Salary in Singapore


Singapore has been labeled as the provider for “best quality of lifestyle” offered in Asia by Worldwide Quality of Living Index 2007. Business Environment Risk Intelligence 2007 Labour Force Ranking has also ranked the city first for comprising of the best labour force in Asia. This is not the contribution of locals alone, Singapore has a healthy ratio of people from foreign nationalities. Numbers state a good one-third of the population employed from various part of the world, contributing to the economic growth of the city.

Recent surveys have thrown up stats supporting as much as 60% of work force currently employed in Singapore are from foreign nationalities. People would obviously come down to the city to work only if the pay is better than what they are getting in their own country, so let’s have a sneak peek at the salary structure:

Trend of Salary in Singapore
Singapore Salary Survey Data has pointed out that working for long-term in Singapore is a much better experience than to judge the salary by entry level jobs. This is because a trend of exponential increase in salary has been observed when people work for a longer tenure of say 20 years than the median salary of those who have entered the market just a short while ago. For example an individual with an experience close to a decade and half has been observed to have an average salary of around S$1,10,000 while those with 1-2 years experience have been noticed to have a median salary of around S$32000! That much is the difference.

Average Salary by Profession
Profession Gross Monthly Salary


Top 7 Jobs which provide highest salary in Singapore are:

  • Computer and Information systems manager- The job needs leadership skills and problem solving abilities apart from technical knowledge. Average salary for Computer and Information systems manager is S$6200, you are bestowed upon with administrative responsibilities apart from being the group leader and of course the backbone for technical support to the company as well.
  • Editor- This profile needs not much explanation, editor apart from finalizing the content and layout of the publication also decides on the brand image of the journal and its way ahead. Average salary for an editor lies in the bracket of somewhere between S$6200 to S$7000.
  • Lawyers- Whether you work as an internal legal advisor for large companies, or join a law firm or practice on your own- options are plenty once you obtain your LLB degree and satisfy the requisite standard set by Board of Legal Education, Singapore. Apart from the degree you will also be expected to undergo 6 months of internship in a law firm. Once you start practicing, you can even an average of S$8000, depending definitely on your experience, profile and persuasive communication skills.
  • Profit-making airline pilot and aircraft instructor- You definitely need to shell out a good amount in education and training of pilots, but the benefits you reap out of it once the rigorous and hard phase is over is sweet indeed for the kind of pay you can withdraw. Anything between S$10000 to S$20000 can be easily earned once you are a certified pilot. When you reach middle age or near retirement age you can switch to giving flying lessons as an instructor too!
  • Doctors and Surgeons- No, We are not talking about MBBS alone, we are talking about further degrees, internships, training, and then entering the practice. Though the path is a longer one, but the respect you again along with money is unbeatable too. You can expect a salary range from anything between S$8000 to S$12000 and much more depending how experienced and good you are at your job.
These are just snapshots, any stream you chose, the better you are fatter the paychecks, because Singapore welcomes you to work there with both open arms and a warm welcome.

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