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Project Manager Average Salary in Kenya 2022

How much money does a Project Manager make in Kenya?

Average Monthly Salary
177,000 KES
( 2,120,000 KES yearly)


A person working as a Project Manager in Kenya typically earns around 177,000 KES per month. Salaries range from 86,600 KES (lowest) to 276,000 KES (highest).

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

Project Manager Salary Distribution in Kenya

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Project Manager salaries in Kenya range from 86,600 KES per month (minimum salary) to 276,000 KES per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 180,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Project Manager(s) are earning less than 180,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 180,000 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 Project Manager(s) are earning less than 120,000 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 120,000 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of Project Manager(s) are earning less than 232,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 232,000 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

Project Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Project Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 103,000 KES per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 132,000 KES per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 182,000 KES per month, 38% 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, Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 226,000 KES per month, 24% 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 242,000 KES per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 258,000 KES per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Project Manager average salary change by experience in Kenya

0 - 2 Years
103,000 KES
2 - 5 Years+29%
132,000 KES
5 - 10 Years+38%
182,000 KES
10 - 15 Years+24%
226,000 KES
15 - 20 Years+7%
242,000 KES
20+ Years+7%
258,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Project Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Project Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Project Manager is 128,000 KES per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 147,000 KES per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 198,000 KES per month, 35% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 249,000 KES per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Project Manager average salary difference by education level in Kenya

High School
128,000 KES
Certificate or Diploma+15%
147,000 KES
Bachelor's Degree+35%
198,000 KES
Master's Degree+26%
249,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Project Manager employees in Kenya earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

183,000 KES
167,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kenya for all Careers

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Project Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kenya

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

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Project Manager(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 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Kenya for the year 2021. 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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Project Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya Project Manager
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A Project Manager 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.

36% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 64% 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.

Project Manager Average Hourly Wage in Kenya

1,020 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya is 1,020 KES. This means that the average Project Manager in Kenya earns approximately 1,020 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.

Project Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Project Manager and Executive and Management monthly Kenya
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The average salary for Project Manager is 11% less than that of Executive and Management. Also, Executive and Management salaries are 35% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Coordinator146,000 KES-17%
Administration Manager163,000 KES-8%
Area Manager162,000 KES-8%
Asset Protection Associate183,000 KES+4%
Assistant Director175,000 KES-1%
Assistant Manager192,000 KES+9%
Assistant Operations Manager202,000 KES+14%
Assistant Project Manager180,000 KES+2%
Assistant Section Head153,000 KES-13%
Assistant to CEO169,000 KES-4%
Assistant Vice President189,000 KES+7%
Associate Director187,000 KES+6%
Bid Manager200,000 KES+13%
Branch Manager203,000 KES+15%
Business Development Manager225,000 KES+27%
Business Operations Associate170,000 KES-4%
Business Operations Lead178,000 KES+1%
Campaign Manager198,000 KES+12%
Chairman of The Board343,000 KES+94%
Chairman Office Manager227,000 KES+28%
Chief Corporate Officer287,000 KES+62%
Chief Executive Officer358,000 KES+100%
Chief Financial Officer303,000 KES+71%
Chief of Staff153,000 KES-13%
Chief Operating Officer246,000 KES+39%
Chief Risk Officer219,000 KES+24%
Client Services Manager227,000 KES+28%
Commercial Project Manager187,000 KES+6%
Commodity Broker140,000 KES-21%
Corporate Affairs Executive201,000 KES+14%
Corporate Compliance Director215,000 KES+22%
Corporate Director229,000 KES+30%
Corporate Officer156,000 KES-12%
Corporate Partnerships Officer165,000 KES-7%
Country Manager274,000 KES+55%
Deputy Director239,000 KES+35%
Director259,000 KES+47%
Director of Accreditation226,000 KES+28%
Director of Catering Services206,000 KES+17%
Director of Client Services216,000 KES+22%
Director of Facilities Management191,000 KES+8%
Director of Operations215,000 KES+22%
Director of Process Simplification180,000 KES+2%
Director of Project Management229,000 KES+30%
Director of Revenue Management218,000 KES+23%
Director of Training and Development228,000 KES+29%
Distribution Manager224,000 KES+27%
Division Manager190,000 KES+8%
Duty Manager197,000 KES+12%
Engagement Manager239,000 KES+35%
Executive Director325,000 KES+84%
Executive Manager290,000 KES+64%
Franchise Manager279,000 KES+58%
General Manager260,000 KES+47%
Global Master Data Manager248,000 KES+40%
Head of Middle Office216,000 KES+22%
Head of Projects220,000 KES+25%
Head of Sustainability193,000 KES+9%
Housing Manager179,000 KES+1%
HSE Manager185,000 KES+5%
Key Account Manager197,000 KES+12%
Knowledge Manager208,000 KES+18%
Location Manager210,000 KES+19%
Logistics Manager178,000 KES+1%
Management Consultant179,000 KES+1%
Management Executive247,000 KES+40%
Manager227,000 KES+28%
Managing Director274,000 KES+55%
MIS Executive218,000 KES+23%
Ocean Services Manager245,000 KES+39%
Operations Assistant157,000 KES-11%
Operations Director264,000 KES+49%
Operations Executive238,000 KES+35%
Operations Manager256,000 KES+45%
Operations Supervisor214,000 KES+21%
Policy Administration Executive200,000 KES+13%
Private Sector Executive204,000 KES+15%
Product Development Manager219,000 KES+24%
Product Executive205,000 KES+16%
Production Executive235,000 KES+33%
Production Manager235,000 KES+33%
Production Supervisor184,000 KES+4%
Program Manager248,000 KES+40%
Programme Coordinator164,000 KES-7%
Project Control Manager248,000 KES+40%
Project Coordinator136,000 KES-23%
Project Management Officer161,000 KES-9%
Project Manager177,000 KES+0%
Project Portfolio Manager184,000 KES+4%
Quality Manager192,000 KES+9%
R/D Director195,000 KES+10%
Regional Director300,000 KES+70%
Regional Manager228,000 KES+29%
Relationship Manager219,000 KES+24%
Retail District Manager166,000 KES-6%
Revenue Manager172,000 KES-3%
Risk and Capital Manager261,000 KES+48%
Risk Officer176,000 KES-0%
Safety Manager169,000 KES-4%
Section Head179,000 KES+1%
Service Manager187,000 KES+6%
Shift Supervisor136,000 KES-23%
Solutions Manager154,000 KES-13%
Supervisor137,000 KES-22%
Supply Chain Manager250,000 KES+42%
Surveyor153,000 KES-13%
Technical Manager211,000 KES+19%
Territory Manager231,000 KES+31%
Validation Manager193,000 KES+9%
Vice President272,000 KES+54%
Zone Manager237,000 KES+34%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu151,000 KES
Mombasa174,000 KES
Nairobi191,000 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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