Most Underpaid Professionals in Kenya


If you are in college today, it’s good you determine the most underpaid professionals so as to avoid some courses. In Kenya, there are jobs you can do and became poor forever while others with less qualification are eating with big spoon.

If you are in a profession where your pay is below Ksh 100,000 per month yet you have worked for more than 5 years, then count yourself underpaid. In Kenya, I can pinpoint people who have been employed by the government for several years but are earning a meagre Ksh40,000. With the current economy, Ksh40,000 won’t be enough to give you a decent life.

For student, you should not pursue courses related to careers listed below:

  1. Teaching

Teachers are among the most underpaid professionals in Kenya. A teacher with a university degree earns Ksh 40,000 to Ksh 120,000. While it takes as much energy for a teacher to graduate as it takes Bachelor of Commerce graduate, the latter earns even 20 time more than what teachers earn.

Assuming a teacher pockets Ksh40,000 per month, that’s before tax, how long will it take him to save Ksh1 million?

To be a teacher in Kenya is like buying a direct ticket to a poverty cocoon.

  1. Police officers

If you look at the salary scales of police officers, you’ll wonder why in the first place Kenyans scramble to join the police force. Imagine a whole police officer earning Ksh30,000 yet he has a family to feed and several extended family members looking up to him for upkeep.

For a police officer to be comfortable, the least he should earn is Ksh80,000, that’s if he is provided with free accommodation.

The condition in which police officers operate do not deserve anything below Ksh 80,000 per month.

  1. Nursing

Another career which is highly hyped outside here but useless in terms of renumeration is nursing. A jugu trader in Gikomba earns more than a nurse at a public hospital. The average salary of a nurse in Kenya is Ksh 35,000. Honestly, what can Ksh35,000 afford? Maybe sukuma and ugali.

  1. Front office/Secretaries

As a secretary you’ll do all the donkey work but at the end of the month, Ksh20,000 is what you take home.

It’s nearly impossible to find a secretary who earns more than Ksh 100,000, majority earn below Ksh 30,000.

  1. Bank tellers

Nearly all bank tellers are graduates but it’s shocking that most of them earn below Ksh70,000. Safe for few banks which appreciate them, majority of the banks underpay their bank tellers. The most surprising thing is that tellers do the most difficult work in the bank.

  1. Lecturers

Those PhD holders you see around earn below Ksh200,000 per month. In fact, only a couple of them earn a monthly salary of Ksh300,000 and above.It’s even worse for others who earn Ksh80,000-Ksh 120,000 per month.

To earn a PhD isn’t a joke,you need to make over Ksh 500,000 per month,but it’s u fortunate that Kenya doesn’t appreciate PhD holders.


Unless you join a top club outside Kenya,there’s no way you’ll become wealthy in Kenya with the meager pay Kenyan managers offer.Most clubs pay Ksh 20,000 to Ksh40,000 per month ,man that cannot sustain you in an urban center.