Nigerian Air force Ranks and Salary Structure 2023 (Official)

The Nigerian Air force salary structure is a classified information you would hardly find on the internet. How much the Air-force pays its officers monthly according to the various ranks in the Nigerian Air-force varies from what the Navy and the Nigerian Army pays.


While some argue that the Nigerian Navy pays the highest salary in the military, it should be note that the salary of the Nigerian Air Force personnel is paid according to their ranks from the highest to the lowest ranks and there are benefits or allowances for officers in the Airforce.

Before we go into details, lets discuss about the Nigerian Airforce and what the organization is all about.

It was after the country participated in peace keeping missions in Congo and Tanzania that the Nigerian Airforce was founded in 1961. The importance of having a national airforce to airlift troops in the course of these peacekeeping operations prompted this.

By 1962 and 1964, the process of legalizing the Nigerian Airforce by the Nigerian Parliament started. Eventually, the organization was legally formed to ensure that the maintenance of the integrity of the airspace was controlled while fulfilling other air power related tasks as expected of the national defence outfit.

Although, the first batch of cadets recorded in 1962 were 10 in number, they obtained their training with the Ethiopian Airforce. By 1963, 6 were sent out to receive their training by the Royal Canadian Airforce.

Later on, the Nigerian Government began to train these recruits within the country using the services of the German Airforce to train these cadets.

A few years later, their training paid off as they were actively involved during the Nigerian Civil war which occurred between 1967 and 1970.

Below are the major aims and objectives of the Nigerian Airforce:

  • To give the country the deserved prestige that is invaluable in international matters.
  • To provide close support for the ground-based and sea borne forces in all phases of operations and to ensure the territorial integrity of a united Nigeria.
  • To ensure a fast versatile mobility of the Armed Forces.
  • To achieve a full complement of the military defence system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria both in the air and on the ground.

The last 45 years, the NAF has recorded many positives and achievements especially in its involvement in operations to defend the Nigerian territory. From lifting troops via air, logistics supply, and thug combat operations including peace keeping missions.

As usual, there is also an active collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the aviation sector, to provide low-level air defence for airports around the country.

Listed below are the international peace-keeping operations achievements recorded by the NAF:

  • the ECOMOG Operations in Liberia,
  • the peace keeping mission in Lebanon from 1978 to 1982,
  • the UN Military Observer Group (UNIMOG) in Yugoslavia in 1988,
  • the OAU peace-keeping Operations in Chad in 1983
  • the peace-keeping engagement in Sierra Leone and
  • the UNISOM Operations in Somalia and Rwanda.

Nigerian Airforce Salary Structure 2023

The new salaries of the Nigerian Air Force is based on the Consolidate Armed Forces Salary Structure (CONAFSS) as with all other arms of the Nigerian Military. The Nigerian Air Force Airmen and Airwomen earn good salaries also, but not as high as the commissioned officers especially those who are graduates with and other university degrees.

Based on the information we gathered, below are the Nigerian Airforce ranks and their salary structure in a month

Non-commissioned officers:

  • Trainee earns N10,237 monthly
  • Aircraftman woman is paid N53,892 monthly
  • Lance Corporal is paid N55,832 monthly
  • Corporal collects N58,634 monthly
  • Sergeant collects N69,261 monthly
  • Flight Sergeant earns N87,119 monthly salary
  • Warrant Officer is paid N101,974 monthly salary
  • Master Warrant Officer collects N165,697 monthly
  • Cadet (Trainee) is paid N44,564 monthly salary
  • Air Warrant Officer salary is N171,793 monthly

Commissioned Officers:

  • Pilot Officer salary is N187,159 monthly
  • Flying Officer salary is N218,400 monthly
  • Flight Lieutenant earns N232,484 as monthly salary
  • Squadron Leader is paid N248,004 monthly
  • Wing Comdr earns N342,586 monthly salary
  • Group Captain earns N352,631 monthly
  • Air Commodore collects N677,895 as monthly salary
  • Air Vice-Marshal is paid N1,376,343 as monthly salary
  • Air Marshal is paid N1,486,451 as monthly salary
  • Air Chief Marshal earns N1,724,283 monthly

Full List of Command Centres of The Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force has six command centres where operations are carried out and they include:

  • Tactical Air Command headquartered in Makurdi, Benue State.
  • Special Operations Command headquartered in Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  • Mobility Command headquartered in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
  • Air Training Command headquartered in Kaduna, Kaduna State.
  • Ground Training Command headquartered in Enugu, Enugu State.
  • Logistics Command headquartered in Lagos, Lagos State.

The Tactical Air Command located in Benue state was formed to provide instructions for the NAF air tactical forces. This aids in centralizing the NAF Command activities. The Special Operations Command was established to ensure that combat support are provided where necessary. The Mobility Command on the other hand was established for air power role functions ranging from tactical and strategic airlifting services, supporting other joint military operations in combating threat, etc.

