24 KWD 0.18-0.77
Eggs (12) 0.57 KWD 0.48-0.75
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1.13 KWD 0.64-1.81
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 0.57 KWD 0.45-0.91
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1.56 KWD 1.36-1.81
Apples (1 lb) 0.33 KWD 0.20-0.42
Banana (1 lb) 0.26 KWD 0.08-0.36
Oranges (1 lb) 0.26 KWD 0.10-0.34
Tomato (1 lb) 0.28 KWD 0.15-0.45
Potato (1 lb) 0.19 KWD 0.09-0.24
Onion (1 lb) 0.15 KWD 0.07-0.24
Lettuce (1 head) 0.73 KWD 0.28-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.16 KWD 0.15-0.20
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 75.00 KWD 70.00-80.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.75 KWD 1.50-2.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.00 KWD
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 0.78 KWD 0.70-0.90
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.25 KWD 0.25-0.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 15.00 KWD 15.00-16.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.00 KWD 0.65-1.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.80 KWD 0.56-1.21
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1.75 KWD 1.00-3.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 0.30 KWD 0.24-0.38
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,000.00 KWD 5,500.00-8,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 5,900.00 KWD 5,000.00-6,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 16.56 KWD 10.00-26.15
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.04 KWD 0.03-0.04
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 12.08 KWD 6.00-24.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.50 KWD 20.00-120.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.33 KWD 5.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.50 KWD 3.00-5.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child ?
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child ?
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 19.56 KWD 13.50-30.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 17.33 KWD 8.00-24.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 30.22 KWD 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 34.30 KWD 25.00-45.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 316.00 KWD 250.00-500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 257.00 KWD 180.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 604.17 KWD 475.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 454.17 KWD 350.00-700.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 185.80 KWD 185.80-185.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 126.97 KWD 92.90-148.64
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 622.72 KWD
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.29 4.00-10.00

Prices in Kuwait City, Kuwait

These data are based on 541 entries in the past 18 months from 91 different contributors.
Last update: February, 2017
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Cost of living in Kuwait City is 9.55% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 788.33$ (240.75KWD) and for four person family at 2,948.00$ (900.29KWD) (without rent).
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43 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Feb 23, 2017 :
Dear friends,
Don't discriminate the people of any country in the world on the basis of their cast, Colour, Religion & races.
God is one whether you worship in the name of "Lord Rama" or "Lord Rahim" or "Lord Jejus" or " Guru waahe guru". No religion tells you to hate & Discriminate anybody in the name of any religion. God makes the Humans only not the cast. Only humans make the barriers & boundaries to disrespect the laws of the God. Destroy the barriers & boundaries & open your hearts for everyone of the everyone religion then only you can find the God in the real sense otherwise not. Every Religion shows the same way to reaching the God but it's up to you, can you understand the signals.
For Example:-
If you are in trouble & you are Muslim this is question of your life or death you need of help of anyone who pulls you up otherwise you fall down in the dark & the helping person is Hindu so in that situation can you ask the person for taking help hey dear tell me your religion. Can you do this? Think? Answer is No. You surely take the help to uplift yourself. Think who helps you.
Don't expect the magics . God helps to their child through its payriots .
Love the people don't Discriminate them on any basis.

With Love Kuwait & the rest World,

Gagan Rastogi
#Anonymous on Feb 23, 2017 :
Dear friends,
Take only Kuwait dinar becuz you earn in Kuwait & Spend in Kuwait. Don't be fool in any other currencies jobs offer in Kuwait becaz kuwait's currency is dinar. Please check the cost of living in Kuwait whether it is under your monthly salary or not. Accept offers from any employer only when he/she pays you salary over & above to the cost of living per month in Kuwait. If you accept low salary then how will you bear day to day expenses.

With love Kuwait and everybody in the World,

Gagan Rastogi
#Faraz Ahmed on Aug 24, 2016 :
Hi All,

I have been offered a job post (Business Analyst) at a Bank in Kuwait with a monthly salary of KWD 560 with year end bonus and Air Ticket(only me). I have 4 years of banking expereience and I am currently un married but looking to get married in a year's time.

How is the salary package?
Is this monthly salary enough to live a moderate life for bachelor or a newly married person?

I am in need of guidance from any local person as I dont know anybody in Kuwait.
Thanks and regards

#Roy Getting life on Aug 11, 2016 :
for those who are looking for money in kuwait: (europeans and living lush life)

1- its an expensive place to live, if you are looking for a decent place to stay in, its expensive, unless you want to share with 2 or maybe 3 other roommates. [ 400 USD shared with 1 RM in 1 Bedroom Apt, 700 USD shared with 1 RM in a 2 Bedroom Apt]

2- Transportation , taxis are the best option you have, if you want to use buses it will be a disaster.

