A Comprehensive Guide To Starting Salaries for Fresh Graduates In Singapore (2022)

Marie Cheng

Marie Cheng

Last updated 10 July, 2022
 

These days, fresh university graduates seem to be getting a higher starting pay … at least that’s what it says in the newspapers.

 

According to the The Straits Times this year, some are in fact earning $4,000 to $5,000 a month in their first job. But how true is that? How many will raise false hope and expectations, based on a catchy news headline? I know I did. 

If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I’ve always been a writer. After many years of penning subpar poetry, I began my editorial career at the age of 18. For years, I hustled whilst in school, taking on side gigs and freelance opportunities wherever I found them. By the time I graduated, I’d built up a portfolio that I was convinced could rival that of any veteran in the industry — and therefore command a higher starting salary. 

“With your experience, you’ll easily get a good job that pays at least $4,000 a month. No question about it,” my mother assured me. Coupled with that Straits Times report, I was optimistic about my prospects. Alas, when I finally got around to the job applications, I realised no magazine or copywriting agency was going to offer me anything more than $3,500 a month. 

In fact, the basic pay for writers hovered at around $2,000 to $3,000 a month. How was I supposed to survive on such meagre sums, especially in one of the world’s most expensive cities? 

Spare yourself the rude awakening and manage your expectations of how much you’ll earn as someone new to the workforce. 

Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of the average starting salaries for permanent full-time, entry-level jobs, not including CPF deductions, categorised by university and industry, based on graduate employment surveys by Ministry of Education. 

Information is updated as of 10 July 2022. Salary adjustments are subject to change at any given time according to economic changes.

By University

NUS Graduates (2021)

Degree Median Gross Monthly Salary
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
BA S$3,200
BA (Hons) S$3,650
Bachelor of Social Sciences S$3,600
Faculty of Dentistry
Bachelor of Dental Surgery S$4,200
Faculty of Engineering
BEng, Biomedical Engineering S$3,600
BEng, Chemical Engineering S$3,800
BEng, Civil Engineering S$3,700
BEng, Electrical Engineering S$4,150
BEng, Engineering Science S$4,500
BEng, Environmental Engineering S$3,500
BEng, Industrial and Systems Engineering S$4,500
BEng, Materials Science and Engineering S$3,896
BEng, Mechanical Engineering S$3,875
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws  S$5,600
Faculty of Science
BSc S$3,527
BSc (Hons) S$3,600
BSc, Computational Biology S$4,500
BSc, Pharmacy $3,915
BSc, Data Science and Analytics S$4,800
National University of Singapore Business School
BBA S$3,700
BBA (Hons) S$4,347
BBA, Accountancy S$3,400
BBA, Accountancy (Hons) S$3,500
School of Computing
Bachelor of Computing, Computer Science S$6,000
Bachelor of Computing, Information Security S$5,400
Bachelor of Computing, Information Systems S$5,000
BSc, Business Analytics S$5,400
School of Design & Environment
BA, Architecture S$4,000
BA, Industrial Design S$3,825
BSc, Project and Facilities Management $3,500
BSc, Real Estate $3,700
Yong Loo Lin School (Medicine)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery TBD
BSc, Nursing S$3,550
BSc, Nursing (Hons) S$3,750
YST Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music  S$3,100
Yale-NUS College
BA with Honours  S$4,000
BSc with Honours S$4,500
Multi-Disciplinary Programmes
BEng, Computer Engineering $5,400
Bachelor of Environmental Studies $3,650

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NTU Graduates (2022)

Degree Median Gross Monthly Salary
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
Accountancy   S$3,400
Accountancy and Business S$4,500
Business S$4,000
Double Degree in Business and Computer Engineering/Computing S$6,300
College of Engineering
Aerospace Engineering S$4,471
Bioengineering S$3,500
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering S$3,740
Civil Engineering S$3,540
Computer Engineering S$4,500
Computer Science S$4,800
Double Degree in Engineering and Economics S$4,583
Electrical & Electronic Engineering S$4,000
Environmental Engineering S$3,500
Information Engineering & Media S$4,200
Maritime Studies S$3,500
Materials Engineering S$3,650
Mechanical Engineering S$3,800
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Art, Design & Media S$3,000
Chinese S$3,300
Communication Studies S$3,500
Economics S$3,650
English S$3,500
History S$3,675
Linguistics & Multilingual Studies S$3,300
Philosophy S$3,400
Psychology S$3,350
Public Policy and Global Affairs S$3,804
Sociology S$3,500
College of Science
Biological Sciences S$3,500
Biomedical Sciences & Chinese Medicine S$3,100
Chemistry & Biological Chemistry S$3,400
Environmental Earth Systems Science S$3,950
Mathematical Sciences/Mathematical Sciences and Economics S$3,806
Physics & Applied Physics  S$3,600
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Arts (With Education) S$3,780
Science (With Education) S$3,904
Sport Science and Management
Sport Science and Management S$3,300

