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Engineer Average Salary in Nigeria 2023

How much money does a person working as Engineer make in Nigeria?

Average Monthly Salary
309,000 NGN
( 3,710,000 NGN yearly)


A person working as Engineer in Nigeria typically earns around 309,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 142,000 NGN (lowest) to 491,000 NGN (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Engineer Pay Scale and Salaries in Nigeria

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
293,000 NGN or more
10% of people earn
257,000 to 293,000 NGN
20% of people earn
177,000 NGN or less
65% of people earn
177,000 to 257,000 NGN
Minimum Salary
142,000 NGN
295,000 NGN
491,000 NGN

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Engineer salaries in Nigeria range from 142,000 NGN per month (starting salary) to 491,000 NGN per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 295,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 295,000 NGN while the other half are earning more than 295,000 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 238,000 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 238,000 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 340,000 NGN while 25% are earning more than 340,000 NGN.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 177,000 NGN to 257,000 NGN. Approximatly 20% fall under the 177,000 NGN cap. Ten percent of wages are from 257,000 NGN to 293,000 NGN. Only 5% of people grossed 293,000 NGN or more.

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Engineer average salary change by experience in Nigeria

0 - 2 Years
161,000 NGN
2 - 5 Years+34%
215,000 NGN
5 - 10 Years+48%
318,000 NGN
10 - 15 Years+22%
388,000 NGN
15 - 20 Years+9%
423,000 NGN
20+ Years+8%
458,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Nigeria Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 161,000 NGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 215,000 NGN per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 318,000 NGN per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Engineer whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 388,000 NGN per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 423,000 NGN per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 458,000 NGN per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Engineer average salary difference by education level in Nigeria

Bachelor's Degree
187,000 NGN
Master's Degree+93%
362,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary is 187,000 NGN per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 362,000 NGN per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Engineer

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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 Engineer employees in Nigeria earn 22% more than their female counterparts on average.

339,000 NGN
278,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Nigeria for all Careers

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Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Nigeria

How much are annual salary increments in Nigeria for Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineer(s) in Nigeria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 19 months.

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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.

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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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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Nigeria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Nigeria Engineer
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"Engineer" is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Nigeria

How are Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
267,000 NGN
Average Salary 2020+4%
277,000 NGN
Average Salary 2021+4%
287,000 NGN
Average Salary 2022+4%
298,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineer salaries in Nigeria are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 4% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Nigeria

1,780 NGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nigeria is 1,780 NGN. This means that the average Engineer in Nigeria earns approximately 1,780 NGN for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Engineer' in Nigeria is 820 NGN. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