3- The only way to be paid generously is to be (1:Lucky 2:Experienced 3:big shot 4:Sexy)

4- if you are a hot girl, many doors will be open for you(don't be a prostitute, if u r, get paid and leave with in 4 months otherwise you will be caught) you can be a model which you will be paid 2000 to 4000 USD a month, or you could be a fitness trainer 3000 USD, or a teacher in a private school 3000 to 5000 USD. and that goes for guys too besides prostitutions :P.

5- if you are an asian don't look up much, kuwait has no fast track ticket for asians in fact its a fucked place for asians.. filipinos can have fun and have opportunities.. indian sub continent not so much..if you are mixed race with an EU or US passport u will get the respect but still, Kuwaitis won't respect Asians no matter what LOL. even if you bring the richest Indian or whoever. they would treat him\her like a house maid or personal bellboy. east asians except for North Koreans,Chinese,Thailand, Nepal should be ok for them.

their salaries depends on their roles:

Top Level Managers(Heads, CEOs): 6000 to 10,000\Month
Experienced Academics: 4500 to 6000 USD\Month
Experienced Workers(12 years +): 3000 to 6000 USD\Month (Varies based on Role)
Mid Career Workers: 1000 to 3000 USD\Month (Varies based on Role)
others: 800 to 1700 USD\Month (Varies based on Role)
Domestic Workers(House Maids etc): 300 to 600 USD\Month (Varies based on Role)

6- Always keep in mind other countries first, then kuwait, cuz it isn't the place to be by all means..unless you have friends and family.

7- My pricing is average and might vary from company to another.

8-Remmber Kuwait is only a Golden Cow for those who are fortunate and have connections or rich families, there are many filthy rich Lebanese, Syrians and Jordanians, who hold Canadian, US and British passports and enjoys all the life fruits in kuwait, so do not be surprised. you will not be like them.

9- Not all Kuwaitis are Rich, so do not go there and think oh this guy is local, i must milk him. Big NO, there are no poor Kuwaiti but it does not mean they are rich rich.

10-if you are African, Get out! kuwait isn't for you at all, in fact GCC isn't made for your culture! there isn't any color discrimination or racism of color but it does exist in many other ways, for example Nationality matters in kuwait. so if you r Ghanian or Nigerian or where ever again you have to be super clever.

Good Luck Y'all
#Harry on Mar 22, 2016 :
I have 2.5 years experience in wireless technology with MBA.
I want to work in kuwait. can anybody help me out. my contact :- 7416820317
#Thulasi on Jan 04, 2016 :
I got offer in Gulfspic in Kuwait for 175KD. Is it good company to accept this offer. Pls some one help me out this
#Anonymous on Sep 02, 2015 :
my company is sum openings for sales and backoffice admin. plz call me immediately
#praveen on Aug 28, 2015 :
As I m a civil engineer what salary could I expect in Kuwait
#preeti Charles on Aug 08, 2015 :
I m from india. me nd my husband want to do job in Kuwait. I have 12 years experience in an international company. Can anybody help me for job. Contact me 8890204376,8829076707.
#Pramod Kumar on Jul 31, 2015 :
I am a sales professional with 15 yrs plus experience of which most of it is in East Africa. I am looking for a simlar kind of job in kuwait. Can somebody advise if I can get a job and what would be the salary.

Thanks & Regards,

#Vivian on Jun 26, 2015 :
Dear folks,i am a ghanaian and offered management information system and currently living in Kuwait searching for job that can finally ends me an amount of this 300kd a month or above with accommodation and food . Thank you.
#ketan on May 18, 2015 :
I am trying to get job Kuwait is it better or is it good to do job in Kuwait?/plz advice me...
#blinks on May 10, 2015 :
Anyone with working and staying experience in Kuwait how is d country like is it a nice place to stay and work pls share.
#Anonymous on Mar 25, 2015 :
I'm a hair stylist,frm nigeria please i need a similar job in kuwait please should anyone help me,here my number,+2348135835363
#RJV SRV on Feb 16, 2015 :
Hi All,

I wokred into banking operations for 6.0 years in India as a financial analyst. Now i am looking for similar jobs in Kuwait. Can anyone seriously hlep me in getting a job. By the way what will be the salary offered to me on this experience.

Thank you.
#mawa on Jan 23, 2015 :
living in Kuwait and covering all cost for a family - 2 kids ( foreigner) will cost in average :
1- Rent (100 square meter ) start with 390-550 KD per month
2- Food ( grocery start from 100 KD per month )
3- Electricity and water : Kuwait government subsidies it ( if you rent it will be mostly free - some owners asked renter to pay for it )
4- health : very cheap 1 kd per visit

