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Average Salary in Kenya 2023

How much money does a person working in Kenya make?

Average Monthly Salary
147,000 KES
( 1,760,000 KES yearly)


A person working in Kenya typically earns around 147,000 KES per month. Salaries range from 37,100 KES (lowest average) to 656,000 KES (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Kenya

Median and salary distribution monthly Kenya
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Kenya range from 37,100 KES per month (minimum salary) to 656,000 KES per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 141,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 141,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 141,000 KES. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 80,200 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 80,200 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 382,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 382,000 KES.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Kenya costs anywhere from 734,000 Kenyan Shilling(s) to 2,200,000 Kenyan Shilling(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kenya
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Kenya earn 10% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

155,000 KES
141,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kenya

How much are annual salary increments in Kenya? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 29 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Kenya is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Kenya for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya
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67% of surveyed staff in Kenya reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant108,000 KES
Accounting Assistant85,100 KES
Accounting Manager219,000 KES
Bookkeeper73,900 KES
Chartered Accountant138,000 KES
Corporate Treasurer198,000 KES
Financial Analyst192,000 KES
Financial Manager308,000 KES
Internal Auditor147,000 KES

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant79,000 KES
Office Manager137,000 KES
Receptionist54,200 KES
Secretary66,900 KES

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director152,000 KES
Creative Director148,000 KES
Graphic Designer99,700 KES
Photographer81,300 KES

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer199,000 KES
Air Traffic Controller173,000 KES
Flight Attendant102,000 KES
Pilot269,000 KES

Architect181,000 KES
CAD Drafter80,400 KES

Mechanic59,600 KES
Service Advisor102,000 KES

Bank Branch Manager277,000 KES
Teller58,900 KES

Teacher116,000 KES
Translator138,000 KES

Business Planning
Business Analyst187,000 KES
Business Development Manager236,000 KES
Project Manager177,000 KES

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny63,700 KES
Nursery Teacher58,100 KES

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer134,000 KES
Construction Project Manager257,000 KES
Health and Safety Officer67,500 KES

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative55,800 KES
Customer Service Manager201,000 KES
Customer Service Representative56,400 KES

Electrical Engineer148,000 KES
Engineer145,000 KES
Mechanical Engineer141,000 KES

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer358,000 KES
Chief Financial Officer303,000 KES
General Manager260,000 KES

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef98,100 KES
Executive Chef105,000 KES
Hotel Manager274,000 KES
Travel Agent98,000 KES
Waiter / Waitress49,500 KES

Health and Medical
Dentist365,000 KES
Dietitian310,000 KES
Laboratory Technician112,000 KES
Nurse114,000 KES

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager230,000 KES
Human Resources Officer86,900 KES

Information Technology
Computer Technician114,000 KES
Database Administrator149,000 KES
Developer / Programmer142,000 KES
Information Technology Manager247,000 KES
Network Engineer130,000 KES

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer90,400 KES

Attorney294,000 KES
Legal Assistant79,900 KES

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist177,000 KES

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer123,000 KES
Pharmacist188,000 KES

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier57,400 KES
Sales Manager252,000 KES
Sales Representative96,100 KES

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher102,000 KES
Secondary School Teacher126,000 KES

Average Hourly Wage in Kenya

850 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya is 850 KES. This means that the average person in Kenya earns approximately 850 KES for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu142,000 KES
Mombasa160,000 KES
Nairobi175,000 KES

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Kenya earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
140,000 KES
Public Sector+14%
159,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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