Civil Engineer Salary Structure in Nigeria: How Much They Are Paid (2021)

This post is about the salary structure of civil engineers in Nigeria monthly. Engineering is one of the dreams of most young minds. No wonder it is one of the highest paying careers in Nigeria at the moment. 

Engineers are in very high demand; there is no way government will not construct roads, so they need a civil, structural and environmental engineer. A civil engineer can even start his own firm executing projects.

While it is true that most engineers earn really interesting sums, it should be known however that not every student with an engineering degree will score a fat pay cheque. Even if first degrees are essential, employers mainly look out for graduates with hands-on ability to perform, their competence in the area of IT and communication skill.

This means that for employability sake, one must go beyond whatever they’ve learnt and acquired during the course of their first degree and really develop themselves to gain deeper knowledge and experience in the field.

Civil engineers are paid really well because of the technicalities and risks involved in their jobs. In addition to this, their high pay is also due to the fact that they have mathematical skills which help in carrying out their work. These mathematical skills are complex and require real concentration so as to get accurately the dimensions and measurements they need in their various projects.

The nature of their jobs require them to carry out certain risky tasks. That is why they and other engineers in general take safety precautions against certain hazards associated with their jobs.

Having said all these, how much do civil engineers earn in Nigeria?

Salary Structure of Civil Engineers  in Nigeria (2021)

Civil Engineers in Nigeria receive salaries around N100,000 to N350,000 per month as entry level staff. This depends on the construction company or organization they work for at the very beginning of their career. If they start from higher level and have more years of practical experience in the discipline, they will earn a salary higher than the above stated. 

However, this also is a function of the the work place. Take for instance, you are employed in oil & gas an entry level engineer, you can expect more, about N200,000 to N500,000 per month due to the availability of resources in such companies and the nature of the work there.

Salary by Experience Level for Civil Engineers

Civil Engineering Starters who are in their early career may not be earning much than some one who has an advanced experience in the discipline. A Civil Engineer with 1 to 4 years of experience may earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of ₦1,001,009 based on 36 salaries. 

A mid-career Civil Engineer that has plus the former’s 1 – 4 years of experience may earn an average total compensation of ₦1,800,000 based on salary scale for a 5-9 years of experience. 

The highest earner in the Civil engineering line is an experienced Engineer with 10-19 years of experience. He or she should earn an average total compensation of ₦2,100,000 based on 15 salaries for his long years of experience and perfection in the field.


Civil engineering has a broad area and is one of the broadest fields in engineering after Mechanical Engineering. The civil engineering field is divided into structural engineering, environmental engineering, Surveying, Building, Planning and construction, Advanced Construction, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Town Planning engineering fields. 

This engineer take nothing out from their salaries as they are rewarded with bonuses. Civil engineer are certainly not the highest paying engineering profession, but they rank as one of that gives a comfortable pay as salary.

To venture into the civil engineering world, you should first settle for first degree as a civil engineer. After your degree, it is always better to go on to specialize in a particular area in the field as it will boost your employment opportunities and also give you a technical edge thereby giving a considerable pay.