Civil defense salary structure: How much do civil defense workers earn?


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If you are passionate about working with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Commission (NSCDC) , don’t you think it’s important you know about the civil defense salary structure?

At least, to get yourself acquainted with the possible salary you stand to earn every month once your name is being shortlisted as a successful candidate.

The truth is, the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps monthly payment is attractive and encouraging just like that of any paramilitaries.

Depending on your level and the kind of result you used to secure the service, there are some officers that earn close to two million Naira as salary per year.

Thus, you will soon find out the entire civil defense salary structure and how much do civil defense workers earn in this article.

But before then, it is crucial we do a brief background check on this paramilitary organization and also find out what NSCDC is all about.

Brief History of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Commission (NSCDC)

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Commission popularly called Civil Defense is a paramilitary agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Established in 1967, the Civil Defense was created as a result of the Nigerian Civil War outbreak as at that time. The main goal and objective of this organization were to protect and sensitize the civil populace.

At that time, the paramilitary organization was called the Lagos Civil Defence Committee. In 1970, this committee was later developed in to Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Nigeria civil defense salary structure

In the beginning, the main role of the Corps was to organize some enlightenment and educational campaigns in and around Lagos, being the Federal Capital Territory at the time.

However, in 1984, the Corps evolved into a national security outfit and by 1988; they had passed through several restructurings giving rise to the establishment of State Commands across the Federation including the FCT, Abuja.

In addition, in 2003, during the then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo passed the bill to empower the Corps with statutory functions in to law.

And this made sure that they were charged with so many responsibilities like providing safety to the Nigerian citizens, protection from any forms of disaster; natural or artificial, protection against terrorist attacks, etc.

They are also empowered with the right to institute any legal proceedings on any person suspected to have commit an offence. The corps equally maintains an armed squad that possesses fire arms and ammunition.

Lastly, the Nigerian Civil Defence Commission vision is to work efficiently with humility and integrity in the course of discharging their national duty and to bring credibility and trust into the concept of Nigerian security.

The Nigerian Civil Defense Corps Salary Structure

The Nigerian Civil Defence Corps ranks are akin to that of the Military forces. They have the same chain of commands, that is to say the highest rank in the NSCDC Agency is the Commandant General while the Assistant Cadet is the least.

Hence, the Nigerian Civil Defense salary structure is majorly based on the position or rank of the officer in question. Usually, an officer with a degree certificate will be placed on level 8.

Any officer with Higher National Diploma certificates will be placed on level 7. However, legal practitioners (lawyers) are usually placed on level 9, medical doctors are placed on level 12 and masters degree holders on level 9.

In a nutshell, the NSCDC salary structure is similar to that of the Federal Civil Service. Below is, however, a comprehensive list of the ranks, levels and the commensurate of the civil service.

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Commission Rank Structure

Similarly, it is very ideal we introduce you to the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps rank structure this is so because, the government pay their salary based on their rank.

On this note, you should take notice that the Nigerian Civil Defense Agency also have what we called the commissioned and non-commissioned officers and there ranks also include the Superintendent Cadre and indented Cadre.

Nigeria Security and Civil Defense rank and salary structure

Without further delay, below is the list of the available levels and ranks at the Nigerian Civil Defense Commission:

  • Level 3-5 – Assistant Cadre
  • Level 6 – Assistant Inspectorate Cadre
  • Level 7 – Inspectorate Cadre
  • Level 8 – Assistant Superintendent Cadre II
  • Level 9 – Assistant Superintendent Cadre I
  • Level 10 – Deputy Superintendent Cadre II
  • Level 11 – Superintendent Cadre II
  • Level 12 – Chief Superintendent Cadre II
  • Level 13 – Assistant Commander
  • Level 14 – Deputy Commander
  • Level 15 – Chief Commander
  • Level 16 – Assistant Commandant General

NOTE THAT: the levels and ranks of the civil defense officers will be increasing gradually through promotion or when they obtain additional qualification.

Each rank or level reports directly to the person above him. Thus, you must note that the Commandant General i.e. the General overseer of the commission will be appointed by the President.

The Breakdown of the Nigeria’s Civil Defense Salary Structure

The following breakdown of the Nigeria’s Civil Defense workers salary structures is already estimated for the whole year, so when you divide the figures by 12, you will get the amount they earn as salary per month.

  • Assistant Cadre get N296,506 – N374,259 per year.
  • Assistant Inspectorate Cadre – N357,385 – N411,454 per year.
  • Inspectorate Cadre – N483,014 – N567,065 per year.
  • Assistant Superintendent Cadre II – N858,956 – N986,991 per year.
  • Assistant Superintendent Cadre I – N939,310 – N1,056,416 per year.
  • Deputy Superintendent Cadre II – N1,012,562 – N1,143,539 per year.
  • Superintendent Cadre II – N1,094,027 – N1,252,038 per year.
  • Chief Superintendent Cadre II – N1,158,172 – N1,325,234 per year.
  • Assistant Commander – N1,225,584 – N1,405,449 per year.
  • Deputy Commander – N1,619,447 – N1,825,589 per year.
  • Chief Commander – N1,759,921 – N1,966,281 per year.
  • Assistant Commandant General – N2,272,288 – N2,464,560 per year.


At this juncture, you must note that other than the above highlighted civil defense salary structure, the officers are also entitled to some other bonuses as well as allowances.

Although the high-ranking officers take a lot of the booty, nonetheless all the officers regardless of the rank are all entitled to annual renumeration.

Lastly, be informed that all the above discussed are purely written by us after embarking on series of research, we are not an agency of the NSCDC, so do treat this information as such.


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Godfrey Ogbo, the Chief Editor and CEO of AtlanticRide, merges his environmental management expertise with extensive business experience, including in real estate. With a master's degree and a knack for engaging writing, he adeptly covers complex growth and business topics. His analytical approach and business insights enrich the blog, making it a go-to source for readers seeking thoughtful and informed content.

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