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Legal Assistant Average Salary in Singapore 2019

How much money does a Legal Assistant make in Singapore?

5,675 SGD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Legal Assistant in Singapore typically earns around 5,675 SGD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Legal Assistant salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Legal Assistant Salary Distribution in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore Legal Assistant

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Legal Assistant salaries in Singapore range between 2,440 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 8,626 SGD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 5,788 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Legal Assistant are earning less than 5,788 SGD while the other half are earning more than 5,788 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 Legal Assistant are earning less than 3,703 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 3,703 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Legal Assistant are earning less than 7,495 SGD while 25% are earning more than 7,495 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

Legal Assistant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
2,904 SGD
2 - 5 Years    +46%  
4,234 SGD
5 - 10 Years    +15%  
4,853 SGD
10 - 15 Years    +24%  
6,028 SGD
15 - 20 Years    +10%  
6,646 SGD
20+ Years    +24%  
8,224 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 Legal Assistant salaries by experience level. A Legal Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 2,904 SGD per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,234 SGD per month, 46% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,853 SGD per month, 15% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Legal Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,028 SGD per month, 24% 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 6,646 SGD per month, 10% 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 8,224 SGD per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Singapore Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
3,832 SGD
Bachelor's Degree    +56%  
5,997 SGD
Master's Degree    +18%  
7,080 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 Legal Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Legal Assistant is 3,832 SGD per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 5,997 SGD per month, 56% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 7,080 SGD per month, 18% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Singapore Legal Assistant


Legal Assistant Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
5,363 SGD
Male    +14%  
6,100 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 Legal Assistant employees in Singapore earn 14% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Singapore Legal Assistant

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
5,079 SGD
Public Sector    +26%  
6,384 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 Legal Assistant employees in Singapore earn 26% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Singapore Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant Salary Trend and Forecast in Singapore

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Singapore Legal Assistant
Average Salary 2016    =  
5,178 SGD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
5,370 SGD
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
5,536 SGD
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
5,675 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Legal Assistant 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.

Legal Assistant Average Hourly Wage in Singapore

33 SGD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore for Legal Assistant is 33 SGD. This means that the average Legal Assistant in Singapore earns approximatly 33 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.

Legal Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Legal Assistant and Legal monthly SingaporeWe compared Singapore salaries for Legal Assistant, Legal, and All Jobs and we found that Legal Assistant salaries are 39% less than those of Legal. We also found out that Legal salaries are 10% more than those of All Jobs.

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