The Ultimate Guide To: Starting Salary For Fresh University Graduates
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The Ultimate Guide To: Starting Salary For Fresh University Graduates

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Fresh university graduates have been reported to earn a higher starting pay as compared to their seniors, ranging from S$4,000 to S$5,000 a month in business and computing areas.

The median salary of a Singaporean is $4,437, what about the salary that you should be getting and what your peers are getting?

The key takeaway from this article is for you:

  • You are choosing your university course
  • To manage your expectations before an interview
  • You wish to know the similar situations of the peers before you
  • TO KNOW YOUR WORTH

You earned it


TL;DR – Which University Graduates Hold The Highest Salary On Average For Each Faculty

Do note that we are using the basic salary for the calculation. Basic salary refers to only full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises of the pay before deduction of employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax. Income such as Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, overtime payments, commissions, fixed allowances, other regular cash payments, lump-sum payments, and payments-in-kind are all excluded.


Figures are taken from graduates who have completed the graduate employment survey by the Ministry of Education.

Don’t worry if it has been a while since you have graduated, we have also compiled a salary guide for you to reference to too!

Which university did you graduate from?

NUS National University of Singapore

Basic Salary Of Graduates From National University of Singapore (NUS)

Degree From NUSMedian Salary
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts$3,000
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)$3,500
Bachelor of Social Sciences$3,500
Faculty of Dentistry
Bachelor of Dental Surgery$4,200
Faculty of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)$3,500
Bachelor of Engineering
(Chemical Engineering)
$3,700
Bachelor of Engineering
(Civil Engineering)
$3,500
Bachelor of Engineering
(Electrical Engineering)
$3,800
Bachelor of Engineering
(Engineering Science)
$3,500
Bachelor of Engineering
(Environmental Engineering)
$3,400
Bachelor of Engineering
(Industrial and Systems Engineering)
$3,850
Bachelor of Engineering
(Materials Science and Engineering)
$3,700
Bachelor of Engineering
(Mechanical Engineering)
$3,500
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws$5,000
Faculty of Science
Bachelor of Science$3,000
Bachelor of Science (Hons)$3,355
Bachelor of Science
(Computational Biology)
N.A.
Bachelor of Science
(Pharmacy)
$3,600
NUS Business School
Bachelor of Business Administration$4,000
Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)$4,000
Bachelor of Business Administration
(Accountancy)
$3,000
Bachelor of Business Administration
(Accountancy) (Hons)
$3,500
School of Computing
Bachelor of Computing
(Communications and Media)
N.A.
Bachelor of Computing
(Computational Biology)
N.A.
Bachelor of Computing
(Computer Science)
$5,000
Bachelor of Computing
(Electronic Commerce)
N.A.
Bachelor of Computing
(Information Security)
N.A.
Bachelor of Computing
(Information Systems)
$4,000
Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics)$5,000
School of Design & Environment
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture)$4,010
Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design)$3,200
Bachelor of Science (Project and
Facilities Management)
$3,100
Bachelor of Science (Real Estate)$3,400
Yong Loo Lin School (Medicine)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of
Surgery
$4,600
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)$3,250
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons)$3,450
YST Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music$3,500
Yale-NUS College
Bachelor of Arts with Honours$3,600
Bachelor of Science with Honours$5,000
Multi-Disciplinary Programmes
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)$4,000
Bachelor of Environmental Studies$3,300

Source: NUS 2019 Graduate Employment Survey by the Ministry of Education

 

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Nanyang Technological University NTU

Basic Salary Of Graduates From Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Degree From NTUMedian Salary
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
Accountancy$3,000
Accountancy and Business$4,000
Business$3,500
Business and Computing$4,833
College of Engineering
Aerospace Engineering$3,700
Aerospace Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
Bioengineering$3,400
Business and Computer EngineeringN.A.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering$3,600
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
Civil Engineering$3,400
Computer Engineering$4,000
Civil Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
Computer Science$4,050
Electrical & Electronic Engineering$3,700
Environmental Engineering$3,500
Environmental Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
Information Engineering & Media$3,970
Maritime Studies$3,400
Materials Engineering$3,500
Mechanical Engineering$3,500
Mechanical Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Art, Design & Media$3,000
Chinese$3,150
Communication Studies$3,200
Economics$3,300
English$3,000
History$3,500
Linguistics & Multilingual Studies$3,160
Philosophy$3,300
Psychology$3,350
Public Policy and Global Affairs$3,691
Sociology$3,200
College of Science
Biological Sciences$3,300
Biomedical SciencesN.A.
Biomedical Sciences & Chinese
Medicine
$3,000
Chemistry & Biological Chemistry$3,200
Environmental Earth Systems Science*$3,500
Mathematical Sciences$3,549
Mathematics & Economics$3,570
Physics & Applied Physics$3,500
National Institute Of Education (NIE)
Arts (With Education)$3,800
Science (With Education)$3,800
Sport Science and Management
Sport Science and Management$3,200
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine$4,700

