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Secretary Average Salary in Singapore 2019

How much money does a Secretary make in Singapore?

4,436 SGD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Secretary in Singapore typically earns around 4,436 SGD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Secretary salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Secretary Salary Distribution in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore Secretary

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Secretary salaries in Singapore range between 2,085 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 6,565 SGD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 4,347 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secretary are earning less than 4,347 SGD while the other half are earning more than 4,347 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 as Secretary are earning less than 2,894 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 2,894 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Secretary are earning less than 5,238 SGD while 25% are earning more than 5,238 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

Secretary Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
2,399 SGD
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
3,295 SGD
5 - 10 Years    +12%  
3,698 SGD
10 - 15 Years    +22%  
4,504 SGD
15 - 20 Years    +18%  
5,311 SGD
20+ Years    +16%  
6,139 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Secretary salaries by experience level. A Secretary with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 2,399 SGD per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,295 SGD per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,698 SGD per month, 12% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Secretary(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,504 SGD per month, 22% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 5,311 SGD per month, 18% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 6,139 SGD per month, 16% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Singapore Secretary

Secretary Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
3,026 SGD
Bachelor's Degree    +47%  
4,437 SGD
Master's Degree    +15%  
5,109 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Secretary salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Secretary is 3,026 SGD per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 4,437 SGD per month, 47% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 5,109 SGD per month, 15% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Singapore Secretary


Secretary Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
4,147 SGD
Male    +16%  
4,790 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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 16% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Singapore Secretary

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
3,925 SGD
Public Sector    +28%  
5,012 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Secretary employees in Singapore earn 28% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Singapore Secretary

Secretary Salary Trend and Forecast in Singapore

How are Secretary salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Singapore Secretary
Average Salary 2016    =  
4,084 SGD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
4,235 SGD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
4,315 SGD
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
4,436 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Secretary salaries in Singapore are on the rise 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.

Secretary Average Hourly Wage in Singapore

26 SGD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore for Secretary is 26 SGD. This means that the average Secretary in Singapore earns approximatly 26 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.

Secretary VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secretary and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly SingaporeWe compared Singapore salaries for Secretary, Administration / Reception / Secretarial, and All Jobs and we found that Secretary salaries are 13% less than those of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. We also found out that Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist7,035 SGD+59%
Administrative Aide3,250 SGD-27%
Administrative Analyst4,856 SGD+9%
Administrative Assistant4,198 SGD-5%
Administrative Associate4,131 SGD-7%
Administrative Manager5,077 SGD+14%
Administrative Receptionist3,820 SGD-14%
Board Secretary4,293 SGD-3%
Central Office Operator3,934 SGD-11%
Clerk3,371 SGD-24%
Commercial Administrator5,588 SGD+26%
Commissions Processor5,343 SGD+20%
Conveyancing Secretary4,390 SGD-1%
Document Controller3,966 SGD-11%
Document Management Specialist4,914 SGD+11%
Executive Assistant5,343 SGD+20%
Executive Personal Assistant5,901 SGD+33%
Executive Secretary5,302 SGD+20%
Front Desk Attendant4,372 SGD-1%
Front Desk Coordinator4,683 SGD+6%
Front Desk Manager6,297 SGD+42%
Group Services Manager8,394 SGD+89%
Head Receptionist5,541 SGD+25%
Key Account Assistant5,343 SGD+20%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator2,903 SGD-35%
Leasing Administrator4,740 SGD+7%
Legal Secretary4,671 SGD+5%
Librarian4,838 SGD+9%
Mailroom Manager4,336 SGD-2%
Management Support Secretary5,159 SGD+16%
Master Programme Coordinator7,341 SGD+65%
Medical Receptionist4,683 SGD+6%
Meeting and Event Assistant5,277 SGD+19%
Meeting and Event Manager7,166 SGD+62%
Night Manager5,997 SGD+35%
Office Administrator6,121 SGD+38%
Office Assistant3,387 SGD-24%
Office Manager5,762 SGD+30%
Office Services Coordinator4,778 SGD+8%
Operations Analyst6,550 SGD+48%
Operations Manager7,612 SGD+72%
Personal Assistant5,219 SGD+18%
Planning Assistant4,990 SGD+12%
Process Expert6,421 SGD+45%
Program Coordinator5,675 SGD+28%
Programme Assistant4,858 SGD+10%
Project Administrator7,097 SGD+60%
Project Coordinator7,384 SGD+66%
Reception Team Lead6,988 SGD+58%
Receptionist4,557 SGD+3%
Records Officer3,692 SGD-17%
Schedule Officer3,497 SGD-21%
School Secretary4,108 SGD-7%
Secretary4,436 SGD=
Switchboard Operator3,527 SGD-20%
Technical Program Manager6,995 SGD+58%
Technical Project Manager7,256 SGD+64%
Typist3,212 SGD-28%
Wayleave Officer3,728 SGD-16%
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