 

SMU Graduates (2022)

Degree Median Gross Monthly Salary
School of Accountancy (4-yr programme)
Accountancy   S$3,400
Cum Laude and above S$3,850
School of Business (4-yr programme)
Business Management S$4,000
Cum Laude and above S$4,480
School of Economics (4-yr programme)
Economics  S$4,435
Cum Laude and above S$4,900
School of Information Systems (4-yr programme)
Information Systems S$5,000
Cum Laude and above S$5,350
School of Social Sciences (4-yr programme)
Social Sciences S$3,600
Cum Laude and above S$3,763
School of Law (4-yr programme)
Law S$5,600
Cum Laude and above S$5,800

 

SIT Graduates (2022)

Degree Median Gross Monthly Salary
DigiPen Institute of Technology
BA, Game Design S$3,500
BFA, Digital Arts & Animation S$2,887
BSc, Computer Science & Game Design S$3,500
BSc, Computer Science in Real-Time
Interactive Simulation
S$3,880
The Glasgow School of Art
BA, Communication Design (Hons) S$2,800
BA, Interior Design (Hons) S$2,600
Newcastle University
BEng, Chemical Engineering (Hons) S$3,200
BEng, Electrical Power Engineering (Hons) S$3,500
BEng, Marine Engineering (Hons) S$3,750
BEng, Mechanical Design & Manufacturing
Engineering (Hons)
S$3,350
BEng, Naval Architecture (Hons) S$3,200
BEng, Offshore Engineering (Hons) S$4,000
Technische Universität München
BSc, Chemical Engineering S$3,175
BSc, Electrical Engineering & IT S$3,600
The Culinary Institute of America
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Art
Management
S$2,550
SIT & Trinity College Dublin
BSc, Diagnostic Radiography S$3,650
BSc, Occupational Therapy S$3,400
BSc, Physiotherapy S$3,500
BSc, Radiation Therapy S$3,500
University of Glasgow
BEng with Hons in Aeronautical Engineering S$3,921
BEng with Hons in Aerospace Systems S$3,750
BEng with Hons in Mechanical Design Engineering S$3,500
BEng, Mechatronics (Hons) S$3,600
BSc, Computing Science (Hons) S$5,000
University of Liverpool
BA, Criminology and Security (Hons) S$3,700
Singapore Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) S$3,000
BEng, Information & Communications Technology (Information Security) (Hons) S$4,300
BEng, Information & Communications Technology (Software Engineering) (Hons) S$4,000
BEng, Pharmaceutical Engineering (Hons) S$3,740
BEng, Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services) (Hons) S$3,500
BEng, Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Land) (Hons) S$4,105
BEng, Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering) (Hons) S$4,200
Bachelor of Hospitality Business (Hons) S$3,000

 

SUTD Graduates (2022)

Degree Median Gross Monthly Salary
BEng, Engineering Product Development S$4,000
BEng, Computer Science and Design S$4,800
BEng, Engineering Systems and Design S$4,000
BSc, Architecture and Sustainable
Design
S$3,875

 

SUSS Graduates (2021)

Degree Median Gross Monthly Salary
S R Nathan School of Human Development
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education S$3,000
Bachelor of Human Resource Management S$3,200
School of Business
Bachelor of Accountancy S$3,200
Bachelor of Science, Business Analytics S$3,800
Bachelor of Science, Supply Chain Management S$3,300
Bachelor of Science, Finance S$3,500
Bachelor of Science, Marketing S$3,275

 

By Industry (According to Kelly Services)

Accounting

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Accounting  
Accountant or Assistant Accountant $2,500
Accounts Assistant $2,500
Accounts Payable Executive $2,500
Accounts Payable Officer or Assistant $2,500
Accounts Receivable Executive $2,500
Accounts Receivable Officer $2,500
Accounts Executive $2,800
Accounts Officer $2,500
Finance  
Finance Assistant $2,800

Banking & Finance

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Risk  
Credit Control Assistant or Officer $2,500
Sales  
Bancassurance $3,000
Trade Finance  
Executive $2,700
Officer $2,100

