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Engineering Average Salaries in Singapore 2020

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Singapore?


Average Monthly Salary
7,130 SGD
( 85,600 SGD yearly)

LOW
2,260
SGD
AVERAGE
7,130
SGD
HIGH
15,100
SGD

A person working in Engineering in Singapore typically earns around 7,130 SGD per month. Salaries range from 2,260 SGD (lowest average) to 15,100 SGD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

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

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer6,890 SGD
Assembly Engineering Technician5,680 SGD
Assistant Chief Engineer8,200 SGD
Associate Engineer6,660 SGD
Autocad Operator4,620 SGD
Automation Engineer7,340 SGD
Avionic System Support Engineer6,640 SGD
Biochemical Engineer6,780 SGD
BMS Engineer6,570 SGD
Bridge and Lock Tender3,680 SGD
Broadcast Engineer6,790 SGD
CAD Design Engineer7,400 SGD
CAD Designer4,470 SGD
CAE Engineer6,900 SGD
Ceramics Engineer6,680 SGD
Civil Engineer7,520 SGD
Commissioning Engineer6,760 SGD
Communications Engineer7,460 SGD
Condition Monitoring Engineer6,340 SGD
Contract Associate Engineer6,910 SGD
Control Systems Engineer6,850 SGD
Controls Engineer7,070 SGD
Controls Software Engineer6,110 SGD
Corrosion Engineer6,740 SGD
Design Engineer7,430 SGD
Drafter4,310 SGD
Drafting Manager7,890 SGD
Drilling Engineer7,040 SGD
Electrical Draughtsman3,570 SGD
Electrical Engineer7,920 SGD
Electrical Engineering Manager10,300 SGD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist7,710 SGD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,750 SGD
Energy Engineer7,470 SGD
Engine Assembler3,040 SGD
Engineer7,560 SGD
Engineering Account Manager8,450 SGD
Engineering Chief Designer8,000 SGD
Engineering Consultant10,100 SGD
Engineering Key Account Manager9,830 SGD
Engineering Lab Technician7,010 SGD
Engineering Planning Manager10,300 SGD
Engineering Production Manager13,100 SGD
Engineering Project Analyst8,540 SGD
Engineering Project Coordinator 8,350 SGD
Engineering Project Director15,100 SGD
Engineering Project Manager9,760 SGD
Engineering Research and Development Manager10,900 SGD
Engineering Safety Coordinator5,300 SGD
Engineering Sales Manager9,250 SGD
Engineering Technician5,410 SGD
Engineering Technologist5,540 SGD
Environmental Engineer6,980 SGD
Equipment Engineer6,480 SGD
Equipment Engineering Manager9,320 SGD
Estimator6,070 SGD
Fabrication Specialist5,060 SGD
Fabricator3,240 SGD
Facade Engineer7,230 SGD
Fiber Analyst3,900 SGD
Field Engineer7,320 SGD
Field Engineering Manager11,900 SGD
Fire Engineer7,080 SGD
Fitter and Turner2,250 SGD
Forestry Strategic Planner8,410 SGD
Generation Engineer6,970 SGD
Genetic Engineer7,860 SGD
Geological Engineer7,380 SGD
Geotechnical Engineer7,440 SGD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,690 SGD
Highway Engineer6,940 SGD
HSE Professional6,460 SGD
HVAC Engineer7,380 SGD
HVAC Supervisor6,740 SGD
Industrial Engineer6,650 SGD
Industrial Engineering Technologist6,920 SGD
Instrument Engineer6,680 SGD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer6,680 SGD
Instrumentation Engineer6,790 SGD
Instrumentation Manager7,330 SGD
Irrigation Engineer6,680 SGD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer7,340 SGD
Locomotive Engineer6,650 SGD
Maintenance Engineer6,420 SGD
Maintenance Fitter2,500 SGD
Maintenance Manager7,130 SGD
Manufacturing Engineer6,560 SGD
Marine Engineer6,820 SGD
Materials Engineer6,620 SGD
Materials Researcher6,620 SGD
Materials Technician5,120 SGD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer7,530 SGD
Mechanical Design Engineer7,650 SGD
Mechanical Designer6,170 SGD
Mechanical Engineer7,920 SGD
Mechanical Engineering Manager10,400 SGD
Mechanical Inspector6,840 SGD
Mechatronics Engineer7,530 SGD
Mining Engineer6,740 SGD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer8,020 SGD
Optical Engineer6,760 SGD
Optical Instrument Assembler3,510 SGD
PCB Assembler2,660 SGD
Photonics Engineer7,830 SGD
Photonics Technician6,360 SGD
Pipeline Engineer6,270 SGD
Piping Designer3,700 SGD
Piping Engineer6,220 SGD
Planning Engineer7,200 SGD
Pressure Vessel Inspector3,490 SGD
Principal Cost Engineer7,080 SGD
Principal Engineer6,850 SGD
Principal Support Engineer7,540 SGD
Process Engineer7,240 SGD
Process Operator4,080 SGD
Product Development Engineer7,580 SGD
Product Development Technician5,080 SGD
Product Engineer7,550 SGD
Product Safety Engineer6,770 SGD
Production Engineer7,080 SGD
Project Engineer7,650 SGD
Proposal Manager9,210 SGD
Purchasing Engineer6,480 SGD
Quality Assurance Engineer7,130 SGD
Rail Engineer7,220 SGD
Robotics Engineer8,230 SGD
Robotics Technician5,930 SGD
Safety Engineer7,130 SGD
Safety Inspector5,410 SGD
Safety Manager8,800 SGD
Safety Officer3,540 SGD
Sales Engineer7,250 SGD
Scheduling Engineer6,270 SGD
Service Engineer7,320 SGD
Solar Engineer7,310 SGD
Staff Engineer6,960 SGD
Static Equipment Engineer7,040 SGD
Stationary Engineer6,550 SGD
Stress Engineer6,840 SGD
Structural Analysis Engineer7,180 SGD
Structural Designer6,460 SGD
Structural Engineer7,150 SGD
Structural Technician4,670 SGD
Supply Chain Specialist7,040 SGD
Surveyor5,270 SGD
Technical Affairs Officer3,560 SGD
Technical Assistant3,510 SGD
Technical Engineer6,120 SGD
Technical Support Engineer6,340 SGD
Tender Engineer6,230 SGD
Test Development Engineer7,240 SGD
Transportation Engineer6,740 SGD
Validation Engineer6,330 SGD
Verification Engineer6,640 SGD
Wastewater Engineer6,680 SGD
Wind Energy Engineer7,430 SGD
Wind Energy Operations Manager9,680 SGD
Work Planner5,160 SGD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Singapore

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Singapore range from 2,260 SGD per month (minimum average salary) to 15,100 SGD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,560 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 6,560 SGD while the other half are earning more than 6,560 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,970 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 3,970 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 9,960 SGD while 25% are earning more than 9,960 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Singapore Engineering
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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 employees in Singapore who work in Engineering earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
7,290 SGD
Female-5%
6,950 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Singapore for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Singapore

How much are annual salary increments in Singapore for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Engineering

Engineering professionals in Singapore are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Singapore

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Singapore Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

50% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
50%
No Bonus
50%

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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Singapore


41 SGD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore is 41 SGD. This means that the average person in Singapore earns approximately 41 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Singapore
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

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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