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Uni Fresh Graduate Salary in Singapore 2022 Guide Based on Graduate Employment Survey (GES) 2021

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic, which wreaked havoc on fresh university graduates’ employment prospects in 2020 and 2021, has not been eliminated — things are looking up for the class of 2021.

This is according to the latest 2021 Graduate Employment Survey (GES), jointly conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).

The survey, which was published today (16 February 2022), polled 11,200 fresh graduates enrolled in full-time university degrees from NUS, NTU, SMU and SUSS to gather information about their employment status and salaries as of 1 Nov 2021.

The results from the GES indicated that the proportion of fresh graduates who found permanent full-time jobs increased to 84% in 2021 — up 14.2% from 69.8% in 2020.

However, the median gross monthly income for graduates who found permanent full-time jobs only increased marginally to $3,800 last year, up from $3,700 in 2020.

In addition, the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) has recently published its GES after surveying its graduates in Feb 2022.

Do note that the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is still conducting its graduate salary survey. We will update this article when the information is released.

This article will help you:

  • Choosing your university course (pay is one of many factors to consider)
  • Provide information about how your peers are doing
  • Negotiate your salary when you are finding a job
  • Help you RECOGNISE YOUR WORTH.
Source: Tenor

TL;DR: Singapore Fresh Graduate Salary 2022 Guide Based on Graduate Employment Survey (GES) 2021

Percentage Of Graduates in the Labour Force Who Were:Median Gross Monthly Salary (Full-Time Permanent Employment)Employed (%)In Full-Time Permanent Employment (%)
Course Group201920202021201920202021201920202021
Arts, Design and Media$3,200$3,300$3,50087.392.392.662.450.169.3
Built Environment$3,500$3,500$3,60092.693.994.587.372.588.9
Business$3,500$3,500$3,72394.695.39788.87688.7
Engineering$3,750$3,900$3,90088.493.69483.371.686.9
Health Sciences$3,500$3,500$3,63597.197.495.788.483.385.9
Humanities and Social Sciences$3,500$3,500$3,5508892.191.274.561.875.6
Information and Digital Technologies$4,400$4,760$5,00095.494.897.892.787.393.7
Sciences$3,500$3,500$3,60086.991.691.771.555.475.8
Overall$3,600$3,700$3,80090.793.694.481.769.884

Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT and SUSS (Published in Feb 2022). Information is accurate as of 18 May 2022. Article updated to include the latest SUTD GES survey numbers published recently.

A few things to take note of:

  1. Employment rates refer to the number of graduates employed as a proportion of graduates in the labour force (i.e. those who were
    working or not working but actively looking and available for work).
  2. Employment refers to graduates working on a full-time permanent, part-time, temporary or freelance basis.
  3. Full-time permanent employment refers to the employment of at least 35 hours a week and where the employment is not temporary. It includes those on contracts of one year or more.
  4. The basic monthly salary pertains only to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises basic pay before deduction of the
    employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax.
    Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, overtime payments,
    commissions, fixed allowances, other regular cash payments, lump-sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.
  5. Gross monthly salary pertains only to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises basic salary, overtime payments,
    commissions, fixed allowances and other regular cash payments before deductions of the employee’s CPF contributions and personal
    income tax.
    Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, lump-sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.
  6. Note that the salary figures might not tally due to rounding.

An important thing to note is that this guide is not a super exact be-all and end-all of what kind of salary a fresh graduate should get.

But, it should still prove very helpful in negotiating your salary and help in your decision making when it comes to your studies and career.


Figures are taken from graduates who have completed the latest GES.

Don’t worry if it has been a while since you graduated; we have also compiled a salary guide for you to refer to as well!

Which university did you graduate from?

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Singapore Fresh Graduate Employment Numbers

For context, here are the employment numbers for fresh university graduates:

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who were:201920202021
Employed90.70%93.60%94.40%
In Full-Time Permanent Employment82%69.80%84%
Freelancing2%1.50%1.70%
In Part-Time/Temporary Employment7%22.3%*8.7%*
Voluntary4.60%11%5.70%
Involuntary2.40%11.30%3%
Unemployed9.30%6.40%5.60%
Unemployed But Starting Work Soon2.90%2.50%2.40%
Unemployed and Still Looking For a Fob6.40%3.90%3.20%
Median Gross Monthly Salary
(Full-Time Permanent Employment)
$3,600$3,700$3,800

Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT and SUSS (Published in February 2022). Note that the employment figures might not tally due to rounding.

