How Much is the Nigerian Navy Salary? (December 2023)

Every arm of the military and law enforcement has a salary structure and the Nigerian Navy is not left out. As expected, the highest ranks earn more than the lowest ranks. But the question is, “how much does each rank in the Nigerian Navy earn as salary per month?” We will discuss the answer to this question and many others in this post so continue reading.

How Much is the Nigerian Navy Salary

How Much is the Nigerian Navy Salary?

The ranks in the Nigerian Navy are split into two broad categories, the Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers. We will discuss more about the different ranks under both categories in the next section of this post.

In this section, we will be talking about the salary structure for officers of the Nigerian Navy. Information about the salary structure for the Non-Commissioned Officers has not been publicized. However, we will update this post with that information once it is available. regardless, after a bit of research, we were able to get the annual salary of some of the ranks in this category and we have placed them below:

  • Cadet (Training): Between N471,038 and N534,773 per year
  • Warrant Officer: Between N1,022,320 and N1,192,499 per year
  • Master Warrant Officer: Between N1,783,029 and N1,962,697 per year
  • Navy Warrant Officer: Between N1,908,718 and N2,061,520 per year

Commissioned Officers are the senior staff in the Nigerian Navy. Asides from their basic salaries, they also enjoy several monetary benefits to reward their selfless service to the nation. Below is a table containing the different ranks under the Commissioned Officers category, their monthly salaries, and annual salaries.

Nigerian Navy RankSalary (per month)Salary (per year)
Rear AdmiralN1,003,245N12,038,945


We suggest that if you have it in mind to serve with the Nigerian Navy, you should know the different ranks and how much they earn. Now that we have discussed how much Nigerian Navy officers earn, let’s look at the different categories of officers and the ranks under them.

Ranks Under the Commissioned Officers Category

The commissioned officers are the senior officers of the Nigerian Navy. They call the shots and act as leaders of the force. There are 12 ranks under this category of officers and we have listed them below from the highest to the lowest.

  • Admiral of the Fleet: This officer is also known as the Grand Admiral and they are the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. It is the equivalent of a Field Marshall in the Nigerian Army.
  • Admiral: The officer that attains this rank is usually the Chief of Naval Staff. It is regarded as the highest attainable rank in the Navy and it is equivalent to General in the Nigerian Army and Air Marshal in the Airforce.
  • Vice-Admiral: This officer is similar to a Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army.
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander: This is a mid-naval rank.
  • Lieutenant Commander: This rank is the most senior of all the junior officers in the Nigerian Navy.
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Mid-Shipman: This is the least rank for commissioned navy officers. Officers on this rank are in training to become commissioned officers and the rank is similar to a Pilot Officer in the Airforce.

There you have it for the ranks under the commissioned officers category. Let’s look at the non-commissioned category in the next section.

Ranks Under the Non-Commissioned Officers Category

There are just seven ranks under this category of officers in the Nigerian Navy. We have put together all the ranks in the list below with the highest ranking as the first on the list.

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

With this out of the way, let’s show you how to join the Nigerian Navy.

How to Join the Nigerian Navy with SSCE, NCE, and OND

If you possess any of SSCE, NCE, and OND, you can join the Nigerian Navy once you satisfy certain conditions. Note that if you are joining the Nigerian Navy with these certificates, you will end up as a non-commissioned officer. The training will take six months after which you will become a naval officer. Below is a list of requirements that you must satisfy to become an officer of the Nigerian Navy using these certificates:

  • Possess any of the above-mentioned certificates or their equivalents.
  • Once you don’t tender or declare a certificate during the recruitment exercise, you cannot present it afterwards. Only certificates that you obtain through regular service provisions can be tenable after recruitment.
  • The applicant must be between ages 18 and 22 years at the time of application.
  • Applicants cannot be married and should not have children before they apply.
  • Each applicant should print a consent form to be signed by their parents or guardians. They must also print a Local Government Attestation Form.
  • Applicants must be Nigerians by birth.
  • If you have any of the medical conditions below, you cannot apply:
    • Bow or K leg.
    • Short-sightedness
    • Stammering
    • Flat foot
    • Ear problem
    • Fractures or other natural disabilities
    • Previous orthopaedic surgery
  • Applicants cannot have been previously convicted of any criminal charges by the court.

Once you satisfy all these requirements, you can visit to complete your registration.

How to Join the Nigerian Navy as a Graduate

Can you still join the Nigerian Navy as a graduate? Yes, you can but you must satisfy the requirements below:

  • All applicants must be Nigerians by birth.
  • They must be physically and medically fit.
  • The applicant should be between 18 and 28 years old.
  • Male applicants should be a minimum of 1.68 meters in height while their female counterparts should be at least 1.65 meters tall.
  • Applicants cannot have been previously convicted of any criminal charges by the court.
  • The applicant must possess a BSc. certificate, HND certificate, or equivalent of any of them.
  • Applicants must have completed the mandatory NYSC program for Nigerian graduates or have an exemption letter.
  • Each applicant must provide two referees to attest to their integrity and character.

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