Top 13 Best paying degree courses in Kenya


When registering for a degree course in a Kenyan university, ensure that you enroll for the best paying course. Some of the courses will pay you as low as Ksh 30,000 per month…and the increment takes a snail’s pace. A degree like Medicine & Surgery will pay you in excess of Ksh 400,000 per month.

Best paying courses often take more years in the university, they are hard and very competitive. But their rewards are satisfying.

Below is a list of best paying degree courses in Kenya:

  1. Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery

Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery is the highest paying degree course in Kenya. Fresh graduates are paid in excess of Ksh 150,000 per month in public and private hospitals. Doctors with over 5 years of experience earn above Ksh 300,000 monthly.

Mater Hospital, The Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan Hospital and The Karen Hospital are among the best paying hospitals in Kenya.

A degree in Medicine & Surgery is pursued at the University of Nairobi, Maseno University, Kenyatta University, Moi University and Mount Kenya University, among others. To qualify for this course under JAB, you have to score A Plain in KCSE.However, if you wish to enroll for parallel program, the minimum grade required is a B plain.

The program takes 6 years to complete.

  1. Piloting

Piloting is also another well-paying course in Kenya. It attracts children of the rich because it’s expensive. To complete the program, you have to spend over Ksh 5 million.

Jobs for pilots in Kenya are plenty, apparently, there is scarcity of pilots in Kenya.

The monthly salary of a pilot in Kenya range between Ksh 300,000 and Ksh 2.5 million. Kenya Airways is among the highest paying institutions.

Here are some of the best aviation schools in Kenya:

  • Kenya School of Flying.
  • Nairobi Aviation School.
  • East African School of Aviation.
  • Ninety-Nines Flying School.
  • Flight Training Centre.
  • Mt Kenya Flying School.
  • Kenya Aeronautical College.
  • West Rift Aviation School

The good thing about piloting course is that you can enroll with even a C-

  1. Bachelor of Law

Bachelor of Law is extremely marketable, but only for Lawyers who win cases. People like Cliff Ombeta are making over Ksh 5 million monthly. Bachelor of Law takes 5 years to complete. Each student must pursue a diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law.

Here are some of the best universities offering Bachelor of Law in Kenya

  • Kenyatta University
  • University of Nairobi
  • Moi University
  • Strathmore University
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Riara University
  • Africa Nazarene University
  • Daystar University
  • Kisii University
  • Kenya Methodist University
  • Kabarak University
  • Egerton University
  • Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology
  • University of Embu
  • Chuka University
  • University of Nairobi School of Law
  • Umma University
  • University of Eldoret
  • Mount Kenya University


  1. Bachelor of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy is also among the best degree courses to pursue in Kenya. With this course, you can start your own pharmacy, clinic or get employed. The average monthly pay of a Pharmacist in Kenya is Ksh 200,000.

Here are some of the best universities to enroll for a degree in Pharmacy in Kenya:

  • Nairobi University – (NAIROBI) – PUBLIC.
  • Mount Kenya University – (THIKA) – PRIVATE.
  • Kenyatta University – (NAIROBI) – PUBLIC.
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – (JUJA) – PUBLIC.
  • Kenya Methodist University – (MERU) – MISSION


  1. Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture is a hotcake course in Kenya because it pays well. The program takes 4-5 years to complete and after graduation, you are required to work for an institution for at least 1 years before being allowed to start your own firm. For the employed ones, salaries range between Ksh 150,000 and Ksh 600,000 per month.

Below are the best institutions for Architecture course in Kenya:

  • Kenya College of Interior Design(KENCID)
  • The University of Nairobi.
  • Kenyatta University.
  • The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
  • Technical University of Kenya.
  • Technical University of Mombasa.
  • USIU.


  1. Bachelor of Computer Science

If you pursue a degree in Computer Science and a professional course, you will land a decent paying job. But ensure you major in the software part because that’s the one which is hotcake at the moment.

Safaricom, Airtel,IBM ,Google and Facebook are some of the best employers in Kenya. With a degree in Computer Science/computer Engineering and at least 3 years’ experience in relevant field, you will earn over Ksh 200,000 monthly.

