The Nigerian Police is a very controversial paramilitary and law enforcement body in the country. And one of the most common controversies about the Nigerian police is its salary structure, as well as how much each police earns monthly, on average.
If you’ve had certain speculation about how much police officers are being paid in Nigeria, it’s proper you find out the factual truth about the salary structure, rather than just having assumptions that could be wrong.
That’s the essence of this article. According to the ranks in the Nigerian police, you’d find out how much a police officer earns in the country as of 2023.
About the Nigerian Police
The Nigerian Police force is a law enforcement department in the country, mainly set up to enforce certain laws that have been established by the federal government. The Nigerian police was established in 1930, three decades before Nigeria gained independence from the British Government.
As it should be, every country should have its own police force. And when the British government considered Nigeria to be a country, even though it had not gained independence, a police force was set up.
After Nigeria gained independence in 1960, however, certain significant changes were made in the police force, including the uniform.
For many decades, the Nigerian police have been responsible for encouraging the citizens to adhere to certain laws, and they are also charged with protecting the lives and properties of the citizens of Nigeria.
With a total number of 2000 police stations and about 370,000 able-bodied officers across the country, the police force is able to execute its duties successfully. Nevertheless, the federal government looks forward to increasing the number of police officers by 50%.
The head or overseer of the police force is known as the Inspector General of Police. This is the highest rank and the highest-paid position in the Nigerian police force.
Arms of the Nigerian Police
The Nigerian police have different divisions/arms, which helps the force to perform its responsibilities with effectiveness, competence, and efficiency. Every arm of the Nigerian police force is responsible for carrying out specific duties, so as to promote peace and order in the country.
Let’s take a look at all the arms of the Nigerian Police Force:
- Administrative arm
- Anti-Fraud Section
- The Central Criminal Registry
- Special Weapon And Tactics (SWAT)
- X-Squad, General Investigation
- Special Fraud Unit
- Legal Section
- Police Mobile Force
- Forensic Science Laboratory
- Interpol Liaison
- DCI Kaduna Annex and Counter-Terrorism Unit.
- Anti-Human Trafficking Unit
- Force Intelligence Bureau
The Nigerian Police Salary Structure Bases on Ranks
The wage of a police officer is strictly determined by the rank of the police officer. As a new recruit, you can’t earn the same monthly salary as someone who’s already a Constable or sergeant in the Nigerian police force. Your rank is what determines how much you’d be paid by the federal government as a police officer.
Below are the ranks in the Nigerian police force and how much they are being paid:
- Police Recruit
Salary per month – ₦9,019.42
Annual Salary – ₦108,233
- Police Constable Grade Level 03
Salary per month – ₦43, 293.80
Annual Salary – ₦519,525.6
- Police Constable Grade Level 10
Salary per month – ₦51,113.59
Annual Salary- ₦613,363.08
- Police Corporal On Grade 04 (1)
Salary per month – ₦44,715.53
Annual Salary – ₦536,586.36
- Police Corporal On Grade Level 04 (10)
Salary per month- ₦51,113.59
Annual Salary – ₦613,365.08
- Police Sergeant On Grade 05 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦48,540.88
Annual Salary – ₦582,490.56
- Police Sergeant On Grade 05 (step 10)
Salary per month – ₦55,973.84
Annual Salary – ₦671,686.08
- Sergeant Major On Grade 06 (step 1)
Salary per month – ₦55,144.81
Annual Salary – ₦661,737.72
- Sergeant Major On Grade 06 (step 10)
Salary per month – ₦62,204.88
Annual Salary – ₦746,458.56
- Cadet Inspector On Grade Level 07 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦73,231.51
Annual Salary – ₦878,778.12
- Cadet Inspector On Grade 07 (step10)
Salary per month – ₦87,135.70
Annual Salary – ₦1,045,628.4
- Assistant Superintendent Of Police On Grade 08 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦127,604.68
Annual Salary – ₦1,531,256.16
- Assistant Superintendent Of Police On Grade 08 (step10)
Salary per month – ₦144,152.07
Annual Salary – ₦1,729,824.84
- Assistant Superintendent Of Police On Grade 09 (step1)
Salary per month- ₦136, 616.06
Annual Salary- ₦1,639,392.72
- Assistant Superintendent Of Police On Grade 09 (step10)
