The 2018 Salary Survey for Singapore

Singapore’s talent short market will continue into 2019 with shorter business cycles across industries – what does this mean for the industry and sa…

The digital job market in Singapore is looking extremely positive as we continue towards 2019. What is noticeable is that the demand in Singapore is increasingly commercialised and requires hybrid talent. For example, if you are a marketer, you should be able to monetize your work with revenue as the business outcome. If you are a Project Manager, you must have enough sensibilities to front clients and manage stakeholders’ expectation without going through a “suit”.

Development roles remain a challenge; there is a trend of creating and moving Technical teams to neighbouring countries such as Vietnam to keep costs manageable. Other areas of Technology such as Cyber Security, Information Security are trending in this market as employers gain awareness of data management and the gaps within existing processes. While the high level of demand remains, salaries have not gone up as businesses continue to manage digital transformation costs through business wide reorganisation.

The creative and design industry remains strong across Asia and is highly demanding. As media strategies continue to integrate between offline and online, the demand for multiple skill-sets and capabilities puts a strain on Creatives who may focus on one or two mediums. Freelancing remains an option but with a limited pool of people  the best are booked 3  to 6 months in advance, challenging Creative Directors on their manpower planning.  UI design continues to be a focus as demand for digital products continue to rise.  A nice website or mobile app are no longer enough to thrill customers or clients, so businesses are quickly moving into multi-platform marketing and display offering individuals a bespoke user-oriented design.

ASEAN continues to drive growth in mobile first consumption which led to a steady demand in Social Media related skillset such as Content, Social Strategy, etc. While Facebook remains the key platform of choice, there is an increasing demand on engagement and business outcomes through data, analytics and strategy. Having a million fans or followers no longer suffice when a business is seeking growth and trying to future proof the next three to five years of their business.

Singapore’s talent short market will continue into 2019 with shorter business cycles across industries. New positions which marry multiple skill-sets will continue to rise which requires candidates to be more entrepreneurial, outspoken and continue with their skill upgrading. This will inevitably lead to fierce competition for candidates who will want to demand strong salaries and packages.  However, Singapore is ripe with digital opportunities to be seized and we look forward to seeing how the year unfolds.

We talk to our clients and candidates daily and know that any salary listed on a job spec or on our benchmark is negotiable as there are several variables to consider. Moving into 2019, we will continue to assist both candidates and clients to navigate the demands of Digital Transformation within the ASEAN markets as it remains a key growth region for most businesses.

The Singapore market is tripled tiered; there are positions/projects focused on Singapore, Regional and Global markets.  Cogs work with consulting firms, MNC and SMEs of all shapes and sizes, as well as software companies and digital agencies.  Each environment has different pay structures, with some offer lower base but enhanced benefits and bonuses.   Singaporean companies focused on the Singapore market tend to have much lower pay scales than Global or Regional firms.   Below we are quoting a range for regional and global business.
If you are an employer looking at this data and want more accurate salary bandings for your company please reach out to the Singapore team.

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Commercial

Singapore Dollars ($), Salary SGD (Annually)

