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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 $3,500, 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

TL;DR – Which university graduates hold the highest salary for each faculty

  • Business Degree: S$3,674 a month from SMU (Out of 4 universities)
  • Arts & Social Sciences Degree: S$3,425 a month from SMU(Out of 4 universities)
  • Sciences Degree: S$3,343 a month from NUS (Out of 3 universities)
  • Engineering Degree: S$3,800 a month from SUTD (Out of 4 universities)
  • Computing Degree: S$4,003 a month from NUS (Out of 2 universities)
  • Law Degree: S$5,000 a month from NUS (Out of 2 universities)
Faculties NUS NTU SMU SUTD SIT
Business $3,306 $3,638 $3,674 $2,875
Arts & Social Sciences $3,249 $3,113 $3,425 $3,109
Sciences $3,343 $3,170 $2,946
Engineering $3,413 $3,354 $3,800 $3,213
Computing $4,003 $3,675
Law $5,000 $4,975
Medicine /
Nursing
$3,667 $3,400
Music $2,025
Dentistry $4,050
Education $3,602
Sports $3,285

*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!

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  • NUS
  • NTU
  • SMU
  • SIT
  • SUTD

National University of Singapore / NUS

Degree Median Salary (S$)
Yong Loo Lin School (Medicine)
Bachelor of Medicine And Bachelor Of Surgery $4,500
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) $3,200
Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons) $3,300
YST Conservatory Of Music
Bachelor of Music $2,025
Yale-NUS College
Bachelor of Arts with Honours $3,500
Bachelor of Science with Honours $4,083
Multi-Disciplinary Programme
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) $3,600
Bachelor of Environmental Studies $3,200
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts $3,000
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) $3,300
Bachelor of Social Sciences $3,300
Faculty Of Dentistry
Bachelor of Dental Surgery $4,050
Faculty Of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) $3,200
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) $3,500
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) $3,300
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) $3,500
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Science) $3,600
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) $3,100
Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial and Systems Engineering) $3,725
Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Science And Engineering) $3,200
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) $3,400
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws $5,000
Faculty of Science
Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) $3,075
Bachelor of Science $3,000
Bachelor of Science (Hons) $3,200
Bachelor of Science (Computational Biology) N/A
Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) $3,500
NUS Business School
Bachelor of Business Administration $3,400
Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) $3,725
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) $4,200
Bachelor of Computing (Electronic Commerce) N/A
Bachelor of Computing (Information Security) NA/
Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) $4,000
Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) $3,810
School of Design and Environment
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) $4,000
Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) $2,890
Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) $3,000
Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) $3,000

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Nanyang Technological University / NTU

Degree Median Salary (S$)
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) $3,000
Double Degree in Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) and Bachelor of Business (Hons) $3,500
Bachelor of Business (Hons) $3,300
Double Degree in Bachelor of Business (Hons) and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Computer Science) $4,750
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Aerospace Engineering) $3,492
Double Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Aerospace Engineering) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics N.A
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Bioengineering) $3,200
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Chemical And Biomolecular Engineering) $3,200
Double Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Chemical And Biomolecular Engineering) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics N.A
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Civil Engineering) $3,300
Double Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Civil Engineering) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics N.A
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Computer Engineering) $3,600
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Computer Science) $3,750
Double Degree in Bachelor of Business (Hons) and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Computer Engineering) N.A
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) $3,500
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Environmental Engineering) $3,475
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Information Engineering & Media) $3,677
Double Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Information Engineering & Media) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics N.A
Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Maritime Studies) $3,200
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Materials Engineering) $3,200
Double Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Materials Engineering) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics N.A
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical Engineering) $3,300
Double Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical Engineering) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics N.A
College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) $2,800
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Chinese $3,300
Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons) $3,000
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics $3,200
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English $3,000
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History $3,100
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Linguistics And Multilingual Studies $3,000
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy N.A.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology $3,107
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Public Policy And Global Affairs $3,300
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sociology $3,200
College of Sciences
Double Degree in Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Medicine (Chinese Medicine) $2,928
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biological Sciences $3,100
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry & Biological Chemistry $3,000
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences $3,400
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics & Economics $3,290
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics/Applied Physics $3,300
Sport Science and Management
Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Sport Science & Management) $3,285
National Institute of Education (NIE)
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Education) $3,600
Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Education) $3,603

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Singapore Management University / SMU

Degree Median Salary (S$)
School of Accountancy (4-years programme)
Accountancy $3,000
Cum Laude and above $3,200
School of Business (4-years programme)
Business Management $3,475
Cum Laude and above $3,880
School of Economics (4-years programme)
Economics $3,600
Cum Laude and above $4,000
School of Information Systems (4-years programme)
Information Systems Management $3,905
Cum Laude and above $4,334
School of Social Sciences (4-years programme)
Social Sciences $3,250
Cum Laude and above $3,600
School of Law (4-years programme)
Law $4,500
Cum Laude and above $5,450

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Singapore Institute of Technology / SIT

Degree Median Salary (S$)
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts in Game Design 3,000
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts & Animation 2,825
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Game Design 3,250
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real- Time Interactive Simulation 3,800
The Glasgow School of Art
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design 2,600
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Interior Design Newcastle University 2,700
Newcastle University
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering 3,100
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical Power Engineering 3,200
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Marine Engineering 3,300
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design & Manufacturing Engineering 3,000
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Naval Architecture 3,300
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Offshore Engineering 3,300
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Food & Human Nutrition 2,600
Technische Universität München
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering 3,000
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Information Technology 3,175
The Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of America 2,300
Singapore Institute of Technology -Trinity College Dublin / Trinity College Dublin
Bachelor in Science (Diagnostic Radiography) N.A.
Bachelor in Science (Occupational Therapy) 3,250
Bachelor in Science (Physiotherapy) 3,350
Bachelor in Science (Radiation Therapy) N.A.
University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aeronautical Engineering 3,100
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aerospace Systems 3,125
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechanical Design Engineering Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics 3,100
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science 3,600
University of Manchester
Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing Practice 3,400
University of Liverpool
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Security 3,800
Wheelock College
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education 2,900
Singapore Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours 3,050
Bachelor of Hospitality Business with Honours 2,700

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Singapore University of Technology and Design / SUTD

Degree Median Salary (S$)
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development) $3,600
Bachelor of Engineering (Information Systems Technology and Design) $4,000
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design) $3,800
Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design) N.A.

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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 have gradually increased.

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

Year Median Salary (S$)
1996 2,500
1997 2,300
2003 1,800
2004 3,100
2005 2,400
2006 1,800
2007 2,400
2008 2,400
2009 2,250
2010 3,275
2012 2,750
2013 2,300
2014 2,800
2015 3,300
2016 2,900
2017 3,500
2018 3,400

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 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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