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Average Salary in Kenya 2019

How much money does a person working in Kenya make?

145,290 KES per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Kenya typically earns around 145,290 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

25% of people earn
40,000 KES
or less
50% of people earn
79,839 KES
or less
75% of people earn
176,500 KES
or less
Minimum
10,000
KES
Median
79,839
KES
Maximum
1,500,000
KES

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Kenya range between 10,000 KES per month (minimum salary) to 1,500,000 KES per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 79,839 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 79,839 KES while the other half are earning more than 79,839 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 40,000 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 40,000 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 176,500 KES while 25% are earning more than 176,500 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.

2016201720182019
Average Salary 2016    =  
136,113 KES
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
139,924 KES
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
142,163 KES
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
145,290 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 2% 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.


Average Hourly Wage in Kenya | All Jobs

745 KES per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya | All Jobs is 745 KES. This means that the average person in Kenya earns approximatly 745 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
Bungoma103,667 KES
Dadaab56,750 KES
Eldoret45,625 KES
Embu25,550 KES
Isiolo29,667 KES
Kajiado27,000 KES
Kiambu81,794 KES
Kisii70,583 KES
Kisumu77,683 KES
Kitale157,672 KES
Machakos77,750 KES
Malindi54,000 KES
Meru44,667 KES
Mombasa108,159 KES
Nairobi156,889 KES
Naivasha54,200 KES
Nakuru33,600 KES
Nyeri33,225 KES
Thika68,400 KES
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