Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary Structure

Are you interested in the Nigerian Navy? Do you want to know about the Nigerian Navy ranks and salary structure so that you can understand for sure how much officers in the NN are paid per year? Then this post is meant for you. In this article, we have outlined the various ranks of the Nigerian Navy for commissioned and non-commissioned officers as well as their annual take home pay. You can also click the link to know more about the Naval Command Centres in Nigeria.

Nigerian Navy: Naval Command Bases in Nigeria

The Nigerian Navy is part of the Nigerian Armed Forces or Nigerian Military that is responsible for safeguarding the territorial waters of the country and they are under the command of the Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, the highest ranking commissioned Naval Officer who is under the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, who in turn reports to the Minister of Defence who reports to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

If you are interested in joining the Nigerian Navy via their Direct Short Service Course (DSSC), their Short Service Course (SSC) or through any other recruitment process of theirs, visit their recruitment portal www.joinnigeriannavy.com. Part of the things you should know are the names of the Chief of Naval Staff and other top naval officers with their ranks and the offices they occupy, the names of most of the Nigerian Navy war ships, Nigerian Navy bases in the country as well as the various ranks in the Navy from entry level to the highest position which is split between non-commissioned and commissioned officer ranks. You should also be familiar with general knowledge as well as Mathematics, English and the motto of the Nigerian Navy which is “Onward Together”.

Successful candidates will be contacted for interview and trained for a period of six months and this training is usually in Port Harcourt, if it changes, the Nigerian Navy will communicate it to the general public. Having said all that, let us now look at the various ranks of the Nigerian Navy commissioned and non-commissioned officers as well as their salary structure.

RANKS IN THE NIGERIAN NAVY

In the Nigerian Navy, just like other military forces in the country, officers are grouped into two different categories which are, the commissioned and non-commissioned officers. Majority of the senior officers in the Nigerian Navy fall under the first group of personnel which are regarded as commissioned while the junior officers belong to the second group known as non-commissioned officers. Having said that, let us now take a look at the ranks in the Nigerian Navy below:

FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

There are twelve (12) ranks in the Nigerian Navy that make up the commissioned officers category and these are the senior officers in the NN. all commissioned ranks in the Nigerian Navy include the following:

  • Admiral of the Fleet
  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Mid-Shipman

FOR NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

There are seven (7) ranks in the Nigerian Navy that comprise of the non-commissioned officers category. The ranks include the following:

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

EXPLANATION OF THE RANKS FOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

MID-SHIPMAN 

For commissioned officers in the Nigerian Navy, the Mid-Shipman is the lowest rank. This rank is equivalent to the rank of Pilot Officer in the Nigerian Air Force and the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.

SUB-LIEUTENANT

This rank is above the Mid-Shipman and below rank of Lieutenant in the Nigerian Navy. It is equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army and Flying Officer in the Nigerian Air Force.

LIEUTENANT

The Nigerian Navy rank of Lieutenant is equivalent to the rank of Captain in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Nigerian Air Force.

LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER

This rank is equivalent to the rank of Major in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Squadron Leader in the Nigerian Air Force.

COMMANDER

This naval rank is directly above the Lieutenant-Commander and below the rank of Captain. It is equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Nigerian Army and the rank of Wing Commander in the Nigerian Air Force.

CAPTAIN

The Nigerian Navy rank of Captain is equivalent to the rank of Colonel in the Nigerian Army and Group Captain in the Nigerian Air Force. This rank is above that of the Commander and below the rank of Commodore. Captains are usually in charge of largest ships at sea.

COMMODORE

This Commodore rank in the Nigeria Navy is above the rank of Captain and below that of the Rear-admiral. It is equivalent to Brigadier in the Nigerian Army and Air Commodore in the Nigerian Air Force.

REAR ADMIRAL

The Rear Admiral rank in the Nigerian Navy is equivalent to Major-General in the Nigerian Army and Air Vice Marshal in the Nigerian Air Force. This rank is directly below the Vice admiral and above the Commodore.

VICE ADMIRAL

The rank of Vice Admiral is equivalent to that of Lieutenant-General in the Nigerian Army and Air Marshal in the Nigerain Air Force. It is above the Rear Admiral and below the Admiral.

ADMIRAL

In Nigeria, the rank of Admiral is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. It is equivalent to the rank of General in the Nigerian Army and Air Chief Marshal in the Nigerian Air Force. It is directly above the Vice Marshal Rank and below the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.

ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET

This rank is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. There is no current holder of this rank in the Nigerian Navy currently and it is  usually given to officers who have achieved extraordinary feats. This rank is rarely conferred on anyone these days. It is equivalent to the rank of Field Marshal in the Nigerian Army and Marshal of the Air Force in the Nigerian Air Force.

NIGERIAN NAVY SALARY STRUCTURE

The Nigerian Navy Salary Stucture per year is determined by the Consolidated Armed Forces Salary Structure (CONAFSS) of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC). Be informed that salaries are subject to change. Having said that, below are the salary ranges of Nigerian Navy officers per year:

  • Admiral: ₦16,303,140 – ₦20,691,400 per annum
  • Vice Admiral: ₦13,363,229 – ₦17,837,414 per annum
  • Rear-Admiral: ₦12,038,945 – ₦16,516,124 per annum
  • Commodore: ₦7,396,656 – ₦8,134,745 per annum
  • Captain: ₦3,726,659 – ₦4,231,579 per annum
  • Commander: ₦3,390,886 – ₦3,895,033 per annum
  • Lieutenant Commander: ₦2,558,956 – ₦2,976,052 per annum
  • Lieutenant: ₦2,404,037 – 2,789,818 per annum
  • Sub-Lieutenant: ₦2,255,911 – ₦2,630,801 per annum
  • Mid-Shipman: ₦2,077,875 – ₦2,245,909 per annum
  • Navy Warrant Officer: ₦1,908,718 – ₦2,061,520 per annum
  • Master Warrant Officer: ₦1,783,029 – ₦1,962,697 per annum
  • Warrant Officer: ₦1,022,320 – ₦1,192,499 per annum
  • Cadet (Training): ₦471,038 – ₦534,773 per annum

If we are to break the salary structure of what these various Nigerian Navy ranking officers from highest to lowest earn per month, the monthly salary range of the Nigerian Navy personnel will look like this:

  • Admiral: ₦1,358,140 – ₦1,724,283 per month
  • Vice Admiral: ₦1,113,602 – ₦1,486,451 per month
  • Rear-Admiral: ₦1,003,245 – ₦1,376,343 per month
  • Commodore: ₦616,388 – ₦677,895 per month
  • Captain: ₦310,554 – ₦352,631 per month
  • Commander: ₦282,574 – ₦324,584 per month
  • Lieutenant Commander: ₦213,246 – ₦248,004 per month
  • Lieutenant: ₦200,336 – 2,789,818 per month
  • Sub-Lieutenant: ₦2,255,911 – ₦232,485 per month
  • Mid-Shipman: ₦173,156 – ₦187,159 per month
  • Navy Warrant Officer: ₦159,060 – ₦171,793 per month
  • Master Warrant Officer: ₦148,586 – ₦163,558 per month
  • Warrant Officer: ₦85,193 – ₦99,375 per month
  • Cadet (Training): ₦39,253 – ₦44,564 per month

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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  1. Wow i really want to become a navy officer but i don’t know how get to the school

  2. olarewaju fatai olagoke

    I am interested in nigeria navy how can i get the form

      1. What is the rank of an ND Holder

  3. olarewaju fatai olagoke

    I wish i could be nigerian officer soon

    1. If you a graduate and you didn’t go through nigerian defence academy can they rank you the same like people who when through NDA?

      1. Hi Godwin, yes you will be ranked the same and attain high ranks as a graduate but there are very high ranks that only NDA graduates can attain that are not available for a graduate via DSSC

  4. Musa Ibrahim Hussein

    My passion for the Nigerian Navy is immeasurable but I just wish I could be part of them.
    Please can you help me join the force

    1. Hi Musa, kindly check their portal joinnigeriannavy.com

  5. Hi, as a consultant in the medical profession, which rank would I be given if I apply for the navy and I am shortlisted.

    1. Hi Jason, as long as you are a university graduate, your rank when you join the Navy starts from Sub Lieutenant

      1. That means commissioned navy officers,.. But I graduate from, national open university, BSc political science how can I join Nigeria navy as commissioned officers

  6. I’ve BSc political science, from nation open university, I’m interested in Nigeria navy,, how can i be commissioned officers

  7. @jason joining NN as a consultant is a great advantage for you if u have interest in the job!! But think deeply and wisely!!

  8. I want to be come Naval officer By the Grace of God

  9. I want to inquire for being a Nigerian Navy engineer, how do I go about it

  10. When joining Nigeria navy with national diploma,which rank will you be given

  11. What if I join the navy with SSCE

  12. I want to join the Navy how can I get there

    1. Hi Ushman, kindly check their recruitment portal http://www.joinnigeriannavy.com from time to time

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