The Kenya Police is charged with the maintenance of law and order and the protection of the people of the country. This organization is constantly seeking fresh recruits; it is constantly reaching out to the youth to join its ranks. This explains why many young people are searching out the Kenya police salaries and allowances; this will help them come to a decision about whether or not to pursue a career with the Kenya police.

While the Kenya police may not be the highest paying employer in the country, it definitely compares reasonably with other top employers in the country, and offers the chance to have a great career; with steady finances, and a pension after years of meritorious service.

It is also important to mention that policemen are very well respected in Kenya; becoming a policeman can elevate a person’s social standing quite quickly.

Kenya Police Salary Scale


Kenya Police Salaries And Allowances And Payslip

Constable/ Fresh Graduate

Monthly Salary: KShs 32,880

Yearly Amount: KShs 394,560

Constables in the Kenya Police are the lowest-ranked officers. They are usually those who have just graduated from the Kenya Police training school.


Monthly Salary: KShs 42,660

Yearly Amount: KShs 511,920

Corporals in the Kenya Police receive about KShs 42,660 per month, which amounts to about 511,920 per year, without allowances. These are usually young men and women who have spent less than 4 years in the Kenya Police. The salaries will be reviewed within 2 years even without a promotion.


Monthly Salary: KShs 45,540

Yearly Amount: KShs 546,480

Sergeants are policemen who can command a few men under them. They are usually recognizable with three stripes on their badges. Usually, they should have spent at least 6 to 10 years in the service, and should have spotless records.

Senior Sergeant

Monthly Salary: KShs 50,220

Yearly Amount: KShs 602,640

Senior Sergeants should have spent around 10 years in service. This is the rank directly above the Sergeant; and is a field position which puts one in charge of the Corporals and Constables with whom he works. This position pays KShs 50,220 per month, KShs 602,640 per year without the allowances calculated. This is for a start, and the salaries will be reviewed in two years.

Inspector Of Police

Monthly Salary: KShs 53,820

Yearly Amount: KShs 645,840

Inspectors of police in the Kenya Police earn KShs 53,820 per month, or KShs 645,840 per year, not counting allowances.

Chief Inspector

Monthly Salary: KShs 59,220

Yearly Amount: KShs 710,640

Chief Inspectors of Police earn about KShs 59,220, or KShs 710,640 per year. This is quite an important position; while the officer may be in the field, he is usually in charge of a large number of officers. They may be sent on undercover missions to gather information, or make sensitive arrests.

Assistant Superintendent

Monthly Salary: KShs 70,530

Yearly Amount: KShs 846,360

Assistant Superintendents in the Kenya Police make KShs 70,530 per month, or KShs 846,360 per year, not counting allowances. This is an important position; Assistance Superintendents can sometimes head police stations. They usually have large numbers of policemen in their charge.


Monthly Salary: KShs 73,020

Yearly Amount: KShs 876,240

Superintendents of police in Kenya earn about KShs 73,020 per month, or KShs 876,240, not counting allowances.  The salary will be reviewed in two years even without a promotion.

Senior Superintendent

Monthly Salary: KShs 85,890

Yearly Amount: KShs 1,030,680

Senior Superintendents of police in Kenya earn about KShs 85,890, or KShs 1,030,680 not counting allowances. This is the rank directly above the Superintendent; it is a senior rank, and there are very few Senior Superintendents.

Commissioner Of Police

Monthly Salary: KShs 130,590

Yearly Amount: KShs 1,567,080

Commissioners Of Police are very senior officers; they can be in charge of entire States or Regions, and control all the police stations within. Understandably, there are very few Commissioners Of Police. They earn about KShs 130,590 per month, or KShs 1,567,080 per year.

Assistant Inspector General

Monthly Salary: KShs 187,890

Yearly Amount: KShs 2,254,680

Assistant Inspector General of police will earn about KShs 187,890 per month, or KShs 2,254,680 per year, not counting allowances. The salaries will be reviewed within two years, even without a promotion.

Senior Assistant Inspector General

Monthly Salary: KShs 274,890

Yearly Amount: KShs 3,298,680

Senior Assistant Inspector General of police is the top brass of the Kenya police. With this rank the officer will earn KShs 274,890 per month, or KShs 3,298,680 per year, not counting allowances. This rank puts one in position for appointment for the job of the Inspector General which virtually means you control the entire Kenya Police; taking orders directly from the President.

