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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

University starting pay

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.

  • Business Degree: $3,600 a month from SMU (Out of 5 universities)
  • Arts & Social Sciences Degree: $3,257 a month from NUS(Out of 4 universities)
  • Sciences Degree: $3,315 a month from NTU (Out of 3 universities)
  • Engineering Degree: $3,933 a month from SUTD (Out of 4 universities)
  • Computing Degree: $4,450 a month from NTU (Out of 3 universities)
  • Law Degree: $5,000 a month from NUS (Out of 2 universities)
  • Medicine/ Nursing Degree: $3,400 a month from SIT (Out of 2 universities)
  • Design: $3,900 a month from SUTD (Out of 3 universities)
FacultiesNUSNTUSMUSITSUTDSUSS
Business$3,263$3,500$3,600$3,050-$3,200
Arts & Social Sciences$3,257$3,180$3,200$3,109--
Sciences$3,267$3,315-$2,946--
Engineering$3,538$3,526-$3,115$3,933-
Computing$4,352$4,450-$3,600--
Law$5,000-$4,500---
Medicine/ Nursing$3,300--$3,400--
Music$1,750-----
Dentistry$4,050-----
Education-$3,775----
Sports-$3,200----
Design$3,180--$2,650$3,900-

*Salary figures have been rounded up to the nearest dollar.


Figures are taken from graduates who have completed the graduate employment survey by the Ministry of Education in 2017.

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$3,070
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)$3,300
Bachelor of Social Sciences$3,400
Faculty of Dentistry
Bachelor of Dental Surgery$4,050
Faculty of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)$3,300
Bachelor of Engineering
(Chemical Engineering)
$3,700
Bachelor of Engineering
(Civil Engineering)
$3,500
Bachelor of Engineering
(Electrical Engineering)
$3,600
Bachelor of Engineering
(Engineering Science)
N.A.
Bachelor of Engineering
(Environmental Engineering)
$3,300
Bachelor of Engineering
(Industrial and Systems Engineering)
$3,800
Bachelor of Engineering
(Materials Science and Engineering)
$3,600
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)$3,300
Bachelor of Science
(Computational Biology)
N.A.
Bachelor of Science
(Pharmacy)
$3,500
NUS Business School
Bachelor of Business Administration$3,150
Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)$3,800
Bachelor of Business Administration
(Accountancy)
$3,000
Bachelor of Business Administration
(Accountancy) (Hons)
$3,100
School of Computing
Bachelor of Computing
(Communications and Media)
N.A.
Bachelor of Computing
(Computational Biology)
N.A.
Bachelor of Computing
(Computer Science)
$4,280
Bachelor of Computing
(Electronic Commerce)
N.A.
Bachelor of Computing
(Information Security)
N.A.
Bachelor of Computing
(Information Systems)
$4,375
Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics)$4,400
School of Design & Environment
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture)N.A.
Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design)$3,200
Bachelor of Science (Project and
Facilities Management)
$3,040
Bachelor of Science (Real Estate)$3,300
Yong Loo Lin School (Medicine)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of
Surgery
N.A.
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)$3,250
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons)$3,350
YST Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music$1,750
Yale-NUS College
Bachelor of Arts with Honours$3,600
Bachelor of Science with Honours$4,800
Multi-Disciplinary Programmes
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)$3,800
Bachelor of Environmental Studies$3,414

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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$4,450
College of Engineering
Aerospace Engineering$3,625
Aerospace Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
Bioengineering$3,500
Business and Computer EngineeringN.A.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering$3,500
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
Civil Engineering$3,400
Computer Engineering$3,700
Computer Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
Computer Science$3,800
Electrical & Electronic Engineering$3,500
Environmental Engineering$3,360
Environmental Engineering and EconomicsN.A.
Information Engineering & Media$3,725
Maritime Studies$3,300
Materials Engineering$3,400
Mechanical Engineering$3,500
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Art, Design & Media$2,800
Chinese$3,150
Communication Studies$3,000
Economics$3,500
English$3,000
History$3,500
Linguistics & Multilingual Studies$3,200
Philosophy$3,000
Psychology$3,300
Public Policy and Global Affairs$3,350
Sociology$3,175
College of Science
Biological Sciences$3,200
Biomedical SciencesN.A.
Biomedical Sciences & Chinese
Medicine6 *
$3,000
Chemistry & Biological Chemistry$3,167
Environmental Earth Systems Science*$3,440
Mathematical Sciences$3,600
Mathematics & Economics$3,500
Physics & Applied Physics$3,300
National Institute Of Education (NIE)
Arts (With Education)$3,750
Science (With Education)$3,800
Sport Science and Management
Sport Science and Management$3,200

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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$3,450
School of Business (4-year programme)
Business Management$3,600
Cum Laude and above$4,000
School of Economics (4-year programme)
Economics$3,500
Cum Laude and above$4,000
School of Information Systems (4-year programme)
Information Systems$4,000
Cum Laude and above$4,650
School of Social Sciences (4-year programme)
Social Sciences$3,200
Cum Laude and above$3,550
School of Law (4-year programme)
Law$4,500
Cum Laude and above$4,750

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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$3000
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts & Animation$2825
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Game Design$3250
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation$3800
The Glasgow School of Art
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication
Design
$2600
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design$2700
Newcastle University
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering$3100
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in
Electrical Power Engineering
$3200
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Marine
Engineering
$3300
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in
Mechanical Design & Manufacturing Engineering
$3000
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Naval
Architecture
$3300
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Offshore
Engineering*
3300
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Food &
Human Nutrition
$2600
Technische Universität München
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering$3000
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering &
Information Technology
$3175
The Culinary Institute of America
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts
Management
$2300
Singapore Institute of Technology -Trinity College Dublin / Trinity College Dublin
Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic Radiography) N.A.
Bachelor in Science (Occupational Therapy)$3250
Bachelor in Science (Physiotherapy)$3350
Bachelor in Science (Radiation Therapy)N.A.
University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aeronautical Engineering$3100
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Systems$3125
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design Engineering$3100
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics$3050
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science$3600
University of Manchester
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing Practice$3400
University of Liverpool
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Security$3800
Wheelock College
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education$2900
Singapore Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours$3050
Bachelor of Hospitality Business with Honours$2700

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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

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Singapore University of social science SUSS

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

Degree From SITMedian Salary
Bachelor of Accountancy$3,000
Bachelor of Science in Finance$3,400
Bachelor of Science in Marketing$3,000

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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

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.

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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