Nigerian Navy Salary Structure Of Senior Naval Officers 2019

The Nigerian Navy Salary structure is an information that you won’t come across easily on the internet. This updated report on how much a Nigerian Naval officer is being paid was gotten from a Nigerian newspaper, Leadership. 

The military in Nigeria is a fundamental organization in the sense that security of the territories of the nation rest on their shoulders. We know that the Navy is the military branch that protects the territorial waters of a country and the officers of the Nigerian Navy have lived up to that expectation. No wonder recruitment into the armed forces is highly competitive.

To know how much the men and officers of the Nigerian Navy earn on monthly basis or their salary range, we researched the internet for answers. The truth is that this information is normally hidden as their salary scale is not always made public. What we gathered from words of mouth is that they are not the highest paid branch in the military but the Air force.

The recruitment form for Nigerian Navy DSSC normally comes yearly on October and mostly university graduates with second class upper or first class are mostly favoured during the recruitment process. This allows those who are interested to join pick up this recruitment forms as applicants.

Entering the Naval College is not an easy task as you would have to pass the training at the base which runs for 6 to 7 months maximum before you are given your first rank as either a Sub-lieutenant for Direct Short Service (DSSC) or Rating (SSC) at the Navy Basic Training School (NBTS).

As you expect, the monthly salary range of ratings in the Nigerian Navy should be lesser than the senior officers as their ranks are different (See ranks below). Aside the normal salary package being paid to any member of the arms of the Nigerian armed forces, there are other benefits attached to being a member of the armed forces since you have given up your life in defending the territorial borders of the country.

See the monthly Salary of a Sub Lieutenant in Nigerian Navy Here


According to the report, below is what some high ranking officers in the Nigerian Navy earns on a yearly basis:

Nigerian Navy Salary Structure For Senior Officers

  • Admiral in the Nigerian Navy – N16,303,140
  • Vice Admiral earns ₦13,363,229
  • Real-Admiral earns ₦12,038,945
  • Commodore earns ₦7,385,856
  • Captain earns N3,715,859
  • Commander earns ₦3,380,086

Although we couldn’t find the Nigerian Navy salary structure for its lower ranked officers, officers ranked at Rear Admiral or above do earn lifelong full-salary pensions, while those ranked at Commodore or below receive a pension of five years’ worth of their salary.

Nigerian Navy Ranks for Non-commissioned officers

This category of officers in the Nigerian Navy consist of only six ranks. Here, the Warrant Chief Petty Officer is the highest ranking non-commissioned officer, while least rank is the trainee.

The six are arranged in the order of their seniority with the most senor coming first and the least officer coming last.

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

Nigerian Navy Ranks For Commissioned Officers

The commissioned officers are the ones that make the decisions and occupy the leading positions. They are more respected than the non-comissioned officers.

The noncommissioned officer is still subject to the commands and orders of the commissioned officer any time and any day.

Even if the commissioned officer is a fresh graduate and the non commissioned officer had been in service for years, the latter must still obey the former in all things.

As a graduate, after your DSSC training you are made a sub-leuitenant. Apart from the remuneration you get, there are other packages accrued to being a senior officer. It is the common order that operates in the Nigerian Navy and the case is the same in other arms of armed forces in the country.

Order, discipline and hierarchy are three important things that the Nigerian military thrives on and they will never want to sacrifice those core statutes for anything.

The 12 ranks in this category of officers in the Nigerian Navy are highlighted below and they are arranged in the order of their seniority:

  • Admiral of the Fleet
  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Mid-Shipman

Please note that the information written here concerning Nigerian navy salary range of the men and officers of the Navy can be changed or increased at any time by the Federal Government. For now the figures above are what we could gather.


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  1. Wasiu Oloyede


  2. Gyobe

    Please what is the salary structure of the Nigerian Air Force

    1. Still researching on it

  3. Basheer

    Honestly, we need Air Force ranks and salary structure.

  4. please do you have the salary structure of air force staffs? i am interested to know

  5. aina sunday

    Pls,why you failed to make Navy salary structure clear like army?

  6. John

    please i need salary structure for navy lower rank please

  7. Dimeji Bello

    Please when Nigeria Navy recruitment result is going to be out?

    1. Demas

      which one is the best between DSSC & SSC

      1. both are good but DSSC is better because its for graduates and they are fully commissioned

  8. john Bassey

    i need a complete information about the rank and position in navy

  9. Alhaji Danbaba

    It’s not all about salary gentle me. All you need to know about the service is its Terms and conditions which if you don’t find out and just jump into the system, you will find it very regrettable. I encourage you to be more careful. Not all that glitters is gold. I prefare earning even little and living a decent and free life and having much and live a life of grumbling all my years of service.
    Think twice.

    1. Dakama

      Good talk

    2. Adeyemi

      God bless you.

