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Highest Paying Jobs in Singapore (2018) – 38 Jobs With Monthly Salary Over $10K

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Clara Lim

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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 38 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:

 

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 to 20 $20,000 to $25,000
Finance Director 15 to 20 $15,000 to $20,000
Finance Controller 10 to 15 $8,500 to $15,000
Senior Manager / Manager (Treasury) 5 to 8 $8,000 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 to 20 $15,000 to $25,000
Finance Director 10 to 15 $15,000 to $20,000
Regional Director (Ops) >10 $14,000 to $19,000
Head of Compliance 8 to 10 $12,000 to $18,000
Vice President (Risk) 8 to 10 $12,000 to $16,000
Senior Manager / Manager (Risk) 4 to 7 $5,000 to $13,200
Vice President (Trading) 8 to 10 $11,000 to $13,000
Manger / Assistant Manager (Ops) 10 to 12 $8,000 to $13,000
Senior Manager / Manager (Trading)   4 to 7 $5,000 to $12,000

 

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 $7,000 to $12,000
Deputy Manager, Commercial (Real Estate / Property Developer) >8 $5,200 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 $8,500 to $15,000
Senior Employee Relations Consultant 5 to 10 $7,000 to $12,000
HR Business Partner 3 to 6 $7,000 to $12,000

 

Highest paying jobs in law

We’ve heard enough horror stories of Singaporeans whose minds and bodies were broken by the legal profession, and yet the prospect of earning $27,000 a month (someday!) is enough to lure countless youngsters into the gaping maws of law school. Just remember that your working hours are probably double that of a normal person’s.

Job Years experience Monthly salary
Senior Legal Counsel / Legal Counsel 5 to 10 $10,000 to $27,000

 

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 to 20 $13,000 to $21,000
IT Director 10 to 15 $12,000 to $15,000
IT Pre-sales/ Sales Manager 5 to 10 $7,000 to $15,000
IT Senior Manager 6 to 10 $10,000 to $12,000
IT Security Manager 8 to 10 $9,000 to $12,000
Project Manager 10 to 15 $8,100 to $12,000
Fintech Strategist 5 to 10 $7,100 to $12,000
Senior App Developer / App Developer 3 to 10 $6,500 to $12,000
App Architect 6 to 10 $8,000 to $11,000  

 

Highest paying jobs in marketing

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 $15,000
Creative Director 5 to 8 $10,000 to $12,000
Regional Marketing Manager 6 to 10 $8,000 to $12,000
Senior Marketing Manager 6 to 10 $8,000 to $12,000
Digital Marketing Manager 3 to 5 $6,000 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 to 15 $15,000 to $20,000
Regional Sales / Business Development Director 6 to 10 $12,000 to $20,000
Sales / Business Development Director 6 to 10 $10,000 to $18,000

 

10 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 looking only at the lower end of the average monthly salary.)

Industry Job Years experience Monthly salary
Law Senior Legal Counsel / Legal Counsel 5 to 10 $10,000 to $27,000
Marketing Creative Director 5 to 8 $10,000 to $12,000
Accounting Senior Manager / Manager (Treasury) 5 to 8 $8,000 to $14,000
Tech IT Pre-sales / Sales Manager 5 to 10 $7,000 to $15,000
Tech Fintech Strategist 5 to 10 $7,100 to $12,000
Construction Project Manager (Construction) >5 $7,000 to $12,000
HR HR Business Partner 3 to 6 $7,000 to $12,000
HR Senior Employee Relations Consultant 5 to 10 $7,000 to $12,000
Tech Senior App Developer / App Developer 3 to 10 $6,500 to $12,000
Marketing Digital Marketing Manager 3 to 5 $6,000 to $11,000

 

10 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 paid better.

Industry Job Years experience Monthly salary
Marketing Senior Marketing Manager 6 to 10 $8,000 to $12,000
Tech IT Pre-Sales / Sales Manager 5 to 10 $7,000 to $15,000
Construction Project Manager >5 $7,000 to $12,000
Engineering Technical Services Manager 4 to 5 $6,500 to $9,500
Healthcare Sales Manager (Pharmaceutical / Medical Devices) 8 to 12 $5,500 to $8,000
Developer Property Manager 5 to 8 $5,000 to $8,500
Construction Quality, Health & Environmental Safety Manager 5 to 8 $5,000 to $7,200
Banking Senior Officer / Officer (Compliance) 4 to 7 $4,500 to $8,000
Sales Sales Territory Manager 5 to 8 $4,500 to $7,000
Logistics Supply Chain Manager / Assistant Manager 5 to 10 $4,200 to $8,000

Note: Salary statistics taken from Kelly Services Singapore 2018 Salary Guide.

 

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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Clara Lim

I used to be MoneyDumb. I hung out at H&M every day and thought that a $50 lunch set was a good deal. These days, I spend my time researching the crap out of life and trying to maximise utility on micro-decisions. I'm not sure if that's an improvement.

  • Ora Aurora

    in life u have to make choices, yes those jobs pay well, but those people have no life at all, they just work, I rather win less, but Singapore really needs a minimum wage of a 1500SGD for the lowest jobs at least, modern slavery has to be fought.