The average monthly salary of a lecturer in Kenya is between Ksh. 120,000 to Ksh. 275,000. However, a majority of lectures are on the middle scale earning a salary of Ksh. 215,000 per month. The lowest paid lecturers earn a salary of Ksh. 93,500 per month.
These salaries are as a result of a pay increase in 2020 after UASU agitated for a pay rise. This implies that lecturers for long have been earning less than this average amount.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Lecturer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
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Academic workers in the universities are grouped into five job groups 10A, 11A, 12A, 13A, 14A, and 15A, depending on their academic achievement and years of experience.
Senior staff — professors and associate professors — are in job groups 15A and 14A respectively. They will earn the highest salary. In both job groups, one is required to have a PhD.
Among the professions in this field include;
- Lecturers Ksh. 120,000 to Ksh. 275,000
- Assistant Lecturers Ksh. 29,000 to Ksh.155,000
- Invited Lecturers Ksh.48,000 to Ksh.52,000
- Adjunct Lecture Ksh.48,000 to Ksh.52,000
- Part Time lecturer Ksh.32,000 to Ksh.34,000
- Seasonal Lecturer Ksh.287,000 to Ksh.287.000 to Ksh.313,000
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Factors that determine the salaries of lecturers
Lecturers that join the service at a relatively higher entry level get a higher pay than their peers in a low entry level.
Experience comes with years of service, one is deemed to be more experienced when they stay in service for long.
Here is a comparison of lecturers’ earnings depending on the years of experience.
Lecturers' Salaries in Comparision to Experience
|Years of Experience||Average Salary (Ksh)|
|0 - 2 years||Ksh.106,000|
|2 - 5 years||Ksh.143,000|
|5 - 10 years||Ksh.185,000|
|10 - 15 years||Ksh. 224,000|
|15 - 20 years||Ksh. 245,000|
|20 + years||Ksh. 258,000and above|