Cross River State Civil Service Salary Structure (2024)

The salary structure for civil servants in Cross River State, Nigeria was recently updated for the 2024 fiscal year.

The new salary scheme aims to provide adequate compensation for public sector workers in the state to motivate and retain talent.

Cross River State Civil Service Salary Structure

This article provides an overview of the key changes to the Cross River salary structure effective January 2024.


The basic salary structure for civil servants in Cross River State consists of salary grade levels from Grade Level 01 to 17. Each grade level has steps ranging from 1 to 10. Employees move up the grade levels based on years of experience and promotions.


The national minimum wage in Nigeria is ₦30,000 per month. This was signed into law in 2019 and applies to all states including Cross River State. Any worker in the state, whether employed by the government or private organization, is entitled to be paid at least the minimum wage.

However, the Cross River State Government is yet to implement this new minimum wage.


In addition to basic salary, civil servants in Cross River State receive various allowances like housing allowance, transportation allowance, hardship allowance for workers in certain areas, furniture allowance, leave allowance, and meal subsidies. The allowances increase the overall pay package.


Promotions allow civil servants to move to higher grade levels in the salary structure. Promotions are usually based on years of service, availability of vacancies, additional qualifications, and passing of promotion exams in some cases. Promotions ultimately lead to higher basic salary and allowances.

The Cross River State government reviews the state-level salary structure and allowances periodically based on economic conditions and ability to pay. But all workers remain entitled to the national minimum wage as the bare minimum.


Are you intending on working with the Cross River State Government? I’m very sure you’re looking for information on their salary structure, that’s why you stumbled on this page. Below is the current salary paid to the state’s civil service workers.

GRADE LEVEL 01 – ₦19,500 – ₦27,000

This is the entry level grade in the Cross River State civil service. Jobs at this grade level include office attendants, cleaners, messengers, and other basic support roles. The salary range is ₦19,500 to ₦27,000 per month. Employees at this level usually have a secondary school qualification and perform routine tasks under supervision.

GRADE LEVEL 02 – ₦21,000 – ₦29,500

The second grade level in Cross River State’s civil service structure encompasses semi-skilled roles like clerical officers, registry clerks, telephone operators, etc. Workers at this grade have more experience and training than those at Level 01. Salaries range from ₦21,000 to ₦29,500 monthly for administrative and operational jobs following well-defined procedures and policies.

GRADE LEVEL 03 – ₦22,000 – ₦32,000

Grade Level 03 civil servants undertake more complex clerical, secretarial and administrative jobs. Jobs in this rank include stenographers, account clerks, office supervisors, etc. These employees possess advanced secondary education and related job training. Their monthly salaries range between ₦22,000 and ₦32,000.

GRADE LEVEL 04 – ₦22,500 – ₦35,000

At this grade, civil servants perform specialized technical and administrative support functions. Jobs include technical officers, higher-level secretaries, library assistants, public relations officers, etc. Salaries range from ₦22,500 to ₦35,000 monthly. Employees have advanced diplomas or higher national diplomas from polytechnics.

GRADE LEVEL 05 – ₦25,000 – ₦41,000

This grade level covers professional roles like engineers, architects, accountants, nurses, and key supervisory jobs. Civil servants possess university degrees or equivalent qualifications. Monthly income is between ₦25,000 and ₦41,000. Employees analyze data, handle compliance, and supervise small teams.

GRADE LEVEL 06 – ₦31,000 – ₦49,500

At Grade 06, civil servants take on senior professional and managerial duties. Jobs include chief accountants, senior engineers, doctors, principal nursing officers, and heads of smaller government units. Salaries range from ₦31,000 to ₦49,500 monthly. Employees have university degrees and considerable experience.

GRADE LEVEL 07 – ₦41,500 – ₦64,000

This grade encompasses top-level professionals and managers overseeing major government functions. Roles include chief medical officers, directors, assistant directors-general, etc. Employees have postgraduate qualifications and substantial expertise. Salaries range between ₦41,500 and ₦64,000 per month.

GRADE LEVEL 08 – ₦54,000 – ₦80,000

At Grade 08 are senior directors and deputy directors-general managing large state government departments and agencies. Civil servants have vast experience and postgraduate qualifications. Salaries range from ₦54,000 to ₦80,000 monthly for strategic leadership roles.

GRADE LEVEL 09 – ₦63,500 – ₦96,000

This grade covers specialized executive positions like permanent secretaries and directors-general. These civil servants oversee entire ministries and major agencies. They provide strategic direction and report to top government officials. Salaries range between ₦63,500 and ₦96,000 per month for these senior roles.

GRADE LEVEL 10 – ₦73,000 – ₦111,500

Grade 10 encompasses the head of service who oversees the entire civil service of Cross River State. This individual has vast administrative experience and expertise. The salary is between ₦73,000 and ₦111,500 monthly for running the state’s bureaucracy.

GRADE LEVEL 12 – ₦87,500 – ₦127,000

This grade covers the office of the state’s directors who assists the governor and oversees certain portfolios. The salary range is ₦87,500 to ₦127,000 for undertaking high-level state executive functions.

GRADE LEVEL 13 – ₦98,000 – ₦138,500

Grade 13 refers to the top government officials of Cross River State who heads the state government and oversees all ministries, departments and agencies. These employees receives a monthly salary between ₦98,000 and ₦138,500.

GRADE LEVEL 14 – ₦107,500 – ₦153,000

This grade is reserved for the office of the state chief judge who heads the judiciary. The chief judge earns between ₦107,500 and ₦153,000 monthly for duties like enforcing judicial standards and promoting access to justice.

GRADE LEVEL 15 – ₦120,000 – ₦167,500

Grade 15 covers the Cross River state’s high court judges who preside over complex civil and criminal cases. Their monthly salaries range from ₦120,000 to ₦167,500 based on experience and other factors.

GRADE LEVEL 16 – ₦132,000 – ₦190,000

This grade includes the state’s attorney general and commissioners who oversee justice, lands, education, health, finance and other critical portfolios. They earn between ₦132,000 and ₦190,000 monthly.

GRADE LEVEL 17 – ₦147,500 – ₦213,500

The highest paid public servants in the Cross River State Civil Service are at Grade 17. This includes the chairmen and directors of the State Ministries and Local Government Areas. These highly ranked employees receive between ₦147,500 and ₦213,500 monthly for their legislative duties and leadership roles.


This article provided an overview of the key updates to the Cross River State salary scales across different levels of public sector roles in the state.

Understanding the current salary structure is useful for those employed in or considering employment with the State civil service.

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Oluchi Chukwu

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