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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Kenya 2022

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in Kenya?

Average Monthly Salary
156,000 KES
( 1,870,000 KES yearly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in Kenya typically earns around 156,000 KES per month. Salaries range from 74,700 KES (lowest average) to 284,000 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 Teaching / Education 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
Academic Advisor153,000 KES
Academic Coach160,000 KES
Academic Manager190,000 KES
Academic Specialist145,000 KES
Academic Staff127,000 KES
Accompanist134,000 KES
Achievement Coach152,000 KES
Admissions Specialist140,000 KES
Agricultural Sciences Teacher126,000 KES
Anthropology Teacher134,000 KES
Arabic Language Teacher119,000 KES
Archeology Teacher129,000 KES
Architecture Teacher141,000 KES
Archivist107,000 KES
Art Teacher114,000 KES
Assistant School Principal164,000 KES
Assistant Teacher103,000 KES
Biochemistry Professor 233,000 KES
Biology Teacher130,000 KES
Bursary Scheme Manager154,000 KES
Business Teacher131,000 KES
Chemistry Teacher125,000 KES
Child Care Coordinator131,000 KES
Child Care Worker106,000 KES
Clinical School Psychologist184,000 KES
College Aide167,000 KES
College and Career Readiness Specialist162,000 KES
College President281,000 KES
Communications Teacher128,000 KES
Community Education Officer109,000 KES
Computer Science Teacher120,000 KES
Computer Teacher117,000 KES
Creative Writing Trainer154,000 KES
Credit Counselor148,000 KES
Cultural Studies Teacher124,000 KES
Curriculum Developer157,000 KES
Curriculum Specialist166,000 KES
Demonstrator115,000 KES
Deputy Controller of Examinations152,000 KES
Director of Learning Technology177,000 KES
Distance Learning Coordinator133,000 KES
Economics Lecturer227,000 KES
Education Administrator141,000 KES
Education Assistant Director162,000 KES
Education Assistant Principal131,000 KES
Education Assistant Professor178,000 KES
Education Consultant178,000 KES
Education Coordinator131,000 KES
Education Counselor146,000 KES
Education Director223,000 KES
Education Program Specialist157,000 KES
Education Researcher179,000 KES
Education Resource Specialist137,000 KES
Education Services Facilitator147,000 KES
Educational Psychologist200,000 KES
EFL Teacher130,000 KES
eLearning Trainer118,000 KES
Elementary School Teacher102,000 KES
Engineering Lecturer220,000 KES
Engineering Teacher183,000 KES
English Teacher122,000 KES
ESL Teacher134,000 KES
Faculty Assistant158,000 KES
Foreign Language Teacher115,000 KES
GED Teacher116,000 KES
Geography Teacher118,000 KES
Head of Mathematics Department176,000 KES
Head of School205,000 KES
High School Teacher140,000 KES
History Teacher128,000 KES
Infant Teacher93,600 KES
Instructional Assistant132,000 KES
Instructor144,000 KES
Kindergarten Teacher99,800 KES
Language Instructor For Expatriate105,000 KES
Law Teacher175,000 KES
Learning Designer154,000 KES
Lecturer216,000 KES
Librarian105,000 KES
Library Assistant89,400 KES
Library Director148,000 KES
Library Specialist112,000 KES
Life Sciences Teacher118,000 KES
Math Lecturer229,000 KES
Mathematics Teacher141,000 KES
Mentor144,000 KES
Middle School Teacher134,000 KES
Music Teacher121,000 KES
Nursery Manager183,000 KES
Nursery Worker76,800 KES
Paraprofessional167,000 KES
Physical Education Specialist142,000 KES
Physical Education Teacher111,000 KES
Physics Teacher 127,000 KES
Political Science Teacher129,000 KES
Post Doctoral Researcher193,000 KES
Preschool Education Administrator138,000 KES
Preschool Teacher108,000 KES
Primary School Teacher113,000 KES
Principal178,000 KES
Product Specialist139,000 KES
Professor - Accounting231,000 KES
Professor - Architecture237,000 KES
Professor - Biology232,000 KES
Professor - Business Administration229,000 KES
Professor - Chemical Engineering229,000 KES
Professor - Chemistry228,000 KES
Professor - Civil Engineering214,000 KES
Professor - Communication215,000 KES
Professor - Computer Science228,000 KES
Professor - Dentistry240,000 KES
Professor - Drama224,000 KES
Professor - Economics244,000 KES
Professor - Education242,000 KES
Professor - Electrical Engineering231,000 KES
Professor - English211,000 KES
Professor - Environmental Engineering229,000 KES
Professor - Foreign Languages214,000 KES
Professor - Geological Sciences224,000 KES
Professor - History229,000 KES
Professor - Industrial Engineering229,000 KES
Professor - Law251,000 KES
Professor - Legal Support226,000 KES
Professor - Liberal Arts216,000 KES
Professor - Marketing224,000 KES
Professor - Mathematics239,000 KES
Professor - Mechanical Engineering236,000 KES
Professor - Medical Administration240,000 KES
Professor - Medicine273,000 KES
Professor - Music211,000 KES
Professor - Nursing219,000 KES
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences233,000 KES
Professor - Philosophy238,000 KES
Professor - Physical Therapy228,000 KES
Professor - Physics238,000 KES
Professor - Psychology219,000 KES
Professor - Rehabilitation206,000 KES
Professor - Social Work205,000 KES
Professor - Sociology226,000 KES
Professor - Special Education233,000 KES
Psychology Teacher187,000 KES
Public Management Assistant Professor182,000 KES
School Counselor177,000 KES
Science Educator126,000 KES
Science Laboratory Assistant109,000 KES
Science Teacher123,000 KES
Secondary Mathematics Teacher131,000 KES
Secondary School Teacher126,000 KES
Special Education Teacher138,000 KES
Special Needs Assistant108,000 KES
Statistics Lecturer217,000 KES
Student Accounts Coordinator117,000 KES
Student Development Specialist149,000 KES
Student Employment Specialist143,000 KES
Student Services110,000 KES
Student Support Manager149,000 KES
Substitute Teacher103,000 KES
Teacher111,000 KES
Teacher Aide94,500 KES
Teacher Trainer147,000 KES
Training and Development Specialist157,000 KES
Training Coordinator111,000 KES
Tutor119,000 KES
University Teacher219,000 KES
Vocational Education Teacher119,000 KES

Teaching / Education Jobs Salary Distribution in Kenya

Median and salary distribution monthly Kenya Teaching / Education
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Teaching / Education salaries in Kenya range from 74,700 KES per month (minimum average salary) to 284,000 KES per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 159,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 159,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 159,000 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 Teaching / Education are earning less than 105,000 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 105,000 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 226,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 226,000 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.

Teaching / Education Salary Comparison By Gender

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

162,000 KES
147,000 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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Teaching / Education Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kenya

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

Teaching / Education

Teaching / Education professionals in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% 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 Teaching / Education
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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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Teaching / Education Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya Teaching / Education
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Teaching / Education 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.

64% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Teaching / Education Hourly Average Wage in Kenya

900 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kenya is 900 KES. This means that the average person in Kenya earns approximately 900 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.

Teaching / Education VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Teaching / Education and Teaching / Education monthly Kenya
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The average salary for Teaching / Education is 6% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu151,000 KES
Mombasa170,000 KES
Nairobi186,000 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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