Nigerian navy ranks

Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary Structure


In this post, you will learn about the Nigerian Navy ranks and its salary structure. This will help you decide whether to pursue a career there or not. The Nigerian Navy is one of the components of the Nigerian Armed Forces. In Africa, it is one of the largest navies with thousands of personnel and a coast guard. The Nigerian Navy’s motto is “Onward Together”. The Chief of Naval Staff is Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.

The force has been active since 1956. Most youths won’t mind joining the Nigerian Navy and making it a career. The most important things to find out about are the Nigerian navy ranks and salary structure. This will help prospective Naval officers know what they are signing up for.

Nigerian Navy Ranks and Meaning

The ranking system of the Nigerian Navy is divided into two parts; they have commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers. A commission officer holds higher ranks than non-commissioned officers. The commission officers are paid more, have more legal responsibilities, and often have non-military training such as a University degree.

The ranking system for the commission officers are;

  • Admiral of the Fleet
  • Admiral
  • Vice-Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub-Lieutenant
  • Acting Sub-Lieutenant
  • Midshipman

While the ranking system for non-commissioned officers are;

  • Warrant Chief Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Petty Officer
  • Leading Rating
  • Able Rating
  • Ordinary Rating
  • Trainee

Nigerian Navy Ranks and Salary Structure

Admiral of the Fleet: This is usually an honorary position. It is similar to the Field Marshal of the Nigerian Army and the Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force.

Admiral: This is the highest rank in the Nigerian Navy. Its monthly salary is ₦1,358,595 which translates ₦16,303,140 annually.

Vice-Admiral: This rank is second in commander after the Admiral and is often called Chief of Naval Staff. Its base monthly salary is ₦1,113,602 which totals to ₦13,363,229 annually.

Rear Admiral: This rank is subordinate to the Vice-Admiral. The Real Admiral is entitled to a monthly salary of ₦1,003,245 and will get ₦12,038,945 for the year.

Commodore: This rank is directly below the Real Admiral. The rank takes home a monthly salary of ₦615,488 and will make ₦7,385,856 by the year-end.

Captain: This rank earns ₦309,655 monthly and ₦3,715,859 per annum.

Commander: Right below the Captain rank is the Commander. The rank makes ₦281,674 per month and ₦3,380,086 per annum.

Lieutenant Commander: This rank is deputy to the Commander. The salary of the Lieutenant Commander is ₦251,494 per month and ₦3,017,928 per annum.


Lieutenant: The Lieutenant rank is generally an assistant rank and rightly below the Lieutenant Commander. The rank earns ₦225,782 monthly which equates to ₦2,709,384.

Sub-Lieutenant: Just like the name, this rank is the subordinate of the Lieutenant. The rank takes home ₦191,467 monthly and ₦2,297,604 annually.

Acting Sub-Lieutenant: This rank takes home ₦165,567 per month and ₦1,986,804 per annum.

Midshipman: The last rank of the commissioned officer is the Midshipman. This rank goes home with ₦136,362 every month as basic salary and ₦1,636,344 every year.

The non-commissioned officers’ salary structure is not included in this article because oftentimes they are not made public. So this is everything there is to know about the Nigerian navy ranks and salary structure

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