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List of 13 Highest Paying Jobs in Nigeria – 2021

This article contains information on a list of 13 highest paying jobs in Nigeria in the year 2021.

List of 13 Highest Paying Jobs in Nigeria - 2020

It is no longer news that Nigeria is one of the African countries with bad governance. Irrespective of this, there are still a good number of individuals who are earning high in their respective fields. Due to the high pay in some of these professions, it has become very competitive and difficult to secure employment in many of such professions.

The typical Nigerian worker earns between N 30,000 and N 200,000 per month but there are certain professionals and specialists that make millions of Naira every month. The salary of any high-paying job in Nigeria is significantly dependent on education, skills, and experience. In fact, to get to the top of the salary of any high-income profession in Nigeria, you must possess a set of skills that would be difficult to get from other people.

Therefore, if earning a good salary in Nigeria is important to you, you can’t afford to stop reading this article. Keep on reading to know the best-paid careers in Nigeria.

Below are some of the high paying jobs in Nigeria:


In Nigeria, those in the medical field receive high pay. While this is indisputable, there are particular people in this field that are paid higher than the others.

To a lay man, a doctor is ‘a person who save lives’. A doctor is a medical practitioner that applies the principles and procedures of medicine to prevent, diagnose, care for and treat patients with illness, disease and injury and to maintain physical and mental health.

If you want to practice medicine in Nigeria, you must study medicine at any accredited university in Nigeria for six years, do a year of  housemanship and be Inducted. In Medicine, there are the general practitioners and specialists. The specialists tend to earn higher due to the extra number of years of training they are exposed to in specific areas of Medicine.

Some of them include

  • Surgeon
  • Dentist
  • Oncologist
  • Paediatrician


Dentists analyze and treat dental issues and assist patients with growing better oral cleanliness. They clean teeth, perform medical procedures and extractions, and perform different obligations to guarantee that the teeth and mouth are healthy. It takes 6 years to earn a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree in Nigeria. The average salary of a dentist in Nigeria is N 250,000 per month.


A surgeon is a physician that treats diseases, injuries, ailments or defects via operative methods to restore/improve body tissues. In addition to leading the surgical team of doctors, nurses,anesthesiologist, surgical assistants and so on, the surgeon also issues the diagnosis of the patient, for performing the operation, and provides the patient with postoperative care after the surgery treatment together with any required treatment.

There are different types of surgeons in Nigeria and they all pay well but with the recent increase in demand for cosmetic surgeries in the country and comparative scarcity of plastic surgeons, plastic/cosmetic surgery is the highest paying surgical profession in Nigeria.

To become a surgeon in Nigeria, you would have to study Medicine and surgery in any National Universities Commission approved institution. The average length of study is six years in the university and  a year each for housemanship and National Youth Service. The salary range for surgeons is N 400,000 – N 2,500,000.

However, depending on the specialization, medical personnels earn  from N 180,000 –N 1,500,000 per month.


Engineering as known is a very prestigious profession worldwide but then, Engineering is vast as it has other aspects ranging from Chemical, Electronic, Mechanical,  Petroleum Engineering among others. With this, some Engineers earn more than others because of the type of engineering field  which they specialize in, for instance those in Petroleum might earn a little higher than those in Mechanical engineering.

But that does not mean they all do not earn well.


Being that Nigeria is an oil producing country, petroleum engineers are some of the highest earning professionals in the country. A petroleum engineer designs and develops methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the surface of the Earth. It is the duty of a petroleum engineer to determine how much oil and gas is in a reservoir, what method is most suitable extraction and the duration for which it would last and lots more.

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To become a petroleum engineer, you would undergo a five year course at any approved institution in the country and acquire appropriate certification.

Petroleum engineers earn between N 200,000 to N 1,000,000 per month.


Mechanical engineers plan, create, and test mechanical gadgets, including tools, engines and machines. In order to be a practicing mechanical engineer, you must earn a degree or diploma from an accredited institution.

They earn an average of N 150,000 – N 500,000 monthly.


Civil engineers create, improve and secure the environment by designing, planning and supervising, developing and overseeing the upkeep of building structures and other related structures such as rails, air terminals, harbors, dams, water system ventures, power plants, and water and sewerage systems.

Civil Engineers earn an average of N 132,000 – N 450,000 monthly.


