Nigerian Navy Ranks And Salary Structure (2023)

This article is about the Nigerian Navy ranks and salary structure currently in this year 2023. 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 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.


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:


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


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



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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Nigerian Navy Salary Structure 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:


The salary of commissioned officers who are senior ranking officers in the Nigerian Navy this 2023 are as follows:

  • 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


Nigerian Navy salary structure for junior ranking officers this 2023 are as follows:

  • 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 monthly
  • Vice Admiral: ₦1,113,602 – ₦1,486,451 monthly
  • Rear-Admiral: ₦1,003,245 – ₦1,376,343 monthly
  • Commodore: ₦616,388 – ₦677,895 monthly
  • Captain: ₦310,554 – ₦352,631 monthly
  • Commander: ₦282,574 – ₦324,584 monthly
  • Lieutenant Commander: ₦213,246 – ₦248,004 monthly
  • Lieutenant: ₦200,336 – ₦232,485 monthly
  • Sub-Lieutenant: ₦185,493 – ₦219,233 monthly
  • Mid-Shipman: ₦173,156 – ₦187,159 monthly.


  • Navy Warrant Officer: ₦159,060 – ₦171,793 monthly
  • Master Warrant Officer: ₦148,586 – ₦163,558 monthly
  • Warrant Officer: ₦85,193 – ₦99,375 monthly
  • Cadet (Training): ₦39,253 – ₦44,564 monthly.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and the Editor-in-Chief 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

      2. Please as an architect with ND level, what rank is expected to be given, and can you work as a navy architect?

  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

        1. What are the tanks available for 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

  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 from time to time

  13. Sorry my question is DSSC and SSC starting their Job with the same rank after the recruitment exercise?

  14. Please how can someone join the Nigeria Navy as an accountant as his field of study

    1. Hi Abel, if you are a university graduate, you can apply for their DSSC programme when they start recruiting. Check from time to time for their recruitment.

  15. If i graduate with sociology what rank will be given to me if i apply for navy

    1. Hi Julius, if the Nigerian Navy is looking to recruit graduates from your field then you will be qualified to join, if not, it will be a waste of your time. Also, as long as you are a graduate, the starting rank is Sub Lieutenant for DSSC.

  16. Must i go to navy academy for me to be a commissioned officer ? Or i can graduate anywhere

  17. Pls what is the rank of ND holder in Nigeria navy?

  18. Hi
    I’m Nelson Emah, I real have passion Navy, I have BSc. In Industrial Chemistry, I’m very interested of education department in Navy, I have registered for DSSC already.
    But I need someone who will help me follow up and I don’t know if you can help me do this or you anyone who can help me do this, please if yes WhatsApp or call me via 07061575348.

  19. Am interested interested for nig navy. Pls notify me when the form is out thank you

    1. The form is currently out

  20. I pray to ALMIGHTY GOD if I can make it to join Navy
    I will be very happy o

    But not because of money.

  21. The requirements instructs that applicants must possess second class upper,but there are options for lower credit on the application form when I applied, is there any chance I’ll be shortlisted since that’s my only weakness, I qualify for everything except my grade.

  22. I applied for this 2020 navy recruitment but they haven’t sent any mail to me regarding to exam…
    An i made a mistake with my local Government what should I do

    1. Once the registration is over people will get contacted via email for the exams.i also applied

  23. Pls
    If someone with ND (NATIONAL DIPLOMA) apply what rank will he or she would be place.

  24. Please those that register for the Navy DSSC, has anyone been able to sign all the forms,and pls the form meant for DPO, can any dpo sign or he must come form ur state.

    1. Kindly read the instruction carefully concerning the rank or grade level of anybody signing your form. When I wrote in the past, the criterion for a police officer was that he must have attained the rank of CSP, that is, Chief Superintendent of Police before he can sign and no, he mustn’t necessarily come from your State of Origin. He just has to attest that you’re of good character, etc.

  25. Good evening sir/ma, please anybody with navy dssc past questions should kindly help me out. However I also need clarification about the exam, are we to go along with the forms to the exam centre if shortlisted?

    1. Hi Tianah,

      Yes you are required to go with the Nigerian Navy DSSC forms to the venue so that you will be properly verified and allowed to write the Navy exams. As for the Nigerian Navy past questions, I know someone who sells it at a good rate. Send an email to me via and I’ll brief you on what to do.

  26. Abdulaziz Auwal ISAH

    Please i need a guide. I was shortlisted for aptitude test for Nigerian Navy but I didn’t print my grantor form and the portal couldn’t allow me to log in to my profile. I could I do now. Please need urgent reply

    1. Hi Isah, you should try again, maybe in the night to see if you can access the Nigerian Navy portal again. The update from the Navy website states that the portal has been opened again for a short period of time to allow candidates print their required documents. Kindly do the needful while the opportunity lasts.

  27. Hey.
    Please as a driver having Olevel which rack can you obtain

    1. Hi Joshua, The rank depends on the Nigerian Navy but every person applying who isn’t a graduate will be a juniorate

  28. What is the rank of a ND holder please

  29. As a graduate with degree in physiology can I join the Nigeria Navy

    1. Hi Emmanuel, sure you can join the Nigerian Navy but that will be based on what they want in terms of medical and science related personnel.

  30. What is the rank of OND Holder in navy

    1. Hi Christopher, the Navy decides what ranks they give to OND holders.

  31. Can I apply with philosophy degree with a second class lower?

    1. Hi Eyerin, it depends on what the Nigerian Navy wants. If they are seeking to recruit graduates in your field who have your class of degree, it’ll be stated.

  32. Good morning!
    Please when is the aptitude test results likely to be released??

    1. Hi Teejay, keep checking the Nigerian Navy website for updates. The website is

  33. Udochukwu Benard Mbam

    Please sir, I want to know if Nigeria Navy trainees are being paid during their training? I will be glad to hear from u pls.

    1. Hi Bernard,

      Sure Nigerian Navy Trainees get paid. They have certain allowances that are paid to them in the course of their training.

      1. Akaja chinonso serenity

        Nice write up sir

      2. Do you have any idea if the Nigerian Navy has started their recruitment online?

      3. Please Sir, I have a B.Sc in Political Science and I want to know if the Nigerian Navy would still have a DSSC recruitment this September 2021?

        1. Hi Chidinma, kindly check the official website of the Nigerian Navy for more information on this.

  34. What is the rank of an ND Holder

  35. nice information


  37. Can I get employed to Navy after studying accounting in my degree?

  38. What is the rank for ND holder

  39. Abutu owoicho Moses

    Please, can we expect Navy for this year again? Is it possible for someone with ND in Estate Management to have a better chance to be employed in the Nigerian Navy??

    1. Hi Abudu, for more information, kindly visit the recruitment website of the Nigerian Navy via Also, you can get employed in the Navy with your course but it depends on what they want at a particular time.

  40. Good day sir. Please with B.Sc (ED) in Political Science, can I go for education in the Nigerian Navy? And what chances do I have? I need briefing, thank you.

  41. I’m studying nautical science in a maritime academy. Can I join the Nigeria Navy with my HND certificate? Can I sail as a navy and earn salary different from my monthly salary?

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