Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in Kenya (2023 Review)

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This guide is for those who wish to know the best Paying Jobs in Kenya.

Highest Paying Jobs in Kenya

Knowing the current high paying jobs in Kenya can help motivate you to work hard, sacrifice, and exercise, as well as guide your career path. While most high paying jobs might seem out of reach, it pays to learn everything you need to know about them. By knowing about these jobs, you will be able to prepare yourself to meet the minimum requirements needed to land any one of them. That said, here are the top 10 highest paying jobs in Kenya.

Highest Paying Jobs in Kenya

1. Piloting

Piloting is the best paying career in Kenya with a median pay of Ksh 300,000 per month. From our research, the lowest paid pilot takes home Ksh149, 000 while the highest paid pilot in Kenya takes home Ksh3.1 million per month. The amount given above is gross pay.

Though piloting is well paying, it takes someone at least 3 years to complete coursework and Ksh 5 million for that duration for school fees.

Piloting is a lucrative course, it pays well and job security is high. The best thing about this course is that it’s not a must for you to score A to get enrolled, all that is needed is good health, money and able to take risks as a pilot.

2. Law

Law is one of the best careers in Kenya and so far it’s among the best paying professions. To become a lawyer, you have to score good grades in high school, at least B plain, then select a registered training institution like The Nairobi University, Mount Kenya University or Catholic University of Eastern Africa. After college, you will be required to join Kenya School of Law for a diploma in law then you qualify as an advocate of high court. All these rigorous stages require dedication, however, after completing your studies, your life will change forever. Lawyers struggle for 1 to 2 years but thereafter they start earning decent income. But the amount you earn depends on the type of clients you attract, some of the best clients to represent are politicians and business persons.…

The monthly income of an established lawyer is Ksh 250,000 but there are lawyers who make upwards of Ksh 2 million monthly. Notable lawyers like Ahmedinassir, Paul Muite and Cliff Ombeta earn in excess Ksh5 million per month.

As a lawyer, the only way you can succeed is by winning cases, by doing so you’ll attract rich clients who you can charge any amount you wish.

3. Doctors

If you go to any high school in Kenya and ask students which career they intend to join, nearly 100% of them would tell you they ether want to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer or a pilot. Medicine and Surgery is one career that dominates the thoughts of many Kenyans because it pays handsomely. Though medical doctors go on strike almost yearly, that doesn’t mean they are underpaid, probably they want to outshine everyone in terms of pay. The highest paid doctors in Kenya pocket Ksh800,000 to Ksh2 million per month and they can be traced to The Karen Hospital, Mater Hospital, The Nairobi Hospital or Getrude’s Children’s Hospital.

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To qualify as a doctor in Kenya, you have to score good grades in high school, at least above B+ and once you enroll for a degree in Medicine & Surgery, coursework takes a minimum of 5 years. Once through with education, you’ll join the job market as an intern and rise steadily as you gain experience. Interns in most hospitals earn between Ksh50,000 and Ksh 120,000 per month.

4. Software Engineers

Software Engineering has few graduates, less than 200 in Kenya. The course is offered at Kenyatta University, Nairobi University and JKUAT.With Software Engineering qualification, you will secure employment in Tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Safaricom, Airtel, Oracle, IBM etc. Such institutions software engineers in excess of Ksh 200,000 per month regardless of one’s job experience.

For one to get enrolled for software engineering, they must score B+ and above in high school with A or A- in Physics and Mathematics.

The available job opportunities for these graduates are enormous but the bottom line is, one must be extremely talented and innovative to earn decent pay. Companies like Google prefer talent over excellent papers. If you prove beyond doubts that you are innovative, you will earn up to Ksh5 million per month as a Software Engineer.

With a software engineering and above three years’ experience, the least salary you’ll demand from any company is Ksh150,000.

5. Actuary

Actuarial Science is a relatively new profession in Kenya but is one course every student would like to pursue. However, becoming a qualified actuary is no mean feat, you have to sweat. Graduating with Actuarial Science degree is one step but qualifying as an actuary requires a certification from the Society of Actuaries or from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. There are over 12 papers to be completed before one qualifies as an actuary. Upon completion, you will secure employment in IRA, RBA, Banks, stoke brokers, Insurance companies, audit firms, Nairobi securities Exchange, Capital Markets Authority or any financial institution in Kenya that require risk and financial experts.

The average salary of a qualified actuary in Kenya is Ksh 300,000 per month. Highest paying sectors include Insurance companies, audit firms and actuarial firms.

With actuarial degree and professional qualification in actuarial science, the average pay you’ll earn per month is Ksh 180,000 to Ksh 1.5 million.

6. Finance Manager

Though many Kenyans believe that finance and accounting is a flooded career, I still believe there are hopes for graduates. The hardest part is to rise from being a clerk or teller to becoming a finance manager. Finance manager position require a degree BCom or any related business course plus professional qualifications such as ACCA, CPA, CFA, CFA or CIFA.In addition, more than 5 years of experience is needed.

If you are fortunate to rise to the position of Finance Manager, your monthly pay will not be below Ksh200,000. What determines the pay of an individual as a Finance Manager is the profitability of a company and salary policies of that company.

For those working for blue chip companies like Safaricom, KQ, BAT or East African Breweries, their salaries are on the roof, usually above Ksh500,000 per month. The CFOs of these institutions pocket more than Ksh2 million per month.

7. Architecture

If you move around Nairobi, you’ll never spot an architect living in Eastlands, you can only spot teachers and other Kenyans who pursued funny courses in college. An Architect is one with so much in his hands that he even lacks time to serve every client. For self-employed architects, the income is arrived at based on the type of clients you handle. You might design a structure that costs Ksh5 billion and your take home becomes Ksh 50 million. Another client will come with work that pays you Ksh50,000. But at the end of the day, you’ll make not less than Ksh 300,000 per month. 

Architecture is offered at JKUAT and The University of Nairobi

8. Statistics

Statistics is certainly a tough course but its fruits are sweet. Colleges offering statistics related courses include JKUAT, The University of Nairobi, Maseno University, Kenyatta University, Strathmore University and a couple of others. To pursue this course you have to be good in Mathematics and science courses.

Statisticians end up in NGOs, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, several other government institutions that require data analysts, United Nations, banks, audit firms and insurance companies. Most companies I know pay statisticians between Ksh70,000 to Ksh 200,000 per month.

The highest paid statisticians are those who hold PhDs and over 5 years’ experience, the average net pay for these professionals is Ksh 250,000 per month.

9. Auditors

Auditors cannot be left out either, they are amount the highest paid professionals in Kenya. The most successful ones are those who work for the Big Four audit institutions (PWC, Earnest & Young, Delotte and KPMG).The starting salary of an auditor in these institutions is Ksh 75,000 to Ksh150,000 per month. With over 3 years of experience, you must pocket nearly Ksh300,000 per month.

10. Quantity Surveyor

Another careers we won’t ignore is quantity surveying. Since land transactions take place daily, the work of quantity surveyors is highly needed. There is no single land transaction that will be complete without the involvement of a quantity surveyor.

More than 50% of quantity surveyors are self-employed and their monthly income is in excess of Ksh300, 000.

Quantity surveying complements the architecture and it’s offered at the University of Nairobi, Moi University, or JKUAT.

The above list includes the best-paying jobs in Kenya. However, it doesn’t include all jobs. We have selected the top 10 highest paying jobs in Kenya, but you can search for other places to work and enjoy earning good pay.

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