Engineering courses are marketable in Kenya but professionals in those courses earn varying salaries based on the tasks they undertake or institutions they work for. Highest paid engineers in the country are those employed by companies posting profits in Billions of shillings, and government institutions.
Research shows that there are over 12 engineering courses in Kenya, which include civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, electrical engineering, agriculture engineering, mechanical engineering, oil & gas engineering
The highest paid engineers are those working in aviation industry, those who pursued Aeronautical engineering. Looking at the statistics, these professionals earn average salary of Ksh300, 000 per month. A fresh graduate joins the career with a starting salary of at least Ksh 150,000.
Oil and Gas engineers are the second highest paid engineers in Kenya.a Company like Tallow Oil pays they engineers at least Ksh160,000.In some cases, they earn up to Ksh 1 million.
Oil and Gas engineering is a rare career in Kenya, and it is offered at the University of Nairobi and Mount Kenya University.
Civil Engineers also earn better than many engineers. Figures show a good number earn Ksh 130,000-Ksh 180,000.But better salary come after one has gained significant professional experience.
The lowest paid engineers are those in the agriculture sector. Though the sector is the backbone of Kenyan economy, these graduates earn as little as Ksh 30,000.The jobs are also scarce for these professionals.