Nigerian Army Ranks and Salary Structure

This article provides information regarding the Nigerian Army ranks and the Nigerian Army salary structure which includes details on the Nigerian Army monthly salary, as well as other related information that will be of interest.

So if you have been searching for information concerning the Nigerian Army ranks and salary structure, then you are on the right page. See the Nigerian Army salary structure and allowances below.

Before we proceed, if you have been dreaming of becoming an army officer, then you need to apply for the ongoing Nigerian Army 87RRI recruitment exercise. To do so, simply visit the official recruitment portal to apply.

The purpose of this article is to give you an idea of the Nigerian Army ranks and their monthly salaries. We will reveal the monthly salaries of commissioned and non-commissioned officers and other details you may wish to know.

Whether you are interested in knowing more about the Nigerian Army or considering a career in the Nigerian Army, this page has all the information you are seeking. Read on to know more about the Nigerian Army ranks and how much they get paid monthly.

Nigerian Army Ranks

The Nigerian Army ranks are divided into two categories:

  • The commissioned officers and,
  • The non-commissioned officers

The Nigerian Army ranks of commissioned officers starting from the highest to the lowest are as follows:

  • 1. Field Marshal – Field Marshal is the highest rank in the Nigerian Army. It has a 5-Star rank which no one has ever attained in the history of Nigeria.
  • 2. General – It has a Four-Star General. This is the highest rank ever achieved by a Nigerian. It is indicated as nine by NATO.
  • 3. Lieutenant General – The Lieutenant General has a Three-Star General and is a high commission officer. It is ranked eighth by NATO.
  • 4. Major General – The Major General is given a Two-Star General and is a medium commission officer. It is indicated as seven by NATO.
  • 5. Brigadier General – Brigadier General is given a One-Star General. It is indicated as six by NATO.
  • 6. Colonel – Indicated as five by NATO.
  • 7. Lieutenant Colonel – The Lieutenant Colonel is ranked fourth by NATO and is deputy to Colonel.
  • 8. Major – It is stated as three by NATO and is the lower category of the field officer.
  • 9. Captain – The Captain is ranked as two by NATO and is the highest rank in the tactical troops.
  • 10. First Lieutenant – The immediate superior rank and the deputy of the Captain.
  • 11. Second Lieutenant –  The First Lieutenant and the Second Lieutenant are both indicated as one by NATO.

The Nigerian Army ranks of non-commissioned officers starting from the highest to the lowest are as follows:

  • 12. Master Warrant Officer
  • 13. Warrant Officer
  • 14. Staff Sergeant
  • 15. Sergeant
  • 16. Corporal
  • 17. Lance Corporal
  • 18. Private Soldier
  • 19. Recruit

Nigerian Army Salary Structure 2024

The Nigerian Army salary structure depends on the rank. The salary of a Nigerian Army officer is determined by their rank and the number of years they have served in the force.

So how much does a Nigerian Army officer earn every month? Below is the current salary structure of the Nigerian Army in descending order. Please note that the salary structure may vary over time and are subject to change.

Below are the Nigerian Army salaries of commissioned officers ranging from the highest to the lowest.

  • 1. General – 1,500,000 Naira per month.
  • 2. Lieutenant General – Take home the sum of 1,000,00 Naira monthly.
  • 3. Major General – Major General receives the third highest with a sum of 950,000 Naira every month.
  • 4. Brigadier General – Receives N750,000 per month.
  • 5. Colonel – The colonel takes home N550,000 every month.
  • 6. Lieutenant Colonel – Receives N350,000 monthly
  • 7. Major – 300,000 Naira monthly
  • 8. Captain – 220,000 Naira per month
  • 9. Lieutenant – The lieutenant’s monthly salary is 180,000 Naira
  • 10. Second Lieutenant – Second Lieutenant take home a monthly salary of N120,000

Below is how the men and women who risk their lives to protect this nation from enemy forces are paid every month after every other deduction has been made. Note that the army officers are given free accommodation in addition to other bonuses. Also, they do not pay for the electricity supply.

Below are the Nigerian Army salaries of non-commissioned officers starting from the highest to the lowest.

  • 11. Master Warrant Officer – N90,000 every month.
  • 12. Warrant Officer – N80,000 monthly.
  • 13. Staff Sergeant – The Staff Sergeant’s monthly take home is 68,000 Naira.
  • 14. Sergeant – 63,000 Naira per month.
  • 15. Corporal – Corporal receives 58,000 Naira monthly.
  • 16. Lance Corporal – Lance Corporal earns about 54,000 – 55,000 Naira per month.
  • 17. Private Soldier – Private Soldier earns between 48,000 – 49,000 Naira monthly

The above list is the current Nigerian Army salary structure.

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