 

Customer Service

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Concierge or Helpdesk Officer $1,900
Customer Care Consultant $2,400
Customer Service Assistant or Officer $1,800
Customer Service Executive $1,800
Customer Service Officer, Foreign Speaking $2,500
Guest Relation Officer $1,800
Telesales Executive $1,700

 

Engineering & Technical

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Administration & Support  
Executive, Customer Relations $3,100
Technical Support Engineer $3,600
Healthcare & Medical  
Customer Support Engineer $3,000
Maintenance  
Machinist $2,200
Pump Mechanic $2,000
Mechanical & Electrical  
Layout Engineer $3,200
Mechanical or Electrical Technician $2,000
Telecommunications Engineer $3,300
Process  
Chemical Process Technician $2,100
Production  
Production Engineer $2,300
Production Technician $1,800
Construction or Project Management  
Project Coordinator $2,200
Service Engineer $2,100
Quality Assurance or Control  
Quality Control Technician $2,200
Real Estate or Property Development  
Interior Design $2,300
Property or Mall Executive $1,500
Workplace or Environment Safety & Health  
Security Engineer $2,200

 

Fast-Moving Consumer Goods & Retail

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Merchandiser $2,100
Promoter $1,800
Retail Associate $1,500
Retail Executive $1,800
Retail Specialist $1,400
Store Specialist $1,800
Store Support Assistant $1,600

 

Healthcare & Life Sciences

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Dental Surgery Assistant $1,800
Laboratory Technician $2,300
Medical Sales Representative $3,150
Medical Technologist $1,700
Occupational Therapist $3,400
Operations Executive $2,400
Patient Service Associate or Clinic Assistant $1,800
Pharmacy Technician $2,000
Phelebotomist $1,600
Physiotherapist $3,400
Research Fellow $3,000
Staff Nurse $2,100

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Human Resources

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Human Resource Assistant or Officer $2,200
Human Resource Executive $2,000
Learning & Development Administrator $2,400
Payroll Officer or Assistant $2,500

 

Information Technology

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Analysis & Project  
Analyst Programmer $2,600
IT Analyst $2,800
Project Executive $2,600
Application Development  
Application Support Executive $2,600
Interactive or Web Developer $2,000
Software Developer $2,600
IT Infrastructure  
IT Support Engineer $2,700
Support  
Customer Service Executive $2,700
Helpdesk Support $2,000
Service Desk Engineer $2,150
Support Engineer $2,200

 

Office Support

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Admin Executive, Foreign Speaking $2,500
Administrative Assistant or Coordinator $1,500
Administrative Executive $1,800
Business Coordinator $2,100
Customer Service Coordinator or Executive $2,200
Data Entry $1,500
Driver $1,700
Facilities Coordinator or Executive $3,200
Librarian $2,500
Mailroom Officer $1,400
Office Administrator or Assistant $2,400
Receptionist $1,500
Secretary $2,400

 

Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Logistics or Warehouse  
Forklift Driver $1,400
Logistics Assistant or Coordinator $1,400
Packer $1,000
Logistics Executive $2,200
Store Specialist or Associate $2,000
Storekeeper $1,600
Warehouse Assistant $1,500
Operations or Shipping  
Operations Assistant or Officer $2,400
Shipping Administrator or Coordinator $2,500
Procurement or Purchasing  
Export Executive $2,000
Junior or Assistant Buyer $2,100
Supply Chain  
Customer Service Officer or Representative $1,200
Order Entry Support or Analyst $2,500
Quality Assurance Inspector $1,700
Supply Chain Executive $2,200
Supply Chain Coordinator $2,300

 

Sales & Marketing

Job Title Minimum Monthly Salary
Creative  
Web Designer $2,300
Events  
Events Executive $1,800
Marketing  
Brand Executive $2,500
Digital Marketing Executive $2,500
Marketing Assistant, Coordinator or Officer $1,600
Marketing Executive $2,200
Public Relations & Communications  
Corporate Communications Executive $2,300
Project Management  
Project Administrator $1,800
Sales & Business Development  
Sales Officer $2,000
Sales Coordinator $2,000
Retail  
Driver $2,800
Merchandiser $1,800
Retail Sales Associate or Assistant $1,600

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Marie is a self-diagnosed cheapskate, who once went dumpster diving and returned with a luggage of free loot. Nothing excites her more than stumbling upon vintage gems with wholesale price tags at the flea market.