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Secretary Average Salary in Singapore 2021

How much money does a Secretary make in Singapore?

Average Monthly Salary
3,710 SGD
( 44,600 SGD yearly)


A person working as a Secretary in Singapore typically earns around 3,710 SGD per month. Salaries range from 1,930 SGD (lowest) to 5,680 SGD (highest).

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

Secretary Salary Distribution in Singapore

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

  • Salary Range

    Secretary salaries in Singapore range from 1,930 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 5,680 SGD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,570 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secretary(s) are earning less than 3,570 SGD while the other half are earning more than 3,570 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 Secretary(s) are earning less than 2,470 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 2,470 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secretary(s) are earning less than 4,440 SGD while 25% are earning more than 4,440 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

Secretary Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Secretary salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secretary with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,190 SGD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,940 SGD per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,830 SGD per month, 30% 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, Secretary(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,630 SGD per month, 21% 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 5,060 SGD per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,330 SGD per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Secretary average salary change by experience in Singapore

0 - 2 Years
2,190 SGD
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,940 SGD
5 - 10 Years+30%
3,830 SGD
10 - 15 Years+21%
4,630 SGD
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,060 SGD
20+ Years+5%
5,330 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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Secretary Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Secretary(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 Secretary salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Secretary is 2,610 SGD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 3,730 SGD per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 5,160 SGD per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Secretary average salary difference by education level in Singapore

High School
2,610 SGD
Certificate or Diploma+43%
3,730 SGD
Bachelor's Degree+38%
5,160 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Secretary Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Secretary employees in Singapore earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

3,620 SGD
3,820 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Singapore for all Careers

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Secretary Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Singapore

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


Secretary(s) in Singapore are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Singapore Secretary
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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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Singapore for the year 2020. 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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Secretary Bonus and Incentive Rates in Singapore

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Singapore Secretary
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A Secretary is considered to be a low 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.

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Secretary Average Hourly Wage in Singapore

21 SGD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore is 21 SGD. This means that the average Secretary in Singapore earns approximately 21 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.

Secretary VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secretary and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Singapore
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The average salary for Secretary is 26% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist9,300 SGD+150%
Administrative Aide3,250 SGD-12%
Administrative Analyst6,070 SGD+63%
Administrative Assistant4,200 SGD+13%
Administrative Associate4,130 SGD+11%
Administrative Manager6,330 SGD+70%
Administrative Receptionist3,760 SGD+1%
Board Secretary3,690 SGD-1%
Central Office Operator3,930 SGD+6%
Clerk2,740 SGD-26%
Commercial Administrator5,590 SGD+51%
Commissions Processor5,340 SGD+44%
Conveyancing Secretary3,510 SGD-5%
Document Controller3,630 SGD-2%
Document Management Specialist4,910 SGD+32%
Executive Assistant4,430 SGD+19%
Executive Personal Assistant4,990 SGD+34%
Executive Secretary4,400 SGD+18%
Front Desk Attendant3,850 SGD+4%
Front Desk Coordinator4,680 SGD+26%
Front Desk Manager6,300 SGD+70%
Group Services Manager10,800 SGD+190%
Head Receptionist4,720 SGD+27%
Key Account Assistant4,550 SGD+23%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator2,550 SGD-31%
Leasing Administrator4,980 SGD+34%
Legal Secretary4,270 SGD+15%
Librarian4,840 SGD+30%
Mailroom Manager4,340 SGD+17%
Management Support Secretary4,130 SGD+11%
Master Programme Coordinator7,950 SGD+110%
Medical Receptionist4,210 SGD+13%
Meeting and Event Assistant4,380 SGD+18%
Meeting and Event Manager9,520 SGD+160%
Night Manager6,000 SGD+62%
Office Administrator6,120 SGD+65%
Office Assistant2,670 SGD-28%
Office Manager7,290 SGD+96%
Office Services Coordinator5,160 SGD+39%
Operations Analyst8,460 SGD+130%
Operations Manager10,200 SGD+170%
Personal Assistant4,260 SGD+15%
Planning Assistant4,990 SGD+34%
Process Expert6,420 SGD+73%
Program Coordinator5,670 SGD+53%
Programme Assistant4,900 SGD+32%
Project Administrator7,100 SGD+91%
Project Coordinator9,100 SGD+150%
Reception Team Lead5,300 SGD+43%
Receptionist3,980 SGD+7%
Records Officer3,260 SGD-12%
Schedule Officer2,680 SGD-28%
School Secretary3,670 SGD-1%
Secretary3,710 SGD-0%
Switchboard Operator3,390 SGD-9%
Technical Program Manager9,090 SGD+140%
Technical Project Manager9,400 SGD+150%
Typist3,210 SGD-14%
Wayleave Officer2,920 SGD-21%

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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