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Average Salary in Nigeria 2019

How much money does a person working in Nigeria make?

465,843 NGN per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Nigeria typically earns around 465,843 NGN per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Nigeria | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Nigeria

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Nigeria range between 63,054 NGN per month (minimum salary) to 2,062,823 NGN per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 465,843 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 465,843 NGN while the other half are earning more than 465,843 NGN. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 238,003 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 238,003 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 1,264,333 NGN while 25% are earning more than 1,264,333 NGN.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Nigeria

How are Nigeria salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Nigeria
Average Salary 2016    =  
432,641 NGN
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
448,649 NGN
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
459,865 NGN
Average Salary 2019    +1%  
465,843 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Nigeria are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant317,405 NGN
Administrative Assistant239,708 NGN
Architect424,843 NGN
Attorney656,320 NGN
Biomedical Engineer388,894 NGN
CAD Drafter330,843 NGN
Cashier243,528 NGN
Chartered Accountant408,710 NGN
Chef358,435 NGN
Chief Executive Officer994,575 NGN
Chief Financial Officer936,081 NGN
Civil Engineer424,025 NGN
Civil Engineer408,472 NGN
Computer Technician343,963 NGN
Creative Director456,768 NGN
Dentist1,125,411 NGN
Developer / Programmer383,574 NGN
Electrical Engineer430,983 NGN
Elementary School Teacher327,010 NGN
Engineer404,379 NGN
Executive Chef392,328 NGN
Flight Attendant392,236 NGN
General Manager770,397 NGN
Graphic Designer307,002 NGN
Hotel Manager697,589 NGN
Human Resources Manager630,330 NGN
Internal Auditor455,859 NGN
Journalist439,851 NGN
Legal Assistant311,709 NGN
Mechanical Engineer424,775 NGN
Nurse365,292 NGN
Pharmacist534,124 NGN
Photographer306,354 NGN
Pilot534,658 NGN
Police Officer351,683 NGN
Project Manager490,125 NGN
Receptionist258,149 NGN
Receptionist324,408 NGN
Sales Manager740,441 NGN
Sales Representative295,576 NGN
Secondary School Teacher385,780 NGN
Secretary241,970 NGN
Teacher341,189 NGN
Teller294,075 NGN
Travel Agent361,391 NGN
Waiter / Waitress282,683 NGN

Average Hourly Wage in Nigeria | All Jobs

2,688 NGN per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nigeria | All Jobs is 2,688 NGN. This means that the average person in Nigeria earns approximatly 2,688 NGN for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Benin City396,799 NGN
Ibadan444,363 NGN
Kaduna418,404 NGN
Kano461,476 NGN
Lagos482,943 NGN
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