Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Salary Structure,Allowances & Ranks


The Nigerian customs service is a paramilitary
organization that was founded over a century ago during the British Colonial Administration in 1891.

The first director of the Nigeria Custom service was Mr T.A Walls in 1891. 
Customs as it's fondly called by Nigerians is an independent agency which is supervised by the Nigerian Ministry of Finance which collects revenue from Customs.

In this post we are quickly going to reveal how much Nigerian Custom officers earn,their ranking system and also the allowance that custom officers receive.

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Salary Structure,Ranks & Allowances 

Q: Functions Of The Nigerian Customs Service?

Listed below are some of the major objectives of the Nigerian customs service:-
  • (a) Serving as a model administration providing effective and efficient service in an excellent manner.
  • (b) Serving as the steward of the nation’s trade and border management by facilitating legitimate trade in the global environment.
  • (c) Working as a modern, compact and dynamic service by influencing policy and contributing to the development of the nation.
  • (d) Acting as the vanguard of the Customs best practices and international standards.

Q: Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Ranking Structure? 

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) ranking system is slightly different from other Nigerian forces ranking,the Comptroller-General of Customs is the highest rank of
the Nigerian Customs,he or she is usually appointed by the incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,the post is renewable after a tenure of four years. 

There can only one Comptroller-General of Customs. 

The second rank is the rank of the Deputy Comptroller-General which is the 2nd highest rank in the Nigerian Customs. 

This rank is held by a few selected top officers that serve as assistants to the Comptroller General. 

The 3rd highest Customs rank is the Assistant Comptroller-General of customs. 

The 4th highest Customs rank is the Comptroller.

The 5th highest Customs rank is the Assistant Comptroller,this is the lowest officer rank in the Customs 
Service and also the entry point for graduates being recruited into the Nigerian Customs.

Q: Salary Structure Of The Nigerian Customs Service NCS?

The Nigeria Customs officers are among the richest officers among other Nigerian security forces. This is because of some of the roles they play at different Nigerian borders. They definitely earn more than their official salaries. 

The Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure (CONPASS) provided an increase in basic salary and allowances for Para-military personnels in Nigeria. 

Generally a low ranking officer in the Nigerian Customs service receive between N28,999 - N49,999 per month while a newly commissioned customs officer earn between N75,000 - N139,999 per month.
Customs Officer posted to borders earn more.The highest salary is received by the Controller-General of Customs,followed by the Deputy Controller Generals, and Assistant Controller Generals.

Q: Nigerian Customs Service Allowances?

Listed below are some of the benefits and allowances made available for Nigerian Customs service officers:- 
  • Detective allowance
  • Hardiness allowance
  • Plain-Cloth allowance
  • Furniture allowance
  • Personal servant
  • Utility allowance
  • Hazards allowance
  • House maintenance allowance
  • Uniform maintenance allowance 
  • General Services allowance
  • Torchlight allowance
  • Transport allowance
  • Meal Subsidy allowance


  • The information on this page is subject to change,figures stated here are only estimates and not 100% accurate.
  • Custom officers are usually entitled to several allowances,gratuity and pension from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
  • Figures stated here represent net total amount with tax deductions.
  • The current minimum wage in Nigeria,applicable from 2011 is ₦18,000 per month,exclusive of all deductions,however there is a plan to increase the minimum wage paid to civil servants in Nigeria.