The function of the Air Training and Ground Training Command is to coordinate the administrative and operational command of the training activities of the NIgerian Air Force, while the Logistics Command sees to the supply and maintainance of all NAF operational equipment and facilities to accomplish the sole purpose of the NAF.

Full List of Nigerian Air Force Bases & Locations

The bases of the Nigerian Air Force are scattered all over different states in the country. Below are the locations of all Nigerian Airforce bases currently:

  • NAF Abuja base, found within Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja
  • NAF Kaduna base, located at the old Kaduna Airport
  • NAF Port Harcourt base, located in Rivers State
  • NAF Benin base, located in Edo State
  • NAF Maiduguri base, located in Borno State from where air attack operations against Boko Haram are launched from.
  • NAF Minna base, located within Minna Airport of Niger State
  • NAF Makurdi base, located at Makurdi Airport in Benue State
  • NAF Kano base, located within Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport of Kano State
  • NAF Enugu base, located within Akanu Ibiam International Airport of Enugu State
  • NAF Jos base, located in Plateau State
  • NAF Ipetu-Ijesha base, located in Osun State
  • NAF Shasha base, located in Lagos State
  • NAF Kanji base, located in Niger State
  • NAF Katsina base, located in Katsina State
  • NAF Yola base, located in Adamawa State
  • NAF Mando base, located in Kaduna State
  • NAF Unguwan base, located in Kaduna State

Nigerian Air Force Ranks

The ranks for the Nigerian Air Force are divided into commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The commissioned officers are mostly graduates while the non-commissioned officers are junior ranks and are not graduates.

Ranks of NAF Commissioned Officers

The ranks of the Nigerian Air Force for commissioned officers are 11 in number, starting from the highest to the lowest rank, below are the ranks for NAF commissioned officers:

  • Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force
  • Air Chief Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Air Vice-Marshal
  • Air Commodore
  • Group Captain
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Flying Officer
  • Pilot Officer

Ranks of NAF Non-Commissioned Officers

From the highest rank to the lowest rank, below are the 9 ranks for non-commissioned officers in the Nigerian Airforce:

  • Air Warrant Officer
  • Master Warrant Officer
  • Warrant Officer
  • Flight Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance-Corporal
  • Aircraftman
  • Recruit

NB: Since no man is an island of knowledge, we believe that these figures of the new Nigerian Airforce salary should be for informative purposes. If any of the ranks or figures are not correct please help point it out with proof so we will effect it as soon as we verify such proof.

The Author

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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  1. Salisu abdullahi gambo

    We are waiting

  2. Ayebaemi Lucken

    Please what is the rank of a comissioned officer through the direct short service commission and how much will he be paid ?

    1. rank is either a pilot officer or flying officer

  3. Stephen innocent

    Can Federal craft result be used when applying into the Nigerian Air Force?

    1. Unfortunately no as it has not heen specified

  4. Pharm. Tech. Moses Thomas

    Which rank will be given to a Diplomat pharmacy technician in Nigerian Air force ? Please !!!

    1. If your course is listed, then its either you are ranked as a pilot officer or flying officer in the Nigerian Airforce

    2. Recruit salary is too low

  5. Can result in yoruba be used when applying into the Nigeria Air Force.

  6. Please when was the form will be out online

  7. Please can I apply as a student

    1. Which level of education are you at

  8. Please can I apply with a Ssce certificate cos or can I still go for lecture while in service..I’m a part time student

      1. Does a commissioned officer go to war/peace keeping

  9. Can someone apply while serving (nysc), just have 3 months left

    1. No, because you would be required to submit your NYSC certificate

  10. Can I go to nda after the school I will go to Air Force

  11. Can someone who joined with ND cert and later acquired a degree be advanced or upgraded while in service?

    1. Thats for the Nigerian Airforce HQ to decide

  12. Sorry I mean what rank will a graduate of university be given?

    1. Pilot officer or Flying officer. It depends

  13. Should i apply naf with a 0 level certificate ?

  14. Comment: Can someone apply on awaiting result

  15. Can someone ask for study leave after two year?

    1. That would be at the discretion of the Air force. Ask your superior officer

      1. Can I apply with a university diplomat,an course of study is politic an development study?an which is the rank should be giving to me.

        1. If it is specified on their website as part of the requirements, you can appply but if it is not, then you can’t

  16. can someone apply for nda with o level

  17. what rank will i be applying with ND?

    1. rank giving will be those of the non commissioned officers

  18. After joining the Nigeria Air Force as a recruit can I still go to NDA and further more on my education

    1. I cannot say, It might be possible since you are already an officer of the Nigerian Airforce

  19. Please can I apply with a hnd pass result

    1. If it is specified yes but if not, you cannot apply

  20. Pls ooo,I applied for this air force but when I get to the place that I was suppose to upload my degree it didn’t give me access to upload it,but I uploaded other certificate,I hope it won’t affect me??