good luck
#Frank on Jan 21, 2015 :
Hi, does any one knows the price of electricity pls? how much per kwh for residential, how much per kwh for commercial and for industrial use?
Thank you a bunch!
#Santosh Shingade on Jan 12, 2015 :
I got job offer in Kuwait as a restaurant server salary they offering is 120 kwd medical expence+ accommodation+one time duty meal company will provide, is it worth enough to accept this offer, pls advice
#Dayanand on Jan 12, 2015 :
Hey i have got an offer as an assistant manager in kuwait restaurant & salary is KWD 260 & they are providing acomodation & food can i servoive with this amount??????
#WAD on Dec 15, 2014 :
I am looking for a new opportunity and have found one or two hits, my concern is the cost of living in Kuwait? What would a nice one bed room apt (Furnished) cost me in a nice area? Any pointers on finding companies looking for Director of Operations, Senior Program / Project Manager?
#ragul on Sep 26, 2014 :
hey just got an offer from a switch gear company,,,,pay 50000INR per month,,,is it worth?? any boday frm kuwait can please give me some details about al ahleia switch gears ??
#Dickson on Sep 22, 2014 :
one of the contruction company's are offerig me a job at kuwait is it for real or a salary thing as we normally hear.can any one help me with this pls
#sathish on Sep 21, 2014 :
Got an offer from al ahleia switch gears as a trainee engineer pay KD 230/mnth.Food &Accomidation is free!Is this offer will be useful for me as an engineer.pls leave ur comments.Thanks
#sridhar on Sep 20, 2014 :
I have job in Kuwait my salary s 190 kwd . company ll give food and room shall accept this job...
#Shekhar on Sep 19, 2014 :
one of engg com pampany offered me 605KD/month,I need to arrange food and accommodation at my cost.can somebody suggest me whether I accept this offer or not?
#sestafanos on Sep 14, 2014 :
Karthik, ignore this offer. You WILL be treated as the scum of the earth and it will not be worth it at all. Your accommodation will be absolutely horrible. This is what is referred to in Kuwait as slavery...
#karthik on Sep 10, 2014 :
One of the switch gear company kuwait offering me a job with rs.50,000/mnth free food&accomodation and cn anyone pls tel is it sufficient to survive here? Is there any possibilities to save sme amunt of money aftr all the expanses without wasting unneccessary amunt?
#Tanuja Reddy on Sep 04, 2014 :
what is an average salary paid for a bank employee like HSBC banks etc.,
#Champion on Mar 27, 2014 :
Walking you can reach Kuwait
#ATISH on Feb 02, 2014 :
One of the switch gear company of the kuwait offered mi the 190KWD Salary for the month and 20KWD For the food and accomodation. Is it sufficient for the kuwait job.
#MS Ryan on Dec 05, 2013 :
I am 26 years old, living in India. I need a job in Kuwait. I need some one to help me out please. I have more than 5 years work experience in international call center.
Moreover, I am indeed ready to work in any types of job.
Thank you...
#Rav on Nov 29, 2013 :
can any one tell me that, i have an offer of 1100KWD is it sufficient for 4 persons to live to adult and two children(school going). can i save anything if we're leading moderative life.
#Hemant on Aug 07, 2013 :
Can you please tell me the salary for assistant restaurant manager in qsr restaurant ?

Thank you
#Anonymous on Jul 23, 2013 :
I want to go and play soccer in Kuwait,could someone tell me how they pay...and how much do they pay..thanks

#remus on Jul 22, 2013 :
Heloo! Can you help me making an idea about the monthly salary for a fitness trainer, because i have got a job offer in Kuwait City.
thank you very much!
#Munish Kumar on Jul 03, 2013 :
I have been offered a job with one of telecom company based in Shuwaikh Industrial Area, SAFAT. Company is not providing me accommodation,so i have to search it. Please suggest a nearby residential area and rent expenses of furnished/unfurnished 1 bedroom set for 1.

Thanks in advance
#RONAK on Jun 23, 2013 :
I have been offered a salary of 1200 KD by One of the construction company.

Is this appropriate salary for a family of 3 persons to live in Kuwait with 2 BHK apartment with moderate expense? Pl. suggest
#ashok on Jun 18, 2013 :
Also add 15KD/Month towards elec/watchman etc.,
#ashok on Jun 18, 2013 :
Dear Abhijit,

1 Bed Hall flat difficult to come across. 2 Bed Hall in Salmiya should cost around 250 KD.

Hope helps.
#Abhijit on Jun 18, 2013 :
Can anyone guide me on the monthly appartment rent (single room or Hall_Kitchen) for single person?
#mahesh kumar on Jun 05, 2013 :
what should be the ideal salary for a Software developer with 3-4 years of experience.
#Samer on May 25, 2013 :
I lived in Kuwait for nearly a year and it's a nice place if you have a large network of friends otherwise it's really boring.
Now as far as living expenses, Kuwait is moderate in prices. Gas is very cheap I drove a 2012 Honda Accord 2.5KD to fill up the tank :)
Food and drink is relatively cheap and cigarettes are cheap if you smoke.
cars and trucks are priced ok, you have too look around a lot before buying.
Apartment rent is a bit pricey in good areas (Salmyia, Mangaf, Salwa) 350kd+ so if you work at a company make sure they pay most, if not all, your rent.

Overall, if you have a job that pays well you'll be able to live excellent and save a decent chunk of money in Kuwait.
#bryan on May 08, 2013 :
Why is alcohol listed here? It's forbidden.