Nigerian Navy Ranks & Salary Structue (2024)

The Nigeria Navy (NN) is the Nigeria Armed Forces’ marine arm. They are tasked with safeguarding Nigeria’s water territory. The Nigerian Navy, formerly known as the Nigerian Marine, was founded in 1914. Before being renamed Nigerian Naval Force, the force was trained by Royal Navy Officers.

Furthermore, in terms of workforce and technicality, the Nigerian Navy is regarded as the largest in West Africa. The Navy is divided into nine branches, five commands, and several units. The headquarters command of the Navy Force is in Abuja, with operational commands in Bayelsa, Calabar, and Lagos states respectively.

The locations of the Navy Force’s five commands are listed below:

  • Western Naval Command located in Lagos state.
  • Central Naval Command located in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
  • Eastern Naval Command is located in Calabar.
  • Naval Training Command located in Apapa, Lagos state.
  • Logistics Commands located at Oghara


The force is in charge of protecting the water territories thanks to the NIMASA alliance. This includes any crimes committed in the Gulf of Guinea. Among their responsibilities are the following:

  • Port and harbor administration with Nigerian territory
  • Enforcing rules governing fishing, immigration, and pollution, among other things. Defending Nigerian Seas and Other Water Territories
  • Ferrying services are provided.
  • Drainage channel dredging
  • Implementing all maritime laws, both national and international, on the water’s edge.


The Chief of Naval Staff currently holds the highest rank in the navy. The chief of naval staff is in charge of the Navy’s affairs and activities. In addition, the chief of staff reports to and is accountable to the Commander-in-Chief. Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas is the current chief of staff.

The Nigerian Navy also has a distinct salary structure for Naval Officers serving in the force. This is similar to the Nigerian Police Force’s Consolidated Police Salary Structure (CONPOSS) and the Consolidated Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (CONTISS) for university lecturers.

Salary and rank in the Nigerian navy are proportional, as they are in other professions. This means that the salary of a Nigerian navy officer rises as the officer’s rank rises. When officers are promoted while serving in the Navy, they are usually promoted in a sequential order (from a particular rank to the next). It can also be exponential at times (skipping one or more ranks to promote an officer to a higher rank).

Furthermore, the Nigerian navy’s ranks and pay structure are divided into two categories. The force’s naval officers can be either commissioned or non-commissioned.


Some of the Nigerian Navy’s commissioned officers are graduates of the Nigeria Defense Academy in Kaduna. While some are university graduates, others have been selected through the Direct Short Service Commission.

These officers are paid more than non-commissioned officers. They are also mostly found at the top of the Nigerian Navy salary scale. Their primary responsibilities are to make decisions and to lead others.

The commissioned cadre is divided into twelve ranks. Starting at the bottom, with the Midshipman, and working your way up to the top, with the Admiral of the fleet. Midshipmen are new graduates from the Nigeria Defense Academy and other intakes. They continue to climb the ladder until they reach the highest level, Admiral of the Fleet.

The following is a list of the commissioned cadre ranks according to the Nigerian navy ranks and salary scale.

  1. Mid-Shipman – ₦118,835 monthly. ₦1,426,020 annually
  2. Acting Sub-Lieutenant – ₦130,852 monthly. ₦1,570,224 annually
  3. Sub-Lieutenant – ₦150,625 monthly. ₦1,807,500 annually
  4. Lieutenant – ₦195,685 monthly. ₦2,348,220 annually
  5. Lieutenant Commander – ₦230,652 monthly. ₦2,767,500 annually
  6. Commander – ₦281,673 monthly  ₦3,380,076 annually
  7. Captain – ₦309,654 monthly. ₦3,715,848 annually
  8. Commodorel – ₦615, 484 monthly. ₦7,385,898 annually
  9. Rear Admiral – ₦1,003,245 monthly. ₦12,038,940 annually
  10. Vice-Admiral – ₦1,113,602 monthly. ₦13,363,224 annually
  11. Admiral – ₦1,358,595 monthly. ₦16,303,540 annually
  12. Admiral of the Fleet – Not fixed due to political reasons


These officers were hired through the Nigerian Navy’s standard advertised recruitment process. They are at the bottom of the Nigerian Navy’s organizational chart.

According to the Nigerian navy’s ranks and salary structure, their pay is lower than that of Commissioned officers. Despite this, their pay rises in tandem with their rank.

In ascending order, the salary structure of Nigeria’s navy non-commissioned officers is shown below.

  1. Trainee – Trainees are not paid until they complete their training. They are only paid after they have been promoted, enlisted, and become a Naval officer.
  2. Ordinary Rating – ₦45,854 monthly. ₦550,140 annually
  3. Able Rating – ₦50,855 monthly. ₦610,260 annually
  4. Leading Rating – ₦70,855 monthly. ₦850,260 annually
  5. Petty Officer – ₦80,852 monthly. ₦970,224 annually
  6. Chief Petty Officer – ₦90,825 monthly. ₦1,089,900 annually
  7. Warrant Chief Petty Officer – ₦120,853 monthly. ₦1,450,236 annually


With the salary of the Nigerian Navy listed above, we can say that the Navy Force is one of the highest-paying government agencies in Nigeria. It should be noted that, in addition to these salaries, naval officers receive other benefits and emoluments such as travel allowances, particularly when deployed on special assignments.

Mfonobong Daniel

Daniel is an Editor on Nigerian Infopedia who craves for writing, researching and also watching soccer.

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  1. Imrana Muhammad says:

    This so good, that why I wana go for navy.

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