Over time, there seems to have been some sort of obscurity when it comes to differentiating between the lower class and the middle class. In this article, we would not only address how much the typical lower class Nigerian makes monthly, but also briefly address the professions in the lower class. But for better clarity, let’s first discuss what the lower class is.
The Lower Class, also commonly referred to as the Under Class, are those at or very close to the base of the socio-economic stratification. They are generally at the bottom of the working class and they include the unemployed, low income-earning manual laborers and government workers.
On an average, most government jobs pay a minimum wage of N18,000. However, in some states, the government could owe their workers over a period of time. So that statistic is not exactly justifiable. Based on the survey we carried out, a list of the common lower class jobs have been compiled, alongside their brief job descriptions and monthly earning (from the highest earners to the least).
It should however be noted that the various jobs that would be listed, alongside their monthly pay, could be dependent on a number of factors such as the employer, organizations etc. That been said, let’s get to it.
Bus drivers are the persons in charge of driving the buses that people enter for transportation. They shuttle between various bus stations, and convey passengers to their respective locations. Most of them usually engage the services of bus conductors, to help them manage the passengers, and ease the stress on them. They earn about N45,000 per month.
These are persons who put their lives on the line to protect others, unfortunately they are one of the lowest paying jobs in Nigeria at the moment. Though their job description could vary depending on their employers, they generally keep watch over lives, assets and properties. They have regular patrol shifts, where they take out time to inspect the aforementioned and protect them against theft, physical hazards and other illegal activities. They earn about N40,000 monthly.
Contrary to what most people think, one doesn’t necessarily require a BSc. Degree to work as an office assistant. The job generally requires you to be young and energetic, as a lot of mobility is involved. Office assistants help in maintaining the order and consistency of files and documents in the office. They also assist office staff by running as many errands as possible, and delivering information between the various departments. They usually earn about N39,000 each month.
Elderly and young persons alike can engage in this job. The demand is usually higher in high-brow commercial areas, where people hardly have the time to do their laundry themselves. They usually carry out a number of laundering services such as washing, drying, ironing and sorting. N35,000 is typically what they earn every month.
Cleaners or Janitors, ensure that places are kept clean and tidy. One major benefit of this job is its versatility, as they can work in hotels, hospitals, homes etc. Although on the flip side, it could also be quite unpleasant. They earn about N35,000 per month.
This is also quite versatile and as such, the persons do not necessarily require a degree or several work experiences. They generally serve guests at a bar or pub, and see to it that the guests are comfortable, with all their requests met. Most of them however rely on tips from customers, rather than their actual salaries. They earn an average pay of N33,000 monthly.
This would require learning a skill to be able to practice. They generally handle basic construction projects, that majorly involved wood. They earn N25,000 per month on an average.
Just like Carpenters, automobile mechanics also require to learn the skill in order to practice it. They deal majorly on cars and help to repair several mechanical faults depending on their specialty. In a month, they earn an average of N20,000.
In a nutshell, the typical lower class Nigerian earns between N20,000 to N45,000 monthly.