Computer Engineering Salary In Kenya [How Much Can You Earn?]

So, how much is the computer engineering salary in Kenya?

Well, this is a question on the lips of many students considering pursuing the computer engineering course in Kenya.

Now, the computer engineering salary in Kenya starts at about shs.30000 (fresh graduates) and can rise to about shs.100000 if you have a working experience of about 5 years.

That’s according to our survey on various job websites and information available from some of those holding computer engineering jobs in Kenya.

Of course, there are instances where the pay starts slightly below the above figure (mostly in small businesses) and others where you are likely to pocket more than shs.200000 per month, especially when you occupy a managerial position.

Having answered the question of how much is the median computer engineering salary in Kenya, let’s now turn our attention to other issues related to computer engineering.


Who do computer engineers do?

A computer engineer is basically an artisan (fundi) and undertakes duties such as testing, repairing, and servicing various computer components.

These include parts like processors, memory devices, circuit boards, and assorted computer networking gargets.

They also assemble computers and may be involved in maintaining other computing devices such as projectors, photocopiers, and printers.


Where to study for Computer Engineering in Kenya

If you’re still very much interested in pursuing computer engineering course in Kenya, then you just head over to the ABMA website and then click Find a Center (scroll down the page) to see the colleges you can enroll in for the program.

By the way it’s offered at private colleges like NIBS college or TIBS college in Thika, Kenya- and yeah, the requirement is just a D+ mean grade.

Please note that ABMA diplomas are not KNEC  diplomas.


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Can I study for a Computer Engineering Degree in the University?

No. You see, at the university,  you do a degree in Electrical and electronic engineering, which is a more comprehensive and marketable qualification.

I cannot emphasize this enough: I would advise to go for degree in Electrical and electronic engineering because it’s way more broad and marketable.

The basic requirement (for self-sponsored students) is a c+  – of course you may need a better grade (because of competition), if you’re applying through KUCCPS.

Remember that computer engineering is only about repairing the computer hardware and is offered as a diploma, at the highest level.


Is computer engineering marketable in Kenya?

In our opinion, there aren’t many formal employment opportunities for graduates of computer engineering course in Kenya.

However, the course can be great for students who have a passion for entrepreneurship and willing to open their own IT repair firms.

Indeed, thousands of desktop and laptop computers are purchased by students and working Kenyans every year meaning there will always be demand for maintenance services.

The other opportunity is in consultancy- with proper marketing, you won’t lack maintenance contracts in schools, hospitals, and county as well as national government institutions.


Alternatives to computer engineering

If you still find computer engineering fascinating but you would rather be employed, I recommend that you pursue software engineering rather than pure computer engineering.

Here you are more into programming (instead of hardware serving and troubleshooting) and as you might be aware, the demand for programmers world over is at an all-time high.

In fact, software engineer jobs in Kenya abound- organizations in both the private and public sectors are constantly seeking new programming talent to help them build apps (or to improve their existing systems).

And the software engineering salary per month in Kenya is significantly higher than the computer engineering salary in Kenya.

For instance, Safaricom software engineer salary starts at about shs.100000.

In fact, developers salaries in Kenya are among the highest in Africa.

The other study area you can opt for is IT security and forensics.

Here you will learn how to protect IT systems against hackers and your main job will be to ensure that data held by the company you are working for is never accessed by criminals.

You will also be involved in other cybersecurity roles such as undertaking forensic investigations where hacking and data theft incidents have occurred.

Like in software engineering, computer security and forensics jobs in Kenya are plenty and can remain unfilled for long as only a few Kenyans have the required qualifications.


The computer engineering salary in Kenya ranges between shs.30000-shs.100000.

Having said that, our advice, if you have just completed form 4 and planning to pursue computer engineering in Kenya (or currently looking to switch jobs), is to consider taking software engineering since it pays better.

Again, jobs may not be readily forthcoming after completing your computer engineering course.

This can be a blessing in disguise for those inclined towards entrepreneurship as the market for computer service technicians remain high across the country.

Whatever your decision, the team at the  wishes you success.


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CPA John Gitahi is a trainer at Kenya Online College, Kenya Institute of Information Technology and NITA and has been involved in education all his life. He is very passionate about helping young people make great career choices. He studied Commerce and ICT at the University. He is also an avid traveller.

11 thoughts on “Computer Engineering Salary In Kenya [How Much Can You Earn?]”

  1. Mimi nataka kufanya computer engineering but Kati ya hii computer na civil engineering gani iko better in terms of market ..please send me your advise on my email ..thank you have a blessed night sir.

  2. I want to do software engineering but how will I get employment since I don’t have connection to the people who are currently in the industry +254790533989

  3. I want to pursue computer engineering at a degree level but the problem is that I don’t know the qualifications for one to take this course, please I need guidance from you and the requirement to this course

    • If you’re still interested in computer engineering course then just click on the ABMA website. Then enroll with a college near you that is offering this course at a diploma level. But I would advise to go for degree in Electrical and electronic engineering instead. It’s broad and marketable. The basic requirement is a c+

  4. At the universities it is a degree in Electrical and electronic engineering. Computer engineering is only about repairing the computer hardware and is offered as a diploma at NIBS college as well as TIBS college in Kenya. The requirement is D+. Their diplomas are not knec diplomas.


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