Nigeria boasts of about 167 million people in the population. A lot of Nigerians are entrepreneurs and quite a number are employed by the Nigerian government. This begs the question, what are the highest paying government jobs in Nigeria?
You must also have heard that private-sector jobs have become awfully unreliable and they even go as far as terminate your appointment abruptly, making government jobs ever more lucrative. Or maybe you just don’t even want to bother yourself with business because business sef, is very hard in Nigeria.
This article centers on the list of highest paying government jobs in Nigeria and their salaries so that you can get your priorities straight and know which to start pursuing.
Highest paying government jobs in Nigeria
1. Military personnel
The military personnel consists of the Armed Forces, Air Force, and Navy. It is open knowledge that there are rankings in the military. A recruit in the military earns as low as ten thousand naira (10,000) per month. A Private earns forty-nine thousand naira (49,000) per month and a corporal earns fifty-eight thousand naira (58,000). A Sergeant is paid sixty-three thousand naira (63,000) per month. The positions that are paid the most are the high-rank positions. In the Air Force, an Air Vice-Marshall earns about one million, three hundred and seventy-six thousand naira (1,376,000) per month. A Rear Admiral earns about Twelve million naira (12,000,000) per month while a Vice Admiral earns Thirteen million naira (13,000,000) per month.
2. Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC)
Nigeria is laden with petroleum and the NNPC is one of the major Oil and Gas sectors in Nigeria. They are also one of the highest paying sectors in Nigeria.
Sales managers in NNPC are paid within two hundred and eighty-six thousand (286,000) to three hundred and ten thousand (310,000) each month. Economists earn two hundred and ninety-five thousand (294,000) to three hundred and eighteen thousand naira (318,000) per month. They also have several engineers ranging from petroleum engineers, mechanical engineers and chemical engineers. Their salaries range from one hundred and eighty-seven thousand (187,000) to five hundred and twenty-three thousand naira (523,000) per month.
3. Banking sector
While some banks are privately owned in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria is an employer of labor and is one of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria.
Entry-level staff of the Central Bank earns forty-three thousand naira (43,000) per month and tellers at the bank is paid between (sixty thousand naira) 60,000 to eighty thousand naira (80,000). Loan officers are paid five hundred and seventy-three thousand naira (573,000) per month and six hundred and forty-seven thousand naira (647,000) to credit analysts. Accountants earn about one million, four hundred and twenty-three thousand naira (1,423,723). Economists at entry-level earn about a hundred and twenty thousand naira (120,000). With time, they can earn up to one hundred and sixty-seven thousand naira (167,000) to one hundred and eighty-four thousand naira (184,000) per month.
4. Medical sector
The Nigerian medical sector boasts of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria. They are paid, however, according to cadres and levels. It is also important to note that this sector applies to professional doctors, nurses, and other medical allied courses.
A house officer, who is a graduate doctor or an entry-level doctor earns about one hundred and seventy thousand naira (170,000) each month. Medical Officers earn between a hundred and eighty thousand naira (180,000) to five hundred thousand naira (500,000) each month. Resident doctors earn between one hundred and ninety thousand naira (190,000) and two hundred and eighty thousand naira (280,000). Consultants, which is the highest level of qualification, earn about seven hundred thousand naira (700,000) to eight hundred thousand naira (800,000) per month.
Qualified nurses are well paid in Nigeria too. Their pay depends on the number of years of experience they have had outside nursing school. Nurses with two years worth of experience can earn up to eighty thousand naira (80,000) to one hundred and fifty thousand naira (150,000) each month in a government hospital. Nurses with experience of over two years earn a salary of about one hundred thousand naira (100,000) to one hundred and eighty thousand naira (180,000) each month. For those who have spent over 5 years in the nursing profession, their salaries are up to two hundred and fifty thousand naira (250,000). Matrons in federal hospitals and institutions earn up to four hundred thousand naira (400,000) per month.
Pharmacists work in the pharmacies in the hospital. Entry-level pharmacists are paid about one hundred thousand naira (100,000) each month.
Pilots are individuals that control the flight of an aircraft. The aircraft could be helicopters, airplane’s or more. Quite a number of them work with private companies. Those who work with the government earn about four hundred thousand naira (400,000) to five hundred thousand naira (500,000) each month.
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Some government parastatals are known to be one of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria. Some of them include.
6. National Pension Commission (PENCOM).
PENCOM is one of the highest paying government jobs in Nigeria. Level eight staff are paid about a hundred and eighty thousand naira (180,000). They also take home allowances of close to a million naira every now and then.
7. Bank of Industry
The Bank of Industry is one of the highest paying government jobs in Nigeria. Some staff of the bank earn close to five hundred thousand naira each month.
8. Federal Inland Revenue Services
This parastatal is one of the highest paying government jobs in Nigeria. They are saddled with the responsibility of collecting tax from the citizens of Nigeria.
Level eight staff of the FIRS earn between a hundred and fifty thousand (150,000) to a hundred and eighty thousand naira (180,000) each month.
9. Nigerian Ports Authority
Energy level deck cadets in the Nigerian Ports Authority earn up to ninety thousand naira (90 000) monthly. An IT or e-business manager earns up to six hundred thousand naira (600, 000) in a year.
Conclusion on a list of highest paying government jobs in Nigeria
There are several high paying government jobs in Nigeria. The only downside is the tough competition that comes with attempting to get these jobs. This has made a lot of Nigerians resort to entrepreneurship which is also a lucrative field. Another obstacle that stands in the way of accessing these high-quality jobs is a professional qualification. A number of jobs require professional qualification before you can get them. This is not to serve as a deterrent. Afterall if you aim for the moon, you can hit the stars.