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Basic Salaries of Diploma Graduates in Kenya

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Salaries for diploma holders in Kenya are largely determined by the demand of professionals in a profession and the supply of such people in the job market.In general, the average salary of diploma holders in Kenya is Ksh 30,000.
The number of Diploma Graduates in Kenya is soaring each day with many opting to venture into the business due to lack of employment.
In the last decade, there were countable Degree holders in the country, and the majority of them were diploma holders, but when former President Mwai Kibaki liberalized education sector in Kenya, many people enrolled for higher education thus endangering Diploma holders.
Though most employers in Kenya prefer degree holders, a good number of them still believe that Diploma holders can work as better as Degree holders. They, therefore, give these graduates a chance to prove themselves.
There are also jobs which are strictly reserved for Diploma holders, such jobs include Front Office, Nursing, Hotel and Hospitality and primary school teacher.
From our study we have come up with average salaries of Diploma holders in Kenya:
Job                                 Average Salary (Ksh per month)
Teachers…………………… 10,000-25,000
Customer Care Officer………25,000-40,000
Front Office/Receptionist……15,000-30,000
NGO workers………………..40,000-60,000
Government Parastatal…….. 25,000-50,000
Public Service Commission.. 22,000-45,000
Sales Representative……….. 15,000-40,000
Human Resources Assistant.. 25,000-50,000
Accounts Assistant………… 20,000-45,000
Procurement Officer………. 25,000-50,000
Public Relations Officer…… 30,000-60,000
Nurse……………………….. 20,000-50,000
Electrical Technician …….. 30,000-60,000
Quantity Surveyor………… 35,000-70,000
Cashier……………………. 15,000-25,000
Waiter………………. …… 15,000-30,000
Data Entry………………… 15,000-30,000
Chef………………………. 25,000-50,000
Drivers ……………………. 25,000-50,000
IT Technicians …………… 25,000-70,000
Supermarket Attendants…… 18,000- 35,000
If you meet any diploma holder in Kenya in those careers, they will quote the figures we have listed above.What shocks me most is that over 30 % of diploma holders in Kenya earn less than Ksh 20,000 per month.
The ideal salary for a diploma holder is Ksh 30,000-Ksh 40,000, which is regarded as enough for somebody with a family and one who wants to invest. Ksh 20,000 is not enough to spend and save.With this salary, the country will not have investors but people who are living from hand to mouth.

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14 Comments

  1. Cyrus kiplagat rotich

    December 22, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I’m being paid 14000 and I have a diploma in information science but working as a cleaner at Moi university

  2. Regina Mutai

    December 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I need a job, I am diploma holder in BM even if it’s a watch man

  3. Robert

    December 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I a diploma holder in community health and social work and need a job of between 20,000and above

  4. Janeth

    December 31, 2017 at 12:28 am

    I need a job and I degree holder working as a cleaner, warning 13,000 sh in a month having children in collages and secondary school
    plse assist.

    • peter Wachira

      December 31, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      I am a diploma holder in mechanical engineering, need a job salary 30,000 and above

  5. Alvin kipchirchir Korir

    January 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I am a diploma holder in criminology and security studies need a job salary 20,000 and above

  6. Sylvia

    January 2, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    iam a diploma holder in bussines management i really need a job

  7. William njau

    January 11, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I am a diploma holder in mechanical engineering ( production option)

  8. Dennis Kamau

    January 13, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    what about diploma Clinical Officer,,how much do they earn per month together with their allowances

  9. tecla jerotich cheboi

    January 14, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    am a diploma holder department of tourism management, need a job paying BTW 30-40k monthly

  10. josphat

    January 15, 2018 at 7:59 am

    diploma in electrical and electronics engineering interested in any electrical work

  11. Karwamba Naftally Muriki

    January 16, 2018 at 2:01 am

    I am a holder of Bachelors degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.I really need a job in any of the security departments, may it be Private or public.

  12. Boniface Odhiambo

    January 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I am a diploma holder in community health and development ,I need a job paying between 35,000-60000

  13. vincent

    January 18, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    need a job . have a. diploma in physical therapy

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