The Nigerian salary scale or structure was established by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, which is a body directly under the control of the presidency. This body or organization was established in 1993 and it bases its decisions on salary structures and on recommendations handed over since 1960 till present time.
New Salary Scale in Nigeria
The Nigerian salary structures are of different types and the salary structures provided below are subject to reviews and updates which are always made available for public consumption by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, (NSIWC). The purpose of this organization is to ensure workers in federal government employment are given their due salaries and wages as at when due. Below are details of various public offices and how they are paid:
Consolidated Top Federal Public Office Holders’ Salary Structure CONTOPSAL
This is an acronym for Consolidated Top Federal Public Office Holders Salary Structure. This is the salary structure on which all top government officials are placed. This includes officials at top hierarchies of both federal and state government employments eg; presidens, governor’s, commissioners.
This salary structure was implanted in 2007 and it’s still been used presently. The items consolidated with the basic salary here are; transport allowance, meal subsidy, utility allowance, leave grant, furniture allowance, domestic servant allowance and drivers’ allowance. This salary structure is applicable to all top public office holders in Nigeria, such as the Special Assistants to the Presidents, Inspector General of Police, Clerk of the National Assembly, National Security Adviser etc.
Consolidated Research and Allied Institution Salary Structure CONRAISS
This acronym represents Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure. It is the salary structure on which all staff being employed in all training, research and allied institutions by the federal government are paid. This affects all such federal government training and research institutions.
This salary structure was adopted in 2010 and it had been in use since then. This is applicable to various research and allied institutions in Nigeria such as Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services, Center for Energy Research and Development etc.
Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure CONTISS II
This is the acronym for Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure II. This is the structure on which salaries of non-academic staff members of all federal universities are placed. It affects all non teaching staff such as the bursars, cleaners, other office staffs in Polytechnics, universities and Colleges of Education, in all federal government owned institutions.
This was adopted in 2009. The CONTISS II is a 15-grade salary structure with each scale consisting of a number of steps ranging from 15 for the lower grades to 9 for the highest grades.
Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure CONUASS
This is the acronym for Consolidated University Academic Structure. It is the preferred salary structure for all academic staff members e.g; the professors, lecturers etc in all federal government universities. It is the salary structure for all members of academic staff union of universities.
This salary structure was implanted in 2010 and it is still in use till now. The items in this category of consolidation with the basic salary are; transport allowance, meal subsidy, utility allowance, leave grant, journal allowance, research allowance, learned society allowance, examination supervision allowance, excess workload allowance, furniture allowance, industrial supervision allowance, field trip allowance, postgraduate supervision allowance, postgraduate studies allowance, responsibility allowances as well as domestic servant allowance and driver’s allowance: for only entitled officers.
Consolidated Medical Salary Structure CONMESS
This is the acronym for Consolidated Medical Salary Structure. It is the dedicated salary structure for all dental and medical staff members under the employment of the federal government. All medical staff members in federal government owned health institutions are placed under this structure.
Consolidated Health Salary Structure CONHESS
This is the acronym for Consolidated Health Salary Structure. It is the salary structure for various health workers like nurses, medical laboratories workers, pharmacists and the likes, who are working under the employment of the federal government in any federal government owned health institutions.
Consolidated Judicial Salary Structure CONJUSS
This is the acronym for Consolidated Judicial Salary Structure. It is the salary structure for all judicial employees of the federal government. This is the salary structure under which judges, court clerks, prosecutors and others legal staff members under the employment of the federal government are placed.
The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) released a statement for the implementation of the new national minimum wage which shows that school leavers who enter the Service on Grade Level (GL) 04 Step (S) 1 will receive an annual salary of N242,994 while officers at the peak of the Public Service on GL 17 – S1 will receive N4,183,600 annually. A 12-month breakdown of the above shows that the school leaver will receive N20,249 while the director will receive N348,633.
Nigerian New Minimum Wage Salary Scale in Nigeria
A diploma certificate holder who enters the Service on GL 07 – S 01 will receive an annual salary of N517,965 which translates to N43,163.75. However, a further breakdown of the salary scheme shows that the least paid cadre, GL 01 S 1 will receive an annual salary of N226,800 which translates to N18,900 monthly.
For the school leaver on GL 04 who manages to get to Step 15, the annual salary will be N363,794 which translates monthly to N30,316,167 while the diploma certificate holder who is on GL 07 – S15 will receive an annual salary of N780,501 which translates to a monthly pay of N65,041.75.
A graduate on the other hand on GL 08 – S15 will receive an annual salary of N978,663 which when divided by 12 gives N81,555.25 while a director on GL 17 – S9 will receive an annual pay of N5,452,136 which translates to a monthly income of N454,344.67. Also the cadres in between the ones mentioned above shows that officers on GL02 – S1 will receive an annual salary of N230,128 and receive N311,935 at same GL on S15.
GL 03 – S1 officers will receive an annual salary of N232,970, to collect N333,522 on attaining S15 while officers on GL05 – S1 will receive an annual salary of N261,298 and on attaining S15 will receive N401,637. Officers on GL06 – S1 will receive an annual salary of N316,229 and on attaining S15 will receive N487,295 while their counterparts on GL09 – S1 will receive N780,656 and on attaining S15 will receive N1,152,698.
Those on GL10 – S1 will receive an annual salary of N914,511 and on reaching S15 will receive N1,323,635 while those on GL 12 – S1 will receive N1,053,208 to receive N1,506,493 on terminating at S11 where they stop, unlike their subordinates who reach S15. Officers on GL 13 – S1 will receive an annual salary of N1,174,233 to receive N1,653,453 on attaining S11 while GL14 – S1 officers will receive an annual salary of N1,295,818 and on attaining S11 will receive N1,811,724. On their part, officers on GL 15 – S1 will receive an annual salary of N1,778,616 and on terminating at S9 will receive N2,363,140 while their colleagues on GL 16 – S1 will receive an annual salary of N2,197,677 and also on terminating at S9 will receive N5,452,136.
The Nigerian salary scale is not really favorable to people of lower class and work standards and this must be looked into very soon by the federal government to create an atmosphere where one can get the money’s worth of one’s job.