The Nigerian Navy is a branch of the Nigerian military and one of Africa’s largest navies. It has participated in a number of missions since its inception, including the Nigerian civil war, the first Liberian war, the Sierra Leone civil war, the Niger Delta crisis, the Boko Haram insurgency, and the invasion of Gambia.
When all Nigerian Navy ships are assigned, it is responsible for Basic Operations Sea Training, Safety Operations Sea Training, and Consolidated Operations Sea Training. It also conducts harbor and ship acceptance trials after major refits.
The Nigerian navy emerged from the Nigerian Marines, which was created in 1893 as a coalition of two marines:
- The Southern Nigeria Marine
- The Northern Nigeria Marine.
The requirement for both marines to be under one cover arose as a result of the 1914 unification of the northern and southern protectorates. The Marine’s responsibilities included port administration, channel dredging, ferry services, and touring launches.
In 1959, the Nigerian Naval Force became a full-fledged Navy upon permission granted by Queen Elizabeth II to use the Royal Navy Title.
In 1963, Nigeria became a republic, and hence the title changed from the “Royal Navy” to “The Nigerian Navy”. The tasks of the Navy thus increased from what they used to be to being tasked with the naval defense of Nigeria, guarding the coasts, enforcement of customs laws, and training officers in naval duties.
In 1999, the roles were further stretched to include military and constabulary roles, especially in the oil and gas sectors of the maritime economy.
The Nigerian Navy, like any other military force, is divided into commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers, with varying ranks within each.
Non-commissioned officers are unable to command individuals under their command, whereas commissioned officers can. This article focuses on Nigerian navy salary
Overall, salaries vary according to rank, as seen below:
Nigerian Navy Ranks
Ranks for Non-Commissioned Navy Officer
1. Warrant Chief Petty Officer;
2. Chief Petty Officer;
3. Petty Officer;
4. Leading Rating;
5. Able Rating;
6. Ordinary Rating;
Ranks for Commissioned Navy Officers
1. Admiral of the Fleet;
7. Lieutenant Commander;
10. Acting Sub-Lieutenant;
Nigerian Navy Salary Structure
Salary of commissioned Officers of the Nigerian Navy
Admiral of the fleet
This is the highest rank in the navy and it is rarely ever conferred. Its equivalent is the rank of Marshall in the Nigerian Air Force or the rank of Field Marshal in the Nigerian Navy.
The Admiral receives a monthly salary of 1,358,595 Naira and a yearly salary of 16,303,140 Naira. The title is given to a senior commander who commands a navy fleet or group of ships and is sometimes referred to as a flag bearer. This is the second-highest rank in the Nigerian Navy, ranking after the Admiral of the Fleet but above the Vice-admiral.
This rank is similar to that of a Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army and is higher than that of a Rear Admiral. The Vice-Admiral receives a yearly salary of 13,363,229 Naira and a monthly salary of 1,113,602 Naira. Vice Admiral’s command numbered fleets.
The Rear Admiral is paid a yearly salary of 12,038,945 million Naira and a monthly salary of 1,003,245 nairas. It is a senior officer rank that ranks above commodore and captain but below vice admiral and is equivalent to a major general and an air vice-marshal. This title is frequently referred to as a “two-star admiral.”
This is the next highest rank after captain and before rear admiral. The commodore receives a yearly salary of 7,385,856 Naira and a monthly salary of 615,488 Naira. A commodore commands a flotilla or squadron of ships as part of a larger task force or naval fleet led by the admiral.
This is the next highest rank after the Commodore and above the Commander. It corresponds to the Nigerian Army’s colonel rank. The captain is in charge of the merchant ship’s safe and effective operation. The ship’s safety and security, cargo operations, navigation, and personnel management are all part of this job. He receives a yearly salary of 3,715,859 Naira and a monthly salary of 309,655 Naira.
The commander is above the lieutenant commander and below the captain. His primary responsibilities include leading commands through operations and missions, as well as guiding and influencing leadership actions through guidance. He could be in charge of a frigate, a destroyer, a fisher protection squadron, a patrol boat squadron, or a staff. He earns a total of 3,380,086 Naira each year and 281,674 Naira per month.
On a warship or shore facility, a lieutenant commander is a senior department officer or executive officer. They are commissioned officers who are above the rank of lieutenant and below the level of commander in the navy. The monthly salary for the lieutenant commander is N230,652 Naira .
In the armed forces or navy, a lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer. He is below the rank of lieutenant commander and above the rank of sub-lieutenant. His average monthly pay is N195,685.
The monthly wage for a sub-lieutenant is N150,625. This is a level below the lieutenant and above the acting sub-lieutenant.
Acting Sub- lieutenant
The acting sub-lieutenant is paid 130,852 Naira per month. He is ranked below the sub-lieutenant and is promoted to sub-lieutenant after passing the fleet board.
This individual is a naval academy student. They are taught skills and ethical standards that will guide and mold them as they prepare to become naval officers. It is the lowest of the commissioned officer ranks. The salary of a mid-shipman is around N118,835.
Salary of non-commissioned Officers of the Nigerian Navy
Warrant Chief petty officer
The warrant Chief petty officer is the non-commissioned ranks’ most senior officer. The monthly wage for a warrant chief petty officer is N120,853.
Chief petty officer
The chief petty officer’s role is to ensure that those under his command are working successfully and efficiently. He’s the guy who makes sure everything gets done right away. He reports to the warrant chief petty officer and earns N90, 825 per month. On a personal level, the ordinary sailor would reach this rank in less than four years.
The monthly wage for a petty officer is N80, 852. His daily task is to assess and prioritize division tasks. He is a navy junior officer chosen from among the enlisted troops. They are not saluted because they are non-commissioned officers.
The leading rating monthly salary is N70,855. It is the duty of leading rating officers of every branch in the country, to ensure that order is preserved in their area among the ratings of whichever branch, whether on duty or not, holds a rate junior to them.
The monthly salary for Able rating is N50,855. Deck and accommodation patrols, being on the alert or aiding an officer on watch, mooring, and unmooring vessel ports, securing cargo, and cleaning and maintaining the port are all part of their responsibilities. This rank is one level above the ordinary rating and one level below the leading rating.
The able rating officer also performs work like general maintenance of the equipment, repair, sanitation, upkeep of materials, and areas in the deck department. Maintenance can include chipping, scraping, cleaning, and painting.
The average monthly payment for a rating is N45,854. This is the standard sea mark in the ship’s deck department. Cleaning and waste collection are among their responsibilities, as are painting and polishing ship brightwork, as well as deck repair and upkeep. A typical sailor works two to four hours every day.
These are the fresh entrees, and they are not paid as trainees.
Finally, it is clear that the Nigerian Navy is among the highest paid in the country. Indeed, this demonstrates that serving as a commissioned Navy officer in Nigeria is worthwhile, despite the fact that non-commissioned Navy members are severely underpaid.
Aside from this pay, navy officers receive other bonuses and emoluments such as travel allowances, especially when deployed on special operations, which can help noncommissioned officers make more money. However, as you may be aware, the unemployment rate in Nigeria is rising, prompting many Nigerian youths to seek employment in the military.