Nigerian Navy Ranks Salary Structure 2019, Insignia & Facts

Nigerian Navy Ranks Salary Structure 2019, Insignia & Facts-Do you want to know the latest salary structure of the Nigerian Navy? I’m sure that’s why you’re here, and that’s what you’ll soon discover.

The issues surrounding the Nigerian Navy have always been of interest to many young people throughout Nigeria, and they aspire to one day make a nod to what it feels like to wear that uniform.

In our previous article, we only talked about the ranks in the Nigerian Navy along with their Insignias. This time, however, we want to share with you how much the big bosses of the Nigerian Navy earn.


Nigeria is a British colony and, as a result, most of its military terms are adopted from British practices.

In July 1959, the naval force of Nigeria became a full-fledged army after Queen Elizabeth granted her permission to use the title of “Royal Navy of Nigeria”. In 1963, after Nigeria became a republic, that title was changed to the one it currently possesses: “Armada de Nigeria”.

However, even after a change in the title, the name of the ranges, the color and designs of the badges, along with several other terms, remain the same.

First and foremost…

Here are all the ranks in the Nigerian Navy Commissioned Officers (CO):

  • Admiral ofthe Fleet
  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Midshipman

And, here are the Nigerian Navy ranks for Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO):

  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Petty Officer
  • Leading Rating
  • Able Rating
  • Ordinary Rating
  • Trainee

Nigerian Navy salary structure according to their ranks:

Admiral — Earns ₦1,358,595 Monthly

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Admiral, which is logically the highest attainable rank, earn a whooping ₦1,358,595 on a monthly basis. If this monthly salary is calculated according to the 12 months in the year, we’ll get an annual salary of ₦16,303,140. I’m sure that that got you salivating ?

Nigerian Navy Admiral badge / insignia
Naval Admiral insignia

Vice Admiral — Earns ₦1,113,602 Monthly

A Vice Admiral, which a direct subordinate of an Admiral, earns ₦1,113,602 on a monthly basis. Also, if we calculate the annual income based on the 12 months in a calendar year, we’ll get a value of ₦13,363,229.

Nigerian Navy vice-admiral badge/insignia
Naval vice admiral insignia

Rear Admiral — Earns ₦1,003,245 Monthly

A Rear Admiral is a direct superior to a commodore and a subordinate to a Vice Admiral. Officers that have attained this rank are entitled to a monthly salary of ₦1,003,245; which means, they get to earn ₦12,038,945 per annum.

Nigerian Navy Rear Admiral badge / insignia
Naval rear admiral insignia

Commodore — Earns ₦615,488 Monthly

Commodores earn a monthly salary of ₦615,488 — hence, if calculated based on the 12 calendar months in a year, their annual salary is ₦7,385,856. Commodores are directly below Rear Admirals and directly above Captains.

Nigerian Navy Commodore badge / insignia
Commodore insignia

Captain — Earns ₦309,655 Monthly

Captains earn a monthly wage of ₦309,655, which has a value of ₦3,715,859 per annum. The Vice Admiral rank is directly superior to a commander and directly behind a Commodore.

Captain badge/insignia
Nigerian Naval Captain badge/insignia

Commander — Earns ₦281,674 Monthly

Commanders in the Nigerian Navy earn ₦281,674 per month, and ₦3,380,086 per annum. A Nigerian Navy Commander is directly below the rank of captain and is directly above the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Nigerian Navy Commander badge / Insignia
Commander badge / Insignia

That’s the recent salary structure for the top-ranked officials in the Nigerian navy.

You can also check the table below for a summary:

Nigerian Navy RankMonthly SalaryAnnual Salary
Rear Admiral₦1,003,245₦12,038,945

The officers who make it to these high ranks are usually Nigeria Defence Academy graduates and Direct Short Service graduates.