A person working in Nigeria typically earns around 205,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 27,700 NGN (lowest average) to 907,000 NGN (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
Salaries in Nigeria range from 27,700 NGN per month (minimum salary) to 907,000 NGN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 205,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 205,000 NGN while the other half are earning more than 205,000 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 105,000 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 105,000 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 556,000 NGN while 25% are earning more than 556,000 NGN.
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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.
Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.
Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.
As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.
Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.
It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.
Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.
Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.
Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.
Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Nigeria costs anywhere from 1,020,000 Naira(s) to 3,070,000 Naira(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.
You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.
Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Nigeria earn 9% more than their female counterparts.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Nigeria earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+2%|
|Average Salary 2019||+1%|
Salaries in Nigeria are on the rise in the year 2020 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 continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accounting and Finance|
|Accounting Assistant||129,000 NGN|
|Accounting Manager||265,000 NGN|
|Chartered Accountant||180,000 NGN|
|Corporate Treasurer||361,000 NGN|
|Financial Analyst||208,000 NGN|
|Financial Manager||382,000 NGN|
|Internal Auditor||200,000 NGN|
Administration / Reception / Secretarial
|Administrative Assistant||105,000 NGN|
|Office Manager||132,000 NGN|
Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
|Art Director||192,000 NGN|
|Creative Director||201,000 NGN|
|Graphic Designer||135,000 NGN|
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
|Aerospace Engineer||228,000 NGN|
|Air Traffic Controller||203,000 NGN|
|Flight Attendant||173,000 NGN|
|CAD Drafter||146,000 NGN|
|Service Advisor||156,000 NGN|
|Bank Branch Manager||283,000 NGN|
|Business Analyst||249,000 NGN|
|Business Development Manager||298,000 NGN|
|Project Manager||230,000 NGN|
Care Giving and Child Care
|Nursery Teacher||138,000 NGN|
Construction / Building / Installation
|Civil Engineer||186,000 NGN|
|Construction Project Manager||238,000 NGN|
|Health and Safety Officer||124,000 NGN|
Customer Service and Call Center
|Call Center Representative||144,000 NGN|
|Customer Service Manager||254,000 NGN|
|Customer Service Representative||144,000 NGN|
|Civil Engineer||180,000 NGN|
|Electrical Engineer||190,000 NGN|
|Mechanical Engineer||187,000 NGN|
Executive and Management
|Chief Executive Officer||437,000 NGN|
|Chief Financial Officer||412,000 NGN|
|General Manager||339,000 NGN|
|Project Manager||216,000 NGN|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
|Executive Chef||173,000 NGN|
|Hotel Manager||307,000 NGN|
|Travel Agent||159,000 NGN|
|Waiter / Waitress||124,000 NGN|
Health and Medical
|Laboratory Technician||144,000 NGN|
|Human Resources Manager||277,000 NGN|
|Human Resources Officer||169,000 NGN|
|Computer Technician||151,000 NGN|
|Database Administrator||198,000 NGN|
|Developer / Programmer||169,000 NGN|
|Information Technology Manager||292,000 NGN|
|Network Engineer||166,000 NGN|
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
|Police Officer||155,000 NGN|
|Legal Assistant||137,000 NGN|
Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
|Biomedical Engineer||171,000 NGN|
Sales Retail and Wholesale
|Sales Manager||326,000 NGN|
|Sales Representative||130,000 NGN|
Teaching / Education
|Elementary School Teacher||144,000 NGN|
|Secondary School Teacher||170,000 NGN|
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.