This is a list of best-paying jobs in Kenya. We all have dreams of getting luxurious jobs that pay hefty salaries and packages. However, getting that dream job that pays hefty salaries may not be an easy task. It requires you to put in extra effort to ultimately achieve your dreams and goals in life. Your career choice or field is also a determining factor that can greatly influence your hopes of drawing a hefty salary in Kenya.
Here is a detailed list of the best-paying careers and jobs in Kenya.
Medical practitioners are one of the highest paid in Kenya. One advantage of this career is that one is guaranteed a job after graduation or completion of studies. A medicine course at the university takes 5 years, followed by a one-year internship programme. One major disadvantage with this career is that you will have to contend with long working hours and various emergency calls. Most medical doctors and surgeons in Kenya earn six-figure salaries.
2. Accounting and Finance
According to a survey done in 2018 by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the highest paid employees are those working in the finance sector. Employees working in the private finance sector on average earn Kshs 1,759,562 annually, while those in the public sector earn Kshs 1,703,860 annually. Accountants and finance specialists are actually custodians of an organisation’s money, thus need to be heavily paid.
Engineering is very broad and covers different areas of specialisation. Currently, there are some certain engineering courses like chemical engineering that may take you a century to secure an employment opportunity. It is always advisable to specialise on paths that are marketable and can easily secure you a job. Some of the best areas of specialisation include; software engineering, civil and structural engineering. These are currently the most marketable engineering courses in Kenya. Engineers earn up to Kshs. 500,000 monthly.
4. Piloting/ Aviation industry
Pilots are known to earn hefty salaries, not only in Kenya but across the world. It also depends on the type of airline you work with. It is a career that is not yet flooded due to the high costs of training that tend to deter most people from pursuing. Most pilots in Kenya earn over Kshs 500,000 plus other benefits and allowances.
Architects in Kenya earn over 300,000 shillings monthly. These are the people who plan, design and review the construction of buildings. The real estate industry in Kenya is growing day by day, thus providing a ready market for the architects to manifest their prowess. Some of the best institutions in Kenya known to produce professional architects include University of Nairobi and JKUAT.
6. Information Technology ( IT)
It is a broad field that continues to grow rapidly due to the technological advancements and emerging trends in the market. Most organisations in Kenya tend to outsource IT services to be at par with the emerging trends in the market. IT experts earn lucrative salaries owing to the crucial skills they offer to firms. No organisation in Kenya can survive or run effectively without having an IT specialist or department that deals with IT.
Politics may seem to be a ‘dirty game’ as most people tend to believe, but in the real sense, it is a lucrative field and pathway to riches. Politicians in Kenya earn very hefty packages and allowances. This field does not necessarily entail the MPs, Governors, Senators or MCAs. It is a broad field that also incorporates political commentators, advisors, analysts and activists. It is a very competitive field that requires you to be smart, persuasive and have excellent communication skills to woo supporters and followers.
Lecturers are generally academic experts who are hired to teach either full time or part-time in institutions of higher learning. One advantage of being a lecturer is in terms of flexibility whereby, you can juggle between your teaching job and private business, especially if you are on a part-time basis. However, it’s a tough field that requires you to have the patience of studying up to the PhD level for you to enjoy the ultimate fruits. For instance, top dons at the university earn up to 500,000 shillings monthly.
It is also a lucrative field that can earn you a six-figure salary once you establish and build your brand. Most lawyers in Kenya are actually their own bosses, as they have established their own law firms that offer various types of services to clients. Notable examples of top-notch lawyers in Kenya who make millions include; Siaya Senator James Orengo, Katwa Kigen, George Oraro, Apollo Mboya, Otiende Amollo, Cliff Ombeta, Ahmednasir…etc. It depends on your efforts and hard work.
10. Media/ Journalism
You will definitely agree with me that media personalities in Kenya earn six-figure salaries. This ranges from radio presenters, news anchors, cameramen and writers. It all depends on your ability to command and draw viewership/mass audiences. Notable media personalities in Kenya who earn millions include; Caroline Mutoko, Maina Kageni, Jeff Koinange, Jalang’o, Mwalimu King’ang’i…e.t.c.
11. NGO/Civil Society Jobs
Non-governmental Organisations are known to offer very lucrative salaries. Most NGOs receive funds from donors, mostly from foreign bodies. This may be a reason as to why they pay their employees heavily. Some of the top NGOs in Kenya that everyone would dream of working with include the United Nations and its subsidiaries like UNEP and UNHCR, USAID, World Health Organisation, World Vision.