Nigerian Army Salary | Army Officers Salary in Nigeria | 2020

The Nigerian army is the largest of the Nigerian Armed Forces, which is organized and directed by the Army Council of Nigerian. It’s main responsibilities is for land warfare operations, to protect the country against insurgency and external aggression and then to support the interest of the citizens of its country.

As at present, the Nigerian army is among the most equipped and strongest of all the land forces in Africa. The Nigerian army is also among the largest foot army in the world. The Nigerian army was founded in 1900 and it was referred to as the Royal West African Frontier Force.

These young men and women were trained by the British and they also helped the British to fight the Second World War. They fought in the Far East during the war.  By the time the Nigerian civil war was ended, the Nigerian army had grown from just 18,000 to 126,000.

Nigerian Army Salary Structure

Since the creation of the Nigerian armed forces, they have been involved in series of peace keeping missions as well as combats both on local and International scene. The lastest of these is the Boko Haram insurgency. The Nigerian army also participated in the peace keeping in Liberia and worked under the ECOMOG which was established by the ECOWAS body. Presently, the Nigerian army dominates the ECOMOG.

Nigerian Army Enlistment Requirements

  • Applicants may be 17-35 years old
  • high school graduate or equivalent
  • In good physical condition
  • A Nigerian citizen or permanent resident
  • Applicants must be in good moral standing.

Now the Nigerian army is packed with vibrant men and women who risks their lives for the sake of protection for it’s country citizens. In Nigeria, a Nigerian soldier is paid according to his rank of office or the number of years he or she has in service.

Most Nigerians think military men are paid heavily every month, but the truth of the matter is that the amount they are being paid is far below the manner of risk they go through every day of their lives in an attempt to protect Nigeria and it’s citizens; the Nigerians.

The amount they are paid is largely determined by whether they are commissioned officers or non-commissioned officers. It is also largely determined by the rank they hold. A commissioned officer is been given authority from the President of the country and can command those under him or her.

Army Officers Salary in Nigeria

The commissioned officers include; first and second lieutenants, captains, majors, colonels, lieutenant-colonels and generals. A non-commissioned officer e.g, a sergeant is outranked by all commissioned officers. However, he or she can command the enlisted personnel, privates, corporals and lower-ranked sergeants under his or her command. The biggest difference between commissioned and non-commissioned officers is mainly their level of authority.

Nigerian Army Army Salary and Ranks

Salary Structure for Non-Commissioned Officers

Private soldier………. N49,000

Lance corporal……… N55,000

Corporal………………… N58,000

Sergeant……………….. N63,000

Staff sergeant………. N68,000

Warrant Officer…….. N80,000

Master Warrant Officer. N90,000

Privates Salary

A private in the Nigerian Army is paid about N49,000. While a Lance Corporal on the other hand is paid about N55,000. A Corporal is paid N58,000. When he gets promoted to the rank of a Sergeant, he starts earning N63,000 per month.

Sergeants Salary

As a Staff Sergeant, he is paid N68,000.

Warrant Officers Salary

On promotion to the rank of a Warrant Officer, he will be paid N80,000 per month.

Master Warrant Officers Salary

Next rank is that of a Master Warrant Officer. He on the other hand is paid N90,000.

Salary Structure for Commissioned Officers

Second Lieutenant.. N120,000

Lieutenant…………….. N180,000

Captain…………………. N220,000

Major……………………. N300,000

Lt. Colonel……………. N350,000

Colonel…………………. N550,000

Brigadier General…. N750,000

Major General………. N950,000

Lt. General……………. N1M

General…………………. N1.5M

Second Lieutenants Salary

The Second Lieutenant is the lowest rank in the commissioned officer’s rank in the Nigerian army.He receives about N120,000 every month. The next rank is the Lieutenant. A Lieutenant in the Nigerian army is paid N180,000.

Captains Salary

A Captain is next is rank and he is paid N220,000. The next rank is that of a Major and he receives N300,000 every month as take home pay. A Major gets promoted to the rank of a Lt. Colonel and he starts receiving N350,000 every month. When he gets promoted to the rank of a Colonel, which is the next rank after a Lieutenant Colonel, he starts receiving N550,000.

Colonels Salary

A Colonel gets promoted to the rank of a Brigadier General next. At this rank, he will be paid N750,000 every month.

Brigadiers Salary

A Brigadier General is a rank directly below the Major General and he gets paid  N750,000 every month.

Major general

A Brigadier General is a rank directly below the Lt. General and he gets paid  N950,000 every month.

Lt. General

Lt. General is the second in command to the general and he gets paid up to N1 million.


The general is the highest rank in the Nigerian military hence he is the highest paid officer as he is being paid N1.5 million every month.

However, the salaries list here are the basic monthly income of the Nigerian army as there are several other allowances the Nigerian Army personnels earn. For instance, during the course of a war or peacekeeping mission, soldiers receive other several allowances. Although, in the event that the Federal Government of Nigeria increases the minimum wage of government workers, it will consequently lead to an increase in the salary scale of the Nigerian Army.

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