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Occupational Therapist Average Salary in Singapore 2020

How much money does an Occupational Therapist make in Singapore?


Average Monthly Salary
10,300 SGD
( 124,000 SGD yearly)

LOW
5,160
SGD
AVERAGE
10,300
SGD
HIGH
16,000
SGD

A person working as an Occupational Therapist in Singapore typically earns around 10,300 SGD per month. Salaries range from 5,160 SGD (lowest) to 16,000 SGD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Occupational Therapist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Occupational Therapist Salary Distribution in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore Occupational Therapist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Occupational Therapist salaries in Singapore range from 5,160 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 16,000 SGD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,300 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Occupational Therapist(s) are earning less than 10,300 SGD while the other half are earning more than 10,300 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 Occupational Therapist(s) are earning less than 6,970 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 6,970 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Occupational Therapist(s) are earning less than 13,200 SGD while 25% are earning more than 13,200 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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Occupational Therapist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Singapore Occupational Therapist
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Occupational Therapist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Occupational Therapist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 6,190 SGD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 8,190 SGD per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 11,000 SGD per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Occupational Therapist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 13,100 SGD per month, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 14,100 SGD per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 15,100 SGD per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Occupational Therapist average salary change by experience in Singapore

0 - 2 Years
6,190 SGD
2 - 5 Years+32%
8,190 SGD
5 - 10 Years+34%
11,000 SGD
10 - 15 Years+19%
13,100 SGD
15 - 20 Years+8%
14,100 SGD
20+ Years+7%
15,100 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Occupational Therapist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Occupational Therapist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Occupational Therapist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Occupational Therapist is 8,840 SGD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 13,900 SGD per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Occupational Therapist average salary difference by education level in Singapore

Bachelor's Degree
8,840 SGD
Master's Degree+58%
13,900 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Singapore costs anywhere from 42,200 Singapore Dollar(s) to 127,000 Singapore Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Occupational Therapist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Singapore Occupational Therapist
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Occupational Therapist employees in Singapore earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

Male
10,100 SGD
Female+5%
10,500 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Singapore for all Careers

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Occupational Therapist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Singapore

How much are annual salary increments in Singapore for Occupational Therapist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist(s) in Singapore are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Singapore / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Singapore is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
7%
Energy
5%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
1%
Travel
8%
Construction
6%
Education
4%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Singapore for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Occupational Therapist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Singapore

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Singapore Occupational Therapist
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An Occupational Therapist is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

18% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 82% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
82%
No Bonus
18%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Occupational Therapist Average Hourly Wage in Singapore


60 SGD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore is 60 SGD. This means that the average Occupational Therapist in Singapore earns approximately 60 SGD for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Occupational Therapist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Occupational Therapist and Health and Medical monthly Singapore
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The average salary for Occupational Therapist is 30% more than that of Nursing. Also, Nursing salaries are 36% less than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acute Care Nurse7,370 SGD-29%
Assistant Director of Nursing11,500 SGD+11%
Case Manager9,100 SGD-12%
Company Nurse5,360 SGD-48%
Critical Care Nurse7,250 SGD-30%
District Nurse6,540 SGD-37%
Head Nurse7,470 SGD-28%
Home Nurse6,000 SGD-42%
ICU Registered Nurse7,080 SGD-31%
Informatics Nurse Specialist6,810 SGD-34%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)6,470 SGD-37%
MDS Coordinator6,970 SGD-32%
Mental Health Nurse6,630 SGD-36%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner9,190 SGD-11%
Nurse6,190 SGD-40%
Nurse Midwife7,410 SGD-28%
Nurse Practitioner7,670 SGD-26%
Nursing Assistant5,580 SGD-46%
Nursing Coordinator7,260 SGD-30%
Nursing Director14,600 SGD+42%
Nursing Services Instructor6,970 SGD-32%
Nursing Supervisor9,250 SGD-10%
Occupational Health Advisor11,800 SGD+14%
Occupational Therapist10,300 SGD-0%
Personal Support Worker5,060 SGD-51%
Psychiatric Nurse5,900 SGD-43%
Registered Nurse6,520 SGD-37%
Respiratory Manager12,600 SGD+22%
School Nurse5,530 SGD-46%
Staff Nurse5,960 SGD-42%
Theatre Manager10,200 SGD-1%
Utilization Review Nurse6,720 SGD-35%

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Singapore earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
8,270 SGD
Public Sector+5%
8,670 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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