The Richest Force in Nigeria. Find out the highest paid force in Nigeria. Their Ranks and Salaries 2021 updated.

Most people want to find out the highest paid military in Nigeria which will help them know the right one to join. Also, it is important to note that the higher the salary, the difficult to join.

As we all know, the Nigerian armed forces is a special unit in the country which includes the Nigerian Army, Air Force and Navy.

Is is important to know which one pays highest among them and how to join. If you want to join any of the Nigerian armed force, you need to know the Entry qualifications if you want to join as a new recruit or graduates level.

You are going to find out the right information about the topic of this page. (The Richest Force in Nigeria | Ranks and Salaries 2021)

We have discussed the Nigerian Army Salary Structure, how much the Navy officer Earns monthly, Nigeria Air Force salary scale, and even Nigeria Police ranks and their various salary structure.

First, you should be aware that the highest paid force in Nigeria is the Nigerian Air Force followed by the Nigerian Navy and the rest of them while the least paid is the Army. Nigerian army officer receives the lowest salary in the Nigerian Armed forces. Are you surprised?. Did this shock you?.

Well, you can find out for yourself below.

Again, if you want to go for the Nigerian Air Force then you should apply when the announce new Recruitment on their website. Other armed forces such as Navy and Army recruit yearly.

Most importantly, while the salary of an officer in the Air Force is higher, you will also enjoy a stable career in the Navy than any other armed force in Nigeria.

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Important Facts in the Highest Paid Force in Nigeria

The Nigerian Airforce was founded in 1961 shortly after the country participated in peace keeping missions in Congo and Tanzania. The need to airlift troops in the course of these peacekeeping operations signaled the importance of the country having a national air-force.

Subsequently between 1962 and 1964, the Nigerian Parliament began the process of institutionalizing the Nigerian Airforce. Eventually, the organization was established to ensure the integrity of the airspace by gaining and maintaining control of the air while retaining a credible capacity to fulfill other airpower tasks expected of the national defense and security outfit.

Benefits of Joining the Nigerian Air force (Highest Paid Military Job 2021)

  • You are trained to be physically fit.
  • You are being paid well plus other monetary benefits.
  • You would have the opportunity to travel places especially when you are being sent to study a course.
  • As you are promoted from one rank to the other, you salary also increases.
  • Your pension and gratuity after service is never delayed after you retire from service.
  • You are given respect that most civilians wish to have because you are a military personnel.

Ranks in the Nigerian Air force

For any military job, there is order, discipline and hierarchy. The NAF’s rank structure for its various officers both senior and junior officers have been given below:

Rank Officers Nigerian Air Force

In descending order of seniority the NAF officer ranks are:

  • Marshal of the Air Force
  • Air Chief Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Air Vice Marshal
  • Air Commodore
  • Group Captain
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Flying Officer
  • Pilot Officer


In descending order of seniority the NAF airman/woman ranks are:

  • Air Warrant Officer
  • Master Warrant Officer
  • Warrant Officer
  • Flight Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance Corporal
  • Aircraftman/woman

The annual salaries of the senior officers are quite high. Vice Admiral is paid ₦13,363,229 ($81,483.11). The Salary of Read Admiral is about ₦12,038,945 ($73,408.20) per year. Commodore earns ₦7,385,856 ($45,090.70). And Commander’s annual salary equals to ₦3,380,086 ($20,671.49).

Monthly Salary structure of the Commissioned and Non-commissioned Officers of the Nigerian Airforce Salary

Commissioned officers:
Pilot Officer N187,159
Flying Officer N218,400
Flight Lieutenant N232,484
Squadron Leader N248,004
Wing Comdr N342,586
Group Captain N352,631
Air Commodore N677,895
Air Vice-Marshal N1,376,343
Air Marshal N1,486,451
Air Chief Marshal N1,724,283

Non-commissioned officers:

Trainee N10,237
Aircraftman woman N53,892
Lance Corporal N55,832
Corporal N58,634
Sergeant N69,261
Flight Sergeant N87,119
Warrant Officer N101,974
Master Warrant Officer N165,697
Cadet (Trainee) N44,564
Air Warrant Officer N171,793

You have seen the latest salary structure of Nigerian Air Force. Even with this, most people will still prefer the Nigerian Navy or even the Army. What matters most is that the higher the rank, the higher the pay in any of the armed forces.

