Nigeria Navy Recruit Salary Per Month, & Year { 2023 Update }

Many people are very passionate about joining the paramilitary agencies in Nigeria like the Navy, hence they keep asking about the monthly remuneration payable to the Naval officers.  In this article, we are going to be addressing the salary structure of the Nigeria Navy and other related relevant information that you desire to know about the Navy. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, as it is with both military and paramilitary agencies, Naval officers are paid according to their rank, the higher the rank, the higher the pay, and vice versa. Though in some scenarios, it won’t be easy to see the exact pay of the Naval officers but after our extensive research, we were able to get the salary structures of all the Naval officers starting from the least paid to the highest paid, keep scrolling to get the full gist.

We know how demanding it usually be when the Nigeria Navy open portal for recruitment where interested candidates will keep searching for the Naval officers’ salary to know whether it is profitable to them or not, in our relentless efforts to ease such stress for you, we have concisely designed this article on Nigerian Navy Recruit Salary Per Month to guide you towards your journey of becoming a naval officer.

However, we know that there are many benefits accruing from being a military and paramilitary officer in Nigeria, apart from the monetary remuneration, officers commands lots of respect from citizens and it gives one a sense of belonging to be an officer maintaining territorial jurisdiction of a country.

The Nigerian Navy (NN) which was established in 1956 is a branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. It is among the largest navies on the African continent with thousands of naval officers. The Nigerian Navy has engaged in several battles like that of the Nigerian Civil War, First Liberian Civil War, Sierra Leone Civil War, Conflict in the Niger Delta etc. 

Nigerian Navy Salary Structure


As I have noted in the introduction, the Naval officers are paid in accordance with their ranks. In this section, we are going to be outlining some of the ranks in the Nigerian Navy with their annual payment. For easy comprehension, the table below summarizes the Navy salary structure:

S/N Rank Annual Payment (₦)
1. Admiral ₦16,303,140
2. Vice Admiral ₦13,363,229
3. Real-Admiral ₦12,038,945
4. Commodore ₦7,385,856
5. Captain N3,715,859
6. Commander ₦3,380,086


Now that you have known the salary structure of the Naval officers, let’s quickly look at the different ranks in the Nigerian Navy with their roles, though due to scanty information on the Naval officers salary structure, the list in the above section is not all encompassing but trust me we’re gonna make it up in the below section, let’s go!

Different Ranks In The Nigerian Navy


If you are interested in knowing the Nigerian Navy ranks, then this section is for you because we are going to be discussing that right away. Without much ado, the ranking in the Nigerian is done it two different ways. One of the ranking is solely for non-commissioned officers while the second one has to do with the ranking of the commissioned officer. Though this may sound strange but no worries, we will put you through in the subsections below

Nigerian Navy Ranks For Non-commissioned Officers


The ranks of non-commissioned officers consist of only six offices and this category of officers is led by Warrant Chief Petty Officer which is the highest ranked officer while the least rank in the non-commissioned officers of the Nigerian Navy is the Trainee. However, the six ranks of the non-commissioned officers of the Nigerian Navy are summarized below starting from the apex to the least.


  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Petty Officer
  • Leading Rating
  • Able Rating
  • Ordinary Rating
  • Trainee

Nigerian Navy Ranks For Commissioned Officers


The ranking of the commissioned officers will be done in this section but before that, let’s throw more light on the functions of the commissioned officers. The primary aim of the commissioned officers is decision making hence they spearhead the activities in the Naval sector. In fact, the commissioned officers command more respect than the non-commissioned officers.

The non-commissioned officers take orders from the commissioned officers at all times. For instance, if the commissioned officer just assumed duty and the non-commissioned officer has been in service for years, the latter must respect the new commissioned officer. 

This hierarchy is seen in both paramilitary and military agencies because the duo share three things in common which are 

Order, discipline and hierarchy. In total, the commissioned officers have 12 ranks and the ranks are enumerated below in the order of hierarchy starting from the highest ranked to the least rank.


  • Admiral of the Fleet
  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Midshipman

How Much Is The Nigerian Navy Salary Monthly?


Generally, the salary of Naval officers are paid in accordance to their ranks, the higher the rank the higher the pay and vice versa. However, the monthly salary of the Sub-lieutenant  is pegged at 150,625 naira. But for the ranks above and below Sub-lieutenant the salaries are higher and lower respectively.

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What Is The Salary Of A Sub Lieutenant In The Nigerian Navy?


Sub-lieutenant are commissioned officers that normally got their commissioning after completing 6-9 months compulsory training. Their basic salary is pegged at 150,625 naira though allowances not included.

How Much Do New Navy Recruits Get Paid?


As of 2022, the new Navy recruit’s salary structure for seaman recruit ranges from  $42,200.99 to $42,200.99 annually. 

How Much Is Navy Trainee Salary In Nigeria?


For new trainees like Cadet officer’s, the salary ranges from N471,038 to N534,773 per annum. But for Warrant Officers, their annual salary range is  between N1,022,320 and N1,192,499.



The Nigerian Naval sector is an amazing sector that one can opt for. Apart from the financial renumeration payable to the officers, they also enjoy numerous benefits of being highly respected. There are numerous ranks in the Nigerian Navy which are broadly classified into commissioned and non-commissioned officers. I hope you got value going through the article. You can use the comment section to make suggestions or ask questions if you think that there are other things we need to add. Thanks for your time.

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