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Nigerian Army Salary 2023 – Comprehensive List of Nigeria Army Salaries in 2023

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How much does a Nigerian Army officer earn in 2023? What is the minimum and maximum salary of a Nigerian Army officer?

Here is everything you need to know about the Nigerian Army Salary.

Just like in other professions, a Nigerian soldier is being paid according to his or her rank and years of service in the military.

Using this guide, I will be showing you, the salary structure of Nigeria’s finest and gallant soldiers.

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For those of you who may not be aware, the Nigerian army is the largest and biggest of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The Nigerian Army has the sole responsibility for land warfare operations.

This body is directed and organized by the Nigerian Army Council.

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Salary Structure for Non-Commissioned Officers

Private’s Salary

A private in the Nigerian Army is paid about Forty-Nine thousand Naira ONLY (N49,000).

While on a Lance Corporal is paid about Fifty-five thousand Naira (N55,000).

A Corporal is paid about fifty-eight thousand Naira (N58,000).

However, when he gets promoted to the rank of Sergeant, he starts earning sixty-three thousand Naira (N63,000) per month.

Sergeant’s Salary.

A Staff Sergeant in the Nigerian Army is paid N68,000.

Warrant Officer’s Salary.

A Warrant Officer is paid N80,000 per month.

Master Warrant Officer’s Salary.

The 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’s Salary.

The lowest rank in the Nigerian army is that of a Second Lieutenant. A second Lieutenant’s salary is about N165,000 every month. The next rank is the Lieutenant.

Lieutenant’s Salary.

A Lieutenant in the Nigerian army is paid N180,000.

Captain’s Salary

After Lieutenant, the next position in the Nigerian Army is Captain. A Captain is paid N220,000.

Major Salary

The next rank is that of a Major, and as a Major in the Nigerian Army force, you’re entitled to receive N300,000 every month as take-home pay.

Major’s Salary.

A Major gets promoted to the rank of a Lt. Colonel and automatically qualifies to start receiving N350,000 every month.

Colonel’s Salary.

Starting from the rank of a Colonel, which is the next rank after a Lieutenant Colonel, A colonel is paid about N550,000 monthly.

Brigadier General Salary.

When a Colonel gets promoted, the next rank is to move to the rank of Brigadier General. A Brigadier General officer is paid N750,000 monthly.

Major General Salary

As a Brigadier General, if you are to be promoted, you will be promoted to the rank of a Major General. A Major General salary in the Army is N950,000 every month.

Lieutenant General Salary

A Lt. General earns about N1 million per month.

Salaries of Nigerian Army/Soldiers

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
Second Lieutenant N120,000
Lieutenant N180,000
Captain N220,000
Major N300,000
Lieutenant Colonel N350,000
Colonel N550,000
Brigadier General N750,000
Major General N950,000
Lieutenant General N1,000,000
General N1,500,000


General’s Salary

The biggest position one can hold in the Nigerian Army, is the rank of a Full General. Once anyone is promoted to the rank of a full General, he starts receiving N1.5 million every month.


Nigerian Army History

Currently, the Nigerian army is among the most equipped of all the land forces in the African continent. It shouldn’t surprise you to know, that it is also among the largest army in the world, given that Nigeria is the most populous black Nation in the world. It has been faced with numerous challenges in the recent past, especially the Boko Haram insurgency and Fulani Herdsmen challenges.

The Nigerian army was founded in the year, 1900 and it was referred to as the Royal West African Frontier Force then.  They were trained by the British and what most Nigerians don’t know, is that the Nigerian Army 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 ended, the Nigerian army had grown from just 18,000 soldiers to a massive 126,000 soldiers.


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