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Human Resources Average Salaries in Nigeria 2023

How much money does a person working in Human Resources make in Nigeria?

Average Monthly Salary
320,000 NGN
( 3,840,000 NGN yearly)


A person working in Human Resources in Nigeria typically earns around 320,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 136,000 NGN (lowest average) to 554,000 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 Human Resources 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
Benefits Administrator207,000 NGN
Benefits Analyst263,000 NGN
Benefits Manager426,000 NGN
Chief People Officer545,000 NGN
Compensation Analyst267,000 NGN
Compensation and Benefits Manager430,000 NGN
Compensation and Benefits Officer189,000 NGN
Compensation Manager433,000 NGN
Corporate Director of Human Resources537,000 NGN
Corporate Trainer268,000 NGN
Employee Benefits Administrator306,000 NGN
Employee Communications Manager380,000 NGN
Employee Development Specialist348,000 NGN
Employee Engagement Specialist368,000 NGN
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator321,000 NGN
Employee Performance Specialist275,000 NGN
Employee Relations Manager370,000 NGN
Employee Relations Practitioner382,000 NGN
Employee Services Manager392,000 NGN
Employment Advice Worker173,000 NGN
Employment Interviewer253,000 NGN
Employment Service Specialist200,000 NGN
Employment Services Coordinator243,000 NGN
Enrollment Counselor350,000 NGN
Equal Opportunity Representative255,000 NGN
Executive Human Capital Management541,000 NGN
Executive Recruiter363,000 NGN
Expatriate Administration Manager374,000 NGN
Expatriate Administration Supervisor244,000 NGN
Global Mobility Manager433,000 NGN
Headhunter387,000 NGN
Health Benefits Coordinator224,000 NGN
HRIS Analyst195,000 NGN
HRIS Manager328,000 NGN
HRIS Supervisor181,000 NGN
Human Resources Administration Specialist213,000 NGN
Human Resources Administrator225,000 NGN
Human Resources Advisor360,000 NGN
Human Resources Analyst314,000 NGN
Human Resources Assessor207,000 NGN
Human Resources Assistant Manager380,000 NGN
Human Resources Associate136,000 NGN
Human Resources Consultant435,000 NGN
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager299,000 NGN
Human Resources Generalist269,000 NGN
Human Resources Manager504,000 NGN
Human Resources Officer208,000 NGN
Human Resources Representative205,000 NGN
Human Resources Section Head350,000 NGN
Human Resources Superintendent192,000 NGN
Human Resources Training Executive351,000 NGN
Industrial Organizational Psychologist452,000 NGN
Job Evaluation Specialist359,000 NGN
Labor Relations Director403,000 NGN
Labor Relations Manager428,000 NGN
Labor Relations Specialist199,000 NGN
Learning and Development Manager433,000 NGN
Occupational Health and Safety Officer192,000 NGN
Organizational Development Consultant400,000 NGN
Organizational Development Manager468,000 NGN
Organizational Development Specialist233,000 NGN
Payroll Assistant173,000 NGN
Payroll Supervisor210,000 NGN
People Development Officer264,000 NGN
Personnel Officer148,000 NGN
Records Clerk129,000 NGN
Records Manager223,000 NGN
Recruiter355,000 NGN
Recruiting Coordinator191,000 NGN
Recruiting Manager476,000 NGN
Recruitment Consultant368,000 NGN
Recruitment Officer203,000 NGN
Recruitment Supervisor296,000 NGN
Research Associate163,000 NGN
SAP Resource Manager370,000 NGN
Talent Acquisition Specialist299,000 NGN
Talent Management Officer223,000 NGN
Training and Development Section Head367,000 NGN
Training Executive420,000 NGN
Training Officer183,000 NGN

Human Resources Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Nigeria

Median and salary distribution Nigeria Human Resources monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
294,000 NGN or more
10% of people earn
254,000 to 294,000 NGN
20% of people earn
164,000 NGN or less
65% of people earn
164,000 to 254,000 NGN
Minimum Salary
136,000 NGN
284,000 NGN
554,000 NGN

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

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Human Resources salaries in Nigeria range from 136,000 NGN per month (starting average salary) to 554,000 NGN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). 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 284,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 284,000 NGN while the other half are earning more than 284,000 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 people working in Human Resources are earning less than 225,000 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 225,000 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 333,000 NGN while 25% are earning more than 333,000 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 164,000 NGN to 254,000 NGN. Approximatly 20% fall under the 164,000 NGN cap. Ten percent of wages are from 254,000 NGN to 294,000 NGN. Only 5% of people grossed 294,000 NGN or more.

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.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Human Resources

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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 Human Resources earn 16% more than their female counterparts on average.

338,000 NGN
292,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Nigeria for all Careers

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Human Resources Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Nigeria

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

Human Resources

Human Resources 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.

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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

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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

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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.

Human Resources Bonus and Incentive Rates in Nigeria

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

54% of surveyed staff in Human Resources 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.

Human Resources Salary Forecast and Trend in Nigeria

How do Human Resources salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
292,000 NGN
Average Salary 2020+3%
300,000 NGN
Average Salary 2021+3%
310,000 NGN
Average Salary 2022+1%
314,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Human Resources salaries in Nigeria are rising in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 1% 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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Human Resources Hourly Average Wage in Nigeria

1,850 NGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nigeria is 1,850 NGN. This means that the average person in Nigeria earns approximately 1,850 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?

This minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Nigeria is 790 NGN. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Human Resources VS Other Jobs

320,000 NGN
339,000 NGN
Average Salary
Human Resources
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Human Resources is 5% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Human Resources and Human Resources monthly Nigeria
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Benin City273,000 NGN
Ibadan306,000 NGN
Kaduna288,000 NGN
Kano317,000 NGN
Lagos332,000 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 Human Resources in Nigeria?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 284,000 NGN and 333,000 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 Human Resources in Nigeria is ranges from 225,000 NGN to 333,000 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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