    3. Norman Ihaza

      Hello Danbaba thank you for the enlightenment. Many run into the force without carefully understanding what’s at stake.
      I love your comment and wish to communicat with you again.

  10. Ogodo chikaodili okwor

    When is Nigerian Navy Course 24 DSS result coming out?

    1. Maybe Next Month or Next week. We have not received Signal from the Navy concerning the DSSC 24 Result for Successful Applicants

      1. Nasir

        Good day Sir, I am a final year medical student studying Medicine and surgery. If I join nigerian navy, pls what would be my rank and Salary as a Dr. Tnx

    2. Moses dominic archibong

      Pls sir can people take (ssce) to go to Nigeria navy force , pls send the anw to me. Thank sir

  11. Damola

    Plx I need full Airforce officer salary and lower ranks plx Admin

  12. Damola

    Plx how Much dd an Airforce officer earns monthly and there allowance

    1. A Nigerian Airforce officer is paid according to his or her rank. The higher the rank, the bigger his salary and allowances

  13. israel buduka

    when will the registration come again the nigeria navy

    and did any body have any link to NDA pls notify me

    1. Talented Israel

      NDA forms have been on sale since 2018 october and will be closing in march 2019. you can inbox me in my email for more inquries.

  14. plz is Nigeria navy form out…and plz when it out notify me.. my email

    1. No problem. Please like our Facebook page

  15. Nwalia Andrew

    Good day. Please are there chances in the Navy Dssc for a graduate of History and international studies?

    1. We can’t say for now as the Nigerian Navy has series of courses it doles out for registration

  16. greg david

    But the nigerian army suppose to be the highest paid,because they undergo most of the security stress…..Abeg make government do something HABA NAWA FOR OUR OGA AT THE TOP OOOOO…………..

  17. godspower

    sir pls navy is my dream since from child i want to no when the form is coming out thanks


    May Almighty GOD be with the commandant general of nscdc and other surporters officials that are working together with him and am ADEDEJI SUNDAY by name and am picking up My interest very much on nscdc so pls get me informed if the recruitment exercise start. Thanks

  19. Is that per day or per week

  20. Is that per day or per week?

  21. Onuajula biggard chiemela

    rugged sailors Biggard will be joining you soon, i hope to see u all soon

  22. Benjamin N Pedro

    Please admins,in your next updates you guys should try and make clear informations concerning all of the armed forces just as you did in that of the army. These informations are very vital to the citizens. Thanks and God bless you for sharing such informations to the public.

  23. ubana david

    plz sir notify me if the form is out 08140993223

  24. Omadeli courage

    How can I get the last navy que and ans pls…..

  25. Omadeli courage

    I mean previous yrs of the navy que and abt the recruitment…. Tnx

    1. I only have year 2015 but its not free o

  26. amosun shefiu adekunle

    i want to no when nigeria navy test is going to start.i mean date

  27. Jonathan

    PLS how can i know the salary structure of nigeria navy non-commissioned office

    1. It’s not easy to come by but if we have the salary information we would release it for the publuc

  28. fahad

    hello,sir i was in my final year medical student, i was studying medical lab technology and i have diploma on micro biology so sir would i joined nigerian navy? and i want to know the procedures.and i want to know what would be my rank thanks

    1. Once you join the navy through dssc, your first rank will be sub lieutenant.

  29. kamilu saminu sani

    hello sir if i apply a nigerian navy with qualification of national diploma what is my rank and selary as well

  30. Adebayo Adeleye Samuel

    morning sir if I apply for navy officer what is my rank and my monthly payment

    1. All depends on the level of education

  31. isaac

    can 170 jamb score get me to NDA

    1. 180 to 200 should

  32. tonye samuel

    pls sir when is NAF form going to come out,am dreaming of join NAF.

  33. Slimmy Blinkz

    When will they start selling navy college onne form for officer please I want to apply plx

  34. Owali Charles

    I am a graduate of mechanical engineering and I won’t to apply for Nigeria Airforce how can I apply? And if the opportunity is being given to me which rank will I start with ?

  35. Martina

    Am an OND holder in welding and fabrication engineering, please notify me once the form for 2018 recruit is out

  36. Arinze Godwin

    Pls i want to know the terms and condition governing the NAVY

  37. Akinpelu Olaitan Micheal

    can i use my nce result to join nigerian navy and which rank i will be giving

  38. Abdurrahman muhammad Auwal

    i‘m very optimistic to join one of the nigerian armed forces and its not matter of regreting i didnt care on what i will earn monthly i will just join to serve my religion (islam) and my country as well so think twice and be on touch

  39. Kingsley

    HELOW sir ,am ND holder ,if I join the Nigerian nervy what wil be my rank ?

  40. ollyral

    That good

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