Salary and Employment Benefits in Doha Qatar what you should know as an expat

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10 April 2019

Salaries in Qatar are more or less similar to that in western nations. But, given the lack of personal taxation, net income is usually higher, and this is one of the major attractions of working in Qatar.

During the past, remuneration packages were divided into various elements like basic salary, car allowance, housing allowance, medical cover, children education and air tickets for home visits. Today, however, employers just pay a salary to cover all these expenses, although in few cases, there are other bonuses too.

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Some of the common benefits that companies offer to employees are:


Apart from their salary, contract workers are awarded an ‘indemnity’ at the end of the contract period. The indemnity is calculated on the basis of basic salary (excluding bonuses). For those working in Qatar for a long time, indemnity can be a lot of money, as several people manage to accumulate considerable financial backup or live the high life. The indemnity is not related to insurance, but it is more of an end-of-the-term bonus, and is required by law to be paid to expatriate workers thanking them for serving the state. It is also known as ‘end-of-contract benefits’ or ‘end-of-service’ benefits. The indemnity scales are in the range 15 to 20 days of basic pay per year of employment for the first three years, and a month’s pay every year, thereafter.


A worker is entitled to an end of service gratuity, upon expiry of his service. The worker should have completed atleast five years of employment. The gratuity will be agreed upon by the two parties, provided it is not less than three-week wages for each year of employment (and if one exceeds 5 years of service, gratuity could even be calculate at 30 days per year). The last drawn basic wage will be the base for calculation of gratuity. The employer is entitled to deduct from service gratuity, the amount due to him by the worker, if any.


Annual leave

The employer usually fixes the date of annual leave for the worker as per the work requirements and may divide the leave with the consent of the worker, provided, it should not be divided for more than two periods. In case the employee submits a written application for postponement of the annual leave, it can be postponed to next year, but, it should not be more than half of the annual leave. 

Generally, after one year of continuous service, employee is eligible for an annual paid leave of at least three weeks if the service is less than five years, and at least four weeks if the service is more than five years.

The worker is eligible to take leave for fractions of the year, based on the period of service rendered.

The worker is not allowed to waive his entitlement to the annual leave, and any agreement done on the contrary would be considered as void. Some companies also offer payment in lieu of annual leave of the employee, equivalent to the wage of the employee for the leave days for which he is entitled, in case the contract is terminated before the worker claims his leave. Check out information about cost of living in Doha.

Sick leave

The employees are eligible for paid sick leave for every year of their service, but, this can be availed only on completion of three months in service, and on producing a medical certificate. The employee shall be paid full wages if the sick leave does not exceed two weeks. But, if the sick leave extends thereafter, the employee shall be paid half his wage for another four weeks. The sick leave can be extended thereafter without pay, until the employee resumes his work, or resigns, or his service is terminated for health reasons. 

At the end of twelfth week of sick leave, the employee’s work may be terminated if a report has been issued by the physician that the worker is unable to resume his work.

Pilgrimage leave

A Muslim worker is eligible to take leave without pay, not exceeding two weeks, to fulfil his obligation to go to pilgrimage, once during the period of his service. In such a case, the employer will specify the number of workers who may be granted such leave annually, based on the work requirements, with priority given to those who have worked for longer duration. But this will be granted only as when the work circumstances permit.


Apart from annual leave, you will be offered leave for public holidays like Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Adha, Independence Day, National Sports Day and other festive days as specified by the employer. Muslim employees are also eligible for pilgrimage leave without paying for maximum two weeks during the period of employment. Also, female employees can avail of maternity leave (50 days) on completion of one year of service.

Salaries in Qatar (2019)

Salaries in Qatar fall in the range QR1200 per month to QR87,000 per month. The median salary is about QR13,000 a month, which implies that more than half of the population in Qatar are earning less than QR13,000, while the others earn more than QR13,000.

A person working in Qatar typically earns about QR16,794 per month, including housing, transportation and other benefits.  Salaries differ considerably for different types of jobs. 

The average monthly salaries of expats in Qatar for the most common sectors have been mentioned here. The Western CEOs working in multinational firms, earned about USD41,000 per month in Qatar. If you are interested to know about salary of a particular job, check for salaries with specific job titles.

Monthly Average Salaries Based on Occupation (Managerial positions)

OccupationSalary range  (per month)
Finance and Accounting ManagerQR30,105 – 41,732
Banking, Branch ManagerQR29,468 – QR47,867
HR ManagerQR34,752 – QR45,868
Lawyer Marketer / ManagerQR34,245 – QR44,172
Real Estate, ManagerQR40,589 – QR46,608
Information Technology, ManagerQR43,436 – QR57,287
Construction, Project ManagerQR38,670 – QR56,839
Banking, Treasury ManagerQR44,044 – QR62,130
Banking, Branch ManagerQR29,468 – QR47,867
Media – PR ManagerQR27,164 – QR36,547
CEO/MD, multinationalQR1,21,322 – QR1,56,635
CEO/MD local companyQR76,397 – QR98,357
Healthcare – General practitionerQR33,972 – QR42,966
Events ManagerQR18,377 – QR29,130

Average Monthly Salaries in Qatar Based on Job Category (2019)

Job CategoryAverage Monthly Salary
Accounting and FinanceQR 12,325
Administration / Reception / SecretarialQR 7,427
Advertising / Grapic Design / Event ManagementQR 18,550 
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / DefenseQR 14,988
ArchitectureQR 17,112 
AutomotiveQR 11,116
BankingQR 21,714
Construction / Building / InstallationQR 17,199
Customer Service and Call CenterQR 11,405 
Electrical and Electronics TradesQR 11,611 
EngineeringQR 18,812 
EnvironmentalQR 21,746 
Executive and ManagementQR31,494
Facilities / Maintenance / RepairQR 11,518
Factory and ManufacturingQR 26,473
Food, Hospitality, Tourism and CateringQR 7,323
Health and MedicalQR 17,602 
Human ResourcesQR 17,256 
Information TechnologyQR 17,821 
InsuranceQR 16,278
MarketingQR 17,693
Oil / Gas / Energy / MiningQR 22,043
Pharmaceutical and BiotechnologyQR 15,775
Purchasing and InventoryQR 13,087
Quality Control and ComplianceQR 14,764
Sales Retail and WholesaleQR 12,122
Teaching / EducationQR 13,954
TelecommunicationQR 18,304 

Salary forecast for 2020

Here’s the list of average salaries in Qatar over the past four years:

Year                       Average Salaries
2016                       QR15,826
2017                       QR16,269 (growth of 3%)
2018                       QR, 16,594 (growth of 2%)
2019                       QR, 16.794 (growth of 1%)

As can be seen salaries are on the rise this year too, according to latest salary reports submitted. The salaries in 2019 are 1% more than those in 2018. This indicates that there will be slow, but, constant increase in payscales during the year 2020 too, and in the years to come. However, the numbers may vary from one year to another.

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