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Average Salary in Kisumu 2021

How much money does a person working in Kisumu make?

Average Monthly Salary
142,000 KES
( 1,710,000 KES yearly)


A person working in Kisumu typically earns around 142,000 KES per month. Salaries range from 36,000 KES (lowest average) to 636,000 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 careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Kisumu

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Kisumu range from 36,000 KES per month (minimum salary) to 636,000 KES per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 142,000 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 142,000 KES while the other half are earning more than 142,000 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 the population are earning less than 80,300 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 80,300 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 389,000 KES while 25% are earning more than 389,000 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.

Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Kenya
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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 earn 10% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

155,000 KES
141,000 KES
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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kenya

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


Employees in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% 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.

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

Information Technology

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.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya
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67% of surveyed staff in Kenya 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant95,400 KES
Accounting Assistant72,700 KES
Accounting Manager212,000 KES
Bookkeeper63,000 KES
Chartered Accountant127,000 KES
Corporate Treasurer185,000 KES
Financial Analyst178,000 KES
Financial Manager264,000 KES
Internal Auditor135,000 KES

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant73,300 KES
Office Manager117,000 KES
Receptionist49,200 KES
Secretary60,200 KES

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director131,000 KES
Creative Director133,000 KES
Graphic Designer90,900 KES
Photographer76,100 KES

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer183,000 KES
Air Traffic Controller153,000 KES
Flight Attendant95,200 KES
Pilot231,000 KES

Architect168,000 KES
CAD Drafter71,100 KES

Mechanic52,600 KES
Service Advisor91,800 KES

Bank Branch Manager255,000 KES
Teller50,400 KES

Teacher100,000 KES
Translator127,000 KES

Business Planning
Business Analyst179,000 KES
Business Development Manager212,000 KES
Project Manager151,000 KES

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny55,000 KES
Nursery Teacher51,600 KES

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer125,000 KES
Construction Project Manager236,000 KES
Health and Safety Officer62,700 KES

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative53,700 KES
Customer Service Manager187,000 KES
Customer Service Representative50,600 KES

Electrical Engineer137,000 KES
Engineer125,000 KES
Mechanical Engineer127,000 KES

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer315,000 KES
Chief Financial Officer284,000 KES
General Manager242,000 KES

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef86,700 KES
Executive Chef95,100 KES
Hotel Manager253,000 KES
Travel Agent89,900 KES
Waiter / Waitress43,800 KES

Health and Medical
Dentist336,000 KES
Dietitian264,000 KES
Laboratory Technician101,000 KES
Nurse103,000 KES

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager212,000 KES
Human Resources Officer84,400 KES

Information Technology
Computer Technician103,000 KES
Database Administrator138,000 KES
Developer / Programmer133,000 KES
Information Technology Manager237,000 KES
Network Engineer117,000 KES

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer86,600 KES

Attorney272,000 KES
Legal Assistant71,400 KES

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist151,000 KES

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer119,000 KES
Pharmacist182,000 KES

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier49,500 KES
Sales Manager244,000 KES
Sales Representative89,700 KES

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher98,400 KES
Secondary School Teacher116,000 KES

Average Hourly Wage in Kisumu

820 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kisumu is 820 KES. This means that the average person in Kisumu earns approximately 820 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.

Kisumu VS Kenya

Salary Comparison Between Kisumu and Kenya monthly
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We compared salaries in Kisumu and Kenya and we found that Kisumu salaries are 3% less than those of Kenya.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu142,000 KES
Mombasa160,000 KES
Nairobi175,000 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
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