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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in Nigeria 2023

How much money does a person working in Construction / Building / Installation make in Nigeria?

Average Monthly Salary
210,000 NGN
( 2,520,000 NGN yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
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 salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria typically earns around 210,000 NGN. Salaries range from 85,700 NGN (lowest average) to 580,000 NGN (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Construction / Building / Installation domain in Nigeria exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Construction / Building / Installation
3D Printing Construction Technician223,000 NGN
Adjudicator125,000 NGN
Assembler103,000 NGN
Boat Builder and Shipwright165,000 NGN
Bricklayer90,400 NGN
Building Administrator143,000 NGN
Building Automation Engineer312,000 NGN
Building Contracts Manager455,000 NGN
Building Information Modeling Manager427,000 NGN
Building Inspector137,000 NGN
Building Monitor101,000 NGN
Building Sales Manager464,000 NGN
Building Systems Integration Specialist284,000 NGN
Cabinetmaker115,000 NGN
Carpenter122,000 NGN
Civil Engineer321,000 NGN
Civil Technician153,000 NGN
Concreter96,900 NGN
Construction and Building Inspector130,000 NGN
Construction and Maintenance Manager248,000 NGN
Construction Assistant119,000 NGN
Construction Coordinator182,000 NGN
Construction Data Analyst276,000 NGN
Construction Estimator194,000 NGN
Construction Field Engineer268,000 NGN
Construction General Manager580,000 NGN
Construction Inventory Officer109,000 NGN
Construction Manager590,000 NGN
Construction Operations Manager516,000 NGN
Construction Project Controls Manager421,000 NGN
Construction Project Coordinator311,000 NGN
Construction Project Engineer301,000 NGN
Construction Project Manager541,000 NGN
Construction Project Manager557,000 NGN
Construction Project Planner307,000 NGN
Construction Quality Control Manager434,000 NGN
Construction Robotics Engineer310,000 NGN
Construction Safety Officer194,000 NGN
Construction Superintendent201,000 NGN
Construction Supervisor313,000 NGN
Construction Technical Assistant111,000 NGN
Construction Technical Officer139,000 NGN
Construction Technical Writer120,000 NGN
Construction Technician116,000 NGN
Construction Waste Management Consultant310,000 NGN
Construction Worker95,800 NGN
Crane and Tower Operator111,000 NGN
Crane Operator113,000 NGN
Diesel Mechanic97,800 NGN
Digital Construction Manager342,000 NGN
Draughtsman93,500 NGN
Drywall Installer112,000 NGN
Electrical Draftsman111,000 NGN
Electrical Engineering Supervisor350,000 NGN
Electrical Engineering Technician137,000 NGN
Electrical Supervisor222,000 NGN
Electrician156,000 NGN
Elevator Installer and Repairer138,000 NGN
Engineer320,000 NGN
Excavator Operator105,000 NGN
Field Inspector183,000 NGN
Floor Finisher124,000 NGN
Floor Manager182,000 NGN
Foreman89,100 NGN
Frame and Truss Detailer98,600 NGN
Furniture Finisher110,000 NGN
Gas Technician 97,600 NGN
Handyman90,800 NGN
Health and Safety Coordinator133,000 NGN
Health and Safety Officer146,000 NGN
Installation Manager367,000 NGN
Installer92,000 NGN
Insulation Installer111,000 NGN
Labourer83,500 NGN
Land Surveyor135,000 NGN
Lean Construction Specialist301,000 NGN
Lift Technician103,000 NGN
Maintenance Foreman93,700 NGN
Material Tester159,000 NGN
Model Maker165,000 NGN
Order Picker90,600 NGN
Painter105,000 NGN
Pipe Layer85,800 NGN
Pipe Welder87,000 NGN
Pipefitter90,800 NGN
Plumber115,000 NGN
Prefabrication and Modular Construction Specialist285,000 NGN
Property Coordinator257,000 NGN
Purchasing Manager364,000 NGN
Quantity Estimator198,000 NGN
Quantity Surveyor206,000 NGN
Roof Slater and Tiler93,700 NGN
Sheet Metal Mechanic110,000 NGN
Sheet Metal Worker96,400 NGN
Site Clerk105,000 NGN
Site engineer276,000 NGN
Site Leader477,000 NGN
Stock Controller157,000 NGN
Structural Steel Construction Worker110,000 NGN
Sustainable Materials Engineer295,000 NGN
Technical Draughtsman118,000 NGN
Tender Manager433,000 NGN
Tendering Manager466,000 NGN
Tower Crane Operator106,000 NGN
Wall and Floor Tiler102,000 NGN
Warehouse Manager342,000 NGN
Welder93,100 NGN
Welding Superintendent123,000 NGN

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Nigeria

Median and salary distribution Nigeria Construction / Building / Installation monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
280,000 NGN or more
10% of people earn
232,000 to 280,000 NGN
20% of people earn
124,000 NGN or less
65% of people earn
124,000 to 232,000 NGN
Minimum Salary
85,700 NGN
190,000 NGN
580,000 NGN

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

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria range from 85,700 NGN (starting average salary) to 580,000 NGN (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Construction / Building / Installation is 190,000 NGN, implying that half of the workforce in Nigeria earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria earn less than 149,000 NGN, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 245,000 NGN, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 124,000 NGN to 232,000 NGN. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 124,000 NGN mark, while 10% ranged from 232,000 NGN to 280,000 NGN. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 280,000 NGN or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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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 in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria 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.

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.

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.
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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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 1,700,000 NGN to 5,100,000 NGN and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Construction / Building / Installation / Nigeria

Salary comparison by gender Nigeria Construction / Building / Installation monthly
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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? In the field of Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 19%.

229,000 NGN
193,000 NGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Nigeria for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Construction / Building / Installation / Nigeria

How much are annual salary increments in Nigeria for individuals working in Construction / Building / Installation? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 20 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 rare 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%.

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.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Construction / Building / Installation / Nigeria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Nigeria Construction / Building / Installation
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77% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 23% 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.

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.

Hourly Average Wage / Construction / Building / Installation / Nigeria

1,210 NGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria is 1,210 NGN.This is the rate they get paid 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 fixed 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 people working in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria is 490 NGN. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Benin City179,000 NGN
Ibadan201,000 NGN
Kaduna189,000 NGN
Kano208,000 NGN
Lagos218,000 NGN

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Nigeria is 6% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
329,000 NGN
Public Sector+6%
349,000 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 in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 190,000 NGN and 245,000 NGN. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the 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 salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Construction / Building / Installation in Nigeria ranges from 85,700 NGN to 149,000 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 with 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 the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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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