Highest Paying Jobs in Singapore – 43 Jobs With Monthly Salary Over $10K

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Are you happy with your salary in Singapore? Rhetorical question, I know… But if you are happy with what you’re making, you might want to close this tab because you’re about to feel jealous of these 43 jobs where people can make above $10,000 a month.

I’m not just talking about the usual suspects like CEOs, but also regular people with just 5 or so years of working experience. Don’t believe me? Check out the following list of highest paying jobs in Singapore, split by industry.

Note: Salary statistics taken from Kelly Services Singapore 2019 Salary Guide

 

Highest paying jobs in accounting

Think accounting is only for boring people? Just remember that those drab-looking accountant OLs who visit your office once a year are probably earning more than you.

Job Years experience Monthly salary
Chief Financial Officer >15  $20,000 to $25,000
Finance Director >15 $15,000 to $20,000
Finance Controller 10 to 15 $10,000 to $18,000
Senior Manager / Manager (Financial Planning & Analysis) 7 to 12 $8,000 to $11,000
Regional Finance Manager  5 to 8 $8,000 to $10,000
Tax Manager  8 to 12 $8,000 to $10,000
Senior Manager / Manager (Treasury)  5 to 8 $7,500 to $14,000

 

Highest paying jobs in banking & finance

Obviously, banking is a high paying industry in Singapore, as it is everywhere else. Why else do you think the CBD has so many overpriced gyms and eateries?

Job Years experience Monthly salary
Chief Financial Officer >15 $20,000 to $25,000
Finance Director >15 $15,000 to $20,000
Regional Director (Ops) >10 $15,000 to $20,000
Head of Compliance 10 to 12  $14,000 to $18,000
Vice President (Risk) 8 to 10 $11,000 to $17,000
Finance Controller 10 to 15 $10,000 to $18,000
Vice President (Trade Finance) 8 to 10 $9,000 to $12,000
Senior Manager / Manager (Trade Finance)  4 to 7 $6,700 to $12,000
Senior Manager / Manager (Risk)  4 to 7 $6,300 to $11,100
Senior Manager / Manager (Ops)  5 to 10 $5,500 to $11,000
Brand Manager (Ops) 4 to 7 $5,000 to $13,200

 

Highest paying jobs in engineering & construction

Unfortunately for NTU EEE grads who were told that engineering is a good field to work in, the salaries of engineers in Singapore are pathetically low. In fact, a construction project manager can earn way more than a senior engineer.

Job Years experience Monthly salary
Project Manager (Construction) 5 to 9 $8,500 to $11,000
Deputy Manager, Commercial (Real Estate / Property Developer) >8 $7,000 to $13,000

 

Highest paying jobs in HR

It turns out that human resources is a pretty high-paying profession. Now I just have to figure out whether my contempt for humanity makes me a good fit for HR…

Job Years experience Monthly salary
Regional HR Director >10 $10,000 to $18,000
HR Director / Assistant Director >10 $10,400 to $15,000
Senior Employee Relations Consultant 5 to 10 $8,500 to $11,000
Regional HR Manager 5 to 10 $6,500 to $10,000
HR Business Partner 3 to 7 $4,000 to $11,500

 

Highest paying jobs in tech

Apart from free breakfast cereal and a dress code of hoodies and jeans, the other great perk of working in tech is the pay. It’s second only to banking & finance in the number of high paying jobs available.

Job Years experience Monthly salary
Chief Technology Officer >15 $14,000 to $20,000
IT Director >12 $11,000 to $15,000
IT Senior Manager 6 to 11 $10,000 to $13,000
IT Security Manager 8 to 10 $9,200 to $12,000
Project Manager (Finance IT) 10 to 15 $8,000 to $11,600
App Architect 6 to 10 $8,000 to $10,500  
Fintech Strategist 5 to 10 $7,100 to $12,600
UX / UI  Lead 6 to 10 $7,000 to $12,000  
Senior Test Engineer 6 to 8 $6,500 to $10,200
IT Pre-sales/ Sales Manager 5 to 10 $5,000 to $14,000

 

Highest paying jobs in marketing and PR 

No one ever tells their children to study hard so that they can become a marketer when they grow up, but marketing is actually a relatively high-paying field in Singapore. Specialising in digital marketing is a big plus.

