Best Paying Jobs in Kenya

Best Paying Jobs in Kenya: A recent survey in Kenya indicated that the majority of Kenyans in formal employment are underpaid.

Kenyan public wage bill is one of the highest in the world, but the amazing thing is that only a small number of people get a bigger share of the income.

To try and bridge the gap between the employment incomes every year the government tries to raise the minimum wage for lower-income earners and lower the income for highly paid public servants. However, even in the midst of poor payment, there are still professionals who are paid well. Today we look at Kenya’s highest-paying jobs.

Best Paying Jobs in Kenya

  1. Medicine.

Doctors are among the best paid in Kenya. Currently, after the enactment of the CBA in 2017, a fresh graduate doctor gets at least Kenya shillings 320,000, and the highest-paid doctor gets 946,000.  The good thing about medicine is that the chances of getting employment are higher. Medical interns get paid during their internship program and their pay is even higher compared to other qualified professionals.

  1. Financial analyst.

Financial analysis and consultancy are among Kenya’s highest-paying jobs. A good look in the job vacancy advertisement for the above position will normally offer over Kenya shillings 100,000/= for a qualified person. Financial analysts offer important financial advice to the business hence recruiting one will also mean that the company must be willing to offer fair compensation. For all the students wishing to advance their career in finance, financial analysis and consultancy may just become your specialty.

  1. Actuaries.

Another Kenya’s best paying job is being an Actuary. Many actuaries are majorly employed in the insurance industry. On average a well-experienced actuary gets Kenya shillings 300,000.

4. Politicians

In Kenyan politics is considered as one the best paying career. Below is the expected salary for our Kenyan politician per month.

Member of county assembly             Kshs 144,375.

Member of Parliament                       Kshs 621,250.

Woman representative                       Kshs 621,250.

Senator                                                Kshs 621,250.

Deputy Governor-                               Kshs 621,250.

Governor                                             Kshs 924,000.

Vice president                                     Kshs 1,400,000.

President                                             Kshs 1,650,000.

Not only are elected politicians among the best paid other well paid in the political field include those in political analysts, political researchers, political advisors, etc.

  1. Pilot/ Aviation Industry.

Pilots in Kenya are also among the best-paid professionals. The reason why there are few pilots in Kenya is that the cost of training is very high. Even though the number of Aviation colleges have increased the numbers of Kenyans who can afford the cost are very few. Generally, having few pilots means the is more since demand is higher than the supply. A well-experienced pilot roughly takes home Kshs 1 million while a less experienced may take home around Kshs 400,0000/= per month.

  1. Media personality.

As a result of their influence in society, some media personalities make a lot of money. Media personalities like news anchors and radio presenters can earn even one million shillings per month depending on the audience they have in their show.

  1. Information Technology gurus.

Information technology is a field that is dynamic and depending on one’s specialty the income can go up to Kshs 450,000 per month. Experts in cyber security, system development, application development are among the top sought-after professionals in technology. Currently, many organizations are adopting online platforms and this will make the field even more marketable.

  1. Contractors/Suppliers.

Contractors/suppliers in Kenya are another group of high-income earners. Government contractors and suppliers enjoy the majority of the income collected from the taxpayers. For instance, a road contractor will be paid millions of shillings to construct a road less than 10 kilometers.

The above list of Best Paying Jobs in Kenya is not overly inclusive. There are other careers/jobs that Kenyans have earned good income. The only important thing is to understand the market.

Other Best Paying Jobs in Kenya include

Best Paying Online Jobs In Kenya

Best Paying Online Jobs In Kenya: Are you wondering what are some of the best paying jobs in Kenya?  Well, today we have decided to look at some of the best money making online jobs that are helping many Kenyans put food on the table.

Before we list these jobs let look at the reasons why many Kenyans, especially young people are opting to join the online platforms to search for jobs. One of the motive for online job search is lack of jobs in most private and government organizations. This has made people look for online jobs, online jobs working hours are flexible hence one is left with time to look for another job or to other activity that may also bring in money

Some of the best paid Kenyans doing online jobs have testified that when one gets to know the niche to get into then one can grow with time to even make six-figure income. So if you are starting out with online jobs just do your best and know the best area to get into

Below are some of the best paying online jobs

Animator online jobs

The demand for the skills of an animator is on the rise. To become a good online animator one will need to be creative. Animation needs one to understand the basic principles of animation in addition to other abilities such as character modeling and finally the process of animation. To get online jobs you can visit sites such as Indeed, Upworks,, etc.

