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Starting salaries of graduates

Published Date: 10 September 2018 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang, Nee Soon GRC


To ask the Minister for Education in 2015, 2016 and 2017, what have been the average and median starting salaries of ITE, polytechnic and university graduates working in (i) the private sector and (ii) the civil service.


1. Based on the annual Graduate Employment Surveys (GES) conducted by the Institutes of Higher Learning, the median reported gross monthly starting salaries of ITE, polytechnic and Autonomous University (AU) respondents in full-time permanent employment in the private and public1 sectors are as shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Median gross monthly starting salaries of ITE, polytechnic and AU respondents in FTP employment, GES 2015-2017

Median Gross Monthly Starting Salaries2

2015 2016 2017
ITE Public Sector $2,000 $2,150 $2,200
Private Sector $1,800 $1,800 $1,900
Poly Public Sector $2,350 $2,600 $2,500
Private Sector $2,100 $2,200 $2,200
AU Public Sector $3,500 $3,550 $3,750
Private Sector $3,200 $3,200 $3,300

  1. The public sector includes the Government, statutory boards and organs of states.

  2. Figures are rounded off to the nearest $50.