A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Kenya typically earns around 112,000 KES per month. Salaries range from 58,300 KES (lowest) to 172,000 KES (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Laboratory Technician salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Laboratory Technician salaries in Kenya range from 58,300 KES per month (minimum salary) to 172,000 KES per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 108,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 108,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 108,000 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 74,700 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 74,700 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 134,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 134,000 KES.
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
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 Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 66,200 KES per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 88,900 KES per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 115,000 KES per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 140,000 KES per month, 21% 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 153,000 KES per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 161,000 KES per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+30%|
|10 - 15 Years||+21%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Laboratory Technician salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 93,400 KES per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 130,000 KES per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Laboratory Technician employees in Kenya earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.
Laboratory Technician(s) in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Kenya for the year 2019. 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.
A Laboratory Technician is considered to be a low 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.
90% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 10% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 39% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Academic Clinician||293,000 KES||+160%|
|Admitting Officer||113,000 KES||+1%|
|Ambulance Dispatcher||114,000 KES||+2%|
|Ambulance Driver||106,000 KES||-5%|
|Ambulance Officer and Paramedic||118,000 KES||+5%|
|Ambulatory Services Director||219,000 KES||+95%|
|Anatomic Pathology Supervisor||261,000 KES||+130%|
|Anesthesia Technician||160,000 KES||+43%|
|Anesthesiology Assistant||158,000 KES||+41%|
|Assistant Optometrist||131,000 KES||+17%|
|Biomedical Engineering Director||206,000 KES||+84%|
|Biomedical Engineering Technician||110,000 KES||-2%|
|Cardiac Technician||107,000 KES||-5%|
|Cardiovascular Specialist||560,000 KES||+400%|
|Cardiovascular Technologist||215,000 KES||+92%|
|Central Sterile Processing Technician||129,000 KES||+15%|
|Charge Entry Specialist||148,000 KES||+32%|
|Clinical Application Specialist||136,000 KES||+21%|
|Clinical Biochemist||252,000 KES||+120%|
|Clinical Cytogeneticist||217,000 KES||+94%|
|Clinical Data Reviewer||138,000 KES||+23%|
|Clinical Development Specialist||174,000 KES||+55%|
|Clinical Field Associate||141,000 KES||+26%|
|Clinical Genetic Technologist||225,000 KES||+100%|
|Clinical Microbiologist||289,000 KES||+160%|
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist||243,000 KES||+120%|
|Clinical Neuropsychologist||297,000 KES||+160%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||174,000 KES||+55%|
|Clinical Scientist||302,000 KES||+170%|
|CME Specialist||242,000 KES||+120%|
|CT Technologist||141,000 KES||+26%|
|Cytogenetic Technologist||213,000 KES||+90%|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer||178,000 KES||+59%|
|Dispensing Optician||136,000 KES||+21%|
|EKG Technician||138,000 KES||+23%|
|Endoscopic Assistant||121,000 KES||+8%|
|Endoscopy Technician||124,000 KES||+11%|
|Enterostomal Therapist||202,000 KES||+80%|
|FGP Ultrasound Techncian||127,000 KES||+13%|
|Health Systems Specialist||176,000 KES||+57%|
|Health Technologist||200,000 KES||+78%|
|Healthcare Data Analyst||153,000 KES||+36%|
|Hearing Aid Specialist||162,000 KES||+45%|
|Industrial Hygienist||184,000 KES||+64%|
|Infection Control Coordinator||136,000 KES||+21%|
|Infection Control Practitioner||304,000 KES||+170%|
|Infection Preventionist||221,000 KES||+97%|
|Informatics Practice Specialist||173,000 KES||+54%|
|Interventional Radiographer||242,000 KES||+120%|
|Lab Assistant||114,000 KES||+2%|
|Laboratory Manager||211,000 KES||+88%|
|Laboratory Technician||112,000 KES||-0%|
|Low Vision Therapist||254,000 KES||+130%|
|Mammography Technician||117,000 KES||+4%|
|Medical Coder||102,000 KES||-9%|
|Medical Courier||80,700 KES||-28%|
|Medical Equipment Preparer||122,000 KES||+9%|
|Medical Forms Designer||97,900 KES||-13%|
|Medical Technologist||125,000 KES||+12%|
|MRI Technologist||122,000 KES||+9%|
|Music Therapist||169,000 KES||+51%|
|Neurodiagnostic Techncian||117,000 KES||+4%|
|Neuropsychology Testing Assistant||108,000 KES||-4%|
|Nuclear Medical Technician||171,000 KES||+53%|
|Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist||173,000 KES||+54%|
|Nutrition Assistant||120,000 KES||+7%|
|Occupaitional Therapy Assistant||119,000 KES||+6%|
|Operating Room Scheduler||114,000 KES||+2%|
|Operating Room Services Director||325,000 KES||+190%|
|Ophthalmic Assistant||121,000 KES||+8%|
|Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician||123,000 KES||+10%|
|Orthopedic Technician||122,000 KES||+9%|
|Pathology Assistant||116,000 KES||+3%|
|Pre Authorization Case Manager||177,000 KES||+58%|
|Radiation Therapist||411,000 KES||+270%|
|Radiation Therapy Technologist||167,000 KES||+49%|
|Radiography Technologist||169,000 KES||+51%|
|Radiologic Technologist||175,000 KES||+56%|
|Radiology Technologist||174,000 KES||+55%|
|Respiratory Care Practitioner||329,000 KES||+190%|
|Respiratory Therapist||248,000 KES||+120%|
|Respiratory Therapy Technician||146,000 KES||+30%|
|Sonography Technologist||178,000 KES||+59%|
|Speech and Language Pathologist||255,000 KES||+130%|
|Ultrasound Technologist||132,000 KES||+18%|
|Vascular Technologist||123,000 KES||+10%|
|X-Ray Technologist||175,000 KES||+56%|
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.