A person working as a Cook in Nigeria typically earns around 173,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 88,100 NGN (lowest) to 266,000 NGN (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Cook salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Cook salaries in Nigeria range from 88,100 NGN per month (minimum salary) to 266,000 NGN per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 169,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Cook(s) are earning less than 169,000 NGN while the other half are earning more than 169,000 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 Cook(s) are earning less than 116,000 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 116,000 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Cook(s) are earning less than 213,000 NGN while 25% are earning more than 213,000 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 your wage. We broke down Cook salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Cook with less than two years of experience makes approximately 98,800 NGN per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 129,000 NGN per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 181,000 NGN per month, 40% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Cook(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 217,000 NGN per month, 20% 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 236,000 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 255,000 NGN per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+31%|
|5 - 10 Years||+40%|
|10 - 15 Years||+20%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Cook salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Cook is 117,000 NGN per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 206,000 NGN per month, 76% more than someone having a High School degree.
|Certificate or Diploma||+76%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Cook employees in Nigeria earn 19% more than their female counterparts on average.
Cook(s) in Nigeria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 19 months.
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.
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
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.
A Cook is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.
76% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 24% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Cook is 23% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|All Rounder||140,000 NGN||-19%|
|Assistant Executive Housekeeper||103,000 NGN||-40%|
|Assistant Food and Beverage Director||416,000 NGN||+140%|
|Assistant Hospitality Manager||439,000 NGN||+150%|
|Assistant Storekeeper||89,300 NGN||-48%|
|Assistant Tour Manager||210,000 NGN||+22%|
|Baker and Pastrycook||119,000 NGN||-31%|
|Bakery Manager||259,000 NGN||+50%|
|Bakery Superintendent||163,000 NGN||-6%|
|Banquet Manager||183,000 NGN||+6%|
|Banquet Server||110,000 NGN||-36%|
|Bar Attendant||111,000 NGN||-36%|
|Bar Manager||231,000 NGN||+34%|
|Bar Supervisor||153,000 NGN||-11%|
|Beverage Manager||271,000 NGN||+57%|
|Bistro Attendant||111,000 NGN||-36%|
|Buffet Chef||206,000 NGN||+19%|
|Buffet Host||105,000 NGN||-39%|
|Buffet Manager||249,000 NGN||+44%|
|Butcher and Slaughterer||89,600 NGN||-48%|
|Cafeteria Manager||196,000 NGN||+13%|
|Cake Decorator||129,000 NGN||-25%|
|Casino Shift Manager||380,000 NGN||+120%|
|Chain Store Customer Support||169,000 NGN||-2%|
|Club Manager||396,000 NGN||+130%|
|Cluster Director||506,000 NGN||+190%|
|Cluster Revenue Manager||380,000 NGN||+120%|
|Cocktail Server||107,000 NGN||-38%|
|Coffee Shop Manager||386,000 NGN||+120%|
|Confectionery Baker||124,000 NGN||-28%|
|Conference Services Manager||235,000 NGN||+36%|
|Corporate Sous Chef||300,000 NGN||+74%|
|Corporate Travel Consultant||302,000 NGN||+75%|
|Culinary Assistant||96,300 NGN||-44%|
|Culinary Associate||92,300 NGN||-47%|
|Dietary Aide||208,000 NGN||+20%|
|Dining Room Supervisor||196,000 NGN||+13%|
|Duty Manager||258,000 NGN||+49%|
|Events Coordinator||152,000 NGN||-12%|
|Executive Chef||237,000 NGN||+37%|
|Executive Pastry Chef||190,000 NGN||+10%|
|Fast Food Cook||173,000 NGN||+0%|
|Fast Food Shift Supervisor||186,000 NGN||+8%|
|Fine Dining Cook||293,000 NGN||+70%|
|Fine Dining Restaurant Chef||313,000 NGN||+81%|
|Fleet Manager||499,000 NGN||+190%|
|Food and Beverage Manager||401,000 NGN||+130%|
|Food Consultant||317,000 NGN||+83%|
|Food Safety Coordinator||248,000 NGN||+44%|
|Food Server||106,000 NGN||-39%|
|Food Service Director||382,000 NGN||+120%|
|Food Service Manager||421,000 NGN||+140%|
|Food Service Sales||261,000 NGN||+51%|
|Food Service Worker||109,000 NGN||-37%|
|Front Desk Agent||123,000 NGN||-29%|
|Front Office Manager||221,000 NGN||+28%|
|Guest Service Executive||365,000 NGN||+110%|
|Guest Service Representative||137,000 NGN||-21%|
|Head Concierge||163,000 NGN||-6%|
|Hospitality Director||628,000 NGN||+260%|
|Hostess / Host||120,000 NGN||-31%|
|Hotel Desk Clerk||119,000 NGN||-31%|
|Hotel Maid||90,000 NGN||-48%|
|Hotel Manager||624,000 NGN||+260%|
|Hotel Sales Manager||462,000 NGN||+170%|
|Hotel Service Supervisor||337,000 NGN||+95%|
|Hotel Staff||117,000 NGN||-32%|
|Inventory Coordinator||130,000 NGN||-25%|
|Kitchen Manager||196,000 NGN||+13%|
|Kitchen Staff||114,000 NGN||-34%|
|Kitchen Supervisor||183,000 NGN||+6%|
|Line Cook||192,000 NGN||+11%|
|Luggage Porter||87,200 NGN||-50%|
|Motel Manager||328,000 NGN||+90%|
|Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant||118,000 NGN||-32%|
|Production Operator||173,000 NGN||+0%|
|Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator||193,000 NGN||+12%|
|Regional Restaurant Manager||469,000 NGN||+170%|
|Restaurant Manager||424,000 NGN||+150%|
|Room Reservations Manager||402,000 NGN||+130%|
|Room Service Manager||366,000 NGN||+110%|
|Sous Chef||240,000 NGN||+39%|
|Supervisor of Food Services||286,000 NGN||+66%|
|Tour Consultant||314,000 NGN||+82%|
|Travel Agent||205,000 NGN||+19%|
|Travel Consultant||298,000 NGN||+72%|
|Waiter / Waitress||109,000 NGN||-37%|
|Benin City||167,000 NGN|
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.