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10 Highest Paying Jobs In Nigeria In 2019



Almost 70 percent of job seekers in the world today say that salary is a key factor when considering employment options. The number of high paying jobs are quite significant. Common attributes of these high-earning professionals include leadership and management skills, advanced mathematical, technical, or engineering knowledge, and high-level researching abilities. It is evident that majority of the highest paying jobs are in tech. However in a more comprehensive list, we discovered health care is next in line.

In compiling this list, we considered the following factors;

  • Average annual take home
  • Delicacy of the task
  • Market Demand.

1. Pilot

Flying an aircraft is one of the jobs many Nigerians hold in high esteem. Though the job comes with certain risks, it remains one of the most precious jobs many Nigerians hanker after. Depending on the experience and level of expertise, a Nigerian pilot can earn around #500,000 to #1, 500, 000 on a monthly basis. Annual pay on average is about #9million.

2. Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum engineers fall into the guild of highest-earning engineers in the country. This isn’t a surprise since petroleum engineers are often employed by Nigeria’s multimillion oil companies. Even at entry levels, petroleum engineers still earn reasonable sums as salaries. If you’re fortunate to be a petroleum engineer in one of Nigeria’s biggest oil companies, you can have the average income of #12,000,000 on a yearly basis.

3. Programmer/Developer

Programmers are problem solvers. They figure out how to make computers solve our problems. Programmers are among the top 5 best paid professions in developed worlds but in naija they are probably the least appreciated financially. They get about N5 million yearly.

4. Telecom Engineer

Telecom engineers make it possible for you to make calls and browse from your phone. If you know how mobile networks work you will understand why the Telecom engineer is well-regarded. If you are fortunate as to be in a unit where the pay is high, you can have the average invoice 6-8 million on a yearly basis.

5. Medical Doctor

Medicine is undoubtedly one of the highest-paying jobs in Nigeria. Medical personnel earn reasonable sums of money but this circumstance usually depends on qualifications, position and level of experience. Due to the fairly low salaries resident doctors earn, some people mistakenly assume medicine is not a high paying job in Nigeria.

If you’re in the medical field, you need to acquire adequate experience that will take you to a higher level. For instance, a senior medical expert –such as an experienced consultant –earn close to #1 million or even more based on the area of specialization.

6. Professional Teacher

In reality, lecturing is one of the rewarding jobs in Nigeria but to be a high-earning lecturer, you need to pursue top-level degrees like Masters and PhD. Meanwhile, some Nigerian lecturers, at the senior level, earn around #600,000 on a monthly basis.

7. Chemical Engineer

If you’re a qualified graduate of computer engineering, you have every good reason to smile because some top Nigerian companies are in need of your professional services. Though this is often determined by factors such as qualification, experience and job duration, the annual salary of a computer engineer in Nigeria can extend from #10,000,000 upwards.

8. Musician

You might not be able to ascertain the exact amount some high-profile entertainers earn per show, it is still clear that a Nigerian entertainer –such as a musician –can earn within a few hours, what a common Nigerian might not earn over one year. In Nigeria, most entertainers make money during the prime of their careers –probably when their fame is still fast rising.It is not uncommon to find people idolize musicians like they do religious leaders as such,musicians earn about N600,000 to N2 million for their presence at any events.

9. Aeronautics Engineer

Aeronautical engineers are ‘airplane engineers’. In Nigeria, their main job is the maintenance of air crafts technology. Their job is very delicate because the safety of the nation’s air crafts, military or commercial, rests on their shoulders. The lives and safety of everyday traveler depends on them so aeronautic engineers get up to N11 million.

10. Pastor

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.



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