Top 11 Highest paying jobs in Nigeria 2021

Top 11 Highest paying jobs in Nigeria 2021



We recently conducted a research amidst the pandemic and high inflation happening in Nigeria, in order to ascertain the highest paying jobs in Nigeria 2021 and or Highest paying jobs in Nigeria and their salaries. it is clear that getting skilled in order to carve out a niche for oneself into being self-employed has become a big task & a necessity, so that one can earn as much as one can. Although Mastering a skill takes time, and sometimes the party involved gets distracted by the hitches faced with and could lead to he/she giving up on learning a particular skill. This has made a lot of our generation focus on finding full-time high paying jobs. Seaming to say that Nothing berates getting a well/High paying jobs that guarantees a Monthly credit alert right.

As a matter of fact It is normal/required to search for well paying or highest paying jobs while job hunting. Baer in Mind that an average amount of 100,000 seems to be the salary in Nigeria. While  stating this fact, it doesn’t mean there aren’t Jobs that pays way higher than that,  In-fact some people earn monthly salaries in millions of naira.


In our recently concluded research, we have put together some highest paying jobs in Nigeria. Take note the research was carried out by using several measures, online tools, Salary structure offered by companies in these industries.



Below are the Highest Paying Jobs in Nigeria 2021/Highest paying jobs in Nigeria and their salary

Note: List is from the Least to the highest. And also the estimates below are average salaries from Entry to Medium level. Senior and Experienced officers usually earn more than x3 of the salaries below.



1-Maritime/Shipping / Sailing Jobs — Salary  ₦250,000 – ₦450,000/Month

These jobs are rarely available, while it is well paying.  A couple of person told us that working at the Maritime industry can be a little bit tough but they earn comfortable salaries.

2-Web Development/ Software Development Jobs —Salary ₦250,000 – ₦400,000/Month

With the serious growth of the mobile phones & app and web ecosystem,  it has  become a necessity to have an expert in this field which has made this field becomes competitive and tough on a daily. Web developers and software developers are highly demanded, with a few of them being available. Abroad Software developers and or web developers earn Fat Pay Cheques. Although they also earn very high in Nigeria. However Entry-level developers might not earn as much, but the senior software developers are nothing short of rich lads. The development of Mobile Apps or websites can be done as a side hustle from the comfort of any where.


3-Pilot/Aviation Jobs — Salary  ₦400,000 – ₦600,000/Month

Aviation Jobs. Pilots are not highly demanded, but its one of those Highest paying jobs in Nigeria. Although a lot of people perceive it to be a risky job, and it requires lots of training and practice to become an expert in this field. That is why pilots are highly honored . They are mostly seen as heroes. Most kids dream about becoming one. The salaries always varies across airlines.


4-Medical Jobs —Salary ₦250,000 – ₦400,000/Month

Most Medical professionals will always say  the rigorous and stressful sleepless night they went through in school was worth every bit of it. Don’t listen anyone that tells you being a medical doctor does not pay. Though like other jobs, it depends on your level of experience but even many Entry-level medical professionals earn comfortably well. It depends on the opportunity available and if you are able to get those high-paying Entry-level medical jobs.


5-Entertainment / Artiste / Musicians

The entertainment industry is by far one of the fastest growing industries in Nigeria. And from recent happenings, the whole world is beginning to pay close attention to our entertainers in various entertainment sectors like the music industry. Funny enough, you do not necessarily need to have a degree to delve into this sector. Entertainers in Nigeria earn mouth-watering cash and if you are highly skilled, you might want to consider this industry.


5-Banking Jobs —Salary ₦90,000 – ₦150,000/Month

Yes, Banking jobs is our No. 10 on the list. If you are interested in savings, loans, taxes, investments, and securities, anything that has to do with finance, A Banking job might be good for you. Bankers earn an average salary, though depending on your level, you are guaranteed to earn more. We came to realize also that most Bankers aren’t happy with their jobs because its tasking compared to the salary earned. I had a friend of mine who quit his banking job recently. It however does offer a steady monthly income.


6-Digital Marketing / Social Media Influencer —Salary ₦80,000 – ₦200,000/Month

Are you good at developing, implementing and managing marketing campaigns, implementing SEO strategies that promote a company and its products and/or services? You might wanna start looking for job opportunities in this field. Digital Marketing is fast growing and is one of the most underrated Jobs currently. We term it underrated because 70% of companies in Nigeria aren’t even aware of the impact digital marketing can have on their businesses. This is one of the skills you can actually learn on your own. More-so, if you have a large following on social media, you can take advantage of this field.


7-Law / Legal Jobs — Salary ₦100,000 – ₦250,000/Month

Parents always advice their children while young to become lawyers, well it turns out being a lawyer pays but…….. Yes there is a but. Entry-level lawyers don’t earn enough and that is the only problem with being a lawyer. You have to work your ass off and dedicate a lot of time and resources. But after a few years it actually pays to be a lawyer. Also you might want to look into working for Government agencies and some other corporations who have legal departments. Lawyers actually earn good salaries at these agencies depending on your level. Only Entry-Level lawyers complain about their Salaries. And on top of that, being a lawyer seems fun.

8-Business Development Jobs —Salary ₦130,000 – ₦230,000/Month

Business developers are in high demand in Nigeria currently. It is one thing to start a business, it is another different ball game to build your clients as well as maintain a relationship to boost your sales. That is why Employers seek after business developers. Though this job is mostly available at the senior or experienced level, it is understandable as no one would like an inexperienced person to handle such a job as important as this right? If you studied business-related courses in school you might want to start looking into being a business developer. It pays!



9-Data Analyst Jobs — Salary ₦230,000 – ₦350,000/Month

Ever heard of big data? Yes Data Analysts Jobs is our second on the list. But who is a data analyst? A data analyst’s job is to take that data and use it to help companies make better business decisions. He/She inspects, cleanses, transforms and models data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making. Many corporations today a in search of data analysts. Though this line of job is in lower demand in Nigeria, but it is still one of the highest paying jobs in Nigeria due to its pedigree worldwide. It takes a lot to become a data analyst, Mathematical calculations and programming all involved.


10-Acting / Nollywood Jobs 

Nollywood undoubtedly is one of the biggest movie industries in the world, with numerous number of movies being released everyday. And we as humans after our various activities look to unwind in various ways and one of your best bets is to relax and watch a movie. Being a top level Actor or Actress in Nigeria isn’t easy because the industry is filled with stars. But with a couple of good movies in your resume as an actor, you are well on course to super stardom.


11-Engineering / Oil & Gas Jobs —Salary ₦350,000 – ₦500,000/Month

By Engineering jobs i mean, Petroleum, Chemical, Mechanical, Construction, and so on. Have you ever wondered why Engineers in Nigeria earn so High? I have actually seen people whom during my University days wished they had studied engineering instead of their current course of study at the time. Well i wouldn’t blame them. The Nigeria economy depends a lot on most of these resources like petroleum, oil and gas etc that makes the Engineering line of job a hot cake. It is also the highest paying Entry-Level job too in Nigeria.


A Few Others Below

  Human Resources / HR Jobs: They are highly sorted after and in high demand. Their importance in any organization cannot be overemphasized. That is why they are paid a reasonable amount of salary.


NGO Jobs: Though this isn’t field-specific, NGO jobs are hot cake in the country. You might want to start looking into getting certifications and acquiring skills to help you gain entry into this field. eg: Project management, Monitoring and evaluation etc. Generally NGO’s pay well and so long as Nigeria remain a 3rd world country, they are here to stay.


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