Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in Nigeria

Top 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. The median Salary of a CEO is about N40 million.


There is no way around this. Nigerians appreciate their religious leaders — especially pastors. 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 aircraft technology. Their job is very delicate because the safety of the nation’s aircraft, military or commercial, rests on their shoulders. The lives and safety of everyday travelers depend 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 require surgery, performing the operation, and providing 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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