Nigerian Navy Ranks & Salaries 2023 (New Increase by Buhari)

Just like the Nigerian Police, Airforce and Army, the new Nigerian naval officers salary range is paid according to their ranks from the lowest to the highest. The highest rank in the Nigerian Navy is the Admiral of the fleet while the lowest of its commissioned officer is mid-ship man.


For those interested in joining the Nigerian Navy either through their direct short service course (DSSC) or their short service course (SSC), you must be aware of the various ranks and how much a Naval personnel earn monthly or yearly?

As with other Nigerian armed forces, there are benefits attached aside the monthly salaries paid to men and officers in the Navy. These benefits given to Naval officers ensure that they are taken care of as they protect the territorial waters of the nation.

If you are interested in joining the Nigerian Navy, its best you visit their recruitment portal which is After you register, you are to fill a recruitment form and possibly take a test and if you are on the successful list of those that passed the Nigerian navy exams, you have the opportunity of being selected at the interview.

We advise applicants interested in joining the Nigerian Navy as graduates to obtain the DSSC past questions which will aid them in understanding the kinds of questions the Navy sets in their exams. Aside knowing the ranks within the Nigerian Navy which is divided into commissioned and non-commissioned officers, you are to know the name of the current Chief of Naval staff, Defense staff, the Nigerian Navy command and bases, war ships, motto, vision and mission, etc. All these will enable you with the necessary knowledge in other to scale through the test in joining the Navy.

Navy training usually takes 6 months before your rank is being assigned to you. Well, know that salaries in the Nigerian Navy is paid according to ranks. The command frowns at lobbying your way in but this is still prevalent in almost every nook and cranny in the country.

We have listed below the ranks of commissioned officers of the Nigerian navy and the salary structures of senior officers in the Navy.

Nigerian Navy Ranks (Commissioned officers)

Below are the Ranks in the Nigerian Navy

  • Admiral of the Fleet. He might be also called grand admiral. The title refers to the naval officer of the highest rank. This rank is unattainable but equivalent to a Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army and Marshal of the Nigerian Air force
  • Admiral. It is usually connected with the Chief of Naval staff, and the last rank he can attain in the Nigerian Navy. This rank is equivalent to the Air Marshal in the Airforce and General in the Nigerian Army
  • Vice-Admiral. It is senior commissioned naval flag officer rank. It is the same as lieutenant general.
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore. He is a commissioned officer.
  • Captain. He is one of the senior officers in Navy.
  • Commander. It’s a middle naval category.
  • Lieutenant commander. It refers to commissioned officer rank. Besides, it is usually the most senior of junior officers.
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant. It is a deputy to the previous rank and subordinate to it. Equivalent to a Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army and a Flying officer in the Nigerian Air force.
  • Mid-Shipman. It is the lowest rank for commissioned officers in the NN. This is someone who is being trained to become a commissioned officer and his rank is equivalent to that of a Pilot officer in the Nigerian Airforce.

Nigerian Navy Ranks  (Non-Commissioned officers)

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

Salary Structure of the Nigerian Navy 2023

The exact information on Nigerian Navy salary structure for non-commissioned officers can’t be found online. This is because the new navy salary range has not yet been made public but a report from the Leadership Newspaper reveals what some high ranking Nigerian Naval officer collect as salary in a year currently.

  • Admiral in the Nigerian Navy earns ₦16,303,140 per year.
  • Vice Admiral earns ₦13,363,229 yearly.
  • Real-Admiral earns ₦12,038,945 yearly.
  • Commodore earns ₦7,385,856 yearly.
  • Captain earns ₦3,715,859 yearly.
  • Commander earns ₦3,380,086 yearly.
  • Lieutenant Commander earns from ₦2,558,956 – ₦2,976,052 per year.
  • Lieutenant earns from ₦2,404,037 – 2,789,818 per year.
  • Sub-Lieutenant earns from ₦2,255,911 – ₦2,630,801 per year.
  • Mid-Shipman earns from ₦2,077,875 – ₦2,245,909 yearly.
  • Navy Warrant Officer earns from ₦1,908,718 – ₦2,061,520 yearly.
  • Master Warrant Officer earns from ₦1,783,029 – ₦1,962,697 yearly.
  • Warrant Officer earns from ₦1,022,320 – ₦1,192,499 yearly.
  • Cadet (Training) earns ₦471,038 – ₦534,773 per year.

Nigerian Navy Salary Structure For Commissioned Officers (2023)

Nigerian Navy Rank Salary (per year) Salary (per month)
Admiral ₦16,303,140 ₦1,358,595
Vice-Admiral ₦13,363,229 ₦1,113,602
Rear Admiral ₦12,038,945 ₦1,003,245
Commodore ₦7,385,856 ₦615,488
Captain ₦3,715,859 ₦309,655
Commander ₦3,380,086 ₦281,674

The figures above are the range accrued to these naval senior staff. Other military bodies in the country packages and allowances are almost similar to the above figures. Remember the motto/slogan of the naval command is “ONWARD TOGETHER”.

Before joining the Nigerian Navy, you need know about the Nigerian Navy ranks for its officers and salary structure that officers in the NN are paid on a yearly basis. This will help equip you with the necessary information you need since the military is all about order, hierarchy and discipline.

This article, outlines the ranks of the Nigerian Navy, especially for its commissioned and non-commissioned officers. It also outlays the annual earnings of both senior personnels and junior officers from the highest to the lowest.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) is the sole head of the activities of the Nigerian Navy and also heads the Naval Command Centres in Nigeria alongside other top military staff in that order. He is seen as the most senior of all its officers, i.e the highest ranking officer in the Nigerian Navy.

