The Nigerian Navy is a branch of the Nigerian armed forces and one of Africa’s largest navies. It has participated in several missions since its inception, including the Nigerian civil war, the first Liberian war, the Sierra Leone civil war, the Niger Delta conflict, the Boko Haram insurgency, and the invasion of Gamba  learnallpro reports.


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Nigerian Navy Salary

The Nigerian Navy evolved from the Nigerian Marine, a coalition or amalgamation of two marines: the Southern Nigeria Marine, founded in 1893, and the Northern Nigeria Marine, founded in 1900. Due to the merger of the northern and southern protectorates in 1914, there was a need for both marines to be under one umbrella. The Marine’s responsibilities included port administration, channel dredging, ferry services, and touring launches.

Following Queen Elizabeth II’s permission to use the Royal Navy Title in 1959, the Nigerian Naval Force became a full-fledged Navy. Because Nigeria became a republic in 1963, the title was changed from “Royal Navy” to “The Nigerian Navy.” The Navy’s responsibilities expanded from what they were previously to include Naval defense of Nigeria, coast guarding, customs enforcement, and training officers in Naval duties. In 1999, the roles were expanded to include military and law enforcement roles, particularly in the maritime economy’s oil and gas sectors.



The Nigerian Navy, like any other military force, is divided into Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers, with different ranks within each. Non-commissioned officers cannot command personnel under their command, whereas commissioned officers can. Overall, the salary varies according to rank, as shown below:


Salary of Nigerian Navy Commissioned Officers


a. Admiral of the Fleet: the highest rank in the navy, and it is rarely bestowed. It corresponds to the rank of Marshall in the Nigerian Air Force or Field Marshal in the Nigerian Navy.

b. Admiral: 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 officer who commands a fleet or group of navy ships and is often referred to as a flag bearer. This is the second-highest rank in the Nigerian Navy, following Admiral of the Fleet but preceding Vice-Admiral.

c. Vice-admiral: This rank is higher than rear admiral and corresponds to Lieutenant General in the Nigerian Army. The Vice Admiral receives a yearly salary of 13,363,229 naira and a monthly salary of 1,113,602 naira. Numbered fleets are commanded by vice admirals.


d. Rear admiral: The Rear Admiral is paid an annual salary of 12,038,945 million naira and a monthly salary of 1,003,245 naira. It is a senior officer rank equal to a major general and an air vice marshal, higher than a commodore and captain but lower than a vice admiral. This rank is frequently referred to as a two-star “admiral.”

e. Commodore: This is the rank immediately above captain and immediately below rear admiral. The commodore is paid a total of 7,385,856 million naira per year, with a monthly salary of 615,488 naira. A commodore is in command of a flotilla or squadron of ships as part of a larger taskforce or naval fleet led by the Admiral.

f. Captain: This is the rank immediately below Commodore and immediately above Captain. It corresponds to the rank of colonel in the Nigerian Army. The captain is in charge of the merchant ship’s safe and efficient operation. This includes the ship’s safety and security, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. He earns 3715,859 naira per year and 309,655 naira per month.

g. Commander: The commander reports to the captain and is superior to the lieutenant commander. His primary responsibilities include guiding and influencing leadership actions through operations and missions. He has the option of commanding a frigate, destroyer, fisher protection squadron, patrol boat squadron, or serving on a staff. He is paid a total of 3,380,086 naira per year and 281,674 naira per month.


A lieutenant commander is a senior department officer or executive officer on a warship or shore installation. In the navy’s commissioned officer ranks, they are above the rank of lieutenant and below the rank of commander. The monthly salary for the lieutenant commander is N230,652.


I. Lieutenant: In the armed forces/navy, a lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer. He is higher than a sub-lieutenant but lower than a lieutenant commander. His monthly salary is approximately 195,685 naira.

j. Sub-lieutenant: The monthly salary for a sub-lieutenant is 150,625 naira. This is a rank higher than acting sub-lieutenant but lower than lieutenant.


k. Performing The acting sub- lieutenant receives a monthly salary of 130,852 naira. He is ranked below the sub- lieutenant, and they are declared sub- lieutenants after passing the fleet Board.

l. Midshipman: A person enrolled in the naval academy. They are taught skills and ethical standards to guide and shape them in preparation for becoming naval officers. It is the lowest rank among commissioned officers. The average salary for a midshipman is around N118,835.


Non-commissioned Officers’ Salary in the Nigerian Navy

a. Warrant Chief Petty Officer: This officer is the most senior non-commissioned officer. The monthly salary for a warrant chief petty officer is N120,853.

b. Chief petty officer: The chief petty officer’s responsibility is to ensure that the person under his supervision is working effectively and efficiently. He is the functionary who ensures that work is completed as soon as possible. He reports to the warrant chief petty officer, and his annual salary is N90, 825. Individually, the average sailor would reach this rank in less than four years.

c. Petty officer: The monthly salary for a petty officer is N80, 852. Every day, his job is to evaluate and prioritize division jobs. He is a navy subordinate officer chosen from among the enlisted men. They are not saluted as an uncommissioned officer.

d. Leading Rating: The monthly salary for a leading rating is N70,855. Leading rating officers of every branch in the country have a duty to ensure that order is maintained in their area, among ratings of any branch, whether on duty or not, who hold a rate junior to them.


e. Able rating: The monthly salary for an Able rating is N50,855. Deck and accommodation patrols, being on the lookout or assisting an officer watch, mooring and unmooring vessel ports, securing cargo, and cleaning and maintaining the port are all part of their responsibilities. This rank is higher than the ordinary rating but lower than the leading rating.

The capable rating officer also performs tasks such as general equipment maintenance, repair, sanitation, and upkeep of material and areas in the deck department. Chipping, scraping, cleaning, and painting are all examples of maintenance.

f. Ordinary rating: the monthly salary for an ordinary rating is N45,854. This is the ship’s standard sea mark in the deck department. Their primary responsibilities include cleaning and collecting garbage, painting and polishing ship brightwork, and deck repair and maintenance. A typical seaman works two to four hours per day.

g. Trainee: These are the new hires, and they are not paid as trainees.


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