Monthly & Annual Salary Structures of Lecturers In Nigeria (States & Federal) 2021

Today’s topic is about the salary structures of Lecturers in Nigeria ranging from universities, polytechnics and down to C.O.E (Colleges of Education). Usually this is a very sensitive area most workers whether in private or public sectors try to avoid, one major reason is, the issue of salary discussion is generally termed private. Secondly, your basic or annual salary scale tells a lot about you, your financial status and standard of living so giving out such information is like selling yourself out to the public.

Without mincing words, it is often regarded that the academic sector is loaded with the best professionals. You may be part of those guessing how much a lecturer in our tertiary institutions be it Junior, senior lecturer or even a professor are paid. Truth being told, salaries of University lecturers in Nigeria is termed okay to help them live an average life and raise a decent family.

Monthly & Annual Salary Structures of Lecturers In Nigeria (States & Federal) [year] 1

In Nigeria and the world at large, upon graduation, you must graduate with a minimum of second class uppers division (2.1) in order to be able to apply for a lecturing job, in some universities, polytechnics or colleges of education, you will be required to graduate with a minimum of 1st class on order to be eligible to apply for a lecturing job and such individual will have to start from the position of a Graduate Assistant (GA) as this is the starting point towards climbing the ladder to the highest level in the education sector.

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Below is a breakdown of how much the Nigerian lecturer is paid, that is form lecturer II to the level of a professor annually and monthly.

Getting the basic monthly salary or take home pay an average lecturer in Nigeria receives was a herculean task however, we were able to dig out the estimated amount through the best known sources.

When we mentioned lecturers in Nigeria above, here we are referring to Professors, Associate Professors, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers II and Junior Lecturer I. Kindly note that Lecturer I is higher than Lecturer II in the perking order.

We are going to be breaking down their salaries yearly and down to monthly. After this reading this article, we assure you of the estimated take home pay of Lecturers in Nigeria.

You might be surprise about not listing the salary structure for private university Lecturers, we are still working on the article and we shall post it as soon as it is ready, however, findings so far have proven that Lecturers in private universities have better remunerations than their Federal and state counterparts, though the surprising aspect of this is that Lecturers still prefer being with their state or Federal government job as this is secure compared to Private Universities where lecturers are bound to lose their jobs without forewarning.

Now to the bone of contention, we are going to breakdown the salaries of these lecturers in a tabular format for ease of understanding and proper identification, kindly note that these figures are bound to change since we have no control over such changes, however we promise to update this article should there be a confirmed change in the basic monthly salaries of the lecturers.

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Please be informed that salaries structures of lecturers vary from one university to another, just know that they fall within the same range, so the table below provides the estimated range in which the salaries of all Nigerian University lecturers fall within or are categorized.


Lecturer II N137,459 – N164,970 N1,649,509 to N1,979,640
Lecturer I N173,333 – N223,668 N2,079,996 to N2,684,010
Senior Lecturer N257,625 – N371,292 N3,091,505 to 4,455,506
Reader N314081 – N417,063 N3,768,221 to N5,004,750
Professor in Nigeria N381,695 – N501,680 N4,580,349 – N6,020,163

Though with the above salary range, many would agree with us that this amount is poor when compared to the expected salary scales of lecturers outside the shores of Nigeria. To increase their earnings, lecturers in Nigeria have resorted to selling of handouts (though most universities and polytechnics have been kicking against this act), authoring of various text books and indirectly coercing students to purchase them at a price tag against their will.

Issues about the humble salaries of lecturers have been raised by both ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities and NASU (Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities) both bodies responsible for the welfare of lecturers and non-teaching staff of all universities in Nigeria, this however has necessitated the move for the Federal and state government to take a cursory look into the monthly salaries and benefits of all lecturers and non academic lecturers in Nigeria to forestall the decay in our tertiary institutions.

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