Nigerian Customs Service Salary Scale Structure (New)

The Nigeria Customs Service ranks and salary has been much of debate for some time. Although, the new salary scale of Nigeria custom officers was increased some years ago along side the salaries for public servants by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2007.

Nigeria customs ranks and salary

The new salary structure for Para-military personnel is known as the Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure (CONPASS), which sees an increase in basic salary and allowances for Nigerian customs officers and all Para-military organizations. This is different from the Nigerian army salary, Air force and the Navy.

However, not all members of staff in the service can benefit from the allowances of Nigerian customs. While some of these allowances are given to specific staff of the Nigerian custom services due to the kind of tasks and duties which attract these extra allowances, others are seen as general allowances that all officers are entitled to.

Below is the list of allowances accrued to the Nigeria Customs Service officers apart from their basic salary:

  1. Utility allowance
  2. Transport allowance
  3. Meal subsidy
  4. General Services allowance
  5. House maintenance allowance
  6. Hazards allowance
  7. Personal Servant
  8. Uniform maintenance allowance
  9. Torchlight allowance
  10. Hardiness allowance
  11. Plain-Cloth allowance
  12. Detective allowance.
  13. Furniture allowance

The reason why rent allowance has not been consolidated or better still added is that there are some officers of the Nigerian customs service that their accommodation is provided by the Government. Those to whom accommodation is not provided by the government are encouraged to seek accommodation elsewhere, which sees their accommodation allowances included among their salaries. This differs from ranks, cadre and levels.

The highest Nigerian custom rank which is the Comptroller-General of Customs is the highest paid in the customs service followed by the Deputy Comptroller Generals, the Assistant Comptroller Generals, in that order. Note that salaries is paid according to qualifications and ranks as graduates with B.Sc should earn more than an member of staff with O’level certificate.


In a 2017 report, under the Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure scale, the least paid Customs Inspector will earn a total salary estimated at N35,779 per month. He could also earn an additional N8,740 as rent subsidy if he does not live within the Government quarters with other allowances for a customs inspector added. Other ranks take-home pay have not yet been made public.

Apart from the salaries received by the men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, there is also the practice of collecting illegal monies from individuals importing certain items into Nigeria. This practice has since been deemed illegal and guilty officers should be reported to the appropriate authorities.

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) offers a structured salary system that varies depending on your rank, years of service, and allowances. Understanding this structure is crucial for anyone considering a career with the NCS.


The NCS has a hierarchical structure with various ranks, each associated with a specific salary range. Here’s a breakdown of the annual salary ranges for some key ranks:

Rank Salary Range (₦)
Customs Assistant 398,506 – 450,321
Assistant Inspector of Customs/Inspector of Customs 457,358 – 594,484
Assistant Superintendent of Customs II 878,956 – 1,008,991
Assistant Superintendent of Customs I 1,102,562 – 1,123,535
Deputy Superintendent Customs (DSC) Officer 1,134,027 – 1,252,037
Chief Superintendent Customs (CSC) Officer 1,168,172 – 1,335,234
Assistant Comptrollers 1,235,584 – 1,445,449
Deputy Comptrollers 1,629,447 – 1,825,589
Comptrollers 1,749,829 – 1,946,281


Salary within each rank also increases with years of service. Typically, officers receive incremental raises over time, reflecting their experience and expertise.


In addition to base salary, NCS officers receive various allowances that significantly impact their overall income. These include:

  • Housing Allowance: Provides financial support for housing expenses.
  • Transportation Allowance: Covers transportation costs associated with work duties.
  • Meal Allowance: Reimburses food expenses incurred during official travels.
  • Risk Allowance: Compensates officers for the inherent risks associated with their work.
  • Other Allowances: June include medical, family, and educational allowances.

The salary figures mentioned are subject to change based on budget allocations and government policies. The actual amount received might also vary depending on individual deductions and taxes. It’s always advisable to confirm current salary details with the official NCS channels for the most accurate information.


While the NCS salary structure offers potential for financial stability and growth, it’s important to remember that the work involves dedication, integrity, and commitment to public service. If you possess these qualities and are drawn to a career with the NCS, understanding the salary structure can help you make informed decisions about your career path.

I hope this information helps! Feel free to ask if you have any further questions about the NCS salary structure or career opportunities.

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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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