The aviation industry is another sector that pays some professionals high. Some of such professionals include:

  • Pilots
  • Aeronautical Engineer


A pilot is the person who controls the flight of an aircraft. Pilots fly and navigate airplanes, cargo planes, helicopters and other types of aircraft. They are responsible for the safety of passengers and goods being transported as well as managing the crew team.

Becoming a pilot is a long process that involves meeting a lot of requirements, such as education, training, and licensing.

Becoming a pilot in Nigeria involves a lot financially. Aviation schools typically charge between N 7 million to N 10 million for flying courses. In all, it would take about four years to complete the training in any of the Federal Aviation. With this, it is not out of place to see that pilots are well paid in Nigeria.

The average monthly remuneration for a First Officer ranges from N 200,000 to N 500,000 per month, while captains are, on a monthly basis, paid between N 500,000 – N 3,000,000.


An aeronautical engineer is concerned with the design, development, construction and maintenance of aircraft. In other words, they deal with the technical side of aviation. They calculate aircraft timescales, write manuals, calculate operating costs, fuel efficiency, evaluate flight safety and carbon emissions.

Becoming trained in this field in Nigeria is equally expensive as there are just a few schools that train on it. Some of them are: Air Force Institute Kaduna, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Kwara State University, Lagos State University and Afe Babalola University.

The average monthly salary of an Aeronautical Engineer is N 450,000 to N 1,500,000.


A pharmacist is a healthcare professional who specializes in the safe and productive use of medicines. Pharmacists oversee the supply of medicine, give medical advice to patients and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to save lives. They are charged with making sure that the medicine is legal and is prescribed with a suitable dosage.

To become a pharmacist, you must enrol in any accredited university to earn Bachelor of Phar-macy (B. Pharm). This takes a duration of five year, after which you would proceed for a year internship and be inducted into the Pharmacist council of Nigeria.

A fresh graduate of pharmacy goes home with a salary range of N 120,000 – N 180,000 per month.


As the internet has become a central part of human living, digitized professions have become mainstay in the labor market. A digital marketer develops, implements and manages marketing campaigns that promote a company and its products and services.

Basically, the duty of a digital marketer is to make sure that a company’s online presence activity is in line with that of the offline. Content strategy, search engine optimization, tech team coordination and social media management are among the key responsibilities of a digital marketer.

While a background in marketing may help, employers look out for those with experience over certification when hiring digital marketers. You can easily take an online course in digital marketing to improve your skills and standard out in the competitive market. Digital marketing is a well-paying field in Nigeria. Digital marketers earn between N 148,000 to N 350,000


In Nigeria, real estate has become a lucrative business and this has led to the increase in the demand for the services of experienced architects. Architects make plans for new development undertakings, changes and redevelopments. They utilize their expert development information to plan structures that are practical, sheltered and pleasant to the eyes.

A degree or Diploma in Architecture from any ARCON/NIA and NUC accredited University is required for one to become an architect. Architects earn about N 199,000 to N 652,000 per month.


A sailor is someone who works on traveler boats, tankers, and big hauler ships, exploring maritime vessels. If you are interested in sailing, you can get basic training from Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron or any of the accredited private maritime academies across the country. This profession is a high income yielding one though it is not always pronounced like medicine and the likes.

A sailor goes home with an average  pay of N 200,000 – N 1,400,000 per month.

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The IT sector is an area that has a high pay but due to the advancement in technology, the sector has become highly competitive which means that only the best of the best get the available jobs.

There are numerous professionals found in IT fields. They include:

  • Software Developer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • IT Analyst
  • Graphic designer


Software development has to do with a set of activities that involve creating, designing, deploying and supporting software. Software developers are responsible for computer programs. They determine a need and then proffer a solution by analyzing, designing, testing and developing software that solve this need. They also design application systems and ensure they run smoothly.

To become a software developer, a degree in computer science is recommended but not compulsory because there are lots of short courses both online and offline. The knowledge of at least one programming language, as well interest in learning is enough to get you started as a software developer.

The average salary of software developers in Nigeria ranges from N 134,000 to N 400,000.


Telecommunications Engineers are skilled in management of data gotten from voice calls, video calls and texts. They also design and install telecommunications equipment and manage these means of communication to ensure seamless flow of information.

