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Head Nurse Average Salary in Singapore 2020

How much money does a Head Nurse make in Singapore?

Average Monthly Salary
7,020 SGD
( 84,300 SGD yearly)


A person working as a Head Nurse in Singapore typically earns around 7,020 SGD per month. Salaries range from 3,230 SGD (lowest) to 10,500 SGD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Head Nurse salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Head Nurse Salary Distribution in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore Head Nurse

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

  • Salary Range

    Head Nurse salaries in Singapore range between 3,230 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 10,500 SGD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,950 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Head Nurse are earning less than 6,950 SGD while the other half are earning more than 6,950 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 people working as Head Nurse are earning less than 4,580 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 4,580 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Head Nurse are earning less than 8,540 SGD while 25% are earning more than 8,540 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 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

Head Nurse Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Singapore Head Nurse

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Head Nurse salaries by experience level. A Head Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 3,670 SGD per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,900 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 6,050 SGD per month, 24% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Head Nurse(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 7,210 SGD per month, 19% 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 8,370 SGD per month, 16% 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 10,000 SGD per month, 19% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

0 - 2 Years
3,670 SGD
2 - 5 Years+34%
4,900 SGD
5 - 10 Years+24%
6,050 SGD
10 - 15 Years+19%
7,210 SGD
15 - 20 Years+16%
8,370 SGD
20+ Years+19%
10,000 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Head Nurse Salary Comparison By Education

Salary comparison by education level monthly Singapore Head Nurse

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 Head Nurse salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Highschool, the average salary of a Head Nurse is 3,670 SGD per month. While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 4,530 SGD per month, 24% more than someone with Highschool. A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 6,310 SGD per month, 39% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 8,660 SGD per month, 37% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree. Ph.d holders are compensated with wage equivelant to 10,100 SGD per month, 16% more than someone with Master's Degree.

3,670 SGD
Certificate or Diploma+24%
4,530 SGD
Bachelor's Degree+39%
6,310 SGD
Master's Degree+37%
8,660 SGD
10,100 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Head Nurse Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Singapore Head NurseThough gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Head Nurse employees in Singapore earn 8% more than their female counterparts.
6,770 SGD
7,290 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Singapore Head NurseWhere can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Head Nurse employees in Singapore earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.
Private Sector
6,830 SGD
Public Sector+6%
7,230 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Head Nurse Salary Trend and Forecast in Singapore

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Singapore Head Nurse
Average Salary 2016
6,290 SGD
Average Salary 2017+4%
6,520 SGD
Average Salary 2018+2%
6,670 SGD
Average Salary 2019+3%
6,890 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Head Nurse salaries in Singapore are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 2% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Head Nurse Average Hourly Wage in Singapore

41 SGD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore for Head Nurse is 41 SGD. This means that the average Head Nurse in Singapore earns approximatly 41 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.

Head Nurse VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Head Nurse and Health and Medical monthly SingaporeWe compared Singapore salaries for Head Nurse, Nursing, and Health and Medical and we found that Head Nurse salaries are 2% less than those of Nursing. We also found out that Nursing salaries are 39% less than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acute Care Nurse6,960 SGD-1%
Assistant Director of Nursing8,870 SGD+26%
Case Manager8,400 SGD+20%
Company Nurse5,360 SGD-24%
Critical Care Nurse6,960 SGD-1%
District Nurse6,580 SGD-6%
Head Nurse7,020 SGD-0%
Home Nurse6,000 SGD-15%
ICU Registered Nurse6,730 SGD-4%
Informatics Nurse Specialist6,810 SGD-3%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)6,580 SGD-6%
MDS Coordinator6,970 SGD-1%
Mental Health Nurse5,970 SGD-15%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner6,950 SGD-1%
Nurse6,250 SGD-11%
Nurse Midwife7,410 SGD+5%
Nurse Practitioner6,290 SGD-10%
Nursing Assistant5,580 SGD-21%
Nursing Coordinator6,630 SGD-6%
Nursing Director9,040 SGD+29%
Nursing Services Instructor6,970 SGD-1%
Nursing Supervisor7,320 SGD+4%
Occupational Health Advisor8,420 SGD+20%
Occupational Therapist9,810 SGD+40%
Personal Support Worker5,060 SGD-28%
Psychiatric Nurse6,070 SGD-14%
Registered Nurse6,370 SGD-9%
Respiratory Manager9,580 SGD+36%
School Nurse5,660 SGD-19%
Staff Nurse6,110 SGD-13%
Theatre Manager7,640 SGD+9%
Utilization Review Nurse6,000 SGD-15%
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