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Nurse Average Salary in Singapore 2019

How much money does a Nurse make in Singapore?

6,247 SGD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Nurse in Singapore typically earns around 6,247 SGD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Nurse salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Nurse Salary Distribution in Singapore

Median and salary distribution monthly Singapore Nurse

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Nurse salaries in Singapore range between 2,686 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 9,495 SGD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 6,372 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Nurse are earning less than 6,372 SGD while the other half are earning more than 6,372 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 Nurse are earning less than 4,076 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 4,076 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Nurse are earning less than 8,251 SGD while 25% are earning more than 8,251 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

Nurse Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
3,197 SGD
2 - 5 Years    +46%  
4,661 SGD
5 - 10 Years    +15%  
5,342 SGD
10 - 15 Years    +24%  
6,635 SGD
15 - 20 Years    +10%  
7,316 SGD
20+ Years    +24%  
9,052 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 Nurse salaries by experience level. A Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 3,197 SGD per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,661 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 5,342 SGD per month, 15% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Nurse(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,635 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 7,316 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 9,052 SGD per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Singapore Nurse

Nurse Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
4,218 SGD
Bachelor's Degree    +56%  
6,601 SGD
Master's Degree    +18%  
7,793 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 Nurse salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Nurse is 4,218 SGD per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 6,601 SGD per month, 56% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 7,793 SGD per month, 18% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Singapore Nurse


Nurse Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
5,903 SGD
Male    +14%  
6,715 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 Nurse employees in Singapore earn 14% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Singapore Nurse

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
5,591 SGD
Public Sector    +26%  
7,028 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 Nurse employees in Singapore earn 26% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Singapore Nurse

Nurse Salary Trend and Forecast in Singapore

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Singapore Nurse
Average Salary 2016    =  
5,700 SGD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
5,911 SGD
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
6,094 SGD
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
6,247 SGD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Nurse 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.

Nurse Average Hourly Wage in Singapore

36 SGD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Singapore for Nurse is 36 SGD. This means that the average Nurse in Singapore earns approximatly 36 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.

Nurse VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Nurse and Health and Medical monthly SingaporeWe compared Singapore salaries for Nurse, Health and Medical, and All Jobs and we found that Nurse salaries are 47% less than those of Health and Medical. We also found out that Health and Medical salaries are 39% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acute Care Nurse6,961 SGD+11%
Assistant Director of Nursing8,866 SGD+42%
Case Manager8,397 SGD+34%
Company Nurse5,364 SGD-14%
Critical Care Nurse6,961 SGD+11%
District Nurse6,576 SGD+5%
Head Nurse7,025 SGD+12%
Home Nurse5,997 SGD-4%
ICU Registered Nurse6,732 SGD+8%
Informatics Nurse Specialist6,814 SGD+9%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)6,576 SGD+5%
MDS Coordinator6,969 SGD+12%
Mental Health Nurse5,973 SGD-4%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner6,952 SGD+11%
Nurse6,247 SGD=
Nurse Midwife7,407 SGD+19%
Nurse Practitioner6,294 SGD+1%
Nursing Assistant5,583 SGD-11%
Nursing Coordinator6,634 SGD+6%
Nursing Director9,035 SGD+45%
Nursing Services Instructor6,966 SGD+12%
Nursing Supervisor7,322 SGD+17%
Occupational Health Advisor8,424 SGD+35%
Occupational Therapist9,812 SGD+57%
Personal Support Worker5,058 SGD-19%
Psychiatric Nurse6,070 SGD-3%
Registered Nurse6,373 SGD+2%
Respiratory Manager9,584 SGD+53%
School Nurse5,661 SGD-9%
Staff Nurse6,115 SGD-2%
Theatre Manager7,644 SGD+22%
Utilization Review Nurse5,997 SGD-4%
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