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Government and Defence Average Salaries in Singapore 2019

How much money does a person working in Government and Defence make in Singapore?

9,429 SGD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Government and Defence in Singapore typically earns around 9,429 SGD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different Government and Defence jobs. 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
Armed Forces Officer7,922 SGD
Army Officer7,984 SGD
Cartographer7,516 SGD
Customs Officer7,370 SGD
Defense Officer9,004 SGD
Electoral Project Coordinator9,496 SGD
Federal Government Worker7,837 SGD
Government Affairs Advisor10,748 SGD
Government Affairs Director13,411 SGD
Government Affairs Representative11,304 SGD
Government Officer9,555 SGD
Government Property Inspector11,706 SGD
Government Relations Associate10,589 SGD
International Cooperation Specialist9,557 SGD
Military Personnel9,035 SGD
Police Constable7,617 SGD
Public Affairs Specialist9,219 SGD
Public Information Officer7,737 SGD
Rifleman7,040 SGD
Soldier6,810 SGD
VAT Fraud Investigator8,129 SGD

Government and Defence Jobs Salary Distribution in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore Government and Defence

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

The Government and Defence salaries in Singapore range between 6,810 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 13,619 SGD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 9,240 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Government and Defence are earning less than 9,240 SGD while the other half are earning more than 9,240 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 people working in Government and Defence are earning less than 7,223 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 7,223 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Government and Defence are earning less than 10,972 SGD while 25% are earning more than 10,972 SGD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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

Government and Defence Salary Forecast and Trend in Singapore

How do Government and Defence salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Singapore Government and Defence
Average Salary 2016    =  
8,680 SGD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
9,001 SGD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
9,172 SGD
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
9,429 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Government and Defence salaries in Singapore are rising in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Government and Defence Hourly Average Wage in Singapore

54 SGD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore for Government and Defence is 54 SGD. This means that the average person in Singapore earns approximatly 54 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.

Government and Defence VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Government and Defence and Government and Defence monthly SingaporeWe compared Singapore salaries for Government and Defence and All Jobs and we found that Government and Defence salaries are 11% more than those of All Jobs.
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