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Engineering Average Salaries in Nigeria 2023

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Nigeria?

Average Monthly Salary
286,000 NGN
( 3,430,000 NGN yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Nigeria typically earns around 286,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 90,700 NGN (lowest average) to 605,000 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer275,000 NGN
Assembly Engineering Technician233,000 NGN
Assistant Chief Engineer324,000 NGN
Associate Engineer267,000 NGN
Autocad Operator189,000 NGN
Automation Engineer318,000 NGN
Avionic System Support Engineer274,000 NGN
Biochemical Engineer288,000 NGN
BMS Engineer278,000 NGN
Bridge and Lock Tender165,000 NGN
Broadcast Engineer291,000 NGN
CAD Design Engineer314,000 NGN
CAD Designer183,000 NGN
CAE Engineer296,000 NGN
Ceramics Engineer281,000 NGN
Civil Engineer304,000 NGN
Commissioning Engineer300,000 NGN
Communications Engineer307,000 NGN
Condition Monitoring Engineer250,000 NGN
Contract Associate Engineer293,000 NGN
Control Systems Engineer286,000 NGN
Controls Engineer296,000 NGN
Controls Software Engineer271,000 NGN
Corrosion Engineer276,000 NGN
Design Engineer289,000 NGN
Drafter187,000 NGN
Drafting Manager329,000 NGN
Drilling Engineer292,000 NGN
Electrical Draughtsman146,000 NGN
Electrical Engineer316,000 NGN
Electrical Engineering Manager438,000 NGN
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist327,000 NGN
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler153,000 NGN
Energy Engineer309,000 NGN
Engine Assembler138,000 NGN
Engineer309,000 NGN
Engineering Account Manager326,000 NGN
Engineering Chief Designer322,000 NGN
Engineering Consultant383,000 NGN
Engineering Key Account Manager415,000 NGN
Engineering Lab Technician270,000 NGN
Engineering Planning Manager402,000 NGN
Engineering Production Manager533,000 NGN
Engineering Project Analyst359,000 NGN
Engineering Project Coordinator 333,000 NGN
Engineering Project Director575,000 NGN
Engineering Project Manager413,000 NGN
Engineering Research and Development Manager495,000 NGN
Engineering Safety Coordinator238,000 NGN
Engineering Sales Manager405,000 NGN
Engineering Technician229,000 NGN
Engineering Technologist241,000 NGN
Environmental Engineer303,000 NGN
Equipment Engineer271,000 NGN
Equipment Engineering Manager375,000 NGN
Estimator247,000 NGN
Fabrication Specialist209,000 NGN
Fabricator129,000 NGN
Facade Engineer290,000 NGN
Fiber Analyst169,000 NGN
Field Engineer314,000 NGN
Field Engineering Manager489,000 NGN
Fire Engineer303,000 NGN
Fitter and Turner92,900 NGN
Forestry Strategic Planner353,000 NGN
Generation Engineer305,000 NGN
Genetic Engineer321,000 NGN
Geological Engineer317,000 NGN
Geotechnical Engineer326,000 NGN
Heavy Equipment Mechanic150,000 NGN
Highway Engineer293,000 NGN
HSE Professional287,000 NGN
HVAC Engineer300,000 NGN
HVAC Supervisor276,000 NGN
Industrial Engineer288,000 NGN
Industrial Engineering Technologist279,000 NGN
Instrument Engineer278,000 NGN
Instrumentation and Control Engineer293,000 NGN
Instrumentation Engineer298,000 NGN
Instrumentation Manager297,000 NGN
Irrigation Engineer278,000 NGN
Licensed Aircraft Engineer326,000 NGN
Locomotive Engineer274,000 NGN
Maintenance Engineer285,000 NGN
Maintenance Fitter102,000 NGN
Maintenance Manager306,000 NGN
Manufacturing Engineer280,000 NGN
Marine Engineer310,000 NGN
Materials Engineer290,000 NGN
Materials Researcher288,000 NGN
Materials Technician219,000 NGN
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer326,000 NGN
Mechanical Design Engineer309,000 NGN
Mechanical Designer265,000 NGN
Mechanical Engineer302,000 NGN
Mechanical Engineering Manager422,000 NGN
Mechanical Inspector286,000 NGN
Mechatronics Engineer303,000 NGN
Mining Engineer295,000 NGN
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer333,000 NGN
Optical Engineer286,000 NGN
Optical Instrument Assembler143,000 NGN
PCB Assembler112,000 NGN
Photonics Engineer324,000 NGN
Photonics Technician253,000 NGN
Pipeline Engineer261,000 NGN
Piping Designer164,000 NGN
Piping Engineer266,000 NGN
Planning Engineer286,000 NGN
Pressure Vessel Inspector143,000 NGN
Principal Cost Engineer311,000 NGN
Principal Engineer285,000 NGN
