Salary overview: average earnings in Nigeria

20 May 2022

Unless you’ve been blessed to be born into significant wealth, all of us are looking for ways to keep the bills paid and food on the table. But finding the right job to match the level of income we need to make to stay afloat can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve created this list of popular jobs as well as the average income you’ll earn in Nigeria to help you make the best decision for you and your wallet!

Average earnings as a retail associate in Nigeria

Whether you’re working in a small corner store, a department store, or a trendy boutique, store owners are always in need of good workers to help customers and keep things running smoothly. 

Retail jobs will vary based on the kind of store you’re working in. But there are a few things that are universal. First, retail workers need to be good with people and natural salespeople. You’ll need to be able to remember a variety of information about different products available for sale and recall them on the spot. This includes store policies since you’ll be the one who has to tell the customer that you only accept returns within 30 days when they bought that dress three months ago! 

You’ll need to be good with basic calculations, and work well under pressure. Retail can be a fast-paced and interesting job. The average salary of a retail associate in Nigeria is ₦50,000 per month. 

Average earnings as a customer service representative in Nigeria

As the majority of day-to-day commerce moves online, e-commerce sites are looking for customer service representatives to speak with potential and existing customers, answer questions, and solve problems as they arise. 

Just like with retail, you’ll need to be someone who enjoys interacting with people every day, and who can easily retain information about various products and site policies. Not only are customer service representatives in demand, but it is one of a growing list of jobs that can be done 100% remotely. 

That means not only will you have to go into an office, but you won’t be restricted to the companies in your immediate area. The average salary of a customer service representative in  Nigeria is ₦70,000 per month. 

Average earnings as a bartender in Nigeria

Bartending is a job that never goes out of style! Part entertainer, part therapist, and on occasion, part bouncer, bartending is a fast-paced job that is rarely boring! 

The average income of a bartender will vary widely based on factors like how much experience you have, what kind of establishment you work in, and what kind of hours you put in. It’s safe to assume that your average salary will be significantly higher if you’re a veteran bartender working nights and weekends at a high-end craft cocktail bar than it will if you’re a new bartender working the day shift down at the local watering hole. 

With that said, the average salary of a bartender in Nigeria is ₦70,000 per month. 

Average earnings as a housekeeper in Nigeria

Today, it is more and more common for both parents to have a job. That means that more families are in need of a reliable person to manage their households: run errands, make sure the house is clean, fetch the kids from school and make sure they’ve done their homework before their parents return from a long day at the office. 

Just like so many of the other jobs on this list, the average salary of a housekeeper, nanny, or something in-between will vary based on experience and the number of responsibilities. With that said, the average salary of a housekeeper in Nigeria is ₦40,000 per month. 

Average earnings as an administrative assistant in Nigeria

If you’re organised, detail-oriented and professional, chances are that many local businesses would be overjoyed to have you working as their administrative assistant. The responsibilities of an administrative assistant will vary according to each workplace. 

While some businesses will want more of an office manager focused on keeping the office running smoothly and the employees happy, others will want an administrative assistant who will have more of a role as a secretary: greeting clients, answering phones, assisting with paperwork, etc. The vast majority will be a little bit of both. The average salary of an administrative assistant in Nigeria is ₦70,000 per month. 

Average earnings as a Bolt Driver in Nigeria

If you don’t love the idea of having a boss or a traditional job where you have to be there at a certain time each day, then earning an income as a Bolt driver could be the perfect fit for you! 
Bolt is a mobility app that is available in hundreds of cities across Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Drivers love driving with Bolt because they can earn good money whenever it fits into their busy schedules. And unlike most traditional jobs, with Bolt, you get paid every week, whether you’ve driven for 100 hours or 10 minutes! The average earnings of the most active Bolt Drivers in Nigeria is ₦300,000 per month.

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