Nigerian DSS Salary Structure – 2024 Updated!

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Department of State Services (DSS) was formed in 1986 and is responsible for ensuring national security, gathering intelligence, and protecting the Federal Republic of Nigeria against domestic threats.

Nigerian DSS salary structure is based on the Consolidated Para-Military Salary Structure (CONPASS) – a unified internal multi-agency salary scale for paramilitary units in Nigeria. 

The salary structure for each official will vary depending on academic and field qualifications, rank, experience, and years of service.

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Ranks of DSS in Nigeria

DSS operates on a strict hierarchical structure, which involves four stages that one must pass through to reach the top: non-officers, junior officers, senior officers, and high-ranking officers. 

Here is an overview of the ranks within this security agency.


  • Recruit
  • Private
  • Lance Corporal
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant

Junior Officers;

  • Second Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain

Senior Officers;

  • Major
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Colonel

High Ranking officers;

  • Brigadier General
  • Major General
  • Lieutenant General
  • General

Department of State Services (DSS) Salary - 2024 Updated

DSS salary structure varies based on factors such as budgetary allocations, policies, and education level. 

Due to the sensitive nature of their work, salary information at DSS is classified.
However, We are able to retrieve the salary range for each rank.

  • High-ranking officers – N750,000-N1.5 million
  • Senior officers – N300,000-N550,000
  • Junior officers: N120,000-N350,000
  • Non-officers: N30,000-N90,000

Benefits and Allowance Packages for Nigeria DSS

The staff of the Nigerian Department of State Services (DSS) are not only remunerated on a basic salary. They are also compensated with other benefits and welfare packages. Below are some of the benefits that accompany the service:

  • General Services allowance
  • Hazard allowance
  • Utility allowance
  • Detective allowance
  • Uniform maintenance allowance
  • Furniture allowance
  • House maintenance allowance
  • Personal Servant
  • Torchlight allowance
  • Hardiness allowance
  • Plain-Cloth allowance

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Note: This salary scale is an estimate based on research, not from Nigerian Department of State Services (DSS) Officers. 

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