How Much Microbiologist Earn in Nigeria (2024)

Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 08:17 pm

While the salary of a microbiologist when compared to medical doctor or a pharmacist in Nigeria might seem low, the discipline of a microbiologist is one that is found very helpful and of great importance, not just in the medical sector, but in other sectors too. Now, you may want to ask, what exactly do they do? A microbiologist is a scientist who engages in the study of microscopic organisms (bacteria, algae, virus and fungi). They base their study on organisms that causes disease, hazards and environmental damage of both industrial or agricultural importance. They also study the characteristics of non-living pathogens, such as viruses and prions.

Microbiologists work in hospitals, universities, laboratories and offices, where they conduct scientific experiments and analyse the results. They also work in research and development; they conduct basic research with the aim of increasing scientific knowledge. Through applied research, new products are developed to aid in providing solutions to particular problems. Microbiologists rely on the use of computer other sophisticated laboratory instruments to carry out experiments and analysis of test results.

It is important to note that an advanced degree in microbiology will set you up for better opportunities. For instance, a Masters’ degree will qualify you for a career as a laboratory supervisor or an instructor at college. Also, with a PhD in Microbiology, a microbiologist could be qualified to perform independent research, teach undergraduate and graduate students, or assume executive level of responsibilities in government and industry.

Due to the importance of this particular body of scientific information to the efficient running of these institutions, it is in high demand in numerous Nigerian hospitals and organizations. Job related to a degree in microbiology include the following; biomedical scientist, biotechnologist, clinical research associate, food technologist, healthcare scientist (immunology), nanotechnologist, pharmacologist, research scientist (life sciences), technical brewer, water quality scientist, etc. Microbiology has increased in recent times, along sides, the demand for microbiologists. Professions in this field blend easily into different sector and the dynamism of the profession has opened more opportunities for graduates in Nigeria today.


To know how much microbiologists are paid in Nigeria, we have splitted it into categories according to the sector in which these professionals work. This article will give you estimated figures of how much microbiologists earn monthly in Nigeria.

The job of a microbiologist is not such a lucrative job, as compared to other medical field jobs. However, microbiology allows a high level of flexibility and versatility for graduates of microbiology. There are many opportunities for microbiologists in many industries that value their expertise. Some of these industries and how much they pay include;


Microbiologists are sought after in the medical and pharmaceutical field. This is because the expertise of microbiologist is highly needed to diagnose disease type and recommend drug properties that could be used to find a cure for such diseases. Medical/clinical microbiologists work in hospitals, laboratories and pharmacists.

Entry level microbiologists earn between ₦80,000 and ₦120,000 in government hospitals while entry level microbiologists in private institutions earn between ₦50,000 and ₦80,000 monthly in Nigeria.


This industry, which include manufacturing industries, chemical industries and food industries. Microbiologists are needed in this industries to take up certain roles relating to their field.

The salaries paid to microbiologists in this sector is on the average. Entry staff microbiologist in FMCG receive between ₦45,000 and ₦200,000 as monthly salaries in Nigeria.


I bet you didn’t know microbiologists could also work in the oil and gas industry. Yes, they can. Although, roles for microbiologists in the oil and gas sector is quite limited, there is a need for them to help in certain areas that fits their functionality. However, they are one of the top earners.

Entry level microbiologists in the oil and gas sector are the highest paid microbiologist job in the country and they earn between ₦200,000 and ₦400,000 monthly as salary in Nigeria.


Microbiologists in the educational sector in Nigeria work as lecturers and laboratory staff. They are appreciated in this industry because they help in teaching microbiology related causes and carrying out experiment. However, their salary is on the average.

Entry level microbiologists in the educational sector earn between ₦70,000 and ₦150,000 monthly as salary in Nigeria.


Although microbiology does not pay so much except microbiologists are lucky to get into the oil and gas sector, Microbiologists can decide to take up professional courses and higher certification so as to enjoy higher pay grade in Nigeria. Some factors that determine salary paid include; location, job specification and level of experience.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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