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Average Salary in Kenya 2019

How much money does a person working in Kenya make?

148,041 KES per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Kenya typically earns around 148,041 KES per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Kenya | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Kenya

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Kenya range between 20,038 KES per month (minimum salary) to 655,547 KES per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 145,080 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 145,080 KES while the other half are earning more than 145,080 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.

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 74,303 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 74,303 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 384,301 KES while 25% are earning more than 384,301 KES.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Kenya

How are Kenya salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Kenya
Average Salary 2016    =  
136,282 KES
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
141,324 KES
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
144,009 KES
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
148,041 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Kenya are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant105,188 KES
Administrative Assistant79,027 KES
Architect135,884 KES
Attorney216,376 KES
Biomedical Engineer122,673 KES
CAD Drafter118,239 KES
Cashier86,036 KES
Chartered Accountant132,576 KES
Chef128,101 KES
Chief Executive Officer357,788 KES
Chief Financial Officer302,022 KES
Civil Engineer134,656 KES
Computer Technician114,308 KES
Creative Director151,796 KES
Dentist365,056 KES
Developer / Programmer127,725 KES
Electrical Engineer147,651 KES
Elementary School Teacher102,334 KES
Engineer139,295 KES
Executive Chef127,593 KES
Flight Attendant127,477 KES
General Manager260,248 KES
Graphic Designer108,795 KES
Hotel Manager224,704 KES
Human Resources Manager210,735 KES
Internal Auditor159,411 KES
Journalist153,563 KES
Legal Assistant108,439 KES
Mechanical Engineer145,730 KES
Nurse115,198 KES
Pharmacist165,933 KES
Photographer98,844 KES
Pilot185,420 KES
Police Officer118,660 KES
Project Manager176,677 KES
Receptionist80,797 KES
Sales Manager228,338 KES
Sales Representative96,062 KES
Secondary School Teacher126,007 KES
Secretary79,842 KES
Teacher115,926 KES
Teller106,006 KES
Travel Agent126,376 KES
Waiter / Waitress94,319 KES

Average Hourly Wage in Kenya | All Jobs

854 KES per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya | All Jobs is 854 KES. This means that the average person in Kenya earns approximatly 854 KES for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu143,549 KES
Mombasa161,346 KES
Nairobi176,401 KES
145124 - 1173
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