*This figure includes the employed graduates under the SGUnited Traineeships Programme (2020: 16.9% and 2021: 3.6%).

Why Did The Surveyors Use Median Salary?

In case you would like to know why the surveyors 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.

National University of Singapore Fresh Graduate Salary 2022 (Surveyed in 2021)

A total of 6,897 fresh graduates and 830 follow-up graduates from NUS were surveyed in Nov 2021. The overall response rates obtained were 74.6% and 69.4%, respectively.

 Gross Monthly SalaryProportion of Graduates In
The Labour Force Who Were
DegreeMeanMedian25th
Percentile
75th
Percentile
EmployedIn Full-Time
Permanent
Employment
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts$3,600$3,200$2,850$4,10091.40%70.00%
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)$3,731$3,650$3,400$3,98388.80%68.30%
Bachelor of Social Sciences$3,850$3,600$3,400$4,10092.50%78.20%
Faculty of Dentistry
Bachelor of Dental Surgery$4,286$4,200$4,200$4,600100.00%100.00%
Faculty of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical
Engineering)
$3,732$3,600$3,300$4,00094.40%83.30%
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical
Engineering)
$4,023$3,800$3,600$4,30091.40%84.80%
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil
Engineering)
$3,897$3,700$3,500$4,10097.30%97.30%
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical
Engineering)
$4,377$4,150$3,900$4,55095.10%93.00%
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering
Science)
$4,399$4,500$4,000$4,90089.50%68.40%
Bachelor of Engineering
(Environmental Engineering)
$3,607$3,500$3,300$3,90097.10%88.60%
Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial
and Systems Engineering)
$4,417$4,500$4,000$4,90096.70%91.80%
Bachelor of Engineering (Materials
Science and Engineering)
$4,020$3,896$3,600$4,20091.70%87.50%
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical
Engineering)
$4,115$3,875$3,500$4,55094.50%89.50%
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws$5,627$5,600$4,500$6,00096.50%93.50%
Faculty of Science
Bachelor of Science$3,627$3,527$3,100$4,00082.40%56.90%
Bachelor of Science (Hons)$3,767$3,600$3,400$4,00092.20%76.50%
Bachelor of Science (Computational
Biology)
$4,677$4,500$4,000$5,000100.00%100.00%
Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy)$3,923$3,915$3,636$4,20095.90%91.90%
Bachelor of Science (Data Science
and Analytics)
$4,981$4,800$4,200$5,40097.70%95.30%
NUS Business School
Bachelor of Business Administration$5,567$3,700$3,125$7,62594.70%81.60%
Bachelor of Business Administration
(Hons)
$4,950$4,347$3,700$5,20098.10%93.50%
Bachelor of Business Administration
(Accountancy)
$3,515$3,400$3,013$3,750100.00%100.00%
Bachelor of Business Administration
(Accountancy) (Hons)
$4,194$3,500$3,200$4,60097.00%96.30%
School of Computing
Bachelor of Computing (Computer
Science)
$6,002$6,000$5,000$6,90099.10%96.40%
Bachelor of Computing (Information
Security)*
$5,095$5,400$4,305$5,500100.00%100.00%
Bachelor of Computing (Information
Systems)
$5,217$5,000$4,500$5,40097.50%96.20%
Bachelor of Science (Business
Analytics)
$5,603$5,400$4,800$6,125100.00%100.00%
School of Design & Environment
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture)$4,139$4,000$3,600$4,44097.70%96.60%
Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design)$4,178$3,825$3,200$4,25087.50%75.00%
Bachelor of Science (Project and
Facilities Management)
$3,560$3,500$3,200$3,70093.10%92.10%
Bachelor of Science (Real Estate)$3,863$3,700$3,400$4,00094.50%82.40%
Yong Loo Lin School (Medicine)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of
Surgery
N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)$3,530$3,550$3,350$3,75096.20%93.30%
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons)$3,750$3,750$3,550$3,95097.90%96.80%
YST Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music$3,203$3,100$2,915$3,60082.40%35.30%
Yale-NUS College
Bachelor of Arts with Honours$4,453$4,000$3,500$5,00088.30%70.80%
Bachelor of Science with Honours$4,952$4,500$3,800$5,65094.60%83.80%
Multi-Disciplinary Programmes
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer
Engineering)
$5,473$5,400$4,500$6,20097.40%91.20%
Bachelor of Environmental Studies$3,658$3,650$3,100$3,99697.40%81.60%

