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Chef Average Salary in Singapore 2019

How much money does a Chef make in Singapore?

6,445 SGD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Chef in Singapore typically earns around 6,445 SGD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Chef salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Chef Salary Distribution in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore Chef

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Chef salaries in Singapore range between 3,029 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 9,539 SGD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 6,317 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chef are earning less than 6,317 SGD while the other half are earning more than 6,317 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 Chef are earning less than 4,206 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 4,206 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Chef are earning less than 7,611 SGD while 25% are earning more than 7,611 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

Chef Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
3,485 SGD
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
4,787 SGD
5 - 10 Years    +12%  
5,373 SGD
10 - 15 Years    +22%  
6,544 SGD
15 - 20 Years    +18%  
7,716 SGD
20+ Years    +16%  
8,921 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 Chef salaries by experience level. A Chef with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 3,485 SGD per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,787 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 5,373 SGD per month, 12% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Chef(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,544 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 7,716 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 8,921 SGD per month, 16% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Singapore Chef

Chef Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
4,396 SGD
Bachelor's Degree    +47%  
6,447 SGD
Master's Degree    +15%  
7,423 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 Chef salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Chef is 4,396 SGD per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 6,447 SGD per month, 47% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 7,423 SGD per month, 15% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Singapore Chef

Chef Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
6,027 SGD
Male    +15%  
6,961 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 Chef employees in Singapore earn 15% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Singapore Chef

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
5,704 SGD
Public Sector    +28%  
7,283 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 Chef employees in Singapore earn 28% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Singapore Chef

Chef Salary Trend and Forecast in Singapore

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Singapore Chef
Average Salary 2016    =  
5,933 SGD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
6,153 SGD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
6,270 SGD
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
6,445 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Chef 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.

Chef Average Hourly Wage in Singapore

37 SGD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore for Chef is 37 SGD. This means that the average Chef in Singapore earns approximatly 37 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.

Chef VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Chef and Food  /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly SingaporeWe compared Singapore salaries for Chef, Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering, and All Jobs and we found that Chef salaries are 8% less than those of Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. We also found out that Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder5,757 SGD-11%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper4,818 SGD-25%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director9,192 SGD+43%
Assistant Hospitality Manager9,992 SGD+55%
Assistant Storekeeper3,918 SGD-39%
Assistant Tour Manager6,841 SGD+6%
Baker and Pastrycook5,282 SGD-18%
Bakery Manager7,377 SGD+14%
Bakery Superintendent6,396 SGD-1%
Banquet Manager6,474 SGD+0%
Banquet Server5,199 SGD-19%
Bar Attendant5,322 SGD-17%
Bar Manager7,611 SGD+18%
Bar Supervisor5,853 SGD-9%
Barista5,065 SGD-21%
Bartender5,404 SGD-16%
Bellman3,996 SGD-38%
Beverage Manager7,718 SGD+20%
Bistro Attendant4,819 SGD-25%
Buffet Chef6,814 SGD+6%
Buffet Host4,552 SGD-29%
Buffet Manager7,456 SGD+16%
Butcher and Slaughterer4,616 SGD-28%
Cafeteria Manager6,997 SGD+9%
Cake Decorator5,385 SGD-16%
Casino Shift Manager8,861 SGD+37%
Chain Store Customer Support6,575 SGD+2%
Chef6,445 SGD=
Club Manager8,390 SGD+30%
Cluster Director9,856 SGD+53%
Cluster Revenue Manager9,320 SGD+45%
Cocktail Server4,887 SGD-24%
Coffee Shop Manager8,493 SGD+32%
Concierge4,702 SGD-27%
Confectionery Baker5,065 SGD-21%
Conference Services Manager6,814 SGD+6%
Cook5,926 SGD-8%
Corporate Sous Chef7,516 SGD+17%
Corporate Travel Consultant7,333 SGD+14%
Croupier5,901 SGD-8%
Culinary Assistant5,200 SGD-19%
Culinary Associate5,585 SGD-13%
Dietary Aide5,828 SGD-10%
Dining Room Supervisor6,716 SGD+4%
Dishwasher3,058 SGD-53%
Duty Manager7,767 SGD+21%
Events Coordinator6,243 SGD-3%
Executive Chef6,884 SGD+7%
Executive Pastry Chef5,994 SGD-7%
Fast Food Cook5,901 SGD-8%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor6,525 SGD+1%
Fine Dining Cook7,033 SGD+9%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef7,347 SGD+14%
Fleet Manager7,933 SGD+23%
Food and Beverage Manager8,870 SGD+38%
Food Consultant9,253 SGD+44%
Food Safety Coordinator7,560 SGD+17%
Food Server4,819 SGD-25%
Food Service Director8,663 SGD+34%
Food Service Manager8,493 SGD+32%
Food Service Sales7,589 SGD+18%
Food Service Worker4,819 SGD-25%
Front Desk Agent5,704 SGD-11%
Front Office Manager7,870 SGD+22%
Guest Service Executive8,620 SGD+34%
Guest Service Representative6,421 SGD-0%
Head Concierge6,244 SGD-3%
Hospitality Director11,995 SGD+86%
Hostess / Host6,421 SGD-0%
Hotel Desk Clerk4,740 SGD-26%
Hotel Maid3,235 SGD-50%
Hotel Manager12,173 SGD+89%
Hotel Sales Manager9,346 SGD+45%
Hotel Service Supervisor8,426 SGD+31%
Hotel Staff5,780 SGD-10%
Inventory Coordinator5,246 SGD-19%
Kitchen Manager7,165 SGD+11%
Kitchen Staff5,506 SGD-15%
Kitchen Supervisor6,679 SGD+4%
Line Cook6,509 SGD+1%
Luggage Porter3,212 SGD-50%
Motel Manager8,226 SGD+28%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant4,249 SGD-34%
Production Operator4,436 SGD-31%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator5,845 SGD-9%
Receptionist5,565 SGD-14%
Regional Restaurant Manager10,378 SGD+61%
Restaurant Manager9,534 SGD+48%
Room Reservations Manager8,597 SGD+33%
Room Service Manager8,562 SGD+33%
Sous Chef5,975 SGD-7%
Supervisor of Food Services7,535 SGD+17%
Tour Consultant7,296 SGD+13%
Travel Agent6,419 SGD-0%
Travel Consultant6,784 SGD+5%
Waiter / Waitress4,721 SGD-27%
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