Teachers Salaries in Kenya 2020

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The salaries for teachers in Kenya have been growing over time and in 2020 a Kenyan teacher will comfortably live in a leafy suburb.

Currently, the lowest paid teacher is a P1 who pockets Ksh 16,692 per month and the highest paid is one in job group R, who takes home Ksh 109,089-Ksh200,928 per month. The job group R teachers are those who have a masters and above and several years of working experience. Chief Principals are the heads of National schools like Starehe, Maseno, Lenana etc.

From 2020 to 2021 the salary scales may not change because of the deteriorating nature of Kenya’s economy. But first, here are the salary scales for Kenyan teachers for the year 2020:

Civil Service Teachers     Basic Salary       Common               Allowances       Gross Salary
Job Group Designation
Min. Max. House Commuter Min. Max.
G P1 16,692 21,304 5,000 4,000 25,692 30,304
H ATS IV 19,323 24,662 5,000 4,000 28,323 33,662
J GAT III 24,662 29,918 6,000 4,000 34,662 39,918
K GAT II 31,020 41,590 10,000 5,000 46,020 56,590
L GAT I 35,910 45,880 20,000 6,000 61,910 71,880
M Senior GAT 41,590 55,840 20,000 8,000 69,590 83,840
N Principal GAT II 48,190 65,290 24,000 8,000 80,190 97,290
P Principal GAT I 77,527 103,894 40,000 12,000 129,527 155,894
Q Senior Principal 89,748 120,270 40,000 14,000 143,748 174,270
R Chief Principal 109,089 144,928 40,000 16,000 165,089 200,928

It takes an average of 3 years for a Kenyan teacher to get a promotion. If one is employed in secondary school at K he will start earning Ksh 31,020 and by the time he completes 6 years, his salary would be Ksh 69,590.

On top of the salaries paid to teachers, there are also travelling and house allowances. The tables below show the amount of money teachers earn in terms of allowances:

There are also interns who were employed by the government in 2019.In total an intern working as a primary teacher earns Ksh10,000 per month while high school intern earns Ksh 15,000 per month.The amount is subjected to taxation.

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