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Engineering Average Salaries in Nigeria 2024

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Nigeria?

Average Monthly Salary
287,000 NGN
( 3,450,000 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 Engineering in Nigeria typically earns around 287,000 NGN. Salaries range from 90,700 NGN (lowest average) to 605,000 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 Engineering 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
3D Printing Engineer266,000 NGN
Acoustics Engineer275,000 NGN
Assembly Engineering Technician233,000 NGN
Assistant Chief Engineer324,000 NGN
Associate Engineer267,000 NGN
AutoCAD Drafter176,000 NGN
Autocad Operator189,000 NGN
Automation Engineer311,000 NGN
Automation Engineer318,000 NGN
Avionic System Support Engineer274,000 NGN
Biochemical Engineer288,000 NGN
BMS Engineer278,000 NGN
Bridge and Lock Tender165,000 NGN
Broadcast Engineer291,000 NGN
CAD Design Engineer314,000 NGN
CAD Designer183,000 NGN
CAE Engineer296,000 NGN
Ceramics Engineer281,000 NGN
Chemical Engineer292,000 NGN
Civil Drafter179,000 NGN
Civil Engineer304,000 NGN
Civil Site Engineer300,000 NGN
Civil Technician188,000 NGN
Cognitive Engineer284,000 NGN
Commissioning Engineer300,000 NGN
Communications Engineer307,000 NGN
Condition Monitoring Engineer250,000 NGN
Contract Associate Engineer293,000 NGN
Contract Engineer282,000 NGN
Control Systems Engineer286,000 NGN
Controls Engineer296,000 NGN
Controls Software Engineer271,000 NGN
Corrosion Engineer276,000 NGN
Design Engineer289,000 NGN
Director of Engineering586,000 NGN
Drafter187,000 NGN
Drafting Manager329,000 NGN
Drilling Engineer292,000 NGN
Drilling Foreman93,800 NGN
Electrical Draughtsman146,000 NGN
Electrical Engineer316,000 NGN
Electrical Engineering Manager438,000 NGN
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist327,000 NGN
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler153,000 NGN
Energy Engineer309,000 NGN
Engine Assembler138,000 NGN
Engineer309,000 NGN
Engineering Account Manager326,000 NGN
Engineering Chief Designer322,000 NGN
Engineering Consultant383,000 NGN
Engineering Key Account Manager415,000 NGN
Engineering Lab Technician270,000 NGN
Engineering Manager422,000 NGN
Engineering Planning Manager402,000 NGN
Engineering Production Manager533,000 NGN
Engineering Project Analyst359,000 NGN
Engineering Project Coordinator 333,000 NGN
Engineering Project Director575,000 NGN
Engineering Project Leader362,000 NGN
Engineering Project Manager413,000 NGN
Engineering Research and Development Manager495,000 NGN
Engineering Safety Coordinator238,000 NGN
Engineering Sales Manager405,000 NGN
Engineering Technician229,000 NGN
Engineering Technologist241,000 NGN
Environmental Engineer303,000 NGN
Equipment Engineer271,000 NGN
Equipment Engineering Manager375,000 NGN
Estimator247,000 NGN
Fabrication Specialist209,000 NGN
Fabricator129,000 NGN
Facade Engineer290,000 NGN
Fiber Analyst169,000 NGN
Field Engineer314,000 NGN
Field Engineering Manager489,000 NGN
Fire Engineer303,000 NGN
Fitter and Turner92,900 NGN
Forestry Strategic Planner353,000 NGN
Generation Engineer305,000 NGN
Genetic Engineer321,000 NGN
Geological Engineer317,000 NGN
Geotechnical Engineer326,000 NGN
Heavy Equipment Mechanic150,000 NGN
Highway Engineer293,000 NGN
HSE Professional287,000 NGN
Human Machine Interface Engineer280,000 NGN
HVAC Engineer300,000 NGN
HVAC Supervisor276,000 NGN
Industrial Engineer288,000 NGN
Industrial Engineering Technologist279,000 NGN
Instrument Engineer278,000 NGN
Instrument Technician169,000 NGN
Instrumentation and Control Engineer293,000 NGN
Instrumentation Designer240,000 NGN
Instrumentation Engineer298,000 NGN
Instrumentation Manager297,000 NGN
Irrigation Engineer278,000 NGN
Licensed Aircraft Engineer326,000 NGN
Locomotive Engineer274,000 NGN
Maintenance Engineer285,000 NGN
Maintenance Fitter102,000 NGN
Maintenance Manager306,000 NGN
Manufacturing Engineer280,000 NGN
Marine Engineer310,000 NGN
Materials Engineer290,000 NGN
Materials Researcher288,000 NGN
Materials Technician219,000 NGN
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer326,000 NGN
Mechanical Design Engineer309,000 NGN
Mechanical Designer265,000 NGN
Mechanical Engineer302,000 NGN
Mechanical Engineering Manager422,000 NGN
Mechanical Inspector286,000 NGN
Mechatronics Engineer303,000 NGN
Mining Engineer295,000 NGN
Nanotechnology Engineer313,000 NGN
Natural Language Processing Engineer330,000 NGN
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer333,000 NGN
Optical Engineer286,000 NGN
Optical Instrument Assembler143,000 NGN
PCB Assembler112,000 NGN
Photonics Engineer324,000 NGN
Photonics Technician253,000 NGN
Pipeline Engineer261,000 NGN
Piping Designer164,000 NGN
Piping Engineer266,000 NGN
Planning Engineer286,000 NGN
Pressure Vessel Inspector143,000 NGN
Principal Cost Engineer311,000 NGN
Principal Engineer285,000 NGN
Principal Support Engineer302,000 NGN
Process Engineer290,000 NGN
Process Operator177,000 NGN
Product Development Engineer322,000 NGN
Product Development Technician223,000 NGN
Product Engineer309,000 NGN
Product Safety Engineer277,000 NGN
Production Engineer281,000 NGN
Project Engineer301,000 NGN
Proposal Manager381,000 NGN
Purchasing Engineer264,000 NGN
Quality Assurance Engineer299,000 NGN
Rail Engineer292,000 NGN
Regional Field Engineer331,000 NGN
Remote Sensing Engineer282,000 NGN
Robotics Engineer320,000 NGN
Robotics Technician246,000 NGN
Safety Engineer306,000 NGN
Safety Inspector240,000 NGN
Safety Manager353,000 NGN
Safety Officer147,000 NGN
Sales Engineer310,000 NGN
Scheduling Engineer275,000 NGN
Security Engineer326,000 NGN
Service Engineer321,000 NGN
Smart Home Engineer318,000 NGN
Solar Engineer304,000 NGN
Staff Engineer298,000 NGN
Static Equipment Engineer292,000 NGN
Stationary Engineer258,000 NGN
Stress Engineer284,000 NGN
Structural Analysis Engineer287,000 NGN
Structural Designer255,000 NGN
Structural Engineer304,000 NGN
Structural Technician191,000 NGN
Subsea Engineer377,000 NGN
Supply Chain Specialist299,000 NGN
Surveyor218,000 NGN
Technical Affairs Officer154,000 NGN
Technical Assistant150,000 NGN
Technical Engineer256,000 NGN
Technical Support Engineer250,000 NGN
Tender Engineer263,000 NGN
Test Development Engineer282,000 NGN
Test Engineer298,000 NGN
Transportation Engineer279,000 NGN
Urban Engineer295,000 NGN
Validation Engineer255,000 NGN
Verification Engineer274,000 NGN
Wastewater Engineer285,000 NGN
Wind Energy Engineer297,000 NGN
Wind Energy Operations Manager411,000 NGN
Wireless Engineer308,000 NGN
Work Planner214,000 NGN

