Do you wish to pursue a career in medicine? Or are you just curious about how Kenyan Doctors earn? Well, you are home because this article is going to answer your question not only about Doctors’ various categories in Kenya and their remunerations, but also salaries of other officers in the same field.
Most people have been thinking for a long time that medicine is a very sugar-coated profession, more so how much the highest and the lowest doctor earns.
Yes. Indeed, Medics earn good cash. This strictly follows a certain bureaucracy and responsibilities given to the officer. It also depends on whether you are working in public or private hospital.
Some well established private hospitals pay far much better than the renowned big hospitals such as Kenyatta National hospital. Even though those big public hospitals are larger to the extent of being Parastatals. You can also checkout the previous article about the best paying parastatals in Kenya.
There are a several factors to looked into before a doctor’s salary is determined in Kenya. The most primary one is the doctor’s grade.
The following are Kenyan Doctors Grades and their respective salary scales:
Entry level Medical Doctors
These doctors are those whose experience is between 0-2 years. Doctors in this category deal with treating people for illnesses and injuries. They earn salaries of up to Kshs. 138,000.
Mid-Level Medical Doctors
These Doctors obviously rank higher than the entry level doctors. They have job experience of 3-9 years in the medical industry. Monthly, they pocket between Kshs. 142,000 and Kshs. 302,000.
Senior-level Medical Doctors
Doctors in this category are known for a commendable experience of over 10 years in the industry. Their job description is to prescribe medications, order diagnostic tests, diagnose ailments and do a recording of patients’ progress among other recordable progresses. They pocket something not less than Kshs. 238,000 and above.
The Doctors’ Career Categories and Groups in Kenya
1. Medical interns/Housemanships/Junior Doctors in Training
Are usually physicians who have completed training in medical school and have a degree in medicine. These interns usually do not have a full license to practice medicine without supervision.
Practitioners in this category also have to further undergo another training for about one year before they can be given a license to become full doctors. They earn an average salary of Kshs. 132,000.
2. Medical Officers
They play a vital role in the medical industry. Are physicians who are in charge of ordering and interpreting tests for the patients. The analyze all the patient data and records important for diagnosing patients’ conditions. They pocket a monthly stipend of Kshs. 141,000.
3. Senior medical officers/chief Medical officers
These officers are always in charge of hospitals and therefore accountable for the hospital matters. Being more experienced they serve as advisors on health issues and disease control.
They investigate problems that may arise due to having vast knowledge and experience in medical practice. They also take part in recruitment of more staff in to the medical field. They earn about Kshs. 190,000
4. Medical Consultants
The medical consultants are few hence rare in Kenya. They are those senior hospital-based physicians or surgeons who have completed all their specialist trainings, and have been fully registered by the Kenya Medical Board and certified to be medical practitioners in their area of specialization.
Their work is to care for patients referred to them by other lower practitioners to carry out operations and surgery work where necessary. They earn above Kshs. 300,000 and Kshs. 400,000 on the bar.