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Doctor Average Salary in Kenya 2021

How much money does a Doctor make in Kenya?

Average Monthly Salary
370,000 KES
( 4,440,000 KES yearly)


A person working as a Doctor in Kenya typically earns around 370,000 KES per month. Salaries range from 170,000 KES (lowest) to 588,000 KES (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Doctor salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Doctor Salary Distribution in Kenya

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

  • Salary Range

    Doctor salaries in Kenya range from 170,000 KES per month (minimum salary) to 588,000 KES per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 399,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Doctor(s) are earning less than 399,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 399,000 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 Doctor(s) are earning less than 256,000 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 256,000 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of Doctor(s) are earning less than 533,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 533,000 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

Doctor Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Kenya Doctor
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Doctor salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Doctor with less than two years of experience makes approximately 193,000 KES per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 258,000 KES per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 381,000 KES per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Doctor(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 465,000 KES per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 507,000 KES per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 548,000 KES per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Doctor average salary change by experience in Kenya

0 - 2 Years
193,000 KES
2 - 5 Years+34%
258,000 KES
5 - 10 Years+48%
381,000 KES
10 - 15 Years+22%
465,000 KES
15 - 20 Years+9%
507,000 KES
20+ Years+8%
548,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Doctor Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kenya Doctor
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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 Doctor employees in Kenya earn 16% more than their female counterparts on average.

397,000 KES
343,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kenya for all Careers

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Doctor Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kenya

How much are annual salary increments in Kenya for Doctor(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Doctor(s) in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees 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.

Kenya / All Professions

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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Kenya for the year 2020. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Doctor Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya Doctor
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A Doctor is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

30% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 70% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

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.

Doctor Average Hourly Wage in Kenya

2,130 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya is 2,130 KES. This means that the average Doctor in Kenya earns approximately 2,130 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.

Doctor VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Doctor and Health and Medical monthly Kenya
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The average salary for Doctor is 7% more than that of Doctor / Physician. Also, Doctor / Physician salaries are 57% more than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advanced Nutrition Aide226,000 KES-39%
Advanced Practice Provider196,000 KES-47%
Allergist296,000 KES-20%
Behavioral Health Specialist171,000 KES-54%
Chiropractor189,000 KES-49%
Clinical Psychologist477,000 KES+29%
Correctional Treatment Specialist291,000 KES-21%
Counseling Psychologist344,000 KES-7%
Dermatologist458,000 KES+24%
Dietitian310,000 KES-16%
Doctor370,000 KES+0%
Emergency Department Physician333,000 KES-10%
Exercise Physiologist355,000 KES-4%
Forensic Pathologist379,000 KES+2%
General Medical Practitioner283,000 KES-23%
Genetic Counselor256,000 KES-31%
Internist473,000 KES+28%
Interventionist459,000 KES+24%
Invasive Cardiologist619,000 KES+67%
Mental Health Therapst260,000 KES-30%
Naturopathic Physician471,000 KES+27%
Neurologist460,000 KES+24%
Neurophysiology Technologist126,000 KES-66%
Nuclear Medicine Physician408,000 KES+10%
Obstetrician / Gynecologist435,000 KES+18%
Occupational Health Safety Specialist204,000 KES-45%
Ophthalmologist335,000 KES-9%
Optometrist314,000 KES-15%
Pediatrician373,000 KES+1%
Physical Therapist246,000 KES-33%
Physical Therapy Director287,000 KES-22%
Physician - Anesthesiology541,000 KES+46%
Physician - Cardiology586,000 KES+58%
Physician - CCU335,000 KES-9%
Physician - Dermatology433,000 KES+17%
Physician - Emergency Room328,000 KES-11%
Physician - Endocrinology424,000 KES+15%
Physician - Family Practice299,000 KES-19%
Physician - Gastroenterology410,000 KES+11%
Physician - Generalist332,000 KES-10%
Physician - Geriatrics289,000 KES-22%
Physician - Hematology / Oncology409,000 KES+11%
Physician - Immunology / Allergy432,000 KES+17%
Physician - Infectious Disease374,000 KES+1%
Physician - Internal Medicine461,000 KES+25%
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine373,000 KES+1%
Physician - Nephrology462,000 KES+25%
Physician - Neurology467,000 KES+26%
Physician - Nuclear Medicine401,000 KES+8%
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology429,000 KES+16%
Physician - Occupational Medicine335,000 KES-9%
Physician - Ophthalmology288,000 KES-22%
Physician - Otolaryngology273,000 KES-26%
Physician - Pain Medicine258,000 KES-30%
Physician - Pathology332,000 KES-10%
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology414,000 KES+12%
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology400,000 KES+8%
Physician - Pediatrics366,000 KES-1%
Physician - Physiatry403,000 KES+9%
Physician - Podiatry374,000 KES+1%
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine298,000 KES-19%
Physician - Radiation Therapy447,000 KES+21%
Physician - Radiology453,000 KES+22%
Physician - Rheumatology404,000 KES+9%
Physician - Sports Medicine405,000 KES+9%
Physician - Urology530,000 KES+43%
Physician Assistant250,000 KES-32%
Physiotherapist282,000 KES-24%
Podiatrist273,000 KES-26%
Preventive Medicine Physician358,000 KES-3%
Psychiatrist394,000 KES+7%
Psychololgist403,000 KES+9%
Psychometrician350,000 KES-5%
Radiologist417,000 KES+13%
Registered Respiratory Therapist242,000 KES-35%
Skin Care Specialist232,000 KES-37%
Urologist536,000 KES+45%
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist255,000 KES-31%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu357,000 KES
Mombasa380,000 KES
Nairobi399,000 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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