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Average Salary in Nigeria 2019

How much money does a person working in Nigeria make?

491,499 NGN per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Nigeria typically earns around 491,499 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

25% of people earn
150,000 NGN
or less
50% of people earn
281,000 NGN
or less
75% of people earn
560,000 NGN
or less

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Nigeria range between 37,000 NGN per month (minimum salary) to 5,000,000 NGN per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 281,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 281,000 NGN while the other half are earning more than 281,000 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 150,000 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 150,000 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 560,000 NGN while 25% are earning more than 560,000 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

Salaries for specific job categories

Choose your job category from below to explore specific salary details

Accounting and FinanceExecutive and ManagementHuman ResourcesInformation Technology

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.

Average Salary 2016    =  
463,179 NGN
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
476,148 NGN
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
485,671 NGN
Average Salary 2019    +1%  
491,499 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.

Average Hourly Wage in Nigeria | All Jobs

2,520 NGN per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nigeria | All Jobs is 2,520 NGN. This means that the average person in Nigeria earns approximatly 2,520 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
Kaduna119,250 NGN
Kano150,000 NGN
Lagos494,596 NGN
Port Harcourt439,200 NGN
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