Top 7 High Paying Jobs In Kenya

A Sneak Peak Into Lucrative Jobs

Carson O.
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  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Graphics Design
  • Accountanting
  • Law

In Kenya, there are few reliable high-paying jobs that you can do. Despite the high pay at the end of the month, you need to have a solid academic background. Such jobs are enjoyed mainly by those who devote their youthful years to pursuing academic excellence. If you’re looking for a high-paying job, then these are the seven most lucrative ones.


They are responsible for diagnosing diseases in patients and prescribing treatment plans. They also have to maintain medical records, inventory supplies and provide medical care to patients when necessary. They work closely with a variety of healthcare providers (such as nurses, and medical laboratory officers) who ensure that patients get the best treatment.

A Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) is needed for you to become a professional doctor. Moreover, you can specialize in niches such as paediatrics, gynaecology, urology, cardiology, pathology etc.

The salary of a newly employed doctor ranges around KES210,000 while that of an intern is around KES140,000. In a situation where you are employed by an NGO hospital, you may have a salary ranging up to KES450,000.

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Specialities in medicine are a sweet spot for many medics because you get to offer your services to many different institutions. Salaries are also high, ranging between KES300,000 to KES800,000.

Being a doctor, however, is not an easy task. First of all, you have to be intelligent and hardworking. In medical school, you will have to familiarize yourself with your work ethic. You must have the ability to take in a lot of content and digest it, and apply it to different medical environments. Generally, top performers (A-students) from high school are selected to join the medical school, where they will spend approximately 6 years (+ 1 year for internship) before being employed as doctors.

Aside from salaries, doctors can be licensed to start their hospitals and mint money, alongside helping patients recover from illnesses. Call it hitting two or more birds with one stone.

Despite this being a high-paying job, you have to understand that the medical environment is very stressful. Medics often describe this as high cortisol experiences. Imagine interacting with blood and urine on a daily basis.

Therefore, despite the attractive pay, you have to ask yourself whether you are ready to get yourself into the hospital environment. Despite all these troubles, the profession itself is noble and fulfilling because you get to save lives daily.


They are financial professionals who perform accounting tasks such as analyzing financial statements and preparing tax returns, among other things.

For you to become an accountant, you need a degree in Bachelor of Commerce (accountancy) from a certified university or college. In addition, you are required to have a Certified Public Accountant certificate up to a certain level.

The median salary for accountants in Kenya is Accountants in Kenya can earn up to 61,000 to 304,000 Kenyan shillings per month. Salary depends on the work experience level you have.


They are responsible for making decisions about public policies laws, taxes and other government ma They also have to give speeches, make appearances and campaign for votes during elections. Depending on which post you want, there are several requirements. Above all, you are required to be a citizen of Kenya and have an Identity Card.

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For you to become a politician, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Check all the requirements for your political post.
  2. Join a political party according to your interest.
  3. Apply for a political seat and go for nominations.
  4. After nominations, run for the elective sit.
  5. Once you win, serve the people.

The average monthly salary for a politician depends on the political post you are holding.

For instance, the average basic salary for a member of parliament is Ksh.623,000, summing up to Ksh.1.2M in a month. In one year, an MP will have well over Ksh.10M in their bank account, excluding the money gotten from scandalous deals, a story for another day.

A Member of the County Assembly gets paid a total of Ksh.300,000 in a month and other leaders such as women representatives get paid the same amount as lawmakers. Senators on the other hand make Ksh.510,000 a month while governors make Ksh.1.1M in gross salary per month.

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Despite the attractive figures, politics is a dirty game that involves corruption and other heinous crimes such as assassinations. You should be intelligent in this game of thrones.

Pilots & Aviation

Pilots are responsible for the safe operation of an aircraft. They also have to ensure that they follow all safety regulations and procedures. Pilots fly an aeroplane over a specific route according to their flight plan.

Training to become a pilot requires one to have a degree in a relevant field, and attend an Aviation school to study pilot courses. You will become a licensed pilot once the course is fully completed.

The average salary for a pilot is 132,000 (lowest paid) to 420,000 ( highest paid).


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These are legal advisors and represent people, private sectors and different government agencies. Lawyers are always needed when interpreting the laws of the land, analysing legal problems and defending their clients in court cases.

You need to do Bachelor’s degree in Law Studies at the university. After graduation, you are required to attend the Kenya School of Law and do a bar exam.

The salary depends on the clients you are working with. The average salary of a lawyer is 75,000 to 103,000 Kenyan shillings per month. however, if you become a giant in your area of specialization, you may land multimillion salary cases such as arguing out election disputes in the Supreme Court of Kenya. Take, for instance, Professor Githu Muigai and Professor James Orengo.


They build and manage many projects including roads, houses and bridges. They are responsible for the construction of many things.

To become a certified engineer, you need to do a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from a recognized university. Afterwards, you do the Engineering board exams, and you will be given a credited license.
The average salary of engineers depends on the experience and the kind of engineering they undertook.

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They earn 124,000 Kenyan shillings per month. The lowest paid is 39,000. There is no highest pay because this area of profession is limitless.

Graphics Design

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Despite the earlier statement, this profession does not require a good academic background. As long as you have a laptop, you are ready to go. All you need is designing software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign or Adobe XD to start your journey in this niche.

This job is underestimated because many people are ignorant about it. Posters usually cost about Ksh.2,000 to Ksh.10,000 i.e., $20-$100. If per month you design approximately 20 posters, you will have made not less than Ksh.50,000, not to mention the fact that this is a side hustle. You only need a few hours on your laptop to make a single poster.

You may further decide to create a freelancer profile on Fiverr and get clients from all over the globe, and in the long run, raise your service fees. The world of graphics is quite limitless.

Despite the attractive figures, politics is a dirty game that involves corruption and other heinous crimes such as assassinations.

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I am a multi-faceted professional with a strong foundation in Business and Finance, honed since 2020. Additionally, I possess a deep passion for automobiles, serving as an avid car enthusiast. In parallel to my diverse interests, I am also a dedicated student pursuing a career in the medical field.
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