Nurses play significant role in Nigerian health industry and with the recent increase in minimum wage, nurses salaries should also be affected. In this article, you’ll be enlightened on how much will a Nigerian nurse earn on average as salary per month. The medical profession is one of the highest rated professions in Nigeria. Studying nursing as in any of the universities offering nursing as a course in the country has seen an increase in the number of graduates in recent times because of how interesting it is. It is little wonder most science students opt into this profession because of its dignity and respect.
While we previously wrote on how much doctors earn, now we shall now look at how much nurses earn on average as salaries when compared to doctors.
The training received at medical school is not child’s play. This is because a great deal of hard work is put into perfecting the business of saving lives. Facilitators ensure that these lifesavers are prepared to face the most challenging of tasks ahead.
Having said all these, the question remains, what is the average salary a Nigerian nurse can earn as take home pay after the minimum wage was increased to N30,000?
Certain factors are considered when looking at the amount received by Nigerian nurses monthly. The chief factors are the experience of the nurses and the sector (public or private) they work in.
Private hospitals do not pay the same amount to their nurses as Government hospitals do. In fact, Government Institutions nurses earn average salary of between N100,000 – N150,000 which excludes allowances and other benefits.
The salaries are, however, below what most hospitals in Europe pay their health workers. Health workers find it difficult to stay in Nigeria after realizing they could earn even higher abroad.
Depending on the hospital and qualifications of the nurses, some private hospitals pay their nurses either higher or lower than the salaries paid by federal and state governments.
While some private hospitals pay nurses even lower than N90,000 some still pay really interesting salaries. For single qualified nurses, that is, nurses with one certificate, their salaries can be as low as N40,000 and up to N70,000 whereas, double qualified nurses, that is, those with two certificates earn as high as N150,000.
Still at private hospitals, intensive care nurses pocket between N150,000 – N200,000 and these nurses also earn extra income by doing freelance jobs for N20,000 – N30,000 per shift.
You will be surprised to know that many hospitals don’t pay nurses and doctors even a single Naira. These are doctors who are recruited as interns or volunteers. While some hospitals pay a stipend of between N10,000 – N30,000 when they recruit trainees.
Since the salaries of health workers are low in Nigeria, most of them seek greener pastures overseas.