Show Me the Money: Singapore Digital Salaries 2015/2016

Here’s a recap of the salary benchmarking done for 2015/2016 that would hopefully guide you in assessing your net worth across Singapore.

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Wondering what’s your worth within the digital space? Perhaps, it’s time to check out what’s the market rate around your scope as we discovered from conversations with a variety of professionals and practitioners over the past year. Here’s a recap of the salary benchmarking done for 2015/2016 that would hopefully guide you in assessing your net worth across Singapore:

If you want to compare 2015/2016 salaries to 2016/2017 click here:

Client Servicing/ Project Management/Strategy

With a restricted availability of digital talent and its demand across Singapore ranging from brands, agencies, consultancies and start-ups, it has resulted in a competitive salary range for the digital arena.

Adding to the equation, is a heightened demand within service design-led digital agencies and consultancies working with digital transformation and start-ups, for those with agile product development experience, which leads to increased salaries for professionals with specialist skills.

Client Servicing Salary per month in SGD
Managing Director $20,000 – $30,000
Business Director $16,000 – $20,000
Group Account Director $12,000 – $15,000
Senior Account Director $7,000 – $10,000
Account Director $6,000 – $10,000
Associate Account Director $5,000 – $7,000
Senior Account Manager $4,000 – $6,000
Account Manager $3,500 – $5,000
Senior Account Executive $2,500 – $3,500
Account Executive/Fresh Grad $2,500 – $3,000
Digital Project Management
Head of Operations $15,000 – $20,000
Project Director $10,000 – $15,000
Associate Project Director $7,000 – $9,000
Senior Project Manager $5,000 – $8,000
Project Manager $4,000 – $6,000
Senior Project Executive $2,800 – $3,500
Project Executive/Fresh Grad $2,400 – $2,800

 

Digital Strategy/ Planning
Strategy Director $20,000 – $30,000
Head of Digital Strategy $12,000 – $16,000
Senior Strategist $8,000 – $12,000
Strategist $5,000 – $8,000
Junior Strategist $4,000 – $5,000

 

Creative/UX

The hunger for digital-led creatives of a senior level capacity as agencies are more aware of brand and marketing expectations with local and regional clients. Hence they require the capability in taking their business to next level which leads to the eventual merger of “traditional” and “digital” advertising. The need for both are and copy based creatives that can design, write and produce for multiple channels at a high level is a great one.

With all the buzz around User Experience, Interaction Design and Experience design, companies in Singapore have varying degrees in seeing the role of UX out here. The seniority is not just based on the amount of years clocked in but most importantly the in-depth extensive application and understanding of UX with prolific projects to boot.

Creative
Executive Creative Director $15,000 – $20,000
Creative Director $10,000 – $16,000
Associate Creative Director (Art) $8,000 – $13,000
Associate Creative Director (Copy) $9,000 -$13,000
Design Director $8,000 – $12,000
Art Director $5,000 – $9,000
Senior Designer $3,500 – $6,500
Mid-Weight Designer $3,000 – $4,000
Head of Copy $7,000 – $9,000
Senior Copywriter $5,000 – $7,500
Mid Weight Copywriter $4,000 – $5,000
Junior Creative Team $2,400 – $3,500
Fresh Grad $2,200 – $3,000

 

User Experience
Director/Head of UX $10,000 – $15,000
Senior/Lead UX Architect $8,000 – $12,000
Mid-Weight UX Architect $5,000 – $8,000
UX Manager $8,000 – $10,000
Senior UI Designer $5,000 – $8,000
Junior – Mid Weight UI Designer $3,500 – $5,500
Senior User Researcher $4,000 – $6,000
Junior – Mid Weight User Researcher $3,500 – $5,500

 

Technology

Overall, the technical skill required here is similar to the global needs and demands. Mobile developers and those with JavaScript proficiency would be highly sought after in conjunction with the demand in serious technical architecting with AEM.

Burgeoning growth and investment with start-ups have resulted in their hunt for full stack technologists (Java, Python, node.js with a mix of JavaScript and related frameworks such as AngularJS, backbone.js, ember.js, react.js, require.js). On the agency front, Creative technologists who can do the tech talk and translate with creatives as well will be in a great advantage.

Technology Salary per month in SGD
Chief Technology Officer $15,000 – $20,000
Technical Director $10,000 – $15,000
Technical Manager $8,000 – $10,000
Technical Lead $5,000 – $7,000
Creative Technologist $6,000 – $10,000
Senior Front-End Developer $5,000 – $7,000
Mid-Weight Front-End Developer $4,000 – $5,000
Junior Developer $3,000 – $4,000
Mobile Developer (iOs/Android) $5,000 – $8,000
Principle/Senior Solutions Architect (e.g. AEM) $8,000 – $15,000
Solutions Architect (AEM) $6,000 – $8,000
Senior Java Developer/Engineer $6,000 – $8,000
Senior Back-End Developer (Ruby, Python, PHP) $5,000 – $7,000
Mid-Weight Back-End Developer $4,000 – $5,000
Junior Back-End Developer $3,000 – $4,000
Lead QA Tester/Engineer $6,000 – $8,000
QA Tester/Analyst $4,000 – $5,000

Things to note:

All of the above are based on our own experience and research where it serves as an indication of the average salaries paid. It is also dependent on the following factors:

Type and size of company –MNCs, locally owned or global network owned

Experience – years in total and also on time spent working in Singapore

Scope of the role – local, regional or global.

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