Source: NUS 2021 GES

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Nanyang Technological University Fresh Graduate Salary 2022 (Surveyed in 2021)

A total of 5,599 fresh graduates and 114 follow-up graduates from NTU were surveyed in Nov2021 and the overall response rates obtained were 75.1% and 78.1%, respectively.

 Gross Monthly SalaryProportion of Graduates in the
Labour Force who were
DegreeMeanMedian25th Percentile75th PercentileEmployedIn Full-Time Permanent
Employment
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
Accountancy$3,539$3,400$3,100$3,50097.7%93.0%
Accountancy and Business$5,173$4,500$3,700$5,85899.2%96.2%
Business$4,362$4,000$3,500$4,80096.2%85.2%
Double Degree in Business and Computer
Engineering/Computing
$6,578$6,300$5,250$8,22593.8%87.5%
College of Engineering
Aerospace Engineering$4,321$4,471$3,792$5,00094.4%87.3%
Bioengineering$3,654$3,500$3,300$3,85090.9%75.8%
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering$3,959$3,740$3,600$4,30091.1%84.8%
Civil Engineering$3,664$3,540$3,400$3,80097.7%92.0%
Computer Engineering$4,847$4,500$4,000$5,00095.8%89.6%
Computer Science$4,924$4,800$4,200$5,45097.0%91.0%
Double Degree in Engineering and
Economics
$4,566$4,583$4,530$4,90090.9%90.9%
Electrical and Electronic Engineering$4,069$4,000$3,600$4,40093.9%88.6%
Environmental Engineering$3,487$3,500$3,200$3,60096.6%86.2%
Information Engineering and Media$4,325$4,200$3,900$4,80095.7%88.6%
Maritime Studies$3,763$3,500$3,500$4,00098.4%95.2%
Materials Engineering$3,801$3,650$3,500$4,00096.3%83.0%
Mechanical Engineering$4,006$3,800$3,570$4,40094.0%86.1%
College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
Art, Design and Media$3,182$3,000$2,650$3,67586.2%46.6%
Chinese$3,483$3,300$3,053$3,65087.0%72.5%
Communication Studies$3,548$3,500$3,000$3,94396.9%80.8%
Economics$3,720$3,650$3,300$4,00093.5%88.3%
English$3,354$3,500$3,000$3,60095.5%64.2%
History$3,800$3,675$3,500$4,00082.2%66.7%
Inter-Disciplinary Double Major$3,822$3,650$3,450$4,18092.9%75.0%
Linguistics and Multilingual Studies$3,398$3,300$3,000$3,85087.2%70.2%
Philosophy$3,502$3,400$2,915$4,48088.5%57.7%
Psychology$3,362$3,350$3,000$3,50091.8%71.8%
Public Policy and Global Affairs$4,105$3,804$3,500$4,52483.3%77.1%
Sociology$3,567$3,500$3,200$3,94091.3%69.6%
College of Science
Biological Sciences / Biomedical Sciences$3,569$3,500$3,260$3,80096.8%81.7%
Biomedical Sciences and Chinese
Medicine
$3,119$3,100$2,890$3,30090.9%77.3%
Chemistry and Biological Chemistry$3,501$3,400$3,100$3,70090.2%74.4%
Environmental Earth Systems Sciences$3,888$3,950$3,500$4,300100.0%91.3%
Mathematical Sciences / Mathematical
Sciences and Economics
$4,039$3,806$3,500$4,50091.0%75.6%
Physics and Applied Physics$3,793$3,600$3,384$4,00084.5%69.0%
Sports Science and Management
Sports Science and Management$3,438$3,300$3,100$3,62086.2%55.4%
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Arts (with Education)$3,718$3,780$3,700$3,900100.0%100.0%
Science (with Education)$3,796$3,904$3,727$4,000100.0%100.0%
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Medicine$5,404$5,500$5,200$5,800100.0%100.0%

Source: NTU 2021 GES

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Singapore Management University (SMU) Fresh Graduate Salary 2022 (Surveyed in 2021)

A total of 1,914 fresh graduates and 156 follow-up graduates from SMU were surveyed in Nov 2021 and the overall response rates obtained were 76.3% and 78.8%, respectively.

