Nigerian Air force Ranks and Salary Structure 2019 (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 airpower 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.

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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 involvent 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 2019

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.

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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

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.


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  1. Gyobe Victor Mwanda

    Please verify the actual salary of the following in the Nigerian Air Force.
    1. Flight Lieutenent.
    2. Squadron Leader.
    3. Wing Commander and,
    4. Group Captain.

  2. I love everything about the Nigeria air force I also applied pls pray for me to come out with flying colors

  3. I Love Every Military work, and sharply i just applied for NAF, Your help to get me there is most needed… God bless Nigeria.

  4. hi everyone i also applied ooo i pray dat dey shud chuse me

    1. I like to enter NAF forces

  5. Ovikpokpo Destiny Oreva

    i apply for this Airforce recruitment, please i need help to get in there oooooo, have sign all my form…

  6. Jah take control

  7. mr Emmanuel airforce commander

    God will help every body call me let me try to help you 09038301019

    1. pls notify me wen d form of 2019 is out sir

    2. Sir please I did not see my name in the shortlist please I need your help

  8. I want to obtain form

    1. will keep you posted when it is out, always check back

  9. Sylvesyer Tarkighir

    What is the salary of a retired Group Captain?

    1. I couldn’t get that information

  10. Pls sir if the form is out Pls inform me 08108748557

    1. yes, the Nigeria airforce dssc recruitment form for 2017 is out

  11. May ALLAH(s w a ) bless NAF and god bless nigerian gov’t.long live naf .’ long live nigerian

  12. I applied for NAF DSSC,how do I know if I have been shortlisted for d zonal training…God bless NAF,

  13. Pls how can i know that i hav being shortlsted for the screening interview

    1. They will release the list of successful candidates as soon as the list is compiled

      1. Anyingor ifeanyi john

        you just listed the staffing and qualification of B sc,B A. but u did not say more about HND holder wat are the things required from HND holder. thank u sir
        The reason why I asked this question is because I will like to apply in 2018

  14. The list is out but not opening.

  15. Please,am interested to join ,I want to know when the form is out……08106138270…..I want to apply with OND result.

  16. How will I apply please…………

    1. Visit their recruitment website at

      1. wen is the form coming out pls

  17. Please,am interested to join ,I want to know when the form is out……08106138270…..I want to apply with OND result.

  18. ThankGod we can apply from 17 pls I want to no when the form will be out cause am 17 an i love NAF

  19. Pls admin i nee the past questions for dssc

  20. hello sir when I applied with my National diploma that’s trade what is my Rank thanks you sir


  22. Pls if the form for short service is out pls notify me.

  23. Good day sir, I’m a bsc holder and I really love to join the naf.

  24. thank to major ade who help me to secured my detail, i’m very glad my brother and sister, if you need his assistance call him now whether you apply or nor he have the power and influence to do it for you.

  25. which rank and salary someone be given with OND certificate in Nigeria Airforce.When Is D Form Coming Out?

  26. Please i need alert when the form is about to be realized

  27. eluu Emmanuel ogbonnia

    please notify me on new post

  28. I want to apply 2019 out form of air force if the form is out call. Please sir

  29. please what is still holding the naf form

    1. I believe its the Federal government and the budget not being signed that is causing this delay

  30. Taofeeq ibrahim Abiodun

    Pls what is rank of an ND cert-holder in the nigerian airforce

  31. I ve my BSC on biochemistry,please inform me when the form is out

    1. The form is out. Apply immediately before it’s late

  32. Please am waiting for my N D result and I also need the form too if the form is out please let notify me

  33. Please what’s the salary of those who applied for dssc with bsc

  34. Pls I need to be part of this job pls let me know wen the form is out pls

  35. Pls what is the rank of OND Certificate holder in NAF?

  36. God bless NAF..n also bless Nigeria.. plz sir wat is d rank of an O level Holder

  37. Nothing wrong for this

  38. Abdulaziz Shuaibu

    my name is abdulaziz shuaibu from kano
    god bless nigerian airforce and all airforce

    1. zakarai yahaya Abdullahi

      my name is,zakarai yahaya Abdullahi
      Bauchi State
      Ningi LGA…


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