Highest Paying Jobs In Nigeria: How Much They Make in 2022

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In this write-up, I will review the top highest paying jobs in Nigeria and how much they make or take home.

A whole lot of things determine how much a worker goes home on a monthly basis. Some of those things are location, industry, and company of employment.

The amount of money a person receives at the end of a month in a place like Lagos may be slightly different from what another fellow who does the same work receives in Gombe or any state in the far North.

Apart from that, the industry and company of employment also matter. You can be working in an industry for a company with much customer base and be receiving good pay.

But then you discover that another nearby company pays its workers more money to do the same thing as you do in the other company.

Also very important in determining the jobs with the highest payments in the country is the niche.

Some types of jobs pay more because they receive special attention from the government, notable people in society, and top organizations within and outside the country.

They are patronized by lots of people on a daily basis and as a result, they rake in more money.

Having learned of some of the factors that determine the monthly income of types of jobs in the country, let’s see those of them that pay more currently.

Highest Paying Jobs In Nigeria

Below are the top-paying jobs in the country today. Most of them are in 6 to 7 figures and for some such as Business Person, there is no limit to how much you can make monthly or annually.

1.) Business

Some people do not think of business as a job. So when brainstorming about the top-paying jobs in the country, they hardly think in that direction.

However, the truth is, most millionaires you see in Nigeria today operate their business like one and they get paid hugely from it at the end of every month or year.

Worth mentioning in this category are the likes of Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga, and several other billionaires whose businesses generate huge amounts of income for them on a monthly basis.

2.) Aviation

The aviation industry in Nigeria is undoubtedly among the industries that pay more in the country. Being a pilot in Nigeria is a dream so many young people have due to the high amounts of money pilots take home from half a million naira to about N1.5 million per month. Imagine how much they make in a year then.

Certainly, a list of high-paying jobs in Nigeria without a mention of pilots or other aviation workers will be an incomplete list. Based on their salaries.

Is there a fixed amount of salaries for Nigerian pilots or aviation workers? You may ask.

No, there is not. Their salaries are determined by the airline they are working for. However, on average, a Nigerian pilot takes home at least half a million naira monthly. Some take home up to one and a half million naira.

3.) Petroleum Engineering

Nigeria is an oil-rich nation. That explains the huge amount of money coming into the country from this sector.

This is also the sector with the highest number of international companies playing different roles in it.

According to different reports from reliable sources, a petroleum engineer in top corporations like a shell, NNPC, etc, takes home from N500,000 to N1,000,000 a month.

Some take home more than that but that depends on the level, allowance, and other things that accompany the salary.

It’s also worth mentioning that some petroleum companies in Nigeria pay far more than others. But then overall, petroleum engineers are among the top paid workers in the country.

4.) Sailing

You probably have never thought of sailing as a very lucrative job in Nigeria, but it is. The Nigerian economy receives so many goods by water every day.

Some come from very far away countries while some come from nearby. The same also applies to the exportation of goods from the country.

All these goods are brought in and taken out to different destinations around the world by professionally trained sailors in the country.

The fact that there are not many schools offering sailing as a course in Nigeria also means that we have very little of them in the country.

This is the major reason the few that are in it are paid very huge amounts of money every month to leave their families and navigate the high seas.

5.) Medicine

Though many Nigerian doctors often complain of being underpaid, the amount of money they take home every month will leave you dumbfounded.

Though this depends on the area of specialization, experience, level, and performance.

Many doctors like surgeons, gynecologists, etc are known to take home real amounts of money every month. This increases as their level increases.

On average, a medical doctor in Nigeria takes home roughly half a million naira up to N1 million every month. This is even small compared to the nature of their jobs.

6.) Computer Programming

Computer programming though not as popular as others in this list, is among the best-paying jobs in Nigeria.

An expert in programming who creates lots of programs for different organizations can pocket nothing less than N500,000 every month.

One thing that helped make this a very lucrative job to do is the fact that there are very few of them in the country.

As a matter of fact, we don’t even have enough of them to meet our needs as a country.

7.) Entertainment

The Nigerian entertainment industry is one of the best places to find yourself in terms of money-making.

This industry has made many millionaires among them are; Wizkid, Banky W, P-square, Flavour, Davido, AY, Basketmouth, Bovi, and so on.

If you are searching for the top best-paying jobs in the country, this is certainly one of them.

You can make as much as much money as you are willing to work for in this field. You can even become a millionaire from it.

8.) Law

Being a lawyer in Nigeria comes with lots of benefits: respect (or honor), political influence, and money. People adore and respect lawyers a lot in Nigeria.

On average, a legal practitioner in Nigeria working in a reputable firm can earn up to N500,000 or more in a month.

Especially if he has several business firms that he is representing. This is the reason at least one out of every ten Nigerian kids you meet desires to be a lawyer.

9.) Pharmacy

The work of a pharmacist is closely related to that of a doctor. The only difference is that they mainly focused on producing and marketing drugs to save human lives.

A pharmacist may not easily come to mind when you are searching for the highest-paid workers in Nigeria. But the money those people make on a monthly basis is unbelievable.

A pharmacist can either decide to lease his certificate or license to pharmaceutical companies, open his own company or work for others. Whichever one he chooses to do, the money he will be getting at the end of every month is incredible.

10.) Accounting

Professional accountants in Nigeria get paid handsomely every month. Even at the lowest level, an accountant can receive what many other people dream of as salaries. The firm he or she works with also has a part to play in that anyway.

Final Statement

There are several careers to embark on in this country and gets paid a lot of money every month. This list of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria reveals a few of them.

So if you are searching for what to commit your life to in terms of a job and make quite a lot of money, listed here are a few of them.

Adebisi Frank

Hi Guys! My name is Adebisi Frank. This website is where I share how much Nigerians of different professions and industries makes and how much the top ones are worth.