Salary per month – ₦156,318.39
Annual Salary – ₦1,875,820.68
- Deputy Superintendent Of Police On Grade 10 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦148,733.29
Annual Salary – ₦1,784,799.48
- Deputy Superintendent Of Police on Grade 10 (step10)
Salary per month – ₦170,399.69
Annual Salary – ₦2,044,796.28
- Superintendent Of Police On Grade 11 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦161,478.29
Annual Salary – ₦1,937,739.48
- Superintendent Of Police On Grade 11 (step 10)
Salary per month – ₦187,616.69
Annual Salary – ₦2,251400.28
- Chief Of Superintendent Of Police on Grade 12 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦172,089.06
Annual Salary – ₦2,065,068.72
- Chief Of Superintendent Of Police On Grade 12 (step8)
Salary per month – ₦199,723.96
Annual Salary – ₦N2,396,687.52
- Assistant Commissioner Of Police Grade 13 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦183,185.73
Annual Salary – ₦2,198,228.76
- Assistant Commissioner Of Police Grade 13 (step10)
Salary per month – ₦212,938.16
Annual Salary – ₦2,555,257.92
- Deputy Commissioner Of Police On Grade 14 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦242,715.65
Annual Salary – ₦2,912,587.8
- Deputy Commissioner Of Police On Grade 14 (step7)
Salary per month – ₦278,852.79
Annual Salary -₦3,346,233.48
- Commissioner Of Police on Grade 15 (step1)
Salary per month – ₦266,777.79
Annual Salary – ₦3,201,333.48
- Commissioner Of Police on Grade 15 (step6)
Salary per month- ₦302,970.47
Annual Salary – ₦3,635,645.64
- Assistant Inspector General Of Police
Salary per month – ₦499,751.87
Annual Salary – ₦5,997,022.44
- Deputy Inspector General Of Police
Salary per month – ₦546,572.73
Annual Salary – ₦6,558,872.76
- Inspector General Of Police, (IGP)
IGP Salary per month – ₦711,498
IGP Annual Salary – ₦8,537,976
As the highest rank in the Nigerian police force, the Inspector General of Police takes the biggest paycheck.
New Nigerian Police Salary Structure (2023)
The salary structure you see above has been the established payment scale for the Nigerian police force for so many years. However, it would interest you to know that the salary structure has just been recently modified, and this is due to the #EndSars protest that raged over the entire country in 2020. One of the main demands of the protesters was that there should be a salary increment in the Nigerian police force because the salary structure seemed to be too poor.
President Muhammadu Buhari came to terms with this request and decided that the Nigerian police force salaries would be increased from January 2023.
Although we aren’t certain if this increment has been successfully implemented, here is how much the police force would begin to earn from 2023.
- Police Constable (PC) II – ₦84,000 per month
- Police Constable (PC) I – ₦86,000 per month
- Sergeant Copral (SC) – ₦96,000 per month
- Sergeant Major (SM) – ₦119,000 per month
- Inspector Of Police (IP) II – ₦167,000 per month
- Inspector of Police (IP) I – ₦254,000 per month
- Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) II – ₦271,000 per month
- Assistant Superintendent of Police(ASP) I – ₦296,000 per month
- Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) – ₦321,000 per month
- Superintendent of Police (SP) – ₦342,000 per month
- Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) – ₦419,000 per month
- Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) – ₦483,000 per month
- Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) – ₦531,000 per month
- Commissioner of Police (CP) – ₦1.5million per month
As we said earlier, we aren’t sure if this has been implemented. Notwithstanding, this is what the increment would look like once the salary structure has been adjusted.
Every personnel in the Nigerian police force earns monthly salaries. Like employees of a normal organization, they are being paid at the end of the month.
The least paid officer in the police force is called a “police recruit”. A police recruit is someone who has just been recently recruited by the Nigerian police force.
You can join the police force by applying online whenever the recruitment program begins. Anyone can easily apply through the online portal, as long as you have your school leaving certificate (O level results).
The Salary Structure of the Nigerian Police Force has been a controversial topic for a long time. Hopefully, this article would be an eye-opener, so you fully understand how much police officers earn and what their future earnings would be once the Federal Government implements the increment in their salary structure.