Salaries of police officers in Kenya 2023


The salaries of police officers in Kenya vary depending on one’s rank.AP officers are among the lowest paid police officers in Kenya, they earn Ksh 17,190 to Ksh 274,800 per month.

Below are the salaries of AP officers in Kenya 2023:

Salaries of AP officers in Kenya

1.Job group F: Ksh.17,190 – Ksh.18,760

  1. Job group G: Ksh.22,400 – Ksh.42,680
  2. Job group H: Ksh.30,750 – Ksh.45,540
  3. Job group I: Ksh.33,950 – Ksh.50,220
  4. Job group J: Ksh.36,300 – Ksh.53,850

6.Job group K: Ksh.40,090 – Ksh.59,420

  1. Job group L: Ksh.45,550 – Ksh.70,550
  2. Job group M: Ksh.48,670 – Ksh.73,010
  3. Job group N: Ksh.59,220 – Ksh.85,890

11.Job group P: Ksh.98,040 – Ksh.130,590

  1. Job group R: Ksh.143,800 – Ksh.187,980
  2. Job group S: Ksh.180,080 – Ksh.274,800

Salaries of other police officers in Kenya 2023

No. Rank Salary per month Salary per year
1 Inspector General of Police Ksh 854,241 Ksh 10,250,892
2 Senior assistant inspector general Ksh 274,890 Ksh 3,298,680
3 Assistant inspector general Ksh 187,890 Ksh 2,254,680
4 Commissioner of police Ksh 130,590 Ksh 1,567,080
5 Senior superintendent Ksh 85,890 Ksh 1,030,680
6 Superintendent Ksh 73,020 Ksh 876,240
7 Assistant superintendent Ksh 70,530 Ksh 846,360
8 Chief inspector Ksh 59,220 Ksh 710,640
9 Inspector of police Ksh 53,820 Ksh 645,840
10 Senior sergeant Ksh 50,220 Ksh 602,640
11 Sergeant Ksh 45,540 Ksh 546,480
12 Corporal Ksh 42,660 Ksh 511,920
13 Constable/Fresh Graduate Ksh 32,880 Ksh 394,560

Salaries of NIS officers in Kenya

NIS officers earn better salaries than police officers. Most of them possess degrees with high grades. They are not recruited like police officers, most of them are recruited through connections. The average salary of NIS officer is Ksh 180,000 per month. Those in the managerial levels earn Ksh 300,000 and above.

When you join NIS,you are sure of earning over Ksh 100k per month even without prior experience.

  • Salaries of Recce Squad

Recce Squad are drawn from the GSU squad. Their monthly salary range between Ksh 30,000 and Ksh 50,000.They earn allowance of Ksh10, 000 when they are sent for a special mission.

  • Salaries of GSU officers in Kenya

GSU officers mostly are aged below 28 years. Their monthly pay range between Ksh 30,000 and Ksh 46,000.The average pay for a GSU officer in Kenya is Ksh 40,000 per month.

Roles of police officers in Kenya

  • Communicate with the community
  • Give feedback
  • Listen more and understand public needs
  • Being problem solvers
  • Being transparent, accountable and effective
  • Being professional in carrying out Police duties
  • Helping in formation of CPF’s
  • Maintenance of law and order in crime prevention strategies.
  • Enforcement of law and order
  • Patrolling in their beat areas effectively

Police officer recruitment requirements in Kenya


The Applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen of Kenya
  2. Hold a Kenya National Identity Card
  3. Possess a minimum mean grade of D+ (D Plus) and above  in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination or its equivalent from an examination body recognized in Kenya with a  D+ (D Plus) and above  in either English or Kiswahili languages
  4. Be aged between 18 and 28 years
  5. Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution
  6. Be physically and Medically fit
  7. Have no criminal record or pending criminal charges
  • Female Candidates must NOT be pregnant at recruitment and during the ENTIRE training period.