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Doctor / Physician Average Salaries in Kenya 2023

How much money does a person working in Doctor / Physician make in Kenya?

Average Monthly Salary
345,000 KES
( 4,140,000 KES yearly)


A person working in Doctor / Physician in Kenya typically earns around 345,000 KES per month. Salaries range from 127,000 KES (lowest average) to 583,000 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 Doctor / Physician careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advanced Nutrition Aide226,000 KES
Advanced Practice Provider196,000 KES
Allergist296,000 KES
Behavioral Health Specialist171,000 KES
Chiropractor189,000 KES
Clinical Psychologist477,000 KES
Correctional Treatment Specialist291,000 KES
Counseling Psychologist344,000 KES
Dermatologist458,000 KES
Dietitian310,000 KES
Doctor370,000 KES
Emergency Department Physician333,000 KES
Exercise Physiologist355,000 KES
Forensic Pathologist379,000 KES
General Medical Practitioner283,000 KES
Genetic Counselor256,000 KES
Internist473,000 KES
Interventionist459,000 KES
Invasive Cardiologist619,000 KES
Mental Health Therapst260,000 KES
Naturopathic Physician471,000 KES
Neurologist460,000 KES
Neurophysiology Technologist126,000 KES
Nuclear Medicine Physician408,000 KES
Obstetrician / Gynecologist435,000 KES
Occupational Health Safety Specialist204,000 KES
Ophthalmologist335,000 KES
Optometrist314,000 KES
Pediatrician373,000 KES
Physical Therapist246,000 KES
Physical Therapy Director287,000 KES
Physician - Anesthesiology541,000 KES
Physician - Cardiology586,000 KES
Physician - CCU335,000 KES
Physician - Dermatology433,000 KES
Physician - Emergency Room328,000 KES
Physician - Endocrinology424,000 KES
Physician - Family Practice299,000 KES
Physician - Gastroenterology410,000 KES
Physician - Generalist332,000 KES
Physician - Geriatrics289,000 KES
Physician - Hematology / Oncology409,000 KES
Physician - Immunology / Allergy432,000 KES
Physician - Infectious Disease374,000 KES
Physician - Internal Medicine461,000 KES
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine373,000 KES
Physician - Nephrology462,000 KES
Physician - Neurology467,000 KES
Physician - Nuclear Medicine401,000 KES
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology429,000 KES
Physician - Occupational Medicine335,000 KES
Physician - Ophthalmology288,000 KES
Physician - Otolaryngology273,000 KES
Physician - Pain Medicine258,000 KES
Physician - Pathology332,000 KES
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology414,000 KES
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology400,000 KES
Physician - Pediatrics366,000 KES
Physician - Physiatry403,000 KES
Physician - Podiatry374,000 KES
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine298,000 KES
Physician - Radiation Therapy447,000 KES
Physician - Radiology453,000 KES
Physician - Rheumatology404,000 KES
Physician - Sports Medicine405,000 KES
Physician - Urology530,000 KES
Physician Assistant250,000 KES
Physiotherapist282,000 KES
Podiatrist273,000 KES
Preventive Medicine Physician358,000 KES
Psychiatrist394,000 KES
Psychololgist403,000 KES
Psychometrician350,000 KES
Radiologist417,000 KES
Registered Respiratory Therapist242,000 KES
Skin Care Specialist232,000 KES
Urologist536,000 KES
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist255,000 KES

Doctor / Physician Jobs Salary Distribution in Kenya

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

  • Salary Range

    Doctor / Physician salaries in Kenya range from 127,000 KES per month (minimum average salary) to 583,000 KES per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 331,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 331,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 331,000 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 people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 206,000 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 206,000 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Doctor / Physician are earning less than 439,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 439,000 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.

Doctor / Physician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kenya Doctor / Physician
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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 who work in Doctor / Physician earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

364,000 KES
332,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kenya for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kenya
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Doctor / Physician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kenya

How much are annual salary increments in Kenya for Doctor / Physician professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Doctor / Physician

Doctor / Physician professionals in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Kenya Doctor / Physician
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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 2022

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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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Doctor / Physician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya Doctor / Physician
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Doctor / Physician is considered to be a high bonus-based field 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.

42% of surveyed staff in Doctor / Physician reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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 / Physician Hourly Average Wage in Kenya

1,990 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya is 1,990 KES. This means that the average person in Kenya earns approximately 1,990 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 / Physician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Doctor / Physician and Health and Medical monthly Kenya
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The average salary for Doctor / Physician is 57% more than that of Health and Medical. Also, Health and Medical salaries are 49% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu335,000 KES
Mombasa376,000 KES
Nairobi411,000 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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