The Richest Force in Nigeria: Ranks and Salaries 2021

There are 3 military forces in Nigeria. We shall discuss them below. Please be informed that we have also published a post on the best paramilitary jobs in Nigeria.

1. Nigerian Army (NA)

The Nigerian Army is seen as the largest military branch among the armed forces. They are mostly land forces, protecting the sovereignty, boundaries and territory of Nigeria against external forces that might try to invade the land.

The major formations of the Nigerian Army include: the 1st Division, 2nd Division, 3rd Armoured Division, 81st Division, 82nd Division, and 7th Division which was just recently formed. They are ranked 5th best in Africa in terms of strength and fire power.

Below is a table showing the Nigerian Army ranks and their monthly salary

Ranks Salary Per Month
Private Soldier ₦49, 000
Lance Corporal ₦55, 000
Corporal ₦58, 000
Sergeant ₦63, 000
Staff Sergeant ₦68, 000
Warrant Officer ₦80, 000
Master Warrant Officer ₦90, 000
Second Lieutenant ₦120,000
Lieutenant ₦180,000
Captain ₦220,000
Major ₦300,000
Lieutenant Colonel ₦350,000
Colonel ₦550,000
Brigadier General  ₦750,000
Major General ₦950,000
Lieutenant General ₦1,000,000
General ₦1,500,000

2. Nigerian Navy (NN)

The Nigerian Navy (NN) is the branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces operating on sea. Their primary duty is to protect the Nigerian sea borders against invaders.

The Naval command structure today operates from Naval Headquarters in Abuja with three operational commands in Lagos, Calabar, and Bayelsa respectively. NAVTRAC which is the training command headquarters is located in Lagos state at Marine beach.

With various ships, fleets and military grade weapons at its disposal, the Nigerian Navy has been ranked as one of the best and strongest navies in Africa having its training facilities and five operational bases in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

Below is a table showing the Nigerian Navy ranks and their yearly salary.

Navy Ranks Salary per annum
Admiral N16,303,140
Vice-Admiral ₦13,363,229
Rear Admiral ₦12,038,945
Commodore ₦7,385,856
Captain N3,715,859
Commander ₦3,380,086

There are twelve ranks for senior officers but the following ranks below, we couldn’t find figures for their salary structure:

  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Mid-Shipman
  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Petty Officer
  • Leading Rating
  • Able Rating
  • Ordinary Rating
  • Trainee.

3. Nigerian Air Force (NAF)

The Nigerian Air Force is the highest paid force in Nigeria among other armed forces in the country. Established in the year 1964, they have grown to be one of the most respected military organizations in Africa.

Every year, recruitment is done into the NAF via its short service program (DSSC and SSC) for University graduates and non graduates in a bid to increase man power and train officers to be combat ready in fighting skills and defence strategies.

We know that the Nigerian Air Force has fighter aircrafts, transport, helicopter, and high military grade guns and weapons in its arsenal.

See table showing information on salary structure of the Nigerian Air Force officers from lowest rank to the highest rank below.

Air Force Ranks Salary per month
Trainee ₦10, 237
Aircraftman woman ₦53, 892
Lance Corporal ₦55, 832
Corporal ₦58, 634
Sergeant ₦69, 261
Flight Sergeant ₦87, 119
Warrant Officer ₦101, 974
Master Warrant Officer ₦165, 697
Cadet (Trainee) ₦44, 564
Air Warrant Officer ₦171, 793
Pilot Officer ₦187, 159
Flying Officer ₦218, 400
Flight Lieutenant ₦232, 484
Squadron Leader ₦248, 004
Wing Commander ₦342, 586
Group Captain ₦352, 631
Air Commodore ₦677, 895
Air Vice-Marshal ₦1,376,343
Air Marshal ₦1,486,451
Air Chief Marshal ₦1,724,283

Although the salaries mentioned looks big as to what they earn, this is apart from allowances accrued for special assignments, foreign missions, military operations and estacode.

This post will be updated whenever the Salary of any Military force in Nigeria is increased.

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