Highest paying careers in Kenya

Are you looking for a job? If so, it is important to know what the highest paying jobs are in Kenya. Knowing this information can help you find your ideal career path and get started with a lucrative pay rate right away!

In this blog post, we will discuss the top 15 highest paying careers in Kenya.

High Paying Jobs In Kenya


This is one of the highest paying field in Kenya, with a mean wage of Ksh 250,000.A medical intern who is on internship in a government hospital is paid an an average salary of Ksh 80,000.

Most doctors have locums in various hospitals or clinics which are based on the hours worked, and this can range from Ksh 1,000 to 2,000 per hour.This is up above their normal salary.

International School Teachers

This is also a high paying job in Kenya with a mean wage of Ksh 130,000.A teacher who is teaching in an international school like Brookhouse and Hillcrest are among the highest paid teachers in Kenya.

They also have other allowances such as housing and transport which are paid for by the school.

A teacher teaching the normal 8-4-4 system, however, is not remunerated as well as they earn an average wage of Ksh 20,000-50,000 per month depending on the level of experience and the number of years he or she has been in service.

If you would like to teach in an International School, we recommend enrolling in the Post Graduate Certificate in Education International (PGCEi) course that is offered by Braeburn International School in conjunction with Catholic University.


Being a pilot in Kenya, comes with lucrative perks.They earn an average wage of Ksh 500,000-1,000,000 per month.

According to businessdailyafrica.com, Kenya Airways pilots get an average of Ksh 1.3 million per month.

A pilot needs to have an aviation qualification and at least three years experience before he or she can get hired by a company as this varies from country to country.

The higher the number of flying hours the more experienced you become which translates to higher pay.


Next on our list is law. Seasoned lawyers like Nelson Havi and Donald Kipkorir charge a minimum of 1 million per case.

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For you to charge such an amount you have to be an expert in the field with a minimum of 15 years experience.It is also important to have membership at one or two law associations before you can start charging such high fees.

A junior lawyer will earn about Ksh 150,000-200,000 per month while an assistant will get around Ksh 80,000 -100k.


Politicians in Kenya earn a hefty salary coupled with allowances and benefits.

Most of their income is from various allowances which include a monthly salary, constituency allowance and travel expenses.

An MP and a senator earn an average of Ksh 650,000 per month, a governor gets an average of Ksh 900,000 while an MCA around Ksh 150,000 on top of other allowances.


University and college lecturers are paid handsomely in Kenya.

According to the Universities academic and staff union,a lecturer in Kenya earns around Ksh179,839 average monthly salary, comprising of housing, transport, and other allowances.

Part time lecturers are paid per hour worked.The average rate is Ksh 1,038 per hour.If one works 8 hours a day, five days a week, the expected monthly salary will be Ksh 166,080

The more the years of experience you have, the higher your pay.

Lecturers with PHD and doctorate degrees earn so much more than their counterparts because of their education experience,the demand for such degree and the number of years one has spent in university.

Finance Experts

Whether you are an accountant,auditor or an actuary you have the potential of earning a very handsome salary.

Finance experts have a very high earning potential in Kenya as they are always needed by banks,financial institutions and accountancy firms because every company needs their expertise to ensure that they do not make mistakes with finances which can lead to losses for the companies or individuals.

An average accountant earns Ksh 100,000-150,000 monthly while an actuary can get anything between 200k and 250k a month depending on their qualifications.

To be more marketable,consider taking a CPA course which is the highest standard of competence in the accountancy field.


Journalism is another high paying career here in Kenya.

TV presenters in the major televisions stations earn an average of Ksh 500,000 monthly while a print journalist with years of experience can get Ksh 200,000 per month.

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Citizen TV and Radio Journalists are among the highest paid in Kenya.

Their work is not always easy as they have to do hours and hours of research on various topics in order to come up with compelling stories that will captivate the public’s attention.

Journalists have a lot of potential for growth as they can be promoted to become senior journalists, editors and eventually CEO’s of media institutions.

Computer Specialists

Technology is evolving at a very fast rate.Computer specialists are tasked in developing programs that can keep up with the pace of technology.

Since they are in high demand ,they earn a monthly average income of Ksh 300,000.Some even get more than Ksh 500,000 because they are highly skilled professionals who have been working for years to sharpen their skills in this field.

Their work is very challenging but very rewarding.

This is a great job for someone who wants to have a flexible schedule, has very good knowledge of computers and loves solving puzzles as this is really what you are doing when you develop software .

Network Engineers

Network Engineers are responsible for the development, implementation and management of computer networks.They design and set up wired or wireless local area network (LAN) systems that connect to other computers on a business’s larger wide area network (WAN).

They are among the highest paid employees as networks is a complicated field that requires high expertise.

Telecoms such as Safaricom, Telkom, Airtel and Faiba are constantly hiring Network Engineers.

Their pay ranges from Ksh 150,000 to Ksh 300,000

Cyber Crime Security Analyst

Cyber Crime Security Analysts work for companies such as Safaricom.They are responsible for protecting their company’s data from hacking or other unauthorized use by intruders.

There are very few cyber crime security analysts in the country therefore the demand for them is high.

They are paid an average of Ksh 300,000 a month and sometimes more depending on the company they work for.

To become a cyber crime security analyst,consider taking the Certified Information Security Management course (CISM) that is offered by ISACA.


Whether you are interested in civil engineering,electrical engineering or telecommunication engineering, this is one of the most lucrative careers in Kenya.

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The salary ranges from Ksh 250,000 up to Ksh 500,000 depending on the company you work for and your qualifications.

You can apply at Safaricom or Telkom Kenya where they hire telecommunication engineers .


Architects are designers and planners of a building’s exterior such as the walls, floors, ceilings. They also design everything about inside of buildings including lighting fixtures or kitchen cabinets for example.

Their salary in Kenya ranges from Ksh 300,000 to Ksh 500,000 on average depending on your experience but it can go up to Ksh 1,000,000.

NGO and UN jobs

If you are a humanitarian or passionate about equality and human rights, NGO jobs in Kenya offer flexible work hours that allow for both personal time as well as plenty of opportunity to use your skills.

UN jobs also often have the same benefits but with the added bonus of travelling around Africa working on different projects.

The salary ranges from Ksh 200,000 and may go above Ksh 800,000.

CEO Jobs

Last but not least is being a CEO of a giant company here in Kenya.

According to statistics, there are about 400 companies listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and these CEOs make an average of Ksh 1,000,000.

For example, the KCB Bank CEO, Joshua Oigara is paid a whooping Ksh 291 million a year.This translates to 24 million a month.

In most institutions, to be a CEO you must have a Masters degree and have a work experience of atleast 10 years.

A huge salary is warranted, as a CEO’s job entails making difficult decisions that could make or break a business. He takes the most risk in a business


All in all, Kenya has a wide variety of jobs to offer at various salary ranges that suit different lifestyles for its residents.

If you want to earn big perks,we recommend you undertake a masters course as the more educated you are,the higher you are qualified.

If you decide that employment is not for you, there are tons of other investments vehicles that you can use to generate an income.

There you have it: the highest paying careers in Kenya!

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