Living Wage Series - Nigeria - January 2018 - In Naira, per Month

Living wages, Wages in context - Nigeria

The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator uses prices from the Cost of Living Survey to calculate Living Wage in more than 60 countries. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, tax deductions and other necessities.

The following table summarises the varying expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in Naira)

  Typical family Standard family Single-adult
  from-to from-to from-to
Food 118600-155400 61600-80700 15400-20200
Housing 14700-18800 14700-18800 6060-7580
Transport 8000-12000 8000-12000 4000-6000
Health 5000-7000 5000-7000 1250-1750
Education 3000-5000 3000-5000 0
Other costs 7470-9910 4620-6180 1340-1780
Total Expenditure 156770-208110 96920-129680 28050-37310
Net Living Wage 92218-122418 53844-72044 28050-37310
Gross Living Wage 101400-134700 59200-79300 30900-41000

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.


Family Living Wages (monthly rates in Naira)

There is not a single answer to what is the adequate cost of living. The result is complex, as the cost of living varies by household composition, location, and employment pattern. The following table presents the Living Wage estimates for a set of most common family household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from-to
Typical family (two parents + 5.7 children, 1.7 working) 101400-134700
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 59200-79300
Two parents and two children, 2 working 53300-71300
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 71100-95100
Two parents and two children, 1 working 106600-142700
Two parents and three children, 1.7 working 73200-97600
Two parents and four children, 1.7 working 83600-111400
Single-adult without children, 1 working 30900-41000

Note: Results in the table are rounded.


Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in Naira)

The Minimum Wage is a national legally binding obligation on employers which often make no reference to a living standard. Living Wage describes the adequate living standard. The common goal of the many living wage campaigns currently taking place all over the world is to lift Minimum Wages levels to those of the Living Wages. WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including prevailing wages of workers over recent years.

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Minimum wage 18000 18000 18000 18000
Living Wage - Single Adult 28500-39100 .-. .-. 30900-41000
Living Wage - Typical Family 95600-131100 .-. .-. 101400-134700
Real wage of low-skilled worker .-. .-. .-. 17800-25500
Real wage of medium-skilled worker .-. .-. .-. 27400-46100
Real wage of high-skilled worker .-. .-. .-. 34300-57200

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages. Results in the table are rounded.


Food basket and food prices in Naira

The food expenditure is the main component of Living Wage and it is determined by the price of food basket. The food prices are taken from WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey which collects the actual prices of all items necessary to calculate the Living Wage. The composition of the food basket is taken from the national food balance sheets published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food basket is scaled to 2,100 calories per person per day that is the nutritional requirement for good health proposed by World Bank (Handbook on poverty and inequality, 2009).

Food itemGrams per dayEnergy (kcal)Price per kilo
Wheat, barley and cereals products 169 487 340-500
Rice 63 230 280-320
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 22 36 850-1200
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 25 221 320-380
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 23 81 300-350
Maize and products 72 230 120-180
Milk - Excluding Butter 18 10 560-700
Vegetables, Other 102 27 200-400
Potatoes and products 10 7 400-500
Butter, Ghee 1 7 750-825
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 17 56 500-600
Pulses, Other and products 25 86 1630-1750
Cassava and products 263 212 100-100
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 8 10 267-300
Sunflowerseed Oil 0 0 500-640
Fish products 36 21 800-1200
Beer 34 16 500-560
Beans 0 0 240-300
Sweet potatoes 31 30 100-200
Soyabeans 6 23 180-200
Yams 232 233 800-1000
Apples and products 0 0 500-899
Tomatoes and products 22 5 400-500
Onions 17 5 100-300
Oranges, Mandarines 0 0 30-30
Plantains 35 32 300-500
Peas 0 0 800-1200
Roots, Other 20 17 739-1000
Seeds and kernels 0 1 400-500
Wine 0 0 933-1067
Pineapples and products 16 4 280-300
Cream 0 0 450-850
Olives (including preserved) 4 15 .-.
Honey 0 0 1000-1200
Coffee and products 0 0 3170-4900


WageIndicator Living Wage background:

The WageIndicator Living Wage is set to provide acceptable living standard to a family of a particular size. WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours which reflect the most frequently found real situations in which people have to make a living: 1. Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Typical family is comprised of two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifespan). One adult is working full-time and the working hours of second adult are approximated by national employment rate. The total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 2. Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children (referred to as family 2+2). Living wage is calculated under different assumptions about working hours. These include that both adults work full-time (family employment rate is 2), or at least one adult works part-time or half-time (family employment rate is 1.8 and 1.5), or one adult does not work at all (i.e. patriarchal model with family employment 1). Alternatives refer to trade-offs between leisure and work and define what living wage represents. In every case the total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 3. Extended family Living Wage includes family with three or four children. One adult works full-time and the work intensity of second parent is approximated by national employment rate. 4. Individual Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time.

Data sources: WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey, World Bank Databank Fertility rate 2010-2014, ILO Estimated participation rate in 2017, FAO Food balance sheet in 2013.