How Much Does the Nigerian Navy Pay? A Breakdown by Rank

The Nigerian Navy (NPF) is a vital part of Nigeria’s security apparatus, ensuring the safety and security of the country’s territorial waters. If you’re considering a career in the Navy and want to know about the ranks and salary structure, this post is for you!

Nigerian Navy Ranks

The Nigerian Navy, like other armed forces, is divided into two main categories: Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs).

Please note that the salary figures provided may not be the most recent and can vary depending on experience and allowances. It’s recommended to consult official Navy sources for the latest salary information.

Commissioned Officers

Senior officers responsible for leadership and decision-making within the Navy. They typically hold university degrees or similar qualifications.

  • Admiral of the Fleet

The highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. It’s rarely given and is more of an honorary position, similar to the Field Marshal rank in the Army.

  • Admiral (₦1,358,595 per month)

The highest non-ceremonial rank. The Admiral provides overall command, leadership, and direction for the Navy domestically and internationally.

  • Vice-Admiral (₦1,113,602 per month)

Equivalent to Lieutenant General in the Army and Air Vice Marshal in the Air Force. Vice Admirals hold key leadership roles in strategic planning, resource allocation, and decision-making.

  • Rear Admiral (₦1,003,245 per month)

Also known as two-star officers, Rear Admirals are the most junior “Admiralty” officers and sometimes called flag officers. They command naval formations and fleets.

  • Commodore (₦615,488 per month)

Equivalent to Brigadier in the Army. Commodores command naval task groups and are involved in strategic planning and policy development.

  • Captain (₦309,654 per month)

Captains are typically in charge of the largest ships at sea. They’re also responsible for operational planning and coordination within the Navy.

  • Commander (₦281,673 per month)

Equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. Commanders lead smaller ships and are involved in planning and executing naval operations.

  • Lieutenant Commander (₦230,652 per month)

The assistant or deputy to the Commander. Lieutenant Commanders hold leadership positions on larger ships and handle training personnel and other administrative duties.

  • Lieutenant (₦195,685 per month)

Equivalent to a Captain in the Army. Lieutenants command small vessels and specialize in areas like navigation or engineering.

  • Sub Lieutenant (₦150,625 per month)

Officers assigned to various ship or shore-based duties, typically as watch or divisional officers. The rank is equivalent to a Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.

  • Midshipman (₦118,835 per month)

The lowest rank for commissioned officers. Midshipmen are entry-level officers undergoing basic naval operations and leadership training.

Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs)

Enlisted members of the Nigerian Navy occupying junior roles. NCOs typically don’t require university degrees and focus on coordinating and executing the Navy’s military strategies.

  • Master Warrant Officer (₦120,853 per month)

The highest-ranking NCOs in the Navy. They hold supervisory roles, guiding and mentoring junior NCOs and sailors.

  • Chief Petty Officer (₦90,825 per month)

The second-highest NCO rank. Chief Petty Officers oversee junior personnel and the day-to-day operations of their departments onboard ships or shore establishments.

  • Petty Officer (₦80,852 per month)

Officers responsible for specialized duties within their departments, such as engineering, navigation, or communications.

  • Leading Rating (₦70,855 per month)

Assist Petty Officers in carrying out their duties.

  • Able Rating (₦50,855 per month)

Have completed basic training and can be deployed to the field. They perform tasks onboard ships or shore establishments under the supervision of superiors.

  • Ordinary Rating (₦45,854 per month)

Entry-level officers undergoing training in the fundamentals of naval operations. They can be deployed to fight in a war.

  • Trainee

Newly admitted individuals with little to no naval experience.

Please note that the salary figures provided may not be the most recent and can vary depending on experience and allowances. It’s recommended to consult official Navy sources for the latest salary information.


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