10 High paying jobs & careers in Nigeria (2019 update)

Discover the top 10 among the highest paying careers in Nigeria.

Some jobs or careers make much more money than others. This is a reality. In Nigeria, the case is the same: some jobs will pay you very little while some others will pay you a huge salary.

In this post is the list of jobs and careers rated as the highest paying ones in Nigeria.

As a student, understand that this should in no way spur you to drop that course you are passionate about and start pursuing a different one just because of what the ratings out there says.

For those who have been searching for the highest paying government jobs in Nigeria, you might be surprised that there are many jobs that actually pay more than federal govt jobs.

Category: highest paying companies in Nigeria, the most lucrative profession in Nigeria

Below is the list of highest paying jobs in Nigeria in ascending order.

Top 10 paying jobs & careers in Nigeria

Note that the list is in ascending order – from 10th position to the 1st position.

10. IT Jobs – IT Security Analyst, Developers & Programmers, Ethical Hackers & some Engineers jobs

Salary Range: ₦200,000 – ₦600,000

IT guys are the ones who ensure your online security, develop the computer software we use. They test and evaluate computer and do a whole lot of IT related work.

9. Surgeons

Salary Range: ₦200,000 – ₦800,000

These are experts in the medical field who perform general or specialized types of surgeries. It is no surprise that this job pays high in Nigeria when we consider how important it is – they help preserve life. What can be more important?

8. Pilots (Airline Pilot)

Salary Range: ₦200,000 – ₦800,000

These are pilots that work for commercial airlines in Nigeria. Many of them got their training abroad. Airline pilot is very important in society as they are charged with the task of transporting passengers are goods, for the safety of passengers and goods, etc.

7. Project Managers

Salary Range: ₦200,000 – ₦800,000

Project managers make sure that that company or organization projects are well planned and successfully executed. So their role includes planning, executing, and monitoring various projects within their organizations.

This role is usually handled by experts with years of experience in the industry.

6. Business Manager/Director

Salary Range: ₦250,000 – ₦800,000

Most directors oversee the day to day running of the business enterprise. Business managers play critical roles in the company and their decision can have a big impact (negative or positive) on the overall success of the company.

5. Investment bankers

Salary Range: ₦300,000 – ₦600,000

Investment bankers are the guys that help government, companies, and organizations to raise money by selling securities in the primary market. They assist public and private companies in raising funds in the capital market.

4. Entertainment – Musicians, Music producers, Actors & Actresses, etc

Earnings Range (eg. per concert): ₦500,000 – ₦1,500,000

Most people already know guys in the entertainment industry and what they do. Musicians, Nollywood stars, music producers, comedians, all fall into this category.

3. Aerospace Engineers

Salary Range: ₦200,000 – ₦1,000,000

Aerospace engineers are the engineers that develop new technologies for use in aviation, defence systems, and spacecraft. They also handle maintenance, ensure safety, etc. This is a very critical role and any slight mistake can result in a big disaster and even loss of life.

2. Petroleum Engineers

Salary Range: ₦200,000 – ₦1,000,000

Petroleum engineers work in petroleum industries across the country. You usually see them in Oil and gas industry. For example, when new oil well is discovered, petroleum engineers usually analyze it to determine whether it can be profitably exploited.

1. Telecom Engineers

Salary Range: ₦300,000 – ₦1,000,000

Telecom engineers design and install equipment used for transmitting wired phone, cellular, cable and broadband data. They also handle the maintenance of this equipment and facility.

It is not supersizing that engineering tops the list of top paying careers in Nigeria giving the role of tech in almost every industry in the country and even most part of the world.

But pay attention to the top three engineering fields. These are in the fields that are currently booming in the country.

Oil and gas have been a goldmine for years in Nigeria, and careers in that field still pay high.

IT/Telecom has continued to be on the rise and career in this field really pay off.

In the case of music, acting and other entertainment careers, everyone knows this career can make you millions in the shortest time. But just like being a professional footballer, it is not always so easy to come to limelight in the entertainment industry.

What did you think is the highest paying careers in Nigeria? Drop your thoughts in the comment box below.

Arinze Anakor

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