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The Highest Paid Force in Nigeria: Ranks And Salaries (2020)

Most people want to know the highest paid military in Nigeria. Although, the armed forces is a special unit in the country which comprises of the Nigerian army, air force and Navy, the question has always been whose pays highest among them?


We have dully written on the Nigerian army salary structure, Nigerian Air force salary scale, How much does a senior Nigerian naval officer earns monthly and even the Nigerian Police and their various ranks.

You should be aware that the highest paid force among the military in Nigeria is the air force followed by the navy while the least paid is the army.

So if you want to go for a military job in the airforce, you should apply when they place their recruitment on their website. While the salary of an officer in the airforce might seem higher than the rest, you would enjoy a stable career in the navy than any of the armed forces in the country.

Facts on the Highest Paid Force in Nigeria

Benefits of Joining the Nigerian Air force (Highest Paid Military Job)

Ranks in the Nigerian Air force

Rank Officers Nigerian Air Force


Highest Paid Forces in Nigeria & Their Salaries (2020)

1. Nigerian Army (NA)

2. Nigerian Navy (NN)

3. Nigerian Air Force (NAF)

Facts on the Highest Paid Force in Nigeria

The Nigerian Airforce was founded in 1961 shortly after the country participated in peace keeping missions in Congo and Tanzania. The need to airlift troops in the course of these peacekeeping operations signaled the importance of the country having a national air-force.

Subsequently between 1962 and 1964, the Nigerian Parliament began the process of institutionalizing the Nigerian Airforce. Eventually, the organization was established to ensure the integrity of the airspace by gaining and maintaining control of the air while retaining a credible capacity to fulfill other airpower tasks expected of the national defense and security outfit.

Benefits of Joining the Nigerian Air force (Highest Paid Military Job)

You are trained to be physically fit.

You are being paid well plus other monetary benefits.

You would have the opportunity to travel places especially when you are being sent to study a course.

As you are promoted from one rank to the other, you salary also increases.

Your pension and gratuity after service is never delayed after you retire from service.

You are given respect that most civilians wish to have because you are a military personnel.

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Ranks in the Nigerian Air force

In every military job, there is order, discipline and hierarchy. The NAF’s rank structure for its various officers both senior and junior are highlighted below:

Rank Officers Nigerian Air Force

In descending order of seniority the NAF officer ranks are:

Marshal of the Air Force

Air Chief Marshal

Air Marshal

Air Vice Marshal

Air Commodore

Group Captain

Wing Commander

Squadron Leader

Flight Lieutenant

Flying Officer

Pilot Officer


In descending order of seniority the NAF airman/woman ranks are:

Air Warrant Officer

Master Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer

Flight Sergeant



Lance Corporal


The annual salaries of the senior officers are quite high. Vice Admiral is paid ₦13,363,229 ($81,483.11). The Salary of Read Admiral is about ₦12,038,945 ($73,408.20) per year. Commodore earns ₦7,385,856 ($45,090.70). And Commander’s annual salary equals to ₦3,380,086 ($20,671.49).

See the monthly salary structure of the commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the Nigerian Airforce Salary below:

Commissioned officers:

Pilot Officer N187,159

Flying Officer N218,400

Flight Lieutenant N232,484

Squadron Leader N248,004

Wing Comdr N342,586

Group Captain N352,631

Air Commodore N677,895

Air Vice-Marshal N1,376,343

Air Marshal N1,486,451

Air Chief Marshal N1,724,283

Non-commissioned officers:

Trainee N10,237

Aircraftman woman N53,892

Lance Corporal N55,832

Corporal N58,634

Sergeant N69,261

Flight Sergeant N87,119

Warrant Officer N101,974

Master Warrant Officer N165,697

Cadet (Trainee) N44,564

Air Warrant Officer N171,793

Although this information of the highest paid force in the country is available for all, most people still prefer the navy job than than of the army or even the air force. What ever military job you choose, the pay is high especially for the senior officers.

