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Average Salary in Singapore 2020

How much money does a person working in Singapore make?


Average Monthly Salary
8,520 SGD
( 102,000 SGD yearly)

LOWEST
1,150
SGD
AVERAGE
8,520
SGD
HIGHEST
37,700
SGD

A person working in Singapore typically earns around 8,520 SGD per month. Salaries range from 1,150 SGD (lowest) to 37,700 SGD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Singapore range between 1,150 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 37,700 SGD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 8,690 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 8,690 SGD while the other half are earning more than 8,690 SGD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 4,430 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 4,430 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 24,100 SGD while 25% are earning more than 24,100 SGD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Singapore

How are Singapore salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Singapore
Average Salary 2016
7,630 SGD
Average Salary 2017+4%
7,910 SGD
Average Salary 2018+3%
8,150 SGD
Average Salary 2019+3%
8,360 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Singapore are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 2% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant5,180 SGD
Accounting Assistant4,970 SGD
Accounting Manager11,000 SGD
Bookkeeper4,110 SGD
Chartered Accountant6,590 SGD
Corporate Treasurer14,500 SGD
Financial Analyst8,300 SGD
Financial Manager16,400 SGD
Internal Auditor8,100 SGD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant4,200 SGD
Office Manager5,760 SGD
Receptionist4,560 SGD
Secretary4,440 SGD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director7,670 SGD
Creative Director7,740 SGD
Graphic Designer5,700 SGD
Photographer5,550 SGD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer8,730 SGD
Air Traffic Controller8,100 SGD
Flight Attendant6,570 SGD
Pilot9,800 SGD

Architecture
Architect7,250 SGD
CAD Drafter5,950 SGD

Automotive
Mechanic4,270 SGD
Service Advisor6,350 SGD

Banking
Bank Branch Manager11,200 SGD
Teller5,660 SGD

Bilingual
Teacher5,850 SGD
Translator6,590 SGD

Business Planning
Business Analyst9,760 SGD
Business Development Manager11,500 SGD
Project Manager9,420 SGD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny4,850 SGD
Nursery Teacher5,950 SGD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer7,080 SGD
Construction Project Manager9,360 SGD
Health and Safety Officer5,060 SGD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative5,520 SGD
Customer Service Manager10,200 SGD
Customer Service Representative5,400 SGD

Engineering
Civil Engineer7,400 SGD
Electrical Engineer7,920 SGD
Engineer7,250 SGD
Mechanical Engineer8,170 SGD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer18,300 SGD
Chief Financial Officer17,000 SGD
General Manager13,500 SGD
Project Manager9,430 SGD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef6,450 SGD
Executive Chef6,880 SGD
Hotel Manager12,200 SGD
Receptionist5,560 SGD
Travel Agent6,420 SGD
Waiter / Waitress4,720 SGD

Health and Medical
Dentist18,200 SGD
Dietitian17,600 SGD
Laboratory Technician6,290 SGD
Nurse6,250 SGD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager11,500 SGD
Human Resources Officer6,710 SGD

Information Technology
Computer Technician5,830 SGD
Database Administrator7,900 SGD
Developer / Programmer7,140 SGD
Information Technology Manager11,700 SGD
Network Engineer6,700 SGD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer6,520 SGD

Legal
Attorney11,500 SGD
Legal Assistant5,670 SGD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist7,450 SGD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer6,960 SGD
Pharmacist8,820 SGD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier4,390 SGD
Sales Manager11,900 SGD
Sales Representative4,950 SGD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher5,520 SGD
Secondary School Teacher6,370 SGD

Average Hourly Wage in Singapore

49 SGD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore is 49 SGD. This means that the average person in Singapore earns approximatly 49 SGD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

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