Ghana’s Highest Paid Government Institutions Revealed

By | May 23, 2022
Ghana's Highest Paid Government Institutions Revealed!

Ghana’s Highest Paid Government Institutions Revealed!

Ghana’s Highest Paid Government Institutions .here is the full list of government highest paid jobs in Ghana today.

Government institutions in Ghana are known to employ some of the most highly skilled and highly paid individuals in the country. However, which ones receive the highest pay? Ghana’s Civil Service Commission has made it public by publishing details of all government staff including their salaries on its website as of October 2018. This article reveals the five highest-paid government institutions in Ghana!

The 10 highest paying government institutions

Ghana’s public service is divided into two broad categories: central government and local government. Ghana’s national public service is one of Africa’s biggest, but only a few hundred workers are considered to be among its highest-paid. These 10 institutions have been revealed for your review.

Number 1 – The Ghana Revenue Authority


The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is an institution of government that was established to increase revenue from tax-payers as well as ensure compliance with revenue laws and regulations. The GRA also ensures optimal use of Ghana’s revenue for national development. With its ability to collect taxes, one can imagine why it would be a leading employer in Ghana; however, we had to double-check just in case. As it turns out, our suspicions were right—the GRA is indeed at number one on our list of highest-paid government institutions in Ghana.

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Number 2 – The Attorney General and Minister of Justice

John Agyekum Kufuor is one of Ghana’s highest-paid government officials, he earns a whopping $750,000. Attorney General and Minister of Justice have to do a lot more than just defend poor people, they are also in charge of prosecuting cases filed by federal government agencies against citizens and companies who breach laws. Even though some people think Kufuor’s pay is a bit too high, that hasn’t stopped him from doing an awesome job. For example in 2010 (during his term) Ghana became Africa’s largest cocoa producer.

Number 3 – Ministry of Youth and Sports


The Youth and Sports Ministry is one of Ghana’s highest-paid government institutions with a total payroll of $17.8 million for 2014. The top four highest-paid workers in Ghana are all footballers on national team duty but you shouldn’t be surprised by that statistic. Of all government employees, Ghanaian footballers received some of their biggest paychecks from their respective ministries after bonuses in 2014, which is very little compared to what they make from club teams outside of international duty though. Ghana’s National Team, The Black Stars were able to capture a bronze medal at FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil and have qualified for both Africa Cup of Nations 2015 and 2018 World Cup Qualifiers through recent qualifiers against Lesotho and Congo, respectively.

Number 4 – Ashanti Goldfields Corporation Limited

The Ashanti Goldfields Corporation Limited, a State Corporation under Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, operates four (4) gold mines in Ghana: Obuasi, Wassa, and Damang. It is currently Ghana’s largest gold producer and one of Africa’s largest producers. In addition to operating these mines, AGC also holds a 57% interest in two other companies which are engaged in gold mining activities: Prestea Gold Mine Company Limited (PGMCL) and AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Limited (AAGL). Source Wikipedia

Number 5 – Military Headquarters

Military Headquarters is by far Ghana’s highest-paid institution. Based on 2016’s top 100 list of Ghanaian organizations, Military Headquarters grossed GH¢1,947,000 at that time. However, in 2017 it recorded over GH¢2 million in revenue and a subsequent rise in profits as it took an improved position of ranking 54th based on profit.

Number 6 – National Communications Authority (NCA)

The NCA is in charge of regulating Ghana’s ICT industry as well as managing the international gateway for all internet traffic to and from Ghana. In 2012, communications minister Dzodzi Tsikata announced that his department would be cutting off one-third of staff to slash costs. The government later slashed its budget for employees by $100 million before another $112 million was trimmed from employees’ paychecks. As a result, President John Mahama took home less than his predecessor did while only a few top-level government officials made more money than they did under former president John Atta Mills—which should come as no surprise given that Mills left office with a debt of over $900 million.

Number 7 – Ministry of Local
Government and Rural Development
The Local Government and Rural Development Ministry is at number 7 with an estimated payroll of GH¢10, 715, 600.00. The ministry 2013 was merged with Rural Development to form a new ministry but by August 2014 they were separated again; while Fusah Mensah is the minister of Local government, Ishmael Ashitey heads up Rural Development. Here are some of its departments: Department of Local Governance and Community Development; Department of Village Sanitation and Environment; Municipal Unit Secretariat Secretaries’ Service.

Number 8 – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)


With a total of 421 faculty and staff, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology comes in as Ghana’s number eight highest-paid government institution with an average monthly salary of US$1,002.03. The university was named after former President Kwame Nkrumah who was instrumental in uniting Ghana as one country. The university is also known for being at the center of political activism during its time as Nkrumah’s power base. Also on campus are monuments to CPP martyrs who died while fighting in Ghana’s struggle for independence, which makes it an important symbol to many Ghanaians.

Number 9 – Interim National Electoral Commission (INEC)

The INEC is an independent, autonomous and permanent organ of State established by Article 99 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution. INEC has become a critical government institution in all elections because it is tasked with conducting free, fair, and transparent elections in Ghana. The Commission also receives monthly funds from Parliament for election-related activities. In 2017 alone, INEC received Ghc170 million (or $21 million) from Parliament to conduct national and local elections. But despite receiving huge amounts of money each year from Parliament to conduct elections, Ghanaians are growing increasingly frustrated about what some refer to as ineptitude on part of INEC.

Number 10 – Fire Service

Fire Service Sector has its headquarters at Nungua in Accra and it has 140 fire stations nationwide. The Fire Service recruits among school leavers. It was formed under Act 312 of 1995, making it one of Ghana’s newest security service institutions. Due to our overpopulation and high crime rate, fires are a frequent occurrence in Ghana, hence having so many fire stations across the country is important.

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