10 Highest Paying Jobs in Nigeria

According to Wikipedia, a job is anything a person does regularly in exchange for money. We are going to use this definition of a job as the standard definition even as we research and create a list of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria. What may surprise you is that some of these jobs have little or no entry barrier while others are very delicate and require years upon years of training.

In creating this list, we took into consideration the average annual take home pay for each profession, we considered the delicacy of the tasks they handle and how desired they are in their place of employment. We also considered how many millionaires each profession has created. We then narrowed our list by researching and comparing the findings of other researchers. This list may not be precise but it is completely ‘true’.

The ten highest paying jobs in Nigeria are:


One of the most demanding jobs of our day is the job of the CEO or a business owner. The CEO is answerable for the success or failure of any company. They oversee the company’s operations, production, marketing and human resource. Generally, the CEO is the company. As such they are equally rewarded for the heavy crown they wear. Median Salary of a CEO is about N40 million.

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There is no way around this. Nigerians appreciate their religious leaders — especially pastor. In fact we idolize them and shower them with gifts and money. A powerful ‘beginner’ in this circle would take home up to N5 million and ‘established’ names rake in 9 times as much.


The place of the Petroleum Engineer in the world today is prominent because the world has a high demand for petroleum. These engineers, who design, test and deploy means of extracting petroleum are revered and paid well. An average salary will be N12 million.


Aeronautical engineers are ‘airplane engineers’.  In Nigeria, their main job is the maintenance of aircrafts technology. Their job is very delicate because the safety of the nation’s aircrafts, military or commercial, rests on their shoulders. The lives and safety of everyday traveler depends on them so aeronautic engineers get up to N11 million.


Everybody seems to understand why a surgeon needs to be well paid since a surgeon is responsible for identifying patients who requires surgery, perform the operation, and provide patients with care and treatment after the surgery. Since people figuratively and literally ‘lay’ their lives at his table, the surgeon is well compensated and takes about N11 milla too.

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Choosing who come first between the pilots and the surgeon was hard. Pilots fly planes. They convey people from one location to another in the most delicate means of transportation. They get paid about N9 million.


Telecoms engineers make it possible for you to make calls and browse from your phone. If you know how mobile networks work you will understand why the Telecoms engineer is well-regarded.


Investment bankers manage your ‘happiness and comfort’ as such we reward them proportionately. What price is your happiness?


A musician’s job is straightforward: they make music that entertains, informs, shape and sometimes change our ways of thinking. It is not uncommon to find people idolize musicians like they do religious leaders as such, we pay musicians from N600,000 to N2 million for their presence at our events


Programmers are problem solvers. They figure out how to make computers solve our problems. Programmers are among the top 5 best paid professions in developed worlds but in naija they are probably the least appreciated financially. They get about N5 million yearly.

NOTE: salary figures are stated on per annum basis.

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  1. Christopher Idowu david

    I like dis anyway. At first i thought it was their monthly salary. I hav began makin difrent choices.

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