Highest Paid Engineers in Nigeria & Their Salary {2020}


The basic thrust of this article is to unveil the highest paid engineers in Nigeria today 2020 as well as their salary structure. Kindly read through.

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Engineering is among the most paid courses in Nigeria, and there are thousands of students studying the course at various varsities in the nation.

Without engineers, most of the machinery, constructions and other innovations we have around us today can never come into existence, which shows how important they are in our society.

The list is as follows:

Highest Paid Engineers in Nigeria 2020

  • Aeronautic Engineers
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Telecommunication Engineers
  • Production Engineers
  • Network Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers

1.) Aeronautic Engineers

  • Average Salary: ₦300,000 – ₦700,000/month

Aerospace or aeronautic engineers are among the top paid engineers in Nigeria. Engineers in this field are concerned with the building, designing and assembling of aircraft.

They also service and maintain aircraft so as to ensure that each and every part of the plane is working perfectly. It will interest you to know that there is no Nigerian University offering this course till date, which means you have to travel abroad if you are passionate about becoming an aerospace engineer.

How much do Aerospace engineers earn?

On average, a typical Nigerian aerospace engineer earns salary ranging from ₦300,000 – ₦700,000 in a month or up to N11 million per year.

Aeronautic engineers are paid generously due to the fact that their job is very delicate, technically-demanding and requires being careful.

Should in case they make any mistake at the design, building, or assembling stage, millions of lives would be exposed to serious risks while flying the plane on air.

2.) Petroleum Engineers

  • Average Salary: ₦300,000 – ₦1,000,000

Petroleum engineers are employed in the oil and gas or other related industries to help in designing, testing, and deploying the means of extracting petroleum from the site. One thing about Petroleum engineers is that they are not only among the most paid engineers in Nigeria today, but also one of the highest paying professions even for entry level alongside other similar fields like Geology and Geophysics.

It will interest you to know that Petroleum engineers are not limited to the oil and gas sector as there are some of them who work with other relevant engineering fields like civil and the likes.

Salaries of petroleum engineers depend largely on many factors, including the company’s revenue, years of experience, current rank or level, and time on the job. The average salary of a petroleum engineer in Nigeria is around N1million monthly and N12million annually.

That being said, here’s a rough estimate of salaries some top companies pay their petroleum engineers:

i. Shell Nigeria: Shell is the largest, old-serving, and one of the highest paying oil companies in Nigeria. The renowned oil company boasts of more than 6000 employees [with 85% of its staff members being Nigerians] and provides about 21% of our daily supply of petroleum. Shell pays between N150,000 to N500,000 to its entry level staffs, N600,000 to N1,000,000 to Experienced Petroleum Engineers, as well as N2,000,000 to N3,000,000 to the plant managers.

ii. Total E&P: This is yet another top-ranked oil and gas company in Nigeria. Staffs working with Total E&P earn between N7, 000, 000 – N12, 000, 000 annually, depending on the rank/position, job specification, location, and some other basic factors.

iii. Schlumberger Nigeria: this Lagos-headquartered popular oil and gas firm pays between N250,000 to N350,000 monthly to her Entry Level staffs while the Experienced Petroleum Engineers and Plant managers earn N400,000 to N500,000 and N600,000 to N1,000,000 respectively, depending on certain factors.

iv. Exxon-Mobil Nigeria: This is one of the top 3 biggest oil companies in Nigeria. Exxon-Mobil offers a flexible job description for aspiring petroleum engineers and remunerates them handsomely. The company pays entry level petroleum engineers between N200,000 to N400,000 monthly while those with considerable years of experience earn N400,000 to N600,000 in a month.

v. Total: The French company is one of the biggest oil companies in the world and also among the highest paying oil companies in Nigeria. As an entry level petroleum engineer in this oil company, you will earn between N200,000 – N500,000 on a monthly basis, while your salary would be between N500,000 – 800,000 as an experienced engineer.

See the amount paid by other oil companies to entry level petroleum engineers below:

  • Oando Nigeria: N150,000 – N500,000 monthly.
  • NLNG (Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas): N100,000 to N500,000 monthly
  • Conoil Salary: N100,000 to N400,000 monthly
  • Saipem: N110,000 to N430,000 monthly
  • Halliburton: N150,000 to N500,000 monthly

The oil and gas industry in Nigeria is a multibillion-dollar industry, and virtually all the employees therein are well remunerated, including the petroleum engineers. Another thing is that these engineers undergo series of rigorous activities while carrying out their duties, and they are exposed to a lot of hazards –all of which justifies why they are being paid heavily.

3.) Telecommunication Engineers

  • Average Salary: #150,000 – #1,000,000

Telecommunications engineers are yet another highly-paid engineers in Nigeria.

Engineers in this field are saddled with myriads of engineering activities in the telecommunication sector, including installations and maintenance of the software and hardware devices in a Telecommunication company, designing and installing of equipment used for transmitting wired phone, cellular, cable as well as broadband data. These and more are what Telecommunications engineers do.

How much do telecommunications engineers earn?