Kenya Police Allowances

Kenya Police force is entitled to commuter, house, leave allowance, etc. aside from their basic salary which they earn.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to get the exact figures of the allowances received by the Kenya Police. However, available information indicates that Kenya Police officers get commuter, house, medical, and leave allowances. The very senior officers even get official cars, and houses.


The Kenyan Police Service currently reports to the Kenyan Inspector-General of Police, a department under the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, one of the two ministries in the Office of the President.

The force is divided into eleven services and has one training formation, that works in eight divisions in each province. Each division is headed by a Provincial Police Officer (PPO); each province is further divided into police divisions headed by an Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) normally which can be ranked or related to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). The police divisions are further divided into police stations headed by an Officer Commanding Police Station (OCS).

Kenyan Police Service is a national body saddled with the task of enforcing the law in Kenya. The Police force is organized at a national level, each arm reports to a County police Commander, which in turn divides the force under it by local Police Divisions headquartered at local police stations. All these setups and break down the report to the Kenyan Police headquarters in Nairobi.

Current Structure

The beginning and establishment of the Kenya Police can be dated back to the period between 1887 – 1902, tracing its foundation to the company of the Imperial British East Africa (I.B.E.A.), and Sir William McKinnon, a businessman, who in the interest of protecting his business found it necessary to provide some form of protection (security) for his stores located along the coastline of Kenya.

The Vigilance House on Harambee Avenue in Nairobi’s Central business district is the place where the police headquarters is located. The administrative and personnel matters affecting the force is attended to by the Deputy Inspector General. The Force’s standing orders establish the establishment of various units within the police service and their scope of work governs the Police force.

All units under the Kenya Police Force now enroll in specialized officer training.  The World Police Academy in Canada and the Dallas Police Department in the USA are one of the international police training associations and the most notable that have been bestowed with this task.

The World Police Academy is a renowned police training institution and also global security and police think tank. The institution offers democracies in developing countries the opportunity to introduce Canadian policing standards into the senior ranks of their police forces.

To be a police officer is among the most prestigious and respected professions one can ever get in Kenya. Along with the profession is status and good standing in the community. However, people have always wondered how much the Police officers take home at the end of every month of discharging their duty.


Our vision is to be a world-class police service, with a people-friendly, responsive, and professional workforce.


The Kenyan Police are committed to providing quality police service delivery to meet the expectations of our customers; by upholding the rule of law, and creating and maintaining strong partnerships to foster a conducive social, economic and political development of Kenya.


  •    Be proactive and responsive in the discharge of our duties:
  •    Exercise integrity and courtesy at all times;
  •    Cultivate and maintain a partnership with all stakeholders;
  •    Create and maintain team spirit within the service;
  •    Be fair and firm in all our undertakings;
  •    Maintain a disciplined and professional workforce;
  •    Be gender sensitive; and
  •    Promote, protect and respect the human rights of our customers.


  •    To Maintenance of law and order;
  •    Preservation of peace;
  •    Protection of life and property;
  •    Prevention and detection of crime;
  •    The apprehension of offenders; and
  •    Enforcement of all laws and regulations with which it has been charged


  •    Liaising with the ministry of foreign affairs on matters pertaining to foreign VIPs
  •    Providing security for international conferences
  •    To coordinate the security of Head of State and other state visitors
  •    To handle internal and external conflicts
  •    To study and be acquainted with crime trends and patterns and developing strategies for combating crime
  •    To authorize the licensing of lost and found vehicles
  •    To prepare and distribute daily crimes incident report and daily occurrence report
  •    To ensure that insurance policies are consistent and observed
  •    To ensure that there is no dumbing of transit goods
  •    Preparing notice for Force orders



Kenya police salaries and allowances are quite good, compared to other employers in the country. However, there is a real possibility of not receiving a steady amount all year long because it appears that the payments are subject to what the government can afford.

To be a police is tasking and not an easy job but for as many that are willing to pick up the job regardless of the pay and are Kenyan, nationals can go ahead and apply whenever an advert is placed.