Principal Support Engineer302,000 NGN
Process Engineer290,000 NGN
Process Operator177,000 NGN
Product Development Engineer322,000 NGN
Product Development Technician223,000 NGN
Product Engineer309,000 NGN
Product Safety Engineer277,000 NGN
Production Engineer281,000 NGN
Project Engineer301,000 NGN
Proposal Manager381,000 NGN
Purchasing Engineer264,000 NGN
Quality Assurance Engineer299,000 NGN
Rail Engineer292,000 NGN
Robotics Engineer320,000 NGN
Robotics Technician246,000 NGN
Safety Engineer306,000 NGN
Safety Inspector240,000 NGN
Safety Manager353,000 NGN
Safety Officer147,000 NGN
Sales Engineer310,000 NGN
Scheduling Engineer275,000 NGN
Service Engineer321,000 NGN
Solar Engineer304,000 NGN
Staff Engineer298,000 NGN
Static Equipment Engineer292,000 NGN
Stationary Engineer258,000 NGN
Stress Engineer284,000 NGN
Structural Analysis Engineer287,000 NGN
Structural Designer255,000 NGN
Structural Engineer304,000 NGN
Structural Technician191,000 NGN
Supply Chain Specialist299,000 NGN
Surveyor218,000 NGN
Technical Affairs Officer154,000 NGN
Technical Assistant150,000 NGN
Technical Engineer256,000 NGN
Technical Support Engineer250,000 NGN
Tender Engineer263,000 NGN
Test Development Engineer282,000 NGN
Transportation Engineer279,000 NGN
Validation Engineer255,000 NGN
Verification Engineer274,000 NGN
Wastewater Engineer285,000 NGN
Wind Energy Engineer297,000 NGN
Wind Energy Operations Manager411,000 NGN
Work Planner214,000 NGN

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Nigeria

Median and salary distribution monthly Nigeria Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Nigeria range from 90,700 NGN per month (minimum average salary) to 605,000 NGN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 269,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 269,000 NGN while the other half are earning more than 269,000 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.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 162,000 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 162,000 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 411,000 NGN while 25% are earning more than 411,000 NGN.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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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.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Nigeria costs anywhere from 1,690,000 Naira(s) to 5,080,000 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 who work in Engineering earn 16% more than their female counterparts on average.

302,000 NGN
260,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Nigeria for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Nigeria

How much are annual salary increments in Nigeria for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Nigeria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 19 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Nigeria Engineering
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Nigeria / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Nigeria is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Nigeria for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Nigeria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Nigeria Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

54% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 46% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Nigeria

1,650 NGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nigeria is 1,650 NGN. This means that the average person in Nigeria earns approximately 1,650 NGN for every worked hour.

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

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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Nigeria
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Benin City243,000 NGN
Ibadan273,000 NGN
Kaduna257,000 NGN
Kano283,000 NGN
Lagos296,000 NGN

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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 on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
328,000 NGN
Public Sector+6%
347,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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