Freelance online writers

For a writer who does not want to have their own blogs or websites, you can write articles for other people. You can actually become an academic writer, sports writers, entertainment writers, etc. As a Kenyan writer, you can get online writing jobs from sites such Upwork, Fiverr, etc.  To make it as an online writer you will need to become creative and fast writer.


Of the easiest way to make good money online is through blogging. Blogs are easy to create and one will not need any professional skills to create one. As a good writer you can start your own blog and as long you have good content you can always monetize your blog. You can have one or many blogs as long as you keep updating them to ensure that your readers keep coming back to read. If you have no idea how to create a blog just google the steps and go to YouTube and you will get good tutorials. Some the good blogs in Kenya include Techweez, Biznews, Bikozulu, etc

Graphic Design

Graphic design is also one of the best paying online jobs. Across the world, businesses need images that they can put in their logos, social media pages, online business cards, etc. If you are a graphic designer still looking for a job you can consider becoming an online designer. For opportunities in the graphic designer, you can visit sites such as Fiverr, Upwork, etc


Vlogging has become one of the ways into which some Kenyans are getting online jobs. Vlogging involves creation of video and editing them then posting them on YouTube od Facebook watch. Depending on the views you will get you can monetize your YouTube account. Vlogging requires patience and creativity to keep people entertained and informed. Your vlog can involves issue such current news, trends, celebrity interviews, health, real life on camera etc.

Social Media Influencer/Manager

One of the best paying online jobs in Kenya is a social media influencer or manager. First to make it a social media influencer you will need a huge following on social media, companies or individuals can approach you to market their products. For instance, many celebrities who have over 100,000 followers on social media accounts have a way reaching to many people through their accounts. They even get advertising opportunities or become a brand ambassador. Another way to make money online by becoming a social media manager. Instead of using your own account you are given someone else account to either create content, videos, images, answer to inquiries, etc. In this case, you generally become a manager into someone else account.


If you are proficient in two languages, you can become an online translator. Translation jobs are good-paying as long as you can do a good job. You basically translate documents, letters, books, stories, etc. Since the world is becoming smaller and smaller in terms of communication channels it is becoming clear that people will need to share many materials hence the need for translators is increasing. Get translation jobs from websites such as Fiverr, Proz, Upworks etc.

Web designers

Web designers’ online jobs are on the rise; in fact, many people are making their income from these jobs. As long as there is technological development there is no time that a website designer will lack something to do. It is through websites that companies and individual reach to people across the world. In Kenya, an online web designer is no longer aside hustle job but a   full-employment job. If you want to become an online web designer just do your research and get to know the best sites you can advertise for your skills.

Other best paying online jobs in Kenya include

Virtual assistance who act as online personal assistance, secretary, etc., As long as you have a good laptop or PC with good internet connectivity you can be able to become a virtual assistance

A consultant is also another online job you can get highly paid in Kenya.  Consultancy can be in any field as long as you know the field you are venturing into. For instance, tax consultants, strategic management consultants, brand consultants, IT consultants, Finance consultants, etc,

Online voice artist gives you income depending on the good job you can do with your voice, you can become a voice artist for an animation movie, advert, video clip, etc.

SEO writers are also good-paying; you will work as a writer who aims at improving the online visibility of a website so that it can rank well.

Email marketing specialist is another good-paying job; this work involves marketing through emails. If you have a good email data base you can use it to your advantage.

Affiliate marketers


The above-listed job can turn out to best paying or not. It all depends on the interest and the effort you put into it.

One of the key factors to contemplate before choosing an online job is the interest you have. If you like it go for it, if not then it will be difficult to have a break through.

Choose something that suit your life style, skills, and abilities. By doing this, it will be much easier for you to develop interest and even be able to do more research to meet the requirements needed to get good pay.

Sometimes online jobs require patience, for someone who started few years back the pay per hour will be higher that someone with less than one-year experience. So if you have interest in online jobs do not lose hope just because the pay is bad or not good enough at the beginning.

There are many online jobs that you can do, hope this article has helped discover some of the things you can try out.