Although there are numerous factors that determine salaries earned by telecommunications engineers, but they averagely rake in between ₦150,000 – ₦1,000,000 on a monthly basis.

The telecommunications industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Nigeria, and a lot of changes and innovation are being introduced almost every day, which ultimately increases the need for telecommunication engineers.

Therefore, it can be said that telecommunication engineers are well remunerated because they are in shortage when compared to the number of engineers required in the sector.

4.) Production Engineers

  • Average Salary: #200,000 – #500,000 monthly

Production engineers use their knowledge of engineering sciences, management sciences, and manufacturing technology to solve production-related problems where they are employed.

They work earnestly to ensure that the production process of the firm is done with utmost smoothness, hitch-free, and at the barest minimum cost.

One thing about production engineers is that they can work in myriads of manufacturing set ups, including airline, clothing, car, and food companies – be it private or public.

That being said, the salaries paid to most Entry-Level production engineers is around #60,000 per month while those with wealth of experience and longer years in service earn as much as #350,000 to #500,000 in a month.

5.) Network Engineers

Network Engineers are the one who design, establish, maintain, and support telecommunication and computer networks within an organization or between multiple organizations.

At times, they might also be saddled with the responsibility of upholding security, handling data storage and devising means of retrieving data should in case sudden breaches or data loss occur. As a Network engineer, you can work either as an externally outsourced IT networking consultant or better still be recruited as one of the company’s internal IT support team.

The plain truth is that network engineering is among the most challenging and technically-demanding jobs in ICT, especially when considering the fact that the life of a firm depends largely on its computer networks. This is why organizations always pay engineers in charge of their networks heavily and commeasurably to ensure adequate functioning of their system.

How much do Network Engineers earn?

On average, entry level network engineers earn about #50,000 to #75,000 monthly while some senior colleagues receive #150,000 – #300,000 Naira as take home every month.

6.) Civil Engineers

  • Average Salary: N100,000 to N400,000 per month.

Civil engineers handle myriads of building and construction-related projects, including the construction and maintenance of social facilities like roads, railroads, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, canals, sewage systems, tunnels, channels, etc.

They also oversee the planning, designing, and construction of housing projects like schools, hospitals, personal houses, airports, to mention but a few. Regardless of the kind of project given to them, civil engineers monitor every stages of the project to ensure that the finished work is ideal and safe for human use.

Having said that, it is equally important to reveal to you that civil engineering has many branches, and these includes Material science, Geotechnical engineering, Coastal engineering, Structural engineering, Environmental engineering, among others.

How much do Civil engineers earn?

Salaries paid to civil engineers in Nigeria is dependent on several factors, such as the type and size of the company he/she works with, experience and number of years on the job, area of specialization, among others.

Your year of experience is among the major factor that determines your take home as a civil engineer, and also when you are working with a firm that undertakes little projects you tend to earn lesser amount compared to people in big companies that handle bigger projects like bridges, roads, railroads, etc.

Another factor that may influence your salary as a civil engineer is the nature of the company that hired you; some sectors pay higher/lesser than the other. For instance, entry-level civil engineers in leading oil and gas firms earn as high as N120,000 – N250,000 monthly while most other sectors pay lesser amounts.

As earlier said, civil engineering has many branches, but structural and construction engineering are the highest paying branches for now, which means your salary may be higher than engineers in other branches.

All things being equal, here is a quick breakdown of civil engineers salaries in Nigeria [based on rank]:

  • Intern Civil engineers: N15,000 – N30,000 per month
  • Entry level Civil engineers: N50,000 – N100,000 per month [can be up to N150,000 to N400,000 in oil and gas companies]
  • Senior-Level Civil engineers: N100,000 – N500,000

7.) Mechanical Engineers

  • Average Salary: N150,000 to N500,000 monthly

Mechanical engineers are among the most respected engineers in the world and also one of the most paid in Nigeria. They research, design, build, test and maintain mechanical systems or machines with the aid of their engineering, physics, and materials science knowledge – to solve basic problems in various sectors.

They are also the innovators of most of the machinery we use daily in our personal homes and offices. As a mechanical engineer, you can work in myriads of sectors, including the automobile, oil and gas, and aviation industries. That being said, it will please you to know that mechanical engineers also belong to the category of highest paid engineers.

How much do Mechanical Engineers earn?

The salaries payable to mechanical engineers varies depending on crucial factors, such as their job specification, area of specialization, years of experience, the nature/sector of the hiring company, and the likes.

Below is a quick outline of what mechanical earns at various levels and industries:

  • Average salary of Entry-Level mechanical engineers in oil and gas industry – N150,000 to N400,000
  • Average salary of Entry-Level mechanical engineers in automotive industry – N100,000 to N350,000
  • Average salary of Entry-Level mechanical engineers in aerospace industry – N200, 000 – N450, 000


As you can see, most engineering discipline pays very well. If you are still in secondary school and looking to study engineering, you should focus on Math, Physics and Chemistry more than every other subject.

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  1. Please what about electrical and electronic engineering and how is the employment rate of telecommunications engineering in Nigeria

  2. This good I have actually gained something,but what about Mechatronic engineering is it good Nigeria and which University can you study it


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