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Highest Paid Forces in Nigeria & Their Salaries (2020)

There are three military forces in Nigeria and we shall discuss about them, listing their various ranks and salary structures to ascertain which of these military organization is the highest paid force in Nigeria today?

1. Nigerian Army (NA)

The Nigerian Army is seen as the largest military branch among the armed forces. They are mostly land forces, protecting the sovereignty, boundaries and territory of Nigeria against external forces that might try to invade the land.

The major formations of the Nigerian Army include: the 1st Division, 2nd Division, 3rd Armoured Division, 81st Division, 82nd Division, and 7th Division which was just recently formed. They are ranked 5th best in Africa in terms of strength and fire power.

Below is a table showing the Nigerian Army ranks and their monthly salary

Ranks Salary Per Month

Private Soldier ₦49, 000

Lance Corporal ₦55, 000

Corporal ₦58, 000

Sergeant ₦63, 000

Staff Sergeant ₦68, 000

Warrant Officer ₦80, 000

Master Warrant Officer ₦90, 000

Second Lieutenant ₦120,000

Lieutenant ₦180,000

Captain ₦220,000

Major ₦300,000

Lieutenant Colonel ₦350,000

Colonel ₦550,000

Brigadier General ₦750,000

Major General ₦950,000

Lieutenant General ₦1,000,000

General ₦1,500,000

2. Nigerian Navy (NN)

The Nigerian Navy (NN) is the branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces operating on sea. Their primary duty is to protect the Nigerian sea borders against invaders.

The Naval command structure today operates from Naval Headquarters in Abuja with three operational commands in Lagos, Calabar, and Bayelsa respectively. NAVTRAC which is the training command headquarters is located in Lagos state at Marine beach.

With various ships, fleets and military grade weapons at its disposal, the Nigerian Navy has been ranked as one of the best and strongest navies in Africa having its training facilities and five operational bases in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

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Below is a table showing the Nigerian Navy ranks and their yearly salary.

Navy Ranks Salary per annum

Admiral N16,303,140

Vice-Admiral ₦13,363,229

Rear Admiral ₦12,038,945

Commodore ₦7,385,856

Captain N3,715,859

Commander ₦3,380,086

There are twelve ranks for senior officers but the following ranks below, we couldn’t find figures for their salary structure:

Lieutenant Commander



Acting Sub-Lieutenant


Warrant Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer

Petty Officer

Leading Rating

Able Rating

Ordinary Rating


3. Nigerian Air Force (NAF)

The Nigerian Air Force is the highest paid force in Nigeria among other armed forces in the country. Established in the year 1964, they have grown to be one of the most respected military organizations in Africa.

Every year, recruitment is done into the NAF via its short service program (DSSC and SSC) for University graduates and non graduates in a bid to increase man power and train officers to be combat ready in fighting skills and defence strategies.

We know that the Nigerian Air Force has fighter aircrafts, transport, helicopter, and high military grade guns and weapons in its arsenal.

See table showing information on salary structure of the Nigerian Air Force officers from lowest rank to the highest rank below.

Air Force Ranks Salary per month

Trainee ₦10, 237

Aircraftman woman ₦53, 892

Lance Corporal ₦55, 832

Corporal ₦58, 634

Sergeant ₦69, 261

Flight Sergeant ₦87, 119

Warrant Officer ₦101, 974

Master Warrant Officer ₦165, 697

Cadet (Trainee) ₦44, 564

Air Warrant Officer ₦171, 793

Pilot Officer ₦187, 159

Flying Officer ₦218, 400

Flight Lieutenant ₦232, 484

Squadron Leader ₦248, 004

Wing Commander ₦342, 586

Group Captain ₦352, 631

Air Commodore ₦677, 895

Air Vice-Marshal ₦1,376,343

Air Marshal ₦1,486,451

Air Chief Marshal ₦1,724,283

Although the salaries mentioned looks big as to what they earn, this is apart from allowances accrued for special assignments, foreign missions, military operations and estacode

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Chizoba Ikenwa

Chizoba is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the founder of Nigerian Infopedia. He is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research



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