Source: NTU 2019 Graduate Employment Survey by the Ministry of Education

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Singapore Management University SMU

Basic Salary Of Graduates From Singapore Management University (SMU)

Degree From SMUMedian Salary
School of Accountancy (4-year programme)
Accountancy$3,000
Cum Laude and above$3,500
School of Business (4-year programme)
Business Management$3,600
Cum Laude and above$4,000
School of Economics (4-year programme)
Economics$3,800
Cum Laude and above$4,000
School of Information Systems (4-year programme)
Information Systems$4,166
Cum Laude and above$5,000
School of Social Sciences (4-year programme)
Social Sciences$3,400
Cum Laude and above$3,500
School of Law (4-year programme)
Law$4,600
Cum Laude and above$5,000

Source: SMU 2019 Graduate Employment Survey by the Ministry of Education

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Singapore Institute of technology SIT

Basic Salary Of Graduates From Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Degree From SITMedian Salary
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts in Game Design$3,300
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts & Animation$2,800
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Game Design$3,600
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation$4,000
The Glasgow School of Art
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication
Design
$3,055
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design$2,700
Newcastle University
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering$3,100
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in
Electrical Power Engineering
$3,300
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Marine
Engineering
$3,250
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in
Mechanical Design & Manufacturing Engineering
$3,200
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Naval
Architecture
$3,300
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Offshore
Engineering*
$3,100
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Food &
Human Nutrition
$2,800
Technische Universität München
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering$3,298
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering &
Information Technology
$3,609
The Culinary Institute of America
Bachelor of Business Administration in
Food Business Management
$2,530
Singapore Institute of Technology -Trinity College Dublin / Trinity College Dublin
Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic Radiography) $3,300
Bachelor in Science (Occupational Therapy)$3,450
Bachelor in Science (Physiotherapy)$3,300
Bachelor in Science (Radiation Therapy)N.A.
University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aeronautical Engineering$3,200
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Systems$3,300
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design Engineering$3,400
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics$3,500
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science$3,929
University of Liverpool
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Security$3800
Wheelock College
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education$2,925
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours$3,050
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
in Information & Communications
Technology (Information Security)
$4,000
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
in Information & Communications
Technology (Software Engineering)
$4,000
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
in Sustainable Infrastructure
Engineering (Land)
$3,456
Bachelor of Hospitality Business with Honours$2,800

Source: SIT 2018 Graduate Employment Survey by the Ministry of Education

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Singapore University of technology and design

Basic Salary Of Graduates From Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Degree From SITMedian Salary
Bachelor of Engineering
(Engineering Product Development)
$3,700
Bachelor of Engineering
(Information Systems Technology and Design)
$4,300
Bachelor of Engineering
(Engineering Systems and Design)
$3,800
Bachelor of Science
(Architecture and Sustainable Design)
$3,900

Source: SUTD 2018 Graduate Employment Survey by the Ministry of Education

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Singapore University of social science SUSS

Basic Salary Of Graduates From Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

Degree from SUSSMedian Salary
School of Business
Bachelor of Accountancy$3,000
Bachelor of Science in Finance$3,400
Bachelor of Science in Marketing$3,000
S R Nathan School of Human Development
Bachelor of Human Resource
Management
$3,000

Source: SUSS 2019 Graduate Employment Survey by the Ministry of Education

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Source: MOE Graduate Employment Survey


Our community shared their personal experiences

They shared about their starting salary during their time and many spoke up about their personal experiences.

So it is time to see if the starting salary of a degree graduate that we all have been receiving over the years has gradually increased.

This is the MEDIAN salary of our community members across industries:

YearMedian Salary (S$)
19962,500
19972,300
20031,800
20043,100
20052,400
20061,800
20072,400
20082,400
20092,250
20103,275
20122,750
20132,300
20142,800
20153,300
20162,900
20173,500
20183,400
20193,600

If you would like to read more of their stories and experiences, you can find them here.

If you read through the conversation, you might realise that not every industry had increased the graduates’ salary even from 14 years back!

This is an important finding to realise that wages ARE STICKY and we should manage our expectations when it comes to negotiating your pay with the HR.

COVID-19 Pandemic and The Job Market

We are currently facing a different type of crisis and with COVID-19 Pandemic, and the labour market numbers look depressing as of Q2 2020.

Labour Market Report Q2 2020

Hence, is important that we manage our expectation when it comes to our salary.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to accepting a lower starting salary or wait for the perfect job.

But we recommend taking up a different approach this year.

Fresh graudates with lower starting salary

This year is all about surviving.

It is important to accumulate relevant experience and put yourself in the perfect position when the job market recovers.

Why Do We Use Median Salary?

In case you would like to know why we are using the median salary,

  • Mean: An average of the salaries
  • Median: The 50th Percentile, meaning the “central” graduate amongst everyone.

Median is a more accurate reference as data of the salaries received are not symmetrically distributed.

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