Nigerian army salary structure & rank 2024/2025 monthly

Nigerian army salary structure & rank 2024/2025 salary structure of Nigerian army

In this article we shall discuss in details about the Nigeria army salary structure, how much the Nigerian army earn or how much soldiers are paid on monthly basis.

We will also look into their ranks because without first understanding how the Nigerian army are ranked you will definitely get confused about how much they are paid.Nigerian army salary structure

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So If you are planning to join the Nigerian army or you have already gotten the form which is the first step into joining the army i will advise you to read this article from A-Z so as to understand the Nigeria army salary structure and also the Nigerian army ranks.

This article is written with the main objective of informing the public about how much tax payers money is used to pay those who sacrifice their life just to protect the territorial integrity of the Nation. No matter how much they are paid it is not still enough to equate the sacrifices they have made in the North East of Nigeria where they are busy fighting terrorism and other social vises.

Please note that apart from this salary structure we will list here today other bonuses are still paid, free houses are provided for them in the barracks and finally they don’t pay for electricity supply as civilians does.

Although there are speculation that the Federal government might have deducted this money from their gross income before paying them their net income. This means that the salary we are going to list down here today is the net income after every other deduction has been made.

Nigerian army ranks


The Nigerian remains the largest army in Africa in terms of their size, they have successfully increased in number from 18,000 to over 126,000 over the years,
This huge number has been attributed to their success in curtailing and handling the bokoharam crisis in recent time.

Before we go further we will like to divide the Nigerian army ranks into two categories which are :

  • Non commission officer : this are military men who passed through the regular 6 months training in kaduna.

They are as follows

  • Private
  • Sergeant
  • Warrant officer
  • Master warrant officer
  • Commission officer : this are the main officers and they are highly respected, they are believed to be in charge of the leadership.

They are as follows :

  • Lieutenant
  • 2 Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Colonel
  • Brigadier
  • General.

Although the above list may appear confusing, i have decided to present them in a well arranged format.

Different Ranks of the Nigerian Army 

Commissioned Officers

  1. Field Marshal (5 Star General and the highest rank In the Nigerian Army)
  2. General (4 Star General)
  3. Lieutenant General (3 Star General)
  4. Major General (2 Star General)
  5. Brigadier General (1 Star General)
  6. Colonel
  7. Lieutenant Colonel
  8. Major
  9. Captain
  10. Lieutenant
  11. Second Lieutenant

Non Commissioned Officers

  1. Warrant Officer Class I
  2. Warrant Officer Class II
  3. Staff Sergeant
  4. Sergeant
  5. Corporal
  6. Lance-Corporal
  7. Private
  8. Recruit

If you go to the barracks they leave separate on their own quarters.

Nigerian Army Salary Structure 

Nigerian Army Salary Structure for Commissioned Officers

Let’s start from the commission officers of the Nigerian army first before we moved to the salary structure of the non commission officers. Please note that the set of officers pass through the Nigeria defense academy before they where commission.

Ranks Salary
Second Lieutenant- N120,000
Lieutenant N180,000
Captain N220,000
Major N300,000
Lt. Colonel N350,000
Colonel N550,000
Brigadier General N750,000
Major General N950,000
Lt. General N1 million
General N1.5 million

Nigerian Army Salary Structure for Noncommissioned Officer

Below we have successfully listed the the salary structure for noncommissioned officer of the Nigeria Army, carefully go through the Nigerian Army Salary Structure and Ranks below. All has been presented in a tabular form so that you won’t be confused

Ranks Salary
Corporal N58,000
Sergeant N63,000
Staff Sergeant N68,000
Warrant Officer N80,000
Master Warrant Officer N90,000

Important  fact you need to know about the Nigerian army

  • They are the largest land force in terms of total number in Africa
  • They have participate in numerous peace keeping operation than any other African country.
  • They have participate in peace keeping operation in almost all the continent including Asia, Middle East.
  • The peace and stability countries like Liberia Enjoy today can be attributed to the sacrifices of the Nigerian army

Hope this article is helpful to you? Please drop your comments below if you have any questions to ask

14 thoughts on “Nigerian army salary structure & rank 2024/2025 monthly”

  1. What of the private soldiers and LCPL are they not included in the salary structure. Review your article please and don’t misinform the public.

  2. Hello sir I Gabriel Amos from Adamawa state. mubi south by local Government my comment is about me
    with myself I have apply 79/78/77 rri intake all nothing come good and I have mind to do the Nigeria army job and am still looking for problem I didn’t have assistant and all people are laugh at me around me. they are only says soldiers no money only surface’s please I need assistant any way 08039392022 thank somuch

  3. In the salary structures listed above you failed to list the salary of a recruit, private soldier and that of a Lance Corporal and equally, you failed to say anything about an Army Warrant Officer (AWO), Navy Warrant Officer (NWO) and Airforce Warrant Officer (AWO) a rank which is higher than that of a Master Warrant Officer in the three(3) services. Please get your information correct and make amendment. Thanks

  4. These salary scales are old. The writer did not know the current Armed Forces salary scale. He should research more and come out the present reality.


      See, that is what they are paying us, they know what they are doing, y is that they can’t list all the other ranked salary amount they pay, they know that the money is too low.


    See, that is what they are paying us, they know what they are doing, y is that they can’t list all the other ranked salary amount they pay, they know that the money is too low.

  6. Omale Friday seun

    Please am in interested in the Nigeria army force
    But I really need assistance I have already applied
    Am from benue state

  7. As a retiree applicant, I would like to put a question. Why didn’t you write up that of Private and Lance Corporal, are they not included? Those who have interest in the are eager to know about it. You should have time and review the article.

  8. Our Military men are suffering and this is why they can’t included the Junior one’s salary to the list.

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