A person working as an Administrative Assistant in Singapore typically earns around 4,200 SGD per month. Salaries range from 2,270 SGD (lowest) to 6,340 SGD (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Administrative Assistant salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Administrative Assistant salaries in Singapore range from 2,270 SGD per month (minimum salary) to 6,340 SGD per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 3,860 SGD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 3,860 SGD while the other half are earning more than 3,860 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 Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 2,760 SGD while 75% of them are earning more than 2,760 SGD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 4,690 SGD while 25% are earning more than 4,690 SGD.
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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Administrative Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Administrative Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,630 SGD per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,330 SGD per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,380 SGD per month, 32% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Administrative Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,160 SGD per month, 18% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 5,710 SGD per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 6,070 SGD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+26%|
|5 - 10 Years||+32%|
|10 - 15 Years||+18%|
|15 - 20 Years||+11%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Administrative Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Administrative Assistant is 3,330 SGD per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 4,550 SGD per month, 37% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 5,850 SGD per month, 29% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
|Certificate or Diploma||+37%|
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Administrative Assistant employees in Singapore earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.
Administrative Assistant(s) in Singapore are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.
The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Singapore for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
An Administrative Assistant is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
74% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% of their annual salary.
The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.Company Performance Bonuses
Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.Goal-Based Bonuses
Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.Holiday / End of Year Bonuses
These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.
People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting Cast|
Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.
Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.
Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.
Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.
The average salary for Administrative Assistant is 16% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accreditation Specialist||9,300 SGD||+120%|
|Administrative Aide||3,250 SGD||-23%|
|Administrative Analyst||6,070 SGD||+45%|
|Administrative Assistant||4,200 SGD||+0%|
|Administrative Associate||4,130 SGD||-2%|
|Administrative Manager||6,330 SGD||+51%|
|Administrative Receptionist||3,760 SGD||-10%|
|Board Secretary||3,690 SGD||-12%|
|Central Office Operator||3,930 SGD||-6%|
|Commercial Administrator||5,590 SGD||+33%|
|Commissions Processor||5,340 SGD||+27%|
|Conveyancing Secretary||3,510 SGD||-16%|
|Document Controller||3,630 SGD||-14%|
|Document Management Specialist||4,910 SGD||+17%|
|Executive Assistant||4,430 SGD||+6%|
|Executive Personal Assistant||4,990 SGD||+19%|
|Executive Secretary||4,400 SGD||+5%|
|Front Desk Attendant||3,850 SGD||-8%|
|Front Desk Coordinator||4,680 SGD||+11%|
|Front Desk Manager||6,300 SGD||+50%|
|Group Services Manager||10,800 SGD||+160%|
|Head Receptionist||4,720 SGD||+12%|
|Key Account Assistant||4,550 SGD||+8%|
|Keyboard and Data Entry Operator||2,550 SGD||-39%|
|Leasing Administrator||4,980 SGD||+19%|
|Legal Secretary||4,270 SGD||+2%|
|Mailroom Manager||4,340 SGD||+3%|
|Management Support Secretary||4,130 SGD||-2%|
|Master Programme Coordinator||7,950 SGD||+89%|
|Medical Receptionist||4,210 SGD||+0%|
|Meeting and Event Assistant||4,380 SGD||+4%|
|Meeting and Event Manager||9,520 SGD||+130%|
|Night Manager||6,000 SGD||+43%|
|Office Administrator||6,120 SGD||+46%|
|Office Assistant||2,670 SGD||-36%|
|Office Manager||7,290 SGD||+74%|
|Office Services Coordinator||5,160 SGD||+23%|
|Operations Analyst||8,460 SGD||+100%|
|Operations Manager||10,200 SGD||+140%|
|Personal Assistant||4,260 SGD||+1%|
|Planning Assistant||4,990 SGD||+19%|
|Process Expert||6,420 SGD||+53%|
|Program Coordinator||5,670 SGD||+35%|
|Programme Assistant||4,900 SGD||+17%|
|Project Administrator||7,100 SGD||+69%|
|Project Coordinator||9,100 SGD||+120%|
|Reception Team Lead||5,300 SGD||+26%|
|Records Officer||3,260 SGD||-22%|
|Schedule Officer||2,680 SGD||-36%|
|School Secretary||3,670 SGD||-13%|
|Switchboard Operator||3,390 SGD||-19%|
|Technical Program Manager||9,090 SGD||+120%|
|Technical Project Manager||9,400 SGD||+120%|
|Wayleave Officer||2,920 SGD||-30%|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Singapore earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.