 Gross Monthly SalaryProportion of Graduates in The Labour Force Who Were
DegreeMeanMedian25th Percentile75th PercentileEmployedIn Full-Time Permanent
Employment
School of Accountancy (4-year programme)
Accountancy$3,814$3,400$3,200$4,00098.7%93.0%
Cum Laude and above$4,213$3,850$3,300$4,60097.9%92.6%
School of Business (4-year programme)6
Business Management$4,371$4,000$3,500$4,65096.6%86.0%
Cum Laude and above$4,855$4,480$3,800$5,04396.6%90.3%
School of Economics (4-year programme)
Economics$4,777$4,435$3,800$5,25091.8%83.5%
Cum Laude and above$5,310$4,900$4,191$5,81094.1%91.2%
School of Information Systems (4-year programme)
Information Systems$4,906$5,000$4,200$5,35098.2%94.6%
Cum Laude and above$5,499$5,350$5,000$5,83397.4%93.6%
School of Social Sciences (4-year programme)
Social Sciences$3,836$3,600$3,200$4,01094.1%77.1%
Cum Laude and above$4,063$3,763$3,350$4,50096.9%86.2%
School of Law (4-year programme)
Law$5,433$5,600$4,500$6,000100.0%98.3%
Cum Laude and above$5,754$5,800$5,025$6,000100.0%98.8%

Source: SMU 2021 GES

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Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Fresh Graduate Salary 2022 (Surveyed in 2021)

A total of 511 fresh graduates from SUSS were surveyed in Nov 2021, and the overall response rate obtained was 81.0%.

 Gross Monthly SalaryProportion of Graduates in The Labour Force Who Were
DegreeMeanMedian25th Percentile75th PercentileEmployedIn Full-Time Permanent
Employment
S R Nathan School of Human Development
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education$2,963$3,000$2,800$3,10093.0%88.4%
Bachelor of Human Resource
Management
$3,412$3,200$3,000$3,50095.6%80.9%
Bachelor of Social Work$3,461$3,530$3,400$3,58094.7%86.8%
School of Business
Bachelor of Accountancy$3,231$3,200$3,000$3,40098.6%89.0%
Bachelor of Science in Business
Analytics
$4,372$3,800$3,350$4,90093.5%83.9%
Bachelor of Science in Finance$3,862$3,500$3,300$4,35084.4%56.3%
Bachelor of Science in Marketing$3,411$3,275$2,820$3,60092.4%63.6%
Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain
Management
$3,381$3,300$3,025$3,50097.4%79.5%

Source: SUSS 2021 GES

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Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Fresh Graduate Salary 2022 (Surveyed in 2022)

DegreeGross Monthly SalaryProportion of Graduates in the Labour Force who were:
MeanMedian25th
Percentile
75th
Percentile
EmployedIn Full-Time
Permanent
Employment (2)
Bachelor of Engineering
(Computer Science and Design)
$5,030$4,800$4,400$5,41498.30%96.70%
Bachelor of Engineering
(Engineering Product
Development)
$4,141$4,000$3,750$4,50089.90%85.50%
Bachelor of Engineering
(Engineering Systems and Design)
$4,778$4,700$3,900$5,00095.50%90.90%
Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design) 6$3,842$3,875$3,430$4,20096.60%89.70%

Source: SUTD 2021 GES by the Ministry of Education

416 full-time and 82 follow-up graduates from SUTD were surveyed in Feb 2022, and the overall response rates obtained were 82.0% and 78.0%, respectively

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Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Fresh Graduate Salary 2021 (Surveyed in 2020)

 

