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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in Kenya 2021

How much money does a person working in Construction / Building / Installation make in Kenya?

Average Monthly Salary
86,400 KES
( 1,040,000 KES yearly)


A person working in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya typically earns around 86,400 KES per month. Salaries range from 37,100 KES (lowest average) to 251,000 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 Construction / Building / Installation 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
Adjudicator59,900 KES
Assembler50,700 KES
Boat Builder and Shipwright73,900 KES
Bricklayer42,700 KES
Building Administrator64,000 KES
Building Contracts Manager213,000 KES
Building Inspector61,900 KES
Building Monitor45,600 KES
Building Sales Manager195,000 KES
Cabinetmaker49,400 KES
Carpenter55,500 KES
Civil Engineer139,000 KES
Civil Technician70,900 KES
Concreter44,300 KES
Construction and Maintenance Manager111,000 KES
Construction Assistant57,400 KES
Construction Coordinator83,500 KES
Construction Estimator93,800 KES
Construction Field Engineer126,000 KES
Construction General Manager251,000 KES
Construction Inventory Officer46,700 KES
Construction Operations Manager249,000 KES
Construction Project Coordinator144,000 KES
Construction Project Engineer146,000 KES
Construction Project Manager257,000 KES
Construction Project Planner133,000 KES
Construction Quality Control Manager195,000 KES
Construction Safety Officer89,200 KES
Construction Superintendent91,100 KES
Construction Supervisor132,000 KES
Construction Technical Assistant55,100 KES
Construction Technical Officer64,000 KES
Construction Technical Writer55,500 KES
Construction Technician51,700 KES
Crane and Tower Operator50,600 KES
Diesel Mechanic45,100 KES
Drywall Installer50,100 KES
Electrical Draftsman51,500 KES
Electrical Engineering Supervisor155,000 KES
Electrical Engineering Technician63,700 KES
Electrician72,900 KES
Elevator Installer and Repairer62,100 KES
Engineer143,000 KES
Excavator Operator50,200 KES
Floor Finisher55,600 KES
Floor Manager76,700 KES
Foreman42,200 KES
Frame and Truss Detailer46,000 KES
Furniture Finisher49,700 KES
Gas Technician 46,200 KES
Handyman44,400 KES
Health and Safety Coordinator62,800 KES
Health and Safety Officer67,500 KES
Installation Manager158,000 KES
Installer42,400 KES
Insulation Installer47,800 KES
Labourer38,400 KES
Land Surveyor61,300 KES
Lift Technician47,900 KES
Material Tester73,300 KES
Model Maker73,900 KES
Order Picker44,000 KES
Painter45,400 KES
Pipe Layer39,200 KES
Pipefitter39,600 KES
Plumber52,700 KES
Property Coordinator124,000 KES
Purchasing Manager177,000 KES
Quantity Surveyor86,500 KES
Roof Slater and Tiler41,600 KES
Sheet Metal Mechanic46,500 KES
Site Clerk45,700 KES
Site engineer123,000 KES
Site Leader220,000 KES
Stock Controller71,900 KES
Structural Steel Construction Worker52,000 KES
Technical Draughtsman58,200 KES
Tendering Manager203,000 KES
Tower Crane Operator45,500 KES
Wall and Floor Tiler45,700 KES
Warehouse Manager162,000 KES
Welder42,100 KES
Welding Superintendent55,800 KES

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Salary Distribution in Kenya

Median and salary distribution monthly Kenya Construction / Building / Installation
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Construction / Building / Installation salaries in Kenya range from 37,100 KES per month (minimum average salary) to 251,000 KES per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 88,100 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 88,100 KES while the other half are earning more than 88,100 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 Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 56,400 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 56,400 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 173,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 173,000 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.

Construction / Building / Installation Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kenya Construction / Building / Installation
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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 Construction / Building / Installation earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

89,700 KES
81,600 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kenya for all Careers

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Construction / Building / Installation Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kenya

How much are annual salary increments in Kenya for Construction / Building / Installation professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Construction / Building / Installation

Construction / Building / Installation professionals in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 3% every 30 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Kenya Construction / Building / Installation
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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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Construction / Building / Installation Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya Construction / Building / Installation
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Construction / Building / Installation is considered to be a low 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.

89% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 11% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Construction / Building / Installation Hourly Average Wage in Kenya

500 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya is 500 KES. This means that the average person in Kenya earns approximately 500 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.

Construction / Building / Installation VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Construction / Building / Installation and Construction / Building / Installation monthly Kenya
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The average salary for Construction / Building / Installation is 41% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu83,800 KES
Mombasa94,200 KES
Nairobi103,000 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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