Since the Nigerian Navy is the military branch that protects the territorial waters of the country, it is the duty of the Chief of Naval Staff, who is the highest ranking commissioned Naval Officer to report to the Chief of Defence Staff, who then reports to the Minister of Defence and then to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Forces, who is also known the President.

There are two ways to join the Nigerian Navy; either via Direct Short Service Course (DSSC), or through Short Service Course (SSC). The recruitment process is normally posted on their official portal which is Interested applicants should be versed with knowledge of the current names of the Chief of Naval Staff, including other top naval commanders and their ranks plus the various offices they occupy, names of the Nigerian Navy war ships, Naval bases around country, etc. Original Navy Past questions and answers for DSSC which include Mathematics, English and General Knowledge are currently on sale on this website.

The standard military training duration for the Nigerian Navy is six months, and its usually held at onne naval base in Port Harcourt. There, you are taught and trained on how to swim, parade, communicate, defence tactics, combat and any other skill you would be needing in your military career. The training is for both commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

We have explained the various Nigerian Navy ranks for both the commissioned and non-commissioned officers and their salary structures

What is your take on the salary package of these naval officers rank listed above ?

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    1. Michael cyril innocent

      Certainly,I really want to join the nigerian navy

  1. jagaba dominus akaad

    I so much love the Nigeria navy and i want to be one of the if God help. It is my dreams to be a navy and I believe my dream will come throw and pass away keep the good work and may God keep on protection and saving you all.

    1. Hello can someone please help me out here am looking forward to apply for nigeria navy form. please any time is out can someone please inform me please, am so good to go

  2. God bless the Nigerian navy

  3. Pls if I join the Nigeria navy with my HND certificate what rank will I get or what will be my rank /post.THANKS

    1. Commander…if you apply for DSS

      1. You can never get Commander direct from DSSC, no matter your qualification, highest rank you can attain is Lt Cdr. Please let’s not misinform others

  4. Pls I just finished my secondary school and I want to join the navy

  5. Okoli Ikechukwu Godspower

    I just applied for Nigeria Navy DSS, I so much like NN, I wish to be one of them. God bless Nigeria Navy.

    1. Helo pls i applied also,i dnt mind if we could exchange numbers

      1. What if is OND, what will be your rank in navy?

        1. Swears that has been my question since

  6. Pls before the lockdown I apply for Nigeria I to reregister now

  7. Please when the nigerian Navy form is out?

  8. Please everyone I want to no the exam date

    1. Pls when is the examination date?God bless NIGERIA NEVY…GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  9. Pls can someone with ssce join d Nigeria Navy

    1. Yes but through regular short service

  10. If u apply with SSC what rank

    1. Please i need a legit answer, if one is to join the Nigeria navy with SSCE results, what rank would the person attain and as at what age? And to join the Nigeria navy with SSCE and ND results, what rank will the person attain and as at what age?

      1. Depends on how you enter. If you intend to enter with your SSCE you can either go for NDA or join the trainees

  11. Please, Can one apply pending NABTEB result?

    1. WHY NOT

  12. Nigeria Navy is my dream job and I hope insha Allah I’ll get it, my dream will come true

    1. Dahiru sulaiman baffa

      God bless may Allah make your dreams successful

  13. Musibau muritala ayinde

    Pls after fill all the documents, are we going to return it to cafe we first register to submit it online or we are going to keep it till the date we ask to come to training center

  14. Onifade Tomiwa david

    Please i want to join the Nigeria Navy with N.C.E certificate what will be my rank?

  15. Fasunlade mudasiru tobiloba

    Please I got want to ask about the Nigeria nvay list with is going to be ready

    1. Please I want to apply for NN how can I register

  16. Ikakkeabasi Akpabio

    I want to apply with BSC please what rank??

  17. God bless nigerian navy,and may allahu subhanahu wata’ala grant us this job ameen 🙏🙏🙏

  18. Nigeria Navy is my dream job and I hope insha Allah I’ll get it, my dream will come true

    1. You won’t get free backlink here.

  19. What is the exact salary structure of the 3 arm force of nigeria and their equivalent hierarchically?

    1. Is the form out now I want to apply with nabteb

  20. Abdullahi khamisu

    Nigerian navy is my ambition and I hope I will archive my effort by the grace of god.

  21. When is the recruitment form coming out and what will be my rank if I join the Nigeria Navy with HND RESULT

  22. Azeez Bashit oladimeji

    I hope I will try my effort to serve my father’s land

  23. If I apply with my waec results will I be admitted into the Nigeria navy

  24. When will Nigeria navy recruitment form for 2021 will be out please I need a reply

  25. Why are the political salary bigger down those protecting them? I hate any force work in this country

  26. Hello i needed the nigeria navy form please it is out let me know

  27. Please is d navy form out now for recruitment?

  28. Please what are the benefits attached to the sub leui apart from the salary

  29. I finished my ssce please can i apply for naf form

  30. Please I need info about joining the Nigeria navy with HND degree, which position or Rank exactly will one start from?

  31. Please I apply with N C E result what position will I be given

  32. Precious chinaza Henry

    I want also join the Navy

  33. What of someone that has a lower credit in his HND, can the person fall under the commission officer maybe after using his OND to apply for normal recruitment. I.e can the person upgrade to a commission officer after filling in his HND result

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