DegreeGross Monthly SalaryProportion of Graduates in the Labour Force who were
MeanMedian25th
Percentile
75th
Percentile
EmployedIn Full-Time
Permanent
Employment
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts in Game Design$3,575$3,500$3,100$3,600100.00%78.60%
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation$2,862$2,887$2,675$3,00097.10%70.60%
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Design$3,974$4,000$3,500$4,20097.70%81.80%
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation$4,399$4,200$3,880$4,50097.60%90.50%
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
Bachelor of Accountancy with
Honours
$3,120$3,000$3,000$3,20097.40%69.80%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Information Security)$4,237$4,300$3,600$4,630100.00%95.90%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Software Engineering)$4,366$4,000$3,600$4,75096.20%83.00%
Bachelor of Engineering with
Honours in Pharmaceutical
Engineering
$3,749$3,740$3,400$4,00094.20%73.90%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure
Engineering (Building Services)
$3,702$3,500$3,375$3,80098.10%84.60%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Sustainable Infrastructure
Engineering (Land)
$4,203$4,105$3,650$4,37097.10%77.10%
Bachelor of Engineering with
Honours in Telematics (Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering)
$4,135$4,200$3,380$4,80092.90%55.40%
Bachelor of Hospitality Business with Honours$3,148$3,000$2,800$3,40089.90%47.90%
SIT- DigiPen Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Engineering with
Honours in Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems)
$4,114$4,185$3,750$4,25095.70%82.60%
SIT- Massey University
Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours$3,084$3,000$2,770$3,40095.20%52.40%
SIT- Newcastle University
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering$3,242$3,200$3,000$3,50095.70%47.80%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical Power Engineering$3,603$3,500$3,400$3,85097.90%68.80%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Marine Engineering$3,821$3,750$3,300$4,370100.00%79.20%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design and
Manufacturing Engineering
$3,443$3,350$3,025$3,92594.60%57.10%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Naval Architecture$3,244$3,200$2,600$3,46578.60%42.90%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Offshore Engineering*$4,160$4,000$3,750$4,80092.30%69.20%
SIT / SIT-Trinity College Dublin / Trinity College Dublin
Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic
Radiography)
$3,685$3,650$3,400$3,859100.00%100.00%
Bachelor in Science (Occupational Therapy)$3,542$3,400$3,364$3,629100.00%100.00%
Bachelor in Science (Physiotherapy)$3,518$3,500$3,400$3,70098.20%96.30%
Bachelor in Science (Radiation
Therapy)*
$3,380$3,500$3,400$3,500100.00%83.30%
SIT-University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering$3,518$3,500$3,200$3,70097.90%78.70%
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing$3,725$3,650$3,405$4,00096.20%94.20%
Technische Universität München
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering$3,387$3,175$2,815$3,65093.30%48.90%
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Information Technology$3,773$3,600$3,350$4,00094.70%39.50%
The Culinary Institute of America
Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management$2,675$2,550$2,300$2,82086.00%66.70%
The Glasgow School of Art
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design$2,876$2,800$2,500$3,00085.70%38.10%
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design$2,992$2,600$2,500$3,50083.90%45.20%
University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aeronautical Engineering$4,159$3,921$3,400$5,01091.20%35.30%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Systems*$3,940$3,750$3,400$4,600100.00%37.90%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design Engineering$3,592$3,500$3,200$3,65095.00%53.30%
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics$3,690$3,600$3,200$4,00089.30%58.90%
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science$4,530$5,000$4,000$5,00098.60%89.90%
University of Liverpool
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Security$3,919$3,700$3,400$4,30093.70%68.40%

Source: SIT 2020 GES by the Ministry of Education

2,172 full-time graduates from SIT were surveyed in Mar 2021, and the overall response rate obtained was 86.6%.

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Disclaimer: The data published in this document is provided on an “as is” basis without any warranties of any kind. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Ministry of Education (MOE) does not warrant and hereby disclaims any warranty as to the accuracy, correctness, completeness, reliability or fitness for any particular purpose of such data. The reader of this article assumes all responsibility and risk for the use of such data. MOE shall not be liable for any damage or loss of any kind caused as a result (directly or indirectly) of the use of such data, including but not limited to any damage or loss suffered as a result of reliance on the data published in this article.


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