    1. it will. Sometimes the website usually has issues due to the traffic of applicants trying to apply on the site of the Nigerian Airforce

  21. Mohammed Abubakar Mohammed

    Which rank can i get with ND in accountancy

    1. Ranking depends on some factors. And they are secretive only known by the NAF HQ

  22. Can I still be studying in d university and going to my NAF

    1. No, unless you are an officer and can get permission from the NAF authorities

  23. Isiaka onimisi muhammed

    I studied early childhood education and I just graduated this year and am yet to go for NYSC. So I had applied for the form with my o level result. My question is that if my application is being considered can I present my BED certificate after few years in the NAF and be automatically be upgraded?

    1. Plz reply dis

  24. What of someone with a Masters degree, what rank will they get if they applied to join the Airforce.

  25. Am a graduate i studied international relations and diplomacy and am done with my NYSC and i have applied to the Nigerian Airforce i mean recruit can i be upgraded after 1 or 2 years am just 22 years old.

    1. It is possible,but rather difficult

  26. Please when is the verification, physical screening and exams hold and is it gonna be done state by state or in general at kaduna cos there are some rumors.

    1. Disregard any rumor concerning Airforce recruitment by Checking the Nigerian Airforce recruitment website

  27. What are the benefit of a recruit,highest rank, and how much dey are paid

  28. when is the exam for those who bought

  29. Can i use nd pass result to apply

  30. Kamal Umar Musa andaza

    Please I’m orphan and I don’t have a godfather and I applied for Nigerian air Force some people say if you don’t have a godfather you can’t get the job if is true I’m not going for exam on 24 September

  31. When The Short list Will Be Out

  32. Good morning, this NAF recruitment screening that is coming, where we are going to do the screening, and after the screening what will be the next, I’m Samuel commenting from Lagos State

    1. It would be communicatd to you on their website

  33. What rank will be given to a person with NCE Certificate (Woodwork Technology Education) precisely

  34. Gbatting Daman Gwakzing

    Good morning NAF!
    I applied with the certificate of a medical laboratory technician so, what rank will I be given if I’m successful?

    1. I can’t say but if you have your back, you may be an officer directly after applying and ur salary may be 150k and above , but I will advise u to research very well, don’t waste your certificate,from my own perspective, applying as a recruit with your certificate is not worth it

    2. I can’t say but if you have your bsc ,you may be an officer directly after applying and ur salary may be 150k and above , but I will advise u to research very well, don’t waste your certificate,from my own perspective, applying as a recruit with your certificate is not worth it

  35. Can someone apply with waec result

    1. Yes but that would be for the combatants and for now, its not on

      1. Please can a non-Commissioned officer later or finally become a commissioned officer?

  36. Pls, I’m an undergraduate of history and international studies and I wish to work with the NAF. What are my chances. ASAP

  37. Please is thier supplementary list this year naf 2020/2021

  38. Please can I apply air Force with my ssce result

  39. Please I don’t understand the difference between the commissioned and non commissioned officers. Can you explain it?

    Secondly, if one is to join as a graduate of Law, what would be the rank of such a person?

    Thank very much!

    1. Commissioned officers are senior officers, mostly graduates while non-commissioned officers are junior officers and aren’t graduats

  40. Plz let me know when the air force form is out 2020/2021
    God bless you!


    Good day comrade, am a finalist student of estate management and valuation, yet to go to service, and I wish I could applied this but
    Which level will I be if perhaps I am considered?
    What range will be salary falls to?
    What step should I take if I wanted to be choose to works department.
    When will the form be out?
    What step am I to take, advice for it to be easily choosed

    Thanks as you response sir/ma

  42. If I wanna join as chaplain through DSSC, what rank will be given to me

  43. What is the rank of geography graduate

  44. Please when will naf 2021-2022 be out?
    Again, can someone that fixed tooth be accepted in the naf?

  45. Please what are the benefits of a commissioned officer in details….. Different from the salary

  46. Pls am a registered nurse from college of nursing, a singled qualified, please can I apply in the NAF and what rank would I begin with if it’s successful

  47. Pls am in my final year in the university and I want to join NAF. My course is plant science and biotechnology and is it possible to be given an officer with my BSc degree in the course.

  48. Pls sir. How can i be a millitary pilot/air force pilot, and is geography best for it in utme combination?

  49. Please can I enter with ssce results

  50. Pls hw much is does people who use nd certificate could be collect for salary

  51. Pls if I apply NAF wit my course of study {Environmental Health Technology} what is the rank

  52. Pls…did recuit receive salary during d six months training

  53. Can I apply with my wace results that has pass 3 years

  54. Wat rank will i pass out with if i apply with National Diploma in agriculture

  55. Pls what rank will be given to an hnd holder 🙏

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