    Marketing

  • Head of Ecommerce

    $120K - 240K

  • Digital /Online Marketing Manager

    $84K - 120K

  • Digital/Online Marketing Executive

    $48K - 84K

  • Social Media / Community Manager

    $54K - 72K

  • Brand Manager

    $60K - 84K

    Project & Programme Management

  • Operations Director

    $216K - 300K

  • Project Director

    $120K - 180K

  • Associate Project Director

    $84K - 108K

  • Senior Project Manager

    $72K - 96K

  • Project Manager

    $54K - 72K

    Sales & Account Management

  • Managing Director

    $240K - 360K

  • Business Director

    $168K - 216K

  • Group Account Director

    $144K - 168K

  • Senior Account Director

    $96K - 120K

  • Account Director

    $84K - 120K

  • Associate Account Director

    $72K - 84K

  • Senior Account Manager

    $72K - 96K

  • Account Manager

    $54K - 60K

    Strategy

  • Director of Strategy

    $240K - 360K

  • Strategy Lead

    $144K - 180K

  • Senior Strategist

    $72K - 120K

  • Strategist

    $48K - 72K

    Product Management

  • Head of product

    $144K - 240K

  • Lead Product Manager

    $96K - 144K

  • Senior Product Manager

    $72K - 96K

  • Product Manager

    $48K - 72K

    Analytics & Business Intelligence

  • Head of Analtyics

    $180K - 300K

  • Lead Analytics

    $120K - 168K

  • Senior Analyst

    $72K - 96K

  • Analyst

    $48K - 72K

Design

    Creative and Brand Design

  • Executive Creative Director

    $240K - 336K

  • Creative Director

    $108K - 180K

  • Associate Creative Director

    $96K - 108K

  • Creative Group Head

    $84K - 108K

  • Senior Copywriter

    $48K - 96K

  • Copywriter

    $36K - 60K

  • Social Content Creative

    $35K - 54K

  • Senior Art Director

    $60K - 96K

  • Art Director

    $60K - 84K

  • Design Director

    $108K - 144K

  • Senior Digital Designer

    $60K - 96K

  • Digital Designer

    $54K - 72K

    Experience Design

  • Director/Head of UX

    $120K - 300K

  • Lead/Principal UX Designer

    $96K - 168K

  • Senior Consultant (Strategy)

    $108K - 180K

  • Consultant (Strategy)

    $78K - 120K

  • Senior Information Architect

    $72K - 120K

  • Information Architect

    $60K - 100K

  • Head of Research

    $96K - 144K

  • Senior Researcher

    $60K - 100K

  • Researcher

    $36K - 65K

  • Lead UI Designer

    $96K - 120K

  • Senior UX/UI Designer

    $72K - 96K

  • UX/UI Designer

    $48K - 72K

  • Interaction Designer

    $40K - 70K

  • UX Developer

    $42K - 78K

    Content and Production

  • Content Director

    $144K - 168K

  • Head of Social

    $84K - 120K

  • Social Content Strategist

    $60K - 84K

  • Social Media Manager

    $54K - 72K

  • Social Media Designer

    $54K - 72K

  • Community Manager

    $30K - 42K

  • Social Content Producer

    $48K - 96K

  • Content Producer

    $36K - 60K

Technology

    Software Engineering & Development

  • Chief Technology Officer

    $180K - 240K

  • Technical Director

    $120K - 180K

  • Technical Manager

    $96K - 120K

  • Technical Lead

    $60K - 84K

  • Creative Technologist

    $72K - 120K

  • Senior Front-End Developer

    $60K - 84K

  • Mid-Weight Front-End Developer

    $48K - 60K

  • Junior Developer

    $32K - 48K

  • Mobile Developer (iOS/Android)

    $60K - 96K

  • Principle / Senior Solutions Architect

    $96K - 120K

  • Solutions Architect (AEM)

    $72K - 96K

  • Senior Java Developer / Engineer

    $84K - 96K

  • Senior Back-End / Full-Stack Developer

    $72K - 108K

  • Mid-weight Back-End Developer

    $60K - 84K

  • Lead QA Tester/Engineer

    $72K - 96K

  • QA Tester/ Analyst

    $48K - 60K

  • Principal Big Data Engineer /Team Lead

    $96K - 120K

  • Senior Big Data Engineer

    $84K - 108K

  • Big Data Engineer

    $60K - 84K

    Data Science and Engineering

  • Head of data science

    $216K - 300K

  • Lead Data Scientist

    $120K - 180K

  • Senior Data Sciecntist

    $96K - 144K

  • Data Scientist

    $60K - 96K

    Cyber Security

  • Professional Services Engineer

    $72K - 108K

  • Presales Engineer

    $84K - 108K

  • SOC Analyst

    $60K - 84K

  • Threat Intelligence Analyst

    $108K - 144K

  • Threat Researcher

    $73K - 96K

  • GDPR Consultant

    $84K - 120K

  • Information Security Manager

    $120K - 168K

  • Enterprise Security Architect

    $144K - 192K

  • Information Security Consulting Director

    $168K - 216K

  • CISO

    $168K - 240K

  • Application Security Engineer

    $96K - 144K

  • Sales Executive

    $120K - 180K

  • Channel Sales Manager

    $84K - 120K

  • Digital Forensics Consultant

    $84K - 108K

Commercial

Singapore Dollars ($), Salary SGD (Monthly rate)

