The experience level is one of the most important factors that determine the salary of a Nigerian Nurse. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your salary. In this article you will read on Nurses Salary In Nigeria


A Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximately 96,400 NGN per month while someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 128,000 NGN per month. A person with an experience level between five and ten years goes home with a salary of 171,000 NGN per month

More so, Nurses with experience between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 203,000 NGN per month. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 219,000 NGN per month. A Nurse with more than twenty years of professional experience gets a salary of 236,000 NGN per month.

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Average Nurses salary in Nigeria by Experience

  • 0 – 2 Years N96, 400
  • 2 – 5 Years N128, 000
  • 5 – 10 Years N171, 000
  • 10 -15 Years N203, 000
  • 15 – 20 Years N219, 000
  • 20 Years and above N236, 000


It is a known fact that if you have to earn more, you must learn more. So to say that the higher the educational qualification, the more you will earn. So, you might be wondering how much getting an extra degree can add to your income.

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When the education level is Bachelor’s Degree, the average salary of a Nurse is 227,000 NGN per month while someone with a Master’s Degree gets a salary of 358,000 NGN per month. This is about 58% more than a Nurse who has a Bachelor’s degree.

Nurse average salary difference by education level in Nigeria

  • Bachelor’s Degree 227,000 NGN
  • Master’s Degree 358,000 NGN

A Master’s degree program or any post-graduate program in Nigeria takes a lot of finance but if you can afford it the return on investment is worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or more.


In Nigeria, a lot of people still hold on to the opinion that Nursing is a profession for females but unlike in other countries the fact is nursing has never been an only female profession. Males are embracing the profession more in recent times. While gender should not affect pay, in reality, it does as females earn more. Male Nurses in Nigeria earn 6% less than their female counterparts on average.

On average, male Nurses in Nigeria earn 255,000 NGN while female Nurses earn 273,000 NGN every month.

Having seen these factors, a person working as a Nurse in Nigeria typically earns around 265,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 133,000 NGN (lowest) to 411,000 NGN (highest). This is the average monthly Nurses Salary In Nigeria (2022) including housing, transport, and other benefits.

Nurses are entitled to several bonuses and allowances

They are also dependent on the level of experience. For instance, senior-level nurses earn more than entry-level nurses and have better bonuses and allowances. Generally, the salary structure for Nurses is based on two main standards: Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) which is for hospitals, and Consolidated University Academic structure (CONAUSS) for Nurses in the academic sector.

Nurses Are Entitled To Several Bonuses And Allowances Such As;

Call Duty Allowance: This allowance is for health professionals working in Federal hospitals or medical centers. If you have performed a call duty which is always recorded on the call duty card then you should be paid your call duty allowance.

Specialist Allowance: This allowance is for healthcare professionals who have attained the position of consultant. There are not many specialist nursing professionals in Nigeria and as such the existing healthcare specialist should be paid well.

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Shift Duty Allowance: This is paid to nurses and health workers that run shifts (Night and day).

Clinical Duty Allowance: This allowance is paid to academic staff in the university who render clinical services in the teaching hospital as consultants.

Non-Clinical Duty Allowance: This allowance is paid to all health professionals that offer health services in the Federal Ministry of Health or Federal Health institutions.

Teaching Allowance: This allowance is paid specifically to Nurses that teach health professionals at the federal teaching hospital or a medical center. Hazard allowance and Rural posting allowance are also paid to eligible Nurses.

Salary Structure For Nurses In Nigeria

The salary structure for Nurses in Nigeria is based on two main standards: Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) which is for hospitals and Consolidated University Academic structure (CONAUSS) for Nurses in the academic sector.

Bear in mind Nigeria is one of the countries that pay Nurses the lowest. We can only anticipate an improvement in the payment structure. This article gives the current range of salaries of nurses in Nigeria. I believe this information will help you make a timely decision on whether or not to be a practicing Nurses in Nigeria.

For lots of reasons, the nursing profession is regarded among the noblest and respected professions in the country. The profession has been in existence even before it was officially named “nursing”. The evolution of the nursing profession has not only been epic, it has been welcomed far and near, embraced in every country, and seen as one of the most important fields in every country. Although nurses work with medical doctors and other medical professionals, they can also work independently, especially in fields of midwifery and other specialized nursing career paths.

When it comes to their monthly take-home though, there is not much to admire about the career, especially given the difference in salary structures in various sectors. Compared to medical doctors and some other medical professionals, the salaries of nurses are not as scintillating. Like most other medical professions, salaries of nurses vary per level of experience and sector. Private universities pay lesser salaries compared to their counterparts in Government hospitals or teaching hospitals.


On average, entry-level Nurses Salary In Nigeria (2022) earn N50, 000 N80, 000 in private hospitals in Nigeria while their counterparts in government hospitals earn about N70, 000 – N120, 000. It should be noted that nurses in federal hospitals earn more than those in state hospitals. The salary structure is dependent on many factors. The consoling par for nurses in federal and State hospitals is the bonuses and allowances.

It should be noted that the salary stated above is the basic salary and it excludes bonuses and other allowances nurses are entitled to.Let us know in the comments if u have any questions or any clarification. Click here to join our telegram group and don’t forget to share this article with friends

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Abdullahi Suleiman a Certified Registered Nurse based in Nigeria, an Entrepreneur and Also a Blogger, passionate about Community Development and Cosmetic Nursing


  1. This is insightful, I think people really need to know we are very underpaid for the work we are doing.
    Also, the government should look into this before all the good nurses leave the country.

  2. The salary of nurses in kaduna state is 45000 even with the minimum wage please NANNM should intervene

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