The Average Salary of a University Professor in Nigeria

Something about the average salary of a university professor in Nigeria is that it is not easily placed to the open for the public eye and not often clear as many of them leave huge and some do not at all. Well, what is clear is that the professors in Nigeria always organize industrial actions against the federal government demanding for increment and arrears.

In this content, you will be taken through the revelation of the salary structure for professors in the country. Be it state professors, or federal scholars, the answer will be provided in this article for your knowledge.

Who Are Professors?

Professors are those in a the highest academic rank at universities and other post-secondary education and research institutions in countries across the world. These set of people are literally persons who profess excellence, competence, and exceptional ability in specific subject or academic course. This is why they are usually respected as experts in their field and teachers of the highest rank.

Furthermore, these identified scholars are often known to conduct original research in different areas of interest, while they also teach undergraduate, professional, or postgraduate courses in their fields of expertise.

In universities with graduate schools, professors may mentor and supervise graduate students conducting research for a thesis or dissertation. In many universities, full professors take on senior managerial roles such as leading departments, research teams and institutes, and filling roles such as president, principal or vice-chancellor.

Aside their mentorship roles, the role of professor may be more public-facing than that of more junior staff, and professors are expected to be national or international leaders in their field of expertise.

Professors’ Pay

With these many special professional burdens, or shall we say ‘responsibilities’ that beset them, and of course the wealthiness of an African country such as Nigeria, one should ordinarily think that their salary structure should be pocket-tearing.

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It is in this content below that you will be exposed, typically, to the average salary of a university professor in Nigeria:

There are over 11,000 professors across over one hundred PUBLIC and PRIVATE tertiary institutions of learning in Nigeria. Though there is a structured earning system in place, but the take-home largely depended on the qualification, experience, and the institution the practitioners’ work. However, Nigerian professor earns a gross annual salary of N5,073,220.

  • For Professors in Step 01, Grade Level 7

When broken into a sizable component, the earning amounts to N422,768 per month before taxes. Meanwhile, after the statutory deductions, which range between 5% and 19%, a Nigerian Professor is then left with a monthly take home of N342,442.

  • For Professors in Step 10, Grade Level 7

The entitlement for professors in this level amounts to N6,664,214 per annum, which when broken down gives N555,351 monthly before taxes. If 19% of the amount is deducted as taxes, the Professor will take N449,835 home at the end of each month as seen in the figure;


Salary levels can vary considerably for university professors, depending on a variety of factors, such as their personal qualifications, academic qualification, administrative responsibilities, and the specific faculty and university they work for.

It is also affirmed that Professors in Nigeria earn between N550,000 and N700,000, though some of them agreed that the reason for the low take-home pay at the end of the month, stems from arbitrary deductions in the IPPIS platform.

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