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Journalist Average Salary in Nigeria 2022

How much money does a Journalist make in Nigeria?

Average Monthly Salary
372,000 NGN
( 4,460,000 NGN yearly)


A person working as a Journalist in Nigeria typically earns around 372,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 190,000 NGN (lowest) to 573,000 NGN (highest).

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

Journalist Salary Distribution in Nigeria

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

  • Salary Range

    Journalist salaries in Nigeria range from 190,000 NGN per month (minimum salary) to 573,000 NGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 365,000 NGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Journalist(s) are earning less than 365,000 NGN while the other half are earning more than 365,000 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 Journalist(s) are earning less than 249,000 NGN while 75% of them are earning more than 249,000 NGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Journalist(s) are earning less than 459,000 NGN while 25% are earning more than 459,000 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

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

A Journalist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 213,000 NGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 278,000 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 389,000 NGN per month, 40% 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, Journalist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 468,000 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 508,000 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 548,000 NGN per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Journalist average salary change by experience in Nigeria

0 - 2 Years
213,000 NGN
2 - 5 Years+31%
278,000 NGN
5 - 10 Years+40%
389,000 NGN
10 - 15 Years+20%
468,000 NGN
15 - 20 Years+9%
508,000 NGN
20+ Years+8%
548,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Journalist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Journalist(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 Journalist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Journalist is 255,000 NGN per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 293,000 NGN per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 412,000 NGN per month, 41% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 531,000 NGN per month, 29% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Journalist average salary difference by education level in Nigeria

High School
255,000 NGN
Certificate or Diploma+15%
293,000 NGN
Bachelor's Degree+41%
412,000 NGN
Master's Degree+29%
531,000 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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Journalist 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 Journalist employees in Nigeria earn 19% more than their female counterparts on average.

405,000 NGN
342,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Nigeria for all Careers

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Journalist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Nigeria

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


Journalist(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

Information Technology

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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Journalist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Nigeria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Nigeria Journalist
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A Journalist is considered to be a moderate 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.

50% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Journalist Average Hourly Wage in Nigeria

2,150 NGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nigeria is 2,150 NGN. This means that the average Journalist in Nigeria earns approximately 2,150 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.

Journalist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Journalist and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment monthly Nigeria
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The average salary for Journalist is 19% more than that of Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment. Also, Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries are 8% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist290,000 NGN-22%
3D Designer291,000 NGN-22%
3D Generalist249,000 NGN-33%
3D Visualization Specialist303,000 NGN-19%
Acrobatic Rigger206,000 NGN-45%
Actor418,000 NGN+12%
Associate Media Director351,000 NGN-6%
Associate Producer439,000 NGN+18%
Broadcast Associate209,000 NGN-44%
Broadcast News Analyst312,000 NGN-16%
Broadcast Technician178,000 NGN-52%
Broadcasting Journalist386,000 NGN+4%
Broadcasting Presenter373,000 NGN+0%
Camera Equipment Repairer206,000 NGN-45%
Cartoonist / Animator293,000 NGN-21%
CAS Engineer335,000 NGN-10%
Censorship Executive365,000 NGN-2%
Choreographer268,000 NGN-28%
Colorist157,000 NGN-58%
Communications Manager446,000 NGN+20%
Correspondent341,000 NGN-8%
Dance Director309,000 NGN-17%
Dancer263,000 NGN-29%
Director of Photography314,000 NGN-16%
Disc Jockey195,000 NGN-48%
Editorial Assistant164,000 NGN-56%
Events Manager319,000 NGN-14%
Graphic Designer217,000 NGN-42%
Illustrator237,000 NGN-36%
Instructional Designer203,000 NGN-45%
Journalist372,000 NGN=
Makeup Artist200,000 NGN-46%
Media Design Manager531,000 NGN+43%
Media Equipment Operator166,000 NGN-55%
Media Operations Manager420,000 NGN+13%
Media Producer397,000 NGN+7%
Media Product Development Manager516,000 NGN+39%
Media Program Director574,000 NGN+54%
Media Relations Manager519,000 NGN+40%
Media Sales Manager611,000 NGN+64%
Movement and Dance Coordinator299,000 NGN-20%
Multimedia Coordinator213,000 NGN-43%
Multimedia Designer204,000 NGN-45%
Music Consultant267,000 NGN-28%
Musician237,000 NGN-36%
News Associate276,000 NGN-26%
News Reporter387,000 NGN+4%
Producer505,000 NGN+36%
Product Designer210,000 NGN-44%
Production Artist271,000 NGN-27%
Production Assistant196,000 NGN-47%
Production Director432,000 NGN+16%
Production Technician188,000 NGN-49%
Program Researcher334,000 NGN-10%
Promotion Coordinator256,000 NGN-31%
Sound Engineer264,000 NGN-29%
Stage Technician156,000 NGN-58%
Sub Editor189,000 NGN-49%
Television Executive Producer622,000 NGN+67%
Transmission Engineer300,000 NGN-19%
Video Editor234,000 NGN-37%
Video Producer286,000 NGN-23%
Videographer265,000 NGN-29%
Visual Designer287,000 NGN-23%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Benin City353,000 NGN
Ibadan397,000 NGN
Kaduna373,000 NGN
Kano413,000 NGN
Lagos392,000 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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