Computer Science course is offered in the following institutions:

  • University of Nairobi
  • Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology
  • Kenyatta University
  • Moi University
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  • Strathmore University
  • Egerton University – Njoro,
  • Maseno University-Kisumu Campus,Kisumu
  • Africa Nazarene University,Nairobi
  • Riara University
  • Multi Media University,Nairobi
  • Chuka University,Chuka
  • Kabarak University,Nakuru
  • Kibabii University,University Of Eldoret – Town Campus
  • Gretsa University,Thika
  • Pwani University,Kilifi
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa,Nairobi
  • Murang’a University of Technology
  • Meru University of Science and Technology,Meru
  • United States International University Africa
  • Maasai Mara University
  • Machakos University
  • Technical University of Mombasa
  • Daystar University,Nairobi
  • Karatina University
  • The Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA),Rungiri
  • Kirinyaga University
  • University of Embu
  • Kenya Highlands University
  • Umma University Kajiado
  • Garissa University College Dispensary
  • Kiriri Women’s University of Science And Technology,Nairobi
  • The East African University
  • South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU),Kitui
  • Paul’s University – Nairobi


  1. Bachelor of Actuarial Science

There are many people claiming that Actuarial Science is not marketable in Kenya. The truth of the matter is, the course is marketable. The only problem is that people pursue Actuarial Science degree without enrolling for a professional course. If you pursue professional courses in Actuarial Science, it won’t be hard for you to get a job in Kenya or outside the country.

With Actuarial Science qualification, you will demand a salary of Ksh 150,000 to Ksh 300,000.There are several actuaries in Kenya earning over Ksh 500,000 monthly.

Bachelor of Actuarial Science is offered by the following institutions:

  • University of Nairobi
  • Karatina University
  • University Of Eldoret – Town Campus
  • Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology
  • Kenyatta University Bookshop
  • Mount Kenya University
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Kabarak University
  • Moi University (Chairman)
  • Chuka University
  • Kirinyaga University
  • Maseno University-Kisumu Campus
  • Multi Media University
  • South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU)
  • Egerton University – Njoro
  • Meru University of Science and Technology
  • Daystar University
  • Murang’a University of Technology
  • Machakos University
  • Garissa University College Dispensary
  • Kenyatta University-City Centre Campus
  • Kisii University
  • Strathmore University
  • Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

RBA, KRA, Insurance companies, Actuarial firms and audit firms are among institution employing Actuaries in Kenya.

  1. Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Commerce is pursued by almost everyone who doesn’t to pursue a difficult course. But the problem comes when they are seeking for employment. For one to become competitive, they have to supplement the degree with a professional course.ACCA and CFA are the two most marketable professional courses for BCom graduates. With a CFA qualification, you can’t be jobless in Kenya.

Salaries of Accountants and finance officers vary depending on experience and the specific company one is working for. With over 3 years of experience, you will earn over Ksh 100,000.

CFA finalists often earn above Ksh 250,000.

BCom graduates employed by Audit firm earn over Ksh 120,000 after training.

Bachelor of Commerce is offered by nearly all universities in Kenya.

Bachelor of Information Technology

Another hotcake course in Kenya is Bachelor of Information Technology (IT).If you specialize in the software and programming part, you will easily land a high paying job. Bachelor of IT graduates earn over Ksh 100,000.

Below are the best universities offering IT in Kenya:

  • Kenyatta University
  • Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) …
  • Maseno University
  • University of Nairobi.
  • Strathmore University


  1. Bachelor of Procurement & supplies

If you secure employment in a relevant field, count yourself as one of the highest paid Kenyans. Bachelor of Procurement & Supplies pays extremely well more so for managers. Those working for profitable private institutions are earning decent pay, some taking home over Ksh 500,000 monthly.

The starting salary of these professionals is Ksh 80,000 to Ksh 200,000.

Some of the top universities offering the course in Kenya are:

  • University of Nairobi
  • Machakos University College
  • Kenyatta University
  • Daystar University
  • KCA University
  • CUEA


  1. Bachelor of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Electrical Engineers who get employed at KenGen, Kenya Power, KETRACO and related companies earn over Ksh120, 000 starting salary. Though opportunities for these graduates are not as many as those of Medical Doctors, if one is lucky to secure employment for a government institution, the salary is decent.

Even without a formal job, you can employ yourself .For many graduates, self-employment is better than formal employment.

JKUAT, UoN, KU and Masinde Muliro and Moi are among the best universities offering Electrical and Electronics Engineering course in Kenya.

  1. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Mechanical engineering graduates work in major industries like Devki, Bamburi, Bidco etc. They are generally paid more than other graduates. The starting salary is Ksh 80,000 and above.

Best universities to pursue Mechanical engineering course in Kenya include: The University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, JKUAT and Kenyatta University.

  1. Bachelor of Statistics/Bachelor of Applied Statistics

There was a time the demand for Bachelor of Statistics was not known in Kenya but with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, the demand for this course grew exponentially.NGOs pay Statisticians over Ksh 120,000 monthly. The minimum salary for individuals with this course is Ksh 80,000 per month.

Maseno University,Moi University, University of Nairobi ,KU and JKUAT are some of the best universities for Bachelor of Statistics course.

  1. Bachelor of Nursing

Diploma in Nursing may not be well paying but if you pursue a degree, your salary won’t be less than Ksh 100,000.The course takes 4 years to complete. The good thing is that you can upgrade and pursue a degree in medicine.

University of Nairobi, Daystar, Maseno University and KU are some of the best universities to enroll for the program.