Job Years experience Monthly salary
Regional Marketing Director >10 $13,000 to $18,000
Director of Corporate Communications >10 $11,000 to $16,000
Creative Director 6 to 9 $10,000 to $12,000
Regional Marketing Manager 6 to 10 $8,500 to $10,000
Digital Marketing Manager 3 to 7 $5,800 to $11,000

 

Highest paying jobs in sales

You know that section in the Straits Times’ Sunday edition where they feature some wealthy person who’s made in big in life and now owns 3 houses and 5 cars? It’s always inevitably a property or insurance agent. So it’s no surprise that some of the highest paying jobs in Singapore are found in sales.

Job Years experience Monthly salary
General Manager / Head of Sales / Business Development Head >12 $15,000 to $20,000
Regional Sales / Business Development Director 8 to 12  $13,500 to $15,000
Sales / Business Development Director 8 to 12 $8,000 to $14,000
Regional Sales / Business Development Manager 6 to 10  $7,000 to $11,000
Sales / Business Development Manager (foreign speaking) 6 to 10 $6,500 to $10,000
Sales / Business Development Manager 6 to 10 $6,000 to $10,000

 

Highest paying early career jobs (~5 years experience) 

Salaries in Singapore are often commensurate with the numbers of years of experience you have – but it’s not always the case. In some industries, you needn’t wait till you’re 50 to get a high salary. The following jobs are ones where you have a chance of earning more with less working experience. (For this table, we’re only looking at jobs that pay above $5,000 for under 5 years of experience.)

Industry  Job Years experience Monthly salary
Banking & finance  Senior manager / manager (trade finance) 4 to 7  $6,700 to $12,000 
Tech Technical services manager  4 to 6  $6,500 to $9,500 
Banking & finance  Senior manager / manager (risk) 4 to 7  $6,300 to $11,100 
Banking & finance  Risk analyst (market / liquidity risk)  4 to 7  $5,000 to $9,000 
Accounting Senior accountant 3 to 6 $5,000 to $8,000
Accounting Senior treasury analyst / treasury analyst  3 to 6 $5,000 to $8,000 
Banking & finance  Senior associate / associate (financial controls)  4 to 8  $5,000 to $8,500 
Finance IT  Payment system business analyst  4 to 8  $5,000 to $7,800
Tech Senior product quality engineer /  engineer  4 to 6  $5,500 to $7,000 

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Highest paying jobs for diploma holders

As you’d expect in qualifications-obsessed Singapore, most of the highest paying jobs here are for degree holders. However, there are a few jobs in which diploma holders might get over $5,000 as well. Most require quite a few years’ experience though.

Industry  Job Years experience Monthly salary
Engineering Project manager (construction)  5 to 9  $8,500 to $11,000 
Marketing Senior marketing manager  5 to 7  $6,000 to $8,500 
Sales Sales manager (pharmaceutical / medical devices)  6 to 10  $5,500 to $8,000 
Engineering Senior product quality engineer / engineer (quality assurance)  4 to 6  $5,500 to $7,000 
Engineering Senior project engineer / engineer (construction)  4 to 7  $5,500 to $7,000 
Tech IT pre-sales / sales manager  5 to 10  $5,000 to $14,000 
Healthcare  Laboratory manager  6 to 10  $5,000 to $7,800 

 Read also: Polytechnic Graduate Salary: These Are The Highest Paying Industries for Polytechnic Graduates in Singapore

 

But you’re still earning nothing compared to the Prime Minister’s & Singapore President’s salary

If you’ve found yourself in one of the above professions and are congratulating yourself for being one of the most handsomely-paid people in Singapore, don’t forget that you’re making only a tiny fraction over the heads of state.

The Singapore President’s salary is about $1.5 million a year, which works out to about $130,000 a month. And the Prime Minister’s salary is even higher at $2.2 million a year, or about $183,000 a month. Now that’s two people who never have to eat cai png at the end of the month.

What do you think about the highest paying jobs in Singapore? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

 

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