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Attorney Average Salary in Nigeria 2022

How much money does an Attorney make in Nigeria?


Average Monthly Salary
653,000 NGN
( 7,830,000 NGN yearly)

LOW
300,000
NGN
AVERAGE
653,000
NGN
HIGH
1,040,000
NGN

A person working as an Attorney in Nigeria typically earns around 653,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 300,000 NGN (lowest) to 1,040,000 NGN (highest).

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

Attorney Salary Distribution in Nigeria

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in Nigeria range from 300,000 NGN per month (minimum salary) to 1,040,000 NGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 705,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 705,000 NGN while the other half are earning more than 705,000 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 Attorney(s) are earning less than 452,000 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 452,000 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 941,000 NGN while 25% are earning more than 941,000 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

Attorney Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Attorney salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Attorney with less than two years of experience makes approximately 341,000 NGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 455,000 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 673,000 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, Attorney(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 820,000 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 894,000 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 968,000 NGN per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Attorney average salary change by experience in Nigeria

0 - 2 Years
341,000 NGN
2 - 5 Years+34%
455,000 NGN
5 - 10 Years+48%
673,000 NGN
10 - 15 Years+22%
820,000 NGN
15 - 20 Years+9%
894,000 NGN
20+ Years+8%
968,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Attorney Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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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 Attorney salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Attorney is 389,000 NGN per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 610,000 NGN per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 1,020,000 NGN per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.


Attorney average salary difference by education level in Nigeria

Bachelor's Degree
389,000 NGN
Master's Degree+57%
610,000 NGN
PhD+68%
1,020,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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

Male
717,000 NGN
Female-18%
588,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Nigeria for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Nigeria

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

Attorney

Attorney(s) in Nigeria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% 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.

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 2021

Banking
5%
Energy
1%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
2%
Travel
7%
Construction
3%
Education
8%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Nigeria for the year 2021. 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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Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in Nigeria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Nigeria Attorney
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An Attorney is considered to be a high 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.

18% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 82% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
82%
No Bonus
18%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Attorney Average Hourly Wage in Nigeria


3,770 NGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nigeria is 3,770 NGN. This means that the average Attorney in Nigeria earns approximately 3,770 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.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Attorney is 60% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 21% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge859,000 NGN+32%
Arbitrator404,000 NGN-38%
Associate Attorney415,000 NGN-36%
Attorney653,000 NGN+0%
Bailiff210,000 NGN-68%
Barrister171,000 NGN-74%
Candidate Attorney391,000 NGN-40%
Conciliator313,000 NGN-52%
Contracts Manager374,000 NGN-43%
Contracts Negotiator307,000 NGN-53%
Conveyancing Secretary168,000 NGN-74%
Corporate Counsel493,000 NGN-24%
Counsel489,000 NGN-25%
Court Clerk146,000 NGN-78%
Court Judicial Assistant259,000 NGN-60%
Court Liaison Specialist288,000 NGN-56%
Court Reporter256,000 NGN-61%
Court Representative190,000 NGN-71%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer936,000 NGN+43%
Immigration Executive468,000 NGN-28%
In House Counsel498,000 NGN-24%
Intellectual Property Specialist341,000 NGN-48%
Judge Advocate666,000 NGN+2%
Law Clerk150,000 NGN-77%
Lawyer621,000 NGN-5%
Legal Administrative Assistant171,000 NGN-74%
Legal Advisor381,000 NGN-42%
Legal Assistant168,000 NGN-74%
Legal Associate311,000 NGN-52%
Legal Consultant404,000 NGN-38%
Legal Counsel472,000 NGN-28%
Legal Editor319,000 NGN-51%
Legal Executive598,000 NGN-8%
Legal Executive Secretary171,000 NGN-74%
Legal IP Officer153,000 NGN-77%
Legal Officer200,000 NGN-69%
Legal Services Director765,000 NGN+17%
Legal Services Manager746,000 NGN+14%
Legal Support Worker125,000 NGN-81%
Legislative Liaison316,000 NGN-52%
Litigation Attorney802,000 NGN+23%
Litigation Paralegal387,000 NGN-41%
Magistrate Judge982,000 NGN+50%
Paralegal255,000 NGN-61%
Patent Attorney497,000 NGN-24%
Staff Attorney522,000 NGN-20%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Benin City586,000 NGN
Ibadan641,000 NGN
Kaduna611,000 NGN
Kano657,000 NGN
Lagos679,000 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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