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Average Salary in Nairobi 2019

How much money does a person working in Nairobi make?

176,401 KES per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Nairobi typically earns around 176,401 KES per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Nairobi | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Nairobi

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Nairobi range between 23,877 KES per month (minimum salary) to 781,130 KES per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 174,637 KES per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 174,637 KES while the other half are earning more than 174,637 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 the population are earning less than 89,331 KES while 75% of them are earning more than 89,331 KES. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 468,326 KES while 25% are earning more than 468,326 KES.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Nairobi

How are Nairobi salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Nairobi
Average Salary 2016    =  
160,973 KES
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
166,929 KES
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
170,601 KES
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
176,401 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Nairobi are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant108,953 KES
Administrative Assistant90,432 KES
Architect146,471 KES
Attorney247,602 KES
Biomedical Engineer143,445 KES
CAD Drafter130,063 KES
Cashier96,516 KES
Chartered Accountant148,710 KES
Chef140,911 KES
Chief Executive Officer363,552 KES
Chief Financial Officer359,738 KES
Civil Engineer157,127 KES
Computer Technician128,281 KES
Creative Director170,352 KES
Dentist409,482 KES
Developer / Programmer146,334 KES
Electrical Engineer165,668 KES
Elementary School Teacher119,445 KES
Engineer150,223 KES
Executive Chef149,106 KES
Flight Attendant140,225 KES
General Manager280,436 KES
Graphic Designer110,504 KES
Hotel Manager247,175 KES
Human Resources Manager227,223 KES
Internal Auditor171,934 KES
Journalist155,913 KES
Legal Assistant121,659 KES
Mechanical Engineer157,051 KES
Nurse126,718 KES
Pharmacist190,030 KES
Photographer117,732 KES
Pilot203,962 KES
Police Officer133,152 KES
Project Manager190,593 KES
Receptionist90,711 KES
Sales Manager256,383 KES
Sales Representative105,668 KES
Secondary School Teacher130,478 KES
Secretary87,826 KES
Teacher132,604 KES
Teller114,356 KES
Travel Agent136,304 KES
Waiter / Waitress99,749 KES

Average Hourly Wage in Nairobi | All Jobs

1,018 KES per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nairobi | All Jobs is 1,018 KES. This means that the average person in Nairobi earns approximatly 1,018 KES for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Nairobi VS Kenya

Salary Comparison Between Nairobi and Kenya monthlyWe compared salaries in Nairobi and Kenya and we found that Nairobi salaries are 19% more than those of Kenya.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu143,549 KES
Mombasa161,346 KES
Nairobi176,401 KES
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