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Engineering Average Salaries in Kenya 2023

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Kenya?

Average Monthly Salary
124,000 KES
( 1,490,000 KES yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Kenya typically earns around 124,000 KES per month. Salaries range from 39,300 KES (lowest average) to 262,000 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 Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer128,000 KES
Assembly Engineering Technician107,000 KES
Assistant Chief Engineer157,000 KES
Associate Engineer122,000 KES
Autocad Operator86,900 KES
Automation Engineer139,000 KES
Avionic System Support Engineer124,000 KES
Biochemical Engineer124,000 KES
BMS Engineer129,000 KES
Bridge and Lock Tender71,200 KES
Broadcast Engineer130,000 KES
CAD Design Engineer133,000 KES
CAD Designer81,700 KES
CAE Engineer134,000 KES
Ceramics Engineer117,000 KES
Civil Engineer134,000 KES
Commissioning Engineer127,000 KES
Communications Engineer145,000 KES
Condition Monitoring Engineer121,000 KES
Contract Associate Engineer126,000 KES
Control Systems Engineer133,000 KES
Controls Engineer135,000 KES
Controls Software Engineer121,000 KES
Corrosion Engineer127,000 KES
Design Engineer134,000 KES
Drafter85,800 KES
Drafting Manager159,000 KES
Drilling Engineer129,000 KES
Electrical Draughtsman70,900 KES
Electrical Engineer148,000 KES
Electrical Engineering Manager195,000 KES
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist139,000 KES
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler68,400 KES
Energy Engineer142,000 KES
Engine Assembler61,100 KES
Engineer145,000 KES
Engineering Account Manager149,000 KES
Engineering Chief Designer145,000 KES
Engineering Consultant188,000 KES
Engineering Key Account Manager197,000 KES
Engineering Lab Technician124,000 KES
Engineering Planning Manager180,000 KES
Engineering Production Manager250,000 KES
Engineering Project Analyst158,000 KES
Engineering Project Coordinator 163,000 KES
Engineering Project Director283,000 KES
Engineering Project Manager188,000 KES
Engineering Research and Development Manager219,000 KES
Engineering Safety Coordinator102,000 KES
Engineering Sales Manager180,000 KES
Engineering Technician104,000 KES
Engineering Technologist103,000 KES
Environmental Engineer136,000 KES
Equipment Engineer128,000 KES
Equipment Engineering Manager169,000 KES
Estimator115,000 KES
Fabrication Specialist91,400 KES
Fabricator59,400 KES
Facade Engineer126,000 KES
Fiber Analyst76,500 KES
Field Engineer135,000 KES
Field Engineering Manager222,000 KES
Fire Engineer131,000 KES
Fitter and Turner42,200 KES
Forestry Strategic Planner153,000 KES
Generation Engineer137,000 KES
Genetic Engineer144,000 KES
Geological Engineer138,000 KES
Geotechnical Engineer141,000 KES
Heavy Equipment Mechanic68,700 KES
Highway Engineer134,000 KES
HSE Professional122,000 KES
HVAC Engineer145,000 KES
HVAC Supervisor121,000 KES
Industrial Engineer132,000 KES
Industrial Engineering Technologist134,000 KES
Instrument Engineer133,000 KES
Instrumentation and Control Engineer136,000 KES
Instrumentation Engineer127,000 KES
Instrumentation Manager139,000 KES
Irrigation Engineer135,000 KES
Licensed Aircraft Engineer143,000 KES
Locomotive Engineer129,000 KES
Maintenance Engineer131,000 KES
Maintenance Fitter47,300 KES
Maintenance Manager140,000 KES
Manufacturing Engineer124,000 KES
Marine Engineer130,000 KES
Materials Engineer129,000 KES
Materials Researcher123,000 KES
Materials Technician94,400 KES
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer137,000 KES
Mechanical Design Engineer148,000 KES
Mechanical Designer121,000 KES
Mechanical Engineer141,000 KES
Mechanical Engineering Manager188,000 KES
Mechanical Inspector129,000 KES
Mechatronics Engineer144,000 KES
Mining Engineer138,000 KES
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer149,000 KES
Optical Engineer130,000 KES
Optical Instrument Assembler68,800 KES
PCB Assembler49,100 KES
Photonics Engineer149,000 KES
Photonics Technician123,000 KES
Pipeline Engineer120,000 KES
Piping Designer72,200 KES
Piping Engineer123,000 KES
Planning Engineer132,000 KES
Pressure Vessel Inspector62,600 KES
Principal Cost Engineer135,000 KES
Principal Engineer136,000 KES
Principal Support Engineer138,000 KES
Process Engineer137,000 KES
Process Operator81,200 KES
Product Development Engineer146,000 KES
Product Development Technician96,500 KES
Product Engineer133,000 KES
Product Safety Engineer124,000 KES
Production Engineer130,000 KES
Project Engineer137,000 KES
Proposal Manager166,000 KES
Purchasing Engineer129,000 KES
Quality Assurance Engineer130,000 KES
Rail Engineer133,000 KES
Robotics Engineer149,000 KES
Robotics Technician109,000 KES
Safety Engineer134,000 KES
Safety Inspector102,000 KES
Safety Manager153,000 KES
Safety Officer70,500 KES
Sales Engineer144,000 KES
Scheduling Engineer124,000 KES
Service Engineer146,000 KES
Solar Engineer146,000 KES
Staff Engineer128,000 KES
Static Equipment Engineer129,000 KES
Stationary Engineer117,000 KES
Stress Engineer127,000 KES
Structural Analysis Engineer136,000 KES
Structural Designer118,000 KES
Structural Engineer137,000 KES
Structural Technician82,300 KES
Supply Chain Specialist127,000 KES
Surveyor104,000 KES
Technical Affairs Officer68,300 KES
Technical Assistant70,500 KES
Technical Engineer115,000 KES
Technical Support Engineer121,000 KES
Tender Engineer120,000 KES
Test Development Engineer133,000 KES
Transportation Engineer128,000 KES
Validation Engineer121,000 KES
Verification Engineer131,000 KES
Wastewater Engineer132,000 KES
Wind Energy Engineer134,000 KES
Wind Energy Operations Manager177,000 KES
Work Planner96,200 KES

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Kenya

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Kenya range from 39,300 KES per month (minimum average salary) to 262,000 KES per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 119,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 119,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 119,000 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 Engineering are earning less than 71,200 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 71,200 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 183,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 183,000 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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kenya Engineering
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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 Engineering earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

131,000 KES
119,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kenya for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kenya

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


Engineering professionals in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% 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 Engineering
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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

Information Technology

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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate 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.

67% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Kenya

720 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya is 720 KES. This means that the average person in Kenya earns approximately 720 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Kenya
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu120,000 KES
Mombasa135,000 KES
Nairobi148,000 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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