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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in Kenya 2023

How much money does a person working in Construction / Building / Installation make in Kenya?

Average Monthly Salary
91,200 KES
( 1,090,000 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 in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya typically earns around 91,200 KES. Salaries range from 37,100 KES (lowest average) to 251,000 KES (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Construction / Building / Installation domain in Kenya exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Construction / Building / Installation
3D Printing Construction Technician102,000 KES
Adjudicator59,900 KES
Assembler50,700 KES
Boat Builder and Shipwright73,900 KES
Bricklayer42,700 KES
Building Administrator64,000 KES
Building Automation Engineer133,000 KES
Building Contracts Manager213,000 KES
Building Information Modeling Manager183,000 KES
Building Inspector61,900 KES
Building Monitor45,600 KES
Building Sales Manager195,000 KES
Building Systems Integration Specialist136,000 KES
Cabinetmaker49,400 KES
Carpenter55,500 KES
Civil Engineer139,000 KES
Civil Technician70,900 KES
Concreter44,300 KES
Construction and Building Inspector62,400 KES
Construction and Maintenance Manager111,000 KES
Construction Assistant57,400 KES
Construction Coordinator83,500 KES
Construction Data Analyst129,000 KES
Construction Estimator93,800 KES
Construction Field Engineer126,000 KES
Construction General Manager251,000 KES
Construction Inventory Officer46,700 KES
Construction Manager272,000 KES
Construction Operations Manager249,000 KES
Construction Project Controls Manager196,000 KES
Construction Project Coordinator144,000 KES
Construction Project Engineer146,000 KES
Construction Project Manager238,000 KES
Construction Project Manager257,000 KES
Construction Project Planner133,000 KES
Construction Quality Control Manager195,000 KES
Construction Robotics Engineer153,000 KES
Construction Safety Officer89,200 KES
Construction Superintendent91,100 KES
Construction Supervisor132,000 KES
Construction Technical Assistant55,100 KES
Construction Technical Officer64,000 KES
Construction Technical Writer55,500 KES
Construction Technician51,700 KES
Construction Waste Management Consultant133,000 KES
Construction Worker41,500 KES
Crane and Tower Operator50,600 KES
Crane Operator50,100 KES
Diesel Mechanic45,100 KES
Digital Construction Manager155,000 KES
Draughtsman41,200 KES
Drywall Installer50,100 KES
Electrical Draftsman51,500 KES
Electrical Engineering Supervisor155,000 KES
Electrical Engineering Technician63,700 KES
Electrical Supervisor98,400 KES
Electrician72,900 KES
Elevator Installer and Repairer62,100 KES
Engineer143,000 KES
Excavator Operator50,200 KES
Field Inspector82,400 KES
Floor Finisher55,600 KES
Floor Manager76,700 KES
Foreman42,200 KES
Frame and Truss Detailer46,000 KES
Furniture Finisher49,700 KES
Gas Technician 46,300 KES
Handyman44,400 KES
Health and Safety Coordinator62,800 KES
Health and Safety Officer67,500 KES
Installation Manager158,000 KES
Installer42,400 KES
Insulation Installer47,800 KES
Labourer38,400 KES
Land Surveyor61,300 KES
Lean Construction Specialist135,000 KES
Lift Technician47,900 KES
Maintenance Foreman43,700 KES
Material Tester73,300 KES
Model Maker73,900 KES
Order Picker44,000 KES
Painter45,400 KES
Pipe Layer39,200 KES
Pipe Welder39,700 KES
Pipefitter39,600 KES
Plumber52,700 KES
Prefabrication and Modular Construction Specialist139,000 KES
Property Coordinator124,000 KES
Purchasing Manager177,000 KES
Quantity Estimator93,700 KES
Quantity Surveyor86,500 KES
Roof Slater and Tiler41,600 KES
Sheet Metal Mechanic46,500 KES
Sheet Metal Worker42,700 KES
Site Clerk45,700 KES
Site engineer123,000 KES
Site Leader220,000 KES
Stock Controller71,900 KES
Structural Steel Construction Worker52,000 KES
Sustainable Materials Engineer141,000 KES
Technical Draughtsman58,200 KES
Tender Manager209,000 KES
Tendering Manager203,000 KES
Tower Crane Operator45,500 KES
Wall and Floor Tiler45,800 KES
Warehouse Manager162,000 KES
Welder42,100 KES
Welding Superintendent55,800 KES

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Kenya

Median and salary distribution Kenya Construction / Building / Installation monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
124,000 KES or more
10% of people earn
102,000 to 124,000 KES
20% of people earn
54,800 KES or less
65% of people earn
54,800 to 102,000 KES
Minimum Salary
37,100 KES
83,900 KES
251,000 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 in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya range from 37,100 KES (starting average salary) to 251,000 KES (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Construction / Building / Installation is 83,900 KES, implying that half of the workforce in Kenya earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya earn less than 65,900 KES, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 108,000 KES, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 54,800 KES to 102,000 KES. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 54,800 KES mark, while 10% ranged from 102,000 KES to 124,000 KES. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 124,000 KES or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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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 in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya 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.

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.

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.
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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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 737,000 KES to 2,210,000 KES and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Construction / Building / Installation / Kenya

Salary comparison by gender Kenya Construction / Building / Installation monthly
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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? In the field of Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 10%.

94,600 KES
86,200 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 / Construction / Building / Installation / Kenya

How much are annual salary increments in Kenya for individuals working in Construction / Building / Installation? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 3% every 30 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Kenya Construction / Building / Installation
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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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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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 / Construction / Building / Installation / Kenya

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kenya Construction / Building / Installation
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89% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 11% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Hourly Average Wage / Construction / Building / Installation / Kenya

530 KES per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya is 530 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 in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya is 210 KES. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kisumu88,400 KES
Mombasa99,400 KES
Nairobi109,000 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 in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 83,900 KES and 108,000 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 jobs in Construction / Building / Installation in Kenya ranges from 37,100 KES to 65,900 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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