Basic Salaries of Diploma Graduates in Kenya

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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