Teachers Salary Structure In Nigeria (2023)

In this post, we will explore the salary structure of Nigerian teachers currently in this year 2023, in order to determine how much Nigerian teachers receive every month. Teachers in Nigeria earn one of the lowest incomes when compared to other professions. This post is for you if you wish to work as a teacher in Nigeria today since it will show you how much they earn at the federal, State, and private levels, depending on the sector they choose to practice their profession in.

Teachers Salary Structure In Nigeria

Teaching is a wonderful profession since it allows teachers to mould many future leaders. Despite this, it is regrettable that teachers in Nigeria are badly underpaid. That notwithstanding, many people continue to enjoy this work and are prepared to make it their primary source of income in order to help mould the destinies of countless children in Nigeria who are considered to be leaders of tomorrow.

Teachers offer lessons to pupils and students in nursery, primary and secondary schools in the Nigerian school setting. It is crucial for Nigerian teachers to be able to exhibit authority and govern a large group of individuals because this profession generally requires teaching huge classes of students. Some students may have behavioural challenges, thus it is vital not only to help administer school work but also to help develop pupils and students’ personalities and behaviour. That said, let us look at how much Nigerian teachers are paid as salaries per month below.


Teachers in the federal and State governments are all members of the same union, the National Union of Teachers (NUT). However, federal government employees are paid more than State government employees while remuneration for private teachers in Nigeria are heavily influenced by school management and location. The salary structure of Nigerian teachers this 2023 are discussed below.


As previously stated, the pay of Federal government teachers in Nigeria are significantly higher than those of other teachers. On the average, the federal government of Nigeria pays its teaching staff between the salary range of ₦40,000 – ₦66,000 depending on the level of the teacher.


The compensation structure of Teachers working for various State governments in Nigeria today is mainly reliant on State finances. Some of the States in Nigeria today offer better salary packages than others. For instance, Lagos State, one of the best educated States in Nigeria is the highest paying State when it comes to State government teachers salary scale. The States in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria are next, followed by those in the South-Western part of the country, etc.

On the average, the monthly salary of teachers in Enugu State, South-Eastern Nigeria is between the pay range of ₦40,000 – ₦50,000 but in other eastern States like Abia, Imo, to mention but a few, their teaching personnel are paid between the salary range of ₦35,000 – ₦50,000 or more. Teachers in Rivers State, one of the oil producing States in Nigeria, as well as one of the richest States in the country are paid monthly salaries between ₦45,000 – ₦50,000.

Teachers in the South-western part of Nigeria in places such as Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun, etc, are paid monthly salaries in the region of ₦30,000 – ₦40,000 or more. In addition, Northern States such as Kogi, Kaduna, Kano, Abuja, and a few other States situated in the northern part of the country pay their teachers on average between the pay scale of ₦40,000 – ₦45,000 a monthly basis.


The salary of private school teachers in Nigeria are not specified, and their monthly payments are dependent on the particular private school that they are working at. Some private schools pay as little as ₦15,000 based on their staff strength and the quality of education on offer while others pay between the salary scale of ₦50,000 – ₦250,000. Please be informed that secondary school instructors in both private and public schools make more money than their colleagues at primary/elementary schools.


When compared to other professions in Nigeria and the effort put in by teachers to groom students who are referred to as the leaders of tomorrow into great men and women of society, teachers salaries in the country are extremely low, more should be done to compensate teachers for their hard work in making people who they are in the society and not just make them wait for their proverbial reward which as they say, “is in heaven”.

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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