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 salaries in Singapore range from 5,160 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 16,000 SGD per month (maximum 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+32%|
|5 - 10 Years||+34%|
|10 - 15 Years||+19%|
|15 - 20 Years||+8%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acute Care Nurse||7,370 SGD||-29%|
|Assistant Director of Nursing||11,500 SGD||+11%|
|Case Manager||9,100 SGD||-12%|
|Company Nurse||5,360 SGD||-48%|
|Critical Care Nurse||7,250 SGD||-30%|
|District Nurse||6,540 SGD||-37%|
|Head Nurse||7,470 SGD||-28%|
|Home Nurse||6,000 SGD||-42%|
|ICU Registered Nurse||7,080 SGD||-31%|
|Informatics Nurse Specialist||6,810 SGD||-34%|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)||6,470 SGD||-37%|
|MDS Coordinator||6,970 SGD||-32%|
|Mental Health Nurse||6,630 SGD||-36%|
|Neonatal Nurse Practitioner||9,190 SGD||-11%|
|Nurse Midwife||7,410 SGD||-28%|
|Nurse Practitioner||7,670 SGD||-26%|
|Nursing Assistant||5,580 SGD||-46%|
|Nursing Coordinator||7,260 SGD||-30%|
|Nursing Director||14,600 SGD||+42%|
|Nursing Services Instructor||6,970 SGD||-32%|
|Nursing Supervisor||9,250 SGD||-10%|
|Occupational Health Advisor||11,800 SGD||+14%|
|Occupational Therapist||10,300 SGD||-0%|
|Personal Support Worker||5,060 SGD||-51%|
|Psychiatric Nurse||5,900 SGD||-43%|
|Registered Nurse||6,520 SGD||-37%|
|Respiratory Manager||12,600 SGD||+22%|
|School Nurse||5,530 SGD||-46%|
|Staff Nurse||5,960 SGD||-42%|
|Theatre Manager||10,200 SGD||-1%|
|Utilization Review Nurse||6,720 SGD||-35%|
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.