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Average salary for engineers in singapore

Postby tmtmy » Wed, 05 May 2010 6:14 pm

hi there! I will be looking for a mechanical engineering job based in singapore from june onwards. I just wanna get an idea of the market rate for my type of job. FYI, I possess a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering with 2 years of working experience in Malaysia.

I did browse thru this forum to see whether there's any relevant information but I couldnt find any. The information is either non-existent or too outdated to be useful. Please help!

thx in advance!

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Re: Average salary for engineers in singapore

Postby Nath21 » Thu, 06 May 2010 2:32 pm

tmtmy wrote:hi there! I will be looking for a mechanical engineering job based in singapore from june onwards. I just wanna get an idea of the market rate for my type of job. FYI, I possess a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering with 2 years of working experience in Malaysia.

I did browse thru this forum to see whether there's any relevant information but I couldnt find any. The information is either non-existent or too outdated to be useful. Please help!

thx in advance!


I just got the 2010 Hayes Salary Guide
Constructiom and Engineering - Singapore
Singapore construction sector remained steady throughout the downturn given ongoign flow of governement funded construction projects including the new circle line MRT, road and reclamation works. The most significant changes has been a decline in the private building sector which has virtually ceased recruiting while both new commercial and residiential projects remain on hold. 2010 will ve crucial to this sector to determine whether these projects proceed if not the sector will be dominated by infrastructure works. Strong and constant demand for middle managers and senior specialists such as quantity surveyors, construction managers and senior engineers. Big demand for tunnel, geotechnical, civil and structural enineers. Little demand for HVAC, electircal or mechanical engineers. Salary movements moderate with no significant increases in 2010. Annual bonus may increment though. It didnt have mechanical engineer as a category for pay so I will throw ina few examples all in SGD:

Construction Development
Manager 120-180;
Project Manager 102-120;
Construction Building
Forperson 48-72;
Site Engineer 42-54;
Project engineer 48-72;
Project Manager 72-96;
Senior Project Manager 96+;
Construction Manager 84-120;
Construction Civil
Foreperson 48-72;
Site Engineer 42-54;
Project Engibneer 48-72;
Project Manager 72-96;
Snr Project Manager 96+;
Construction Manager 84-120;
Design Consultancy - Civil and Structural
Graduate 30-36;
Design Engineer 48-72;
Snr Design Engineer 72-96;
Principal Design Engineer 102+;

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Postby tmtmy » Thu, 06 May 2010 3:57 pm

Seems like times are bad huh?

Thx for your info....However, it looks like the data you quoted is related to construction industry only. There are other fields such as oil and gas/manufacturing which I can look into.

Anyway, I will read up the salary report for other industries. Thx again

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Postby Nath21 » Thu, 06 May 2010 5:11 pm

Manufacturign and Operations
3PL Engineer 45-80;
Logistics Forwarder 20-50;
Production engineer 90-120;
Engineering 90-150;
R&D 90-180;
Sourcing and Purchasing 90-150;
Supply Chain 90-135;
Quality Engineer 80-135;
Production Engineer 80-150;
Enineering Engineer 90-160;
Oil and Gas
Onshore Mechanical graduate 24-30;
Engineer 72-120;
Lead Engineer 96-120'
Engineer Manager 144+
Offshore graduate 30;
Engineer 36-84;
Senior Engineer 84-144;
Lead Engineer 120-132;
Engineering Manager 132+

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 06 May 2010 5:17 pm

Hey Nath21, why don't you just post a link to the site with the survey so anybody can go have a gander when they want.

Hays SALARY SURVEY & GUIDE 2010.....

http://www.hays.sg/salary/default.aspx

Here is the Kelly Services Salary Guide for 09/10 to add some counterpoint....

http://www.kellyservices.com.sg/res/con ... 9_2010.pdf

And Hudson.....

http://sg.hudson.com/node.asp?kwd=salary-information

Robert Walters......

http://www.robertwalters.com/resources/ ... y_2010.pdf

Jobstreet.....

http://myjobstreet.jobstreet.com/career ... 000|sg||sg

Should give you some food for thought.......
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Postby tmtmy » Thu, 06 May 2010 5:25 pm

Here's the link: http://www.hays.sg/salary/default.aspx

I will appreciate ppl who can provide information on the ground level (instead coming from surveys). Thx again

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 06 May 2010 5:31 pm

Beggers can't be choosers. At least that's what they say where I come from. :-|

Oh, I wonder where the information comes from for the surveys...... :-k :roll:

It also depends on where you are from as well!

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Postby H Chinaski » Thu, 06 May 2010 5:43 pm

tmtmy,

A few things,

Those figures quoted from Hays look a bit high to me.

Just remember, those would be the average salaries over the last year, and 2009 was a still a steady period for construction and oil and gas.

Now the supply of new construction projects has substantially reduced and most of the major LTA projects for MRT and roads have been awarded. So industry has already got most of its Engineer intake.

Also note that there can be a great variation between salaries in local and international firms.