    Marketing

  • Head of Ecommerce

    $10K - 20K

  • Digital /Online Marketing Manager

    $7K - 10K

  • Digital/Online Marketing Executive

    $4K - 7K

  • Social Media / Community Manager

    $4.5K - 6K

  • Brand Manager

    $5K - 7K

    Project & Programme Management

  • Operations Director

    $18K - 25K

  • Project Director

    $10K - 15K

  • Associate Project Director

    $7K - 9K

  • Senior Project Manager

    $6K - 8K

  • Project Manager

    $4.5K - 6K

    Sales & Account Management

  • Managing Director

    $20K - 30K

  • Business Director

    $14K - 18K

  • Group Account Director

    $12K - 14K

  • Senior Account Director

    $8K - 10K

  • Account Director

    $7K - 10K

  • Associate Account Director

    $6K - 7K

  • Senior Account Manager

    $6K - 8K

  • Account Manager

    $4.5K - 5K

    Strategy

  • Director of Strategy

    $20K - 30K

  • Strategy Lead

    $12K - 15K

  • Senior Strategist

    $6K - 10K

  • Strategist

    $4K - 6K

    Product Management

  • Head of product

    $12K - 20K

  • Lead Product Manager

    $8K - 12K

  • Senior Product Manager

    $6K - 8K

  • Product Manager

    $4K - 6K

    Analytics & Business Intelligence

  • Head of Analtyics

    $15K - 25K

  • Lead Analytics

    $10K - 14K

  • Senior Analyst

    $6K - 8K

  • Analyst

    $4K - 6K

Design

    Creative and Brand Design

  • Executive Creative Director

    $20K - 28K

  • Creative Director

    $9K - 15K

  • Associate Creative Director

    $8K - 9K

  • Creative Group Head

    $7K - 9K

  • Senior Copywriter

    $4K - 8K

  • Copywriter

    $3K - 5K

  • Social Content Creative

    $2.9K - 4.5K

  • Senior Art Director

    $5K - 8K

  • Art Director

    $5K - 7K

  • Design Director

    $9K - 12K

  • Senior Digital Designer

    $5K - 8K

  • Digital Designer

    $4.5K - 6K

    Experience Design

  • Director/Head of UX

    $15K - 25K

  • Lead/Principal UX Designer

    $8K - 14K

  • Senior Consultant (Strategy)

    $9K - 15K

  • Consultant (Strategy)

    $6.5K - 10K

  • Senior Information Architect

    $6K - 10K

  • Information Architect

    $5K - 8.3K

  • Head of Research

    $8K - 12K

  • Senior Researcher

    $5K - 8K

  • Researcher

    $3K - 5.4K

  • Lead UI designer

    $8K - 10K

  • Senior UX/UI Designer

    $6K - 8K

  • UX/UI Designer

    $4K - 6K

  • Interaction Designer

    $3.3K - 5.8K

  • UX Developer

    $3.5K - 6.5K

    Content and Production

  • Content Director

    $12K - 14K

  • Head of Social

    $7K - 10K

  • Social Content Strategist

    $5K - 7K

  • Social Media Manager

    $4.5K - 6K

  • Social Media Designer

    $4.5K - 6K

  • Community Manager

    $2.5K - 3.5K

  • Social Content Producer

    $4K - 8K

  • Content Producer

    $3K - 5K

Technology

    Software Engineering & Development

  • Chief Technology Officer

    $15K - 20K+

  • Technical Director

    $10K - 15K

  • Technical Manager

    $8K - 10K

  • Technical Lead

    $5K - 7K

  • Creative Technologist

    $6K - 10K

  • Senior Front-End Developer

    $5K - 7K

  • Mid-Weight Front-End Developer

    $4K - 5K

  • Junior Developer

    $3K - 4K

  • Mobile Developer (iOS/Android)

    $5K - 8K

  • Principle / Senior Solutions Architect

    $8K - 15K

  • Solutions Architect (AEM)

    $6K - 8K

  • Senior Java Developer / Engineer

    $7K - 8K

  • Senior Back-End / Full-Stack Developer

    $6K - 9K

  • Mid-weight Back-End Developer

    $4K - 7K

  • Lead QA Tester/Engineer

    $6K - 8K

  • QA Tester/ Analyst

    $4K - 5K

  • Principal Big Data Engineer /Team Lead

    $8K - 10K

  • Senior Big Data Engineer

    $7K - 9K

  • Big Data Engineer

    $5K - 7K

    Data Science and Engineering

  • Head of data science

    $18K - 25K

  • Lead Data Scientist

    $10K - 15K

  • Senior Data Sciecntist

    $8K - 12K

  • Data Scientist

    $5K - 8K

    Cyber Security

  • Professional Services Engineer

    $6K - 9K

  • Presales Engineer

    $7K - 9K

  • SOC Analyst

    $5K - 7K

  • Threat Intelligence Analyst

    $9K - 12K

  • Threat Researcher

    $6K - 8K

  • GDPR Consultant

    $7K - 10K

  • Information Security Manager

    $10K - 14K

  • Enterprise Security Architect

    $12K - 16K

  • Information Security Consulting Director

    $14K - 18K

  • CISO

    $14K - 20K

  • Application Security Engineer

    $8K - 12K

  • Sales Executive

    $10K - 15K

  • Channel Sales Manager

    $7K - 10K

  • Digital Forensics Consultant

    $7K - 9K

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