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Nigeria

Median and salary distribution Nigeria Engineering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
287,000 NGN or more
10% of people earn
238,000 to 287,000 NGN
20% of people earn
128,000 NGN or less
65% of people earn
128,000 to 238,000 NGN
Minimum Salary
90,700 NGN
250,000 NGN
605,000 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 Engineering in Nigeria range from 90,700 NGN (starting average salary) to 605,000 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 Engineering is 250,000 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 Engineering in Nigeria earn less than 187,000 NGN, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 309,000 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 Engineering in Nigeria. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 128,000 NGN to 238,000 NGN. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 128,000 NGN mark, while 10% ranged from 238,000 NGN to 287,000 NGN. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 287,000 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 Engineering 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 Engineering 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 / Engineering / Nigeria

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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 Engineering in Nigeria, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 16%.

303,000 NGN
261,000 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 / Engineering / Nigeria

How much are annual salary increments in Nigeria for individuals working in Engineering? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Engineering 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 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 / Engineering / Nigeria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Nigeria Engineering
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54% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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.

Hourly Average Wage / Engineering / Nigeria

1,660 NGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Nigeria is 1,660 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 Engineering in Nigeria is 520 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 City245,000 NGN
Ibadan274,000 NGN
Kaduna258,000 NGN
Kano285,000 NGN
Lagos298,000 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 Engineering in Nigeria?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 250,000 NGN and 309,000 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 Engineering in Nigeria ranges from 90,700 NGN to 187,000 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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