Engineering is one of the highest paying jobs not just in Kenya but the whole world. Engineers are highly skilled individuals and the nature of their work is highly demanding in terms of technical skills and accuracy. Because of these engineers are among the people who receive high salaries in Kenya.
Engineering has so many branches with each branch requiring specialized skills and knowledge. Among the branches in engineering fields include; mechanical engineering, Civil engineering, Electrical engineering, Structural Engineering among others.
Of these, branches one can either work under a specified environment or department depending on the company structure. For these we have departments that may require engineers such as; Production development Engineers, Custom support Engineers, aid engineers, optimization Engineers, Planning engineers, Radio planning engineers, Sound Engineers among others
Engineers salaries solely depends on ones field of specialization, level of education and experience.
So how much do engineers earn in Kenya earn?The starting salary for a graduate engineer in Kenya is between Ksh.50,000 to Ksh.80,000 while engineers with a masters degree and above earn between Ksh. 150,000 to Ksh.800,000. Engineers with many years of experience pocket close to Sh.1,000,000 in monthly salaries.
That said and done, salaries for engineers in whichever field you have specialized in will highly depend on the company you are working with.
For instance a Product Development Engineer working at General Motors VS one working at Safaricom. General Motors pays their engineers 53-57K, whereas Safaricom pays the same types of Engineers 143-155K.
A customer support engineer working at Kenya data Networks takes home a monthly salary of between Sh.35,000 to Sh. 40,000 yet the remuneration might be different from a another company for engineers working in the same capacity.
A drilling Engineer at Kengen makes about 161-173K per month.
A field engineer at Samsung Kenya is paid 63-67K, on contract for every month.
At Safaricom, a Planning Engineer’s starting salary is 174-188K.
Aradio planning engineer working with Safaricom takes home a starting salary of between Ksh1250,000 to Ksh 140,000.
Some companies offer paid internship programs for student and intern student is paid between Ksh.15,000 to Ksh.20,000 per month.
Apart from the monthly salary as an engineer you stand to benefit from bonuses and allowances from your employer.
The table below shows the average salaries for most engineer in Kenya from various fields.
|Engineering Field||Salary Scale (Ksh)|
|Electric Engineer||Sh.150,000 - Sh.800,000|
|Mechanical Engineer||Sh.100,000- Sh.500,000|
|IT Engineer||Sh. 200,00 - Sh, 1M|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||Sh.150,000 - Sh.700,000|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||Sh.100,000 - Sh.500,000|
|Associate Engineer||Sh.150,000 - Sh. 500,000|
|Autocad Operator||Sh.100,000 - Sh.300,000|
The pay however is highly dependent on the employer and ones level of education and experience.