Telecommunications is an engineering field that  combines both electrical and electronics engineering and computer science. So, a degree in either field from a recognized institution would qualify you for any related job. As technology is growing rapidly in Nigeria and telecommunication subscribers are increasing on a daily basis,  there is a high demand for telecommunication engineers and a correspondingly high salary range of N 200,000 – N 1,000,000 per month.


IT analysts also known as systems analysts provide technical support to IT users by designing and implementing systems that increase efficiency. The IT analyst ensures the execution of software projects by managing programmers, software developers and other related technology professionals in order to ensure the design is properly executed and is within the stated budget.

An IT analyst working in Nigeria earns between N 176,000 – N 492,000.


A graphic designer in Nigeria averages 200,000 Naira per month. A graphic designer creates design concepts using dedicated computer software or by hand. One of the main purposes of graphic designing is to create visual imagery that appeals to and informs customers so as to ensure patronage. So, graphic designers use the right tools such as: Adobe illustrator, Corel Draw Graphic Suite, Adobe In Design, pixellab, canva etc, to create logos, fonts, shapes, colors, images, print design, photography, animation, and billboards for the promotion of a brand.

If you want a career as a graphic designer, you do not necessarily need a degree in that field, you can develop graphic designing skills using the above stated tools or go for training in any licensed  training center or take online courses that are geared towards graphic designing.


An accountant prepares and reviews financial records. It is your duty as an accountant to audit an establishment’s books and records in order to ensure accuracy. They also make sure that taxes are filed appropriately and that the company is in  compliance with appropriate financial regulations so as to ensure a smooth running of business.

If you want to become an accountant, you would study accountancy at any accredited institution. Universities in Nigeria usually run a four-year accounting programme, after which it highly recommend you acquire  professional certification. Without being certified by any of the recognized bodies (ICAN, ANAN, CIMA and ACCA), you would not be able to practice accounting at a reputable company.

Accountants in Nigeria earn between N 140,000 – N 1,500,000 each month.

10. LAW

A lawyer, also known as an attorney, barrister, notary and counselor, provides legal advice and assistance, acts as prosecutor or defense attorney in court, gathers relevant information, prepares legal documents (wills, contracts, wills and so on). There are many laws in Nigeria and a wide variety of law fields to practice including family law, environmental law, property law, entertainment law.

To become a lawyer, you must first bag a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from any accredited university. The course runs for five years, after which you will spend a year at the Nigerian law school before you are become a  certified member of the Nigerian bar.

Though this profession is not as financially rewarding as it is in many parts of the world, Nigerian lawyers still earn enough money to place them in the upper middle class of the society. Thus, the monthly salary of Nigerian lawyers in standard firms is between N 150,000 – N 1,100,000.


This is one of the jobs that is financially rewarding in Nigeria. Project manager is a person who has the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling of a project. Construction, petrochemical, architecture, information technology and many different industries that produce products and services use this job title.

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The project manager must have general management skills. Most of the issues that impact a project result in one way or another from risk. However, a good project manager can lessen risk significantly.

If you want to become a project manager in Nigeria, you will need a degree in project management or a certificate from The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI). A project manager earns N139,000 – N457,000 per month.


A nurse is a primary caregiver that helps in recording medical history and symptoms, collaborating with medical teams to care for patients, monitor patient health and record signs as well as administer medications and treatments. To become a nurse in Nigeria, you can either attend a nursing school for three years or a university for five years to earn a degree in Nursing and Midwifery.

Nurses earn about N 133,000 – N 410,000 per month though less experienced Nurses earn less.


A banker is an individual who works for a financial institution and conducts financial transactions for individuals or corporate clients. Bankers enjoy excellent benefits and can choose to practice their craft in a wide variety of rewarding career paths including audit, customer service banking, sales, financial analysis, budgeting, investment banking, and more.

To become a banker in Nigeria and have a rewarding career, you need at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field. However, banking jobs in Nigeria have become so competitive that even with an on- the- job training, anybody can work as a banker. Depending on the level of experience and expertise, a banker  goes home with an average salary of N 150,000 to N 1,500,000 per month.

There is no doubt that Nigeria is among the countries with high unemployment rate but regardless, there are still great opportunities for professionals in some fields to get a high pay as seen above. If you wish to earn more in Nigeria, any of the above is a good option.

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