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Attorney Average Salary in Kenya 2024

How much money does a person working as Attorney make in Kenya?

Average Monthly Salary
294,000 KES
( 3,520,000 KES yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working as Attorney in Kenya typically earns around 294,000 KES. Salaries range from 135,000 KES (lowest) to 467,000 KES (highest).

Salary Variance

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

Attorney Pay Scale and Salaries in Kenya

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
278,000 KES or more
10% of people earn
244,000 to 278,000 KES
20% of people earn
168,000 KES or less
65% of people earn
168,000 to 244,000 KES
Minimum Salary
135,000 KES
281,000 KES
467,000 KES

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries for the position Attorney in Kenya range from 135,000 KES (starting salary) to 467,000 KES (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 281,000 KES, half of the professionals who work as Attorney in Kenya earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Attorney in Kenya earn less than 226,000 KES, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 323,000 KES while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Attorney in Kenya compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 168,000 KES to 244,000 KES. About 20% of salaries are below the 168,000 KES mark, while 10% fall within the range of 244,000 KES to 278,000 KES. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 278,000 KES.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Attorney / Kenya

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
153,000 KES
2 - 5 Years+34%
205,000 KES
5 - 10 Years+48%
303,000 KES
10 - 15 Years+22%
369,000 KES
15 - 20 Years+9%
402,000 KES
20+ Years+8%
435,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Kenya Attorney
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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. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Attorney and this is what we found.

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 153,000 KES.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 205,000 KES, 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 303,000 KES, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 369,000 KES, 22% 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 402,000 KES, 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 435,000 KES, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty 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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary Comparison By Education / Attorney / Kenya

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Attorney.

Bachelor's Degree
175,000 KES
Master's Degree+57%
274,000 KES
460,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 salaries by education level for the position Attorney in order to make a comparison.

Level 1: Bachelor's Degree

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 175,000 KES.

Level 2: Master's Degree

At this level, the average salary becomes 274,000 KES, 57% more than the previous level.

Level 3: PhD

At this level, the average salary becomes 460,000 KES, 68% more than the previous level.

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 737,000 KES to 2,210,000 KES 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 to a higher-paying job. The numbers seem to support the theory. 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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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Attorney / 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? For the people who work as Attorney in Kenya, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 16%.

315,000 KES
272,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Kenya for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Attorney / Kenya

How much are annual salary increments in Kenya for individuals working as Attorney? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as Attorney in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 29 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

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The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Attorney / Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya Attorney
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32% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 68% 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.

Average Hourly Wage / Attorney / Kenya

1,690 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Attorney in Kenya is 1,690 KES.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working as Attorney in Kenya is 780 KES. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Administrative Law Judge396,000 KES+35%
Arbitrator179,000 KES-39%
Associate Attorney197,000 KES-33%
Attorney294,000 KES+0%
Bailiff92,500 KES-68%
Barrister77,700 KES-74%
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Candidate Attorney173,000 KES-41%
Conciliator150,000 KES-49%
Contracts Associate93,500 KES-68%
Contracts Manager163,000 KES-44%
Contracts Negotiator140,000 KES-52%
Contracts Specialist94,500 KES-68%
Conveyancing Secretary83,200 KES-72%
Corporate Counsel226,000 KES-23%
Counsel218,000 KES-26%
Court Clerk66,000 KES-78%
Court Judicial Assistant111,000 KES-62%
Court Liaison Specialist130,000 KES-56%
Court Reporter112,000 KES-62%
Court Representative91,000 KES-69%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer411,000 KES+40%
Data Privacy and Protection Lawyer261,000 KES-11%
Digital Forensics Lawyer251,000 KES-14%
E-discovery Lawyer269,000 KES-8%
General Counsel377,000 KES+28%
Genetics Lawyer307,000 KES+5%
Immigration Executive206,000 KES-30%
In House Counsel214,000 KES-27%
Intellectual Property Lawyer267,000 KES-9%
Intellectual Property Specialist146,000 KES-50%
Judge Advocate321,000 KES+9%
Law Clerk69,300 KES-76%
Lawyer304,000 KES+4%
Legal Administrative Assistant81,700 KES-72%
Legal Advisor174,000 KES-41%
Legal Assistant79,900 KES-73%
Legal Associate135,000 KES-54%
Legal Compliance Officer203,000 KES-31%
Legal Consultant176,000 KES-40%
Legal Content Writer153,000 KES-48%
Legal Counsel226,000 KES-23%
Legal Data Analyst159,000 KES-46%
Legal Data Privacy Officer154,000 KES-48%
Legal Editor145,000 KES-51%
Legal Executive275,000 KES-6%
Legal Executive Secretary78,500 KES-73%
Legal IP Officer70,400 KES-76%
Legal Officer94,000 KES-68%
Legal Operations Manager320,000 KES+9%
Legal Process Outsourcing Professional182,000 KES-38%
Legal Project Manager369,000 KES+26%
Legal Risk Analyst289,000 KES-2%
Legal Secretary84,900 KES-71%
Legal Services Director346,000 KES+18%
Legal Services Manager357,000 KES+22%
Legal Support Worker57,200 KES-81%
Legal Technology Consultant146,000 KES-50%
Legislative Liaison138,000 KES-53%
Litigation Attorney358,000 KES+22%
Litigation Paralegal178,000 KES-39%
Litigation Support Specialist195,000 KES-34%
Magistrate Judge452,000 KES+54%
Paralegal115,000 KES-61%
Patent Attorney220,000 KES-25%
Privacy Compliance Officer142,000 KES-52%
Privacy Lawyer249,000 KES-15%
Social Media Lawyer224,000 KES-24%
Staff Attorney243,000 KES-17%
Venture Capital Lawyer300,000 KES+2%
Web Content Lawyer225,000 KES-23%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Mombasa293,000 KES
Nairobi336,000 KES

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Kenya is 14% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
140,000 KES
Public Sector+14%
159,000 KES
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for the job title Attorney in Kenya?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 281,000 KES and 323,000 KES. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for a careers like Attorney in Kenya ranges from 135,000 KES to 226,000 KES. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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