State Officers Salary Proposal

This is a heads up on the first primary cost to the devolved government, a terrific wage bill. The operational budget will also similarly be staggering. Bear in mind that the country currently collects revenues just below a trillion shillings. Salaries alone will wipe out more than 1/3 of that.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission recently published a proposal for the salaries for state officers and request public input.

I was able to obtain a copy from the  Standard Newspaper Website and inserted into the spreadsheet below

Only the shaded area contains the proposal from SRC.

I have added some more columns like, how many people will be paid this amount, and a total wage bill

Below the proposal I included rows that reflect other civil servants. The whole idea behind the SRC is to harmonize pay across the board for civil servants. Its therefore important to remember to include these civil servants.

I am aware that the civil service is structure along job groups so those that want to can drill down to the individual job groups. The purpose of including them here is to provide a ball park figure for comparison and using that to estimate the national wage bill

All the numbers outside of the shaded area are estimates and if you know the exact numbers please do share

In general I make the following observations:-


One of the things that the SRC should determine when they set their scheme is whether its more useful for the country to have lets say a doctor perform his duties as a doctor or whether they want that doctor in politics

By this I mean that to be a County Ward Rep the minimum qualification is a secondary school certificate. This person on election earns approx Kshs.250,000.00 a month. A doctor or professional teacher with probably a masters degree earns 40,000 a month. without belittling one position over another, which of these occupations is more likely to help towards achieving vision 2030.


The SRC continues to propagate the exact reason Kenya has an unstable (macro) economic model. The here and now. Thats why we are suscpetible to external (and internal) fluctuations. Too much is going towards putting money in the pocket today rather than bring back a culture of savings and alternates

By this I mean that rather than pay these guys in the shaded area colossal sums of money, the entire state employment should be geared towards a savings and investments model, i.e lower more practical monthly wages, but with more access to affordable savings and investments e.g guarantees or schemes for home ownership, subsidized programs to access health, education etc. Take away the burden of the basics through strategic partnerships and voluntary contributions so that the state officer can enjoy their salary, but still live their lives with dignity allowing them to be more productive


Similar to (A) above, there should not be such a wide disparity in pay between the state officers in mainstream civil service vs the political postitions


Having set the package for the state office, they should then make recommendations or at least provide a formula for deriving the minimum wage

7 comments on “State Officers Salary Proposal

  1. from the SRC we have this update

    Salaries and Remuneration Commission

    Let us talk about the wage bill

    Did you know that 50% of Kenya’s revenue is used to pay public servants?

    Kenya’s public sector wage bill has almost doubled from Ksh 241 billion in 2008-09 to Ksh 458 billion in 2012-2013. The Public Wage bill is currently in excess of 50% of the total domestic revenue. This is way above the international best practice of not more than 35% recommended for countries in sub- Saharan Africa. Wage Bill to Recurrent expenditure is estimated to be over 50% compared to the international desirable practice of less than 40% for countries in the sub- Saharan countries.

    Download Infographic here

    What is your view? Talk to us or send us your suggestion and thoughts on how we can tame the public sector wage bill.

    Salaries and Remuneration, Email address, facebook: Src Kenya



    • Tnk,

      “The next President to inherit huge public debt”…of more than kshs 1.5 trillion.

      That automatically means —more taxes from all quarters (Taxman Njiriaini is already setting the stage to tax landlords more = rent hikes for all renters)…high inflation…increased commodity prices…high interest rates…etc

      Then you hear the Jubilee crowd keep yarping about…’oh we don;t need the West’..’we don’t need donors’ …’we’ll rule through the internet’….yada yada yada..

      Kenyans will be suicidal to experiment with these two fugitives…it would be an economic catastrophe waiting to happen. Luckily the people of Kenya stand in between…in a matter of days.


      • Job

        exactly right

        according to the report from the auditor, already the impact of slow release of donor funds has affected operations of projects. and these are the ones that go directly through the govt channels. most donors have found other safer more credible avenues to fund projects. if those get starved funds, the crunch will surely come.

        also in order to fully fund devolved govt, external fund are inevitable since all local revenues are not even enough to fund the present recurrent expenditures, hence the ever increasing debt.


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