Nurses Salary Scale in Nigeria 2019 After Minimum Wage Increase

If you are looking for nurses salary scale in Nigeria this 2019 after minimum wage increase of N30,000, this article answers that.

Although, several posts have been written concerning nurses salary structure in Nigeria based and how much they earn monthly, but with this article, you should be rest assured that the information you’ll get is authentic.


When comparing the salaries doctors earn, to that of nurses in Nigeria, we were able to gather that nurses will either earn big or small depending on their employer and their qualifications. Having said all these, let us now look at how much nurses earn in Nigeria.

The training received at medical school can be hectic. This is because a great deal of hard work is put into perfecting the business of saving lives. Facilitators ensure that these lifesavers are prepared to face the most challenging of tasks ahead. Having said all these, the question remains, how much does a nurse earn in the country today?

Certain factors are considered when looking at the amount received by Nigerian nurses monthly. The chief factors are the experience of the nurses and the sector (public or private) they work in.

Private hospitals do not pay the same amount to their nurses as Government hospitals do. In fact, Government Institutions nurses earn average salary of between N100,000 – N150,000 which excludes allowances and other benefits. The salaries are, however, below what most hospitals in Europe pay their health workers. Health workers find it difficult to stay in Nigeria after realizing they could earn even higher abroad.


Depending on the hospital and qualifications of the nurses, some private hospitals pay their nurses either higher or lower than the salaries paid by federal and state governments.

While some private hospitals pay nurses even lower than N90,000 some still pay really interesting salaries. For single qualified nurses, that is, nurses with one certificate, their salaries can be as low as N40,000 and up to N70,000 whereas, double qualified nurses, that is, those with two certificates earn as high as N150,000. Still at private hospitals, intensive care nurses pocket between N150,000 – N200,000 and these nurses also earn extra income by doing freelance jobs for N20,000 – N30,000 per shift.

You would be surprised to know that most hospitals don’t pay nurses and doctors at all. These are doctors who are recruited as interns or volunteers. While some hospitals pay a stipend of between N10,000 – N30,000 when they recruit trainees.

Since the salaries of health workers are low in Nigeria, most of them seek greener pastures overseas.

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