Lastly as a Malaysian coming directly from Malaysia, employers will expect to pay a bit less than an Engineer with Singapore experience and knowledge of local regulations and procedures. You'll also be competing with thousands of experienced and well qualified Indian engineers who are probably cheaper.

In summary, don't have salary expectations based on the Hays surveys. With 2 years of Malaysian experience, look at the lower end of those scales. Get your foot in the door first, get a few years of Singapore experience and you can command a better salary in the next firm. Oil and gas generally pays better, but conditions and inconvenient work sites can be shitty.

Good luck

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Postby tmtmy » Fri, 07 May 2010 9:12 am

H Chinaski wrote:tmtmy,

A few things,

Those figures quoted from Hays look a bit high to me.

Just remember, those would be the average salaries over the last year, and 2009 was a still a steady period for construction and oil and gas.

Now the supply of new construction projects has substantially reduced and most of the major LTA projects for MRT and roads have been awarded. So industry has already got most of its Engineer intake.

Also note that there can be a great variation between salaries in local and international firms.

Lastly as a Malaysian coming directly from Malaysia, employers will expect to pay a bit less than an Engineer with Singapore experience and knowledge of local regulations and procedures. You'll also be competing with thousands of experienced and well qualified Indian engineers who are probably cheaper.

In summary, don't have salary expectations based on the Hays surveys. With 2 years of Malaysian experience, look at the lower end of those scales. Get your foot in the door first, get a few years of Singapore experience and you can command a better salary in the next firm. Oil and gas generally pays better, but conditions and inconvenient work sites can be shitty.

Good luck


Well said. It is very logical to gain some singapore exp first before I can really bargain for more. I will lower my expectations as suggested by you.

Any idea how manufacturing is like over in singapore? I came from the line of manufacturing and wish to build upon my current knowledge further.

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Postby H Chinaski » Fri, 07 May 2010 11:30 am

What kind of manufacturing experience do you have?

The hi tech and electronics manufacturing exports appear to have increased quite steadily here over the last few months, that's all I know.

I suggest you google some of Singapore job sites and try and get copy of the local birdcage liner classified on Saturday for a better feel.

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Postby tmtmy » Fri, 07 May 2010 4:10 pm

H Chinaski wrote:What kind of manufacturing experience do you have?

The hi tech and electronics manufacturing exports appear to have increased quite steadily here over the last few months, that's all I know.

I suggest you google some of Singapore job sites and try and get copy of the local birdcage liner classified on Saturday for a better feel.


Heavy machinery manufacturing experience. My experience is more related to product design, system troubleshooting and project supervision.

However, I might be able to move to electronics manufacturing because of their need for mechanical engineers in product design, a skill which I have (though not 100% same). In fact, I have seen some increase of mech engineer job ads posted by electronics companies on jobsdb.com over the past 3 months.

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Postby serve_the_servants » Fri, 07 May 2010 6:10 pm

My friend is mechanical engineer in Singapore, 1 year experience and almost same qualifications as you. He works for an American tech firm

His basic salary is S$1800. With overtime (1 day off a week) and night shifts he manages to make it around S$4000

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Postby H Chinaski » Mon, 10 May 2010 10:53 am

H Chinaski wrote:What kind of manufacturing experience do you have?

The hi tech and electronics manufacturing exports appear to have increased quite steadily here over the last few months, that's all I know.

I suggest you google some of Singapore job sites and try and get copy of the local birdcage liner classified on Saturday for a better feel.


Dear SMS/mods.

I note my post was changed from "Straits Times" to "local birdcage liner"

Was this highly amusing edit hacked or done by the mods? Cheers. Either way that's simply not on.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 10 May 2010 11:32 am

H Chinaski wrote:
H Chinaski wrote:What kind of manufacturing experience do you have?

The hi tech and electronics manufacturing exports appear to have increased quite steadily here over the last few months, that's all I know.

I suggest you google some of Singapore job sites and try and get copy of the local birdcage liner classified on Saturday for a better feel.


Dear SMS/mods.

I note my post was changed from "XXXXXX XXXXXX" to "local birdcage liner"

Was this highly amusing edit hacked or done by the mods? Cheers. Either way that's simply not on.


Yes it was. AS for simply not being on. Neither is not reading the stickies on this board so you don't run foul of the policies here.

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Postby H Chinaski » Mon, 10 May 2010 11:51 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
H Chinaski wrote:
H Chinaski wrote:What kind of manufacturing experience do you have?

The hi tech and electronics manufacturing exports appear to have increased quite steadily here over the last few months, that's all I know.

I suggest you google some of Singapore job sites and try and get copy of the local birdcage liner classified on Saturday for a better feel.


Dear SMS/mods.

I note my post was changed from "XXXXXX XXXXXX" to "local birdcage liner"

Was this highly amusing edit hacked or done by the mods? Cheers. Either way that's simply not on.


Yes it was. AS for simply not being on. Neither is not reading the stickies on this board so you don't run foul of the policies here.

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Fair enough, but you normally state when you've edited a post.


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