309,000 NGN
286,000 NGN
339,000 NGN
Average Salary
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Engineer is 8% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer275,000 NGN-11%
Assembly Engineering Technician233,000 NGN-25%
Assistant Chief Engineer324,000 NGN+5%
Associate Engineer267,000 NGN-14%
Autocad Operator189,000 NGN-39%
Automation Engineer311,000 NGN+1%
Avionic System Support Engineer274,000 NGN-11%
Biochemical Engineer288,000 NGN-7%
BMS Engineer278,000 NGN-10%
Bridge and Lock Tender165,000 NGN-47%
Broadcast Engineer291,000 NGN-6%
CAD Design Engineer314,000 NGN+2%
CAD Designer183,000 NGN-41%
CAE Engineer296,000 NGN-4%
Ceramics Engineer281,000 NGN-9%
Civil Engineer304,000 NGN-2%
Commissioning Engineer300,000 NGN-3%
Communications Engineer307,000 NGN-1%
Condition Monitoring Engineer250,000 NGN-19%
Contract Associate Engineer293,000 NGN-5%
Control Systems Engineer286,000 NGN-7%
Controls Engineer296,000 NGN-4%
Controls Software Engineer271,000 NGN-12%
Corrosion Engineer276,000 NGN-11%
Design Engineer289,000 NGN-6%
Drafter187,000 NGN-39%
Drafting Manager329,000 NGN+7%
Drilling Engineer292,000 NGN-5%
Electrical Draughtsman146,000 NGN-53%
Electrical Engineer316,000 NGN+2%
Electrical Engineering Manager438,000 NGN+42%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist327,000 NGN+6%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler153,000 NGN-50%
Energy Engineer309,000 NGN+0%
Engine Assembler138,000 NGN-55%
Engineer309,000 NGN+0%
Engineering Account Manager326,000 NGN+6%
Engineering Chief Designer322,000 NGN+4%
Engineering Consultant383,000 NGN+24%
Engineering Key Account Manager415,000 NGN+34%
Engineering Lab Technician270,000 NGN-13%
Engineering Planning Manager402,000 NGN+30%
Engineering Production Manager533,000 NGN+73%
Engineering Project Analyst359,000 NGN+16%
Engineering Project Coordinator 333,000 NGN+8%
Engineering Project Director575,000 NGN+86%
Engineering Project Manager413,000 NGN+34%
Engineering Research and Development Manager495,000 NGN+60%
Engineering Safety Coordinator238,000 NGN-23%
Engineering Sales Manager405,000 NGN+31%
Engineering Technician229,000 NGN-26%
Engineering Technologist241,000 NGN-22%
Environmental Engineer303,000 NGN-2%
Equipment Engineer271,000 NGN-12%
Equipment Engineering Manager375,000 NGN+21%
Estimator247,000 NGN-20%
Fabrication Specialist209,000 NGN-32%
Fabricator129,000 NGN-58%
Facade Engineer290,000 NGN-6%
Fiber Analyst169,000 NGN-45%
Field Engineer314,000 NGN+2%
Field Engineering Manager489,000 NGN+58%
Fire Engineer303,000 NGN-2%
Fitter and Turner92,900 NGN-70%
Forestry Strategic Planner353,000 NGN+14%
Generation Engineer305,000 NGN-1%
Genetic Engineer321,000 NGN+4%
Geological Engineer317,000 NGN+3%
Geotechnical Engineer326,000 NGN+6%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic150,000 NGN-51%
Highway Engineer293,000 NGN-5%
HSE Professional287,000 NGN-7%
HVAC Engineer300,000 NGN-3%
HVAC Supervisor276,000 NGN-11%
Industrial Engineer288,000 NGN-7%
Industrial Engineering Technologist279,000 NGN-10%
Instrument Engineer278,000 NGN-10%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer293,000 NGN-5%
Instrumentation Engineer298,000 NGN-3%
Instrumentation Manager297,000 NGN-4%
Irrigation Engineer278,000 NGN-10%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer326,000 NGN+6%
Locomotive Engineer274,000 NGN-11%
Maintenance Engineer285,000 NGN-8%
Maintenance Fitter102,000 NGN-67%
Maintenance Manager306,000 NGN-1%
Manufacturing Engineer280,000 NGN-9%
Marine Engineer310,000 NGN+0%
Materials Engineer290,000 NGN-6%
Materials Researcher288,000 NGN-7%
Materials Technician219,000 NGN-29%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer326,000 NGN+6%
Mechanical Design Engineer309,000 NGN+0%
Mechanical Designer265,000 NGN-14%
Mechanical Engineer302,000 NGN-2%
Mechanical Engineering Manager422,000 NGN+37%
Mechanical Inspector286,000 NGN-7%
Mechatronics Engineer303,000 NGN-2%
Mining Engineer295,000 NGN-4%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer333,000 NGN+8%
Optical Engineer286,000 NGN-7%
Optical Instrument Assembler143,000 NGN-54%
PCB Assembler112,000 NGN-64%
Photonics Engineer324,000 NGN+5%
Photonics Technician253,000 NGN-18%
Pipeline Engineer261,000 NGN-15%
Piping Designer164,000 NGN-47%
Piping Engineer266,000 NGN-14%
Planning Engineer286,000 NGN-7%
Pressure Vessel Inspector143,000 NGN-54%
Principal Cost Engineer311,000 NGN+1%
Principal Engineer285,000 NGN-8%
Principal Support Engineer302,000 NGN-2%
Process Engineer290,000 NGN-6%
Process Operator177,000 NGN-43%
Product Development Engineer322,000 NGN+4%
Product Development Technician223,000 NGN-28%
Product Engineer309,000 NGN+0%
Product Safety Engineer277,000 NGN-10%
Production Engineer281,000 NGN-9%
Project Engineer301,000 NGN-3%
Proposal Manager381,000 NGN+23%
Purchasing Engineer264,000 NGN-14%
Quality Assurance Engineer299,000 NGN-3%
Rail Engineer292,000 NGN-5%
Robotics Engineer320,000 NGN+4%
Robotics Technician246,000 NGN-20%
Safety Engineer306,000 NGN-1%
Safety Inspector240,000 NGN-22%
Safety Manager353,000 NGN+14%
Safety Officer147,000 NGN-52%
Sales Engineer310,000 NGN+0%
Scheduling Engineer275,000 NGN-11%
Service Engineer321,000 NGN+4%
Solar Engineer304,000 NGN-2%
Staff Engineer298,000 NGN-3%
Static Equipment Engineer292,000 NGN-5%
Stationary Engineer258,000 NGN-16%
Stress Engineer284,000 NGN-8%
Structural Analysis Engineer287,000 NGN-7%
Structural Designer255,000 NGN-17%
Structural Engineer304,000 NGN-2%
Structural Technician191,000 NGN-38%
Supply Chain Specialist299,000 NGN-3%
Surveyor218,000 NGN-29%
Technical Affairs Officer154,000 NGN-50%
Technical Assistant150,000 NGN-51%
Technical Engineer256,000 NGN-17%
Technical Support Engineer250,000 NGN-19%
Tender Engineer263,000 NGN-15%
Test Development Engineer282,000 NGN-9%
Transportation Engineer279,000 NGN-10%
Validation Engineer255,000 NGN-17%
Verification Engineer274,000 NGN-11%
Wastewater Engineer285,000 NGN-8%
Wind Energy Engineer297,000 NGN-4%
Wind Energy Operations Manager411,000 NGN+33%
Work Planner214,000 NGN-31%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Benin City280,000 NGN
Ibadan307,000 NGN
Kaduna307,000 NGN
Kano332,000 NGN
Lagos327,000 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

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Engineer in Nigeria?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 295,000 NGN and 340,000 NGN. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Engineer in Nigeria is ranges from 238,000 NGN to 340,000 NGN. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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