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Salary Guide for Nurses in Singapore [2022]

Thinking about being a nurse? Find out about nursing salary ranges across roles, workplace settings, and other benefits about being a nurse in Singapore.

by Liam Hoo

It’s important to know your labour rights especially in a sector as critical and important as healthcare. If you’re a nurse or you’re looking to get started with a career in healthcare, check out our salary guide for nurses in Singapore to make sure you’re getting a fair compensation.

Given Singapore’s aging population and the increased caseload brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for nursing jobs in Singapore are on the rise.

Whether you’re a seasoned healthcare professional or looking to break into the healthcare industry, it’s important to know your labour rights and what sort of wages to expect. Find out in this salary guide about the appropriate salary ranges for different types of nurses in Singapore, across different care facilities such as hospitals and home care.

One of the most important determinants of your salary range as a nurse in Singapore is what type of nurse you are. There are two main categories of nurses in Singapore: Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses.

Source: Care to Go Beyond SG | Infographic 

Who are Registered Nurses?

Registered Nurses (RN) have higher starting qualifications and start their careers as Staff Nurses with the opportunity to advance their careers under the following tracks:

  • Management – Lead a team of nurses and oversee ward operations
  • Clinical – Provide direct care to patients
  • Education – Equip fellow nurses with higher nursing skills

Qualifications

Registered Nurses are required to be either  ‘O’ or ‘A’ level holders who attain either a diploma or degree in nursing. 

Job scope

Depending on the exact work setting and specialities chosen, the job scope of a Registered Nurse may vary.

Common duties and responsibilities of Registered Nurses, however, include: 

  • Evaluating patients’ physical health to assess their health concerns
  • Providing direct care for care recipients with injuries, and disabilities or who are recuperating 
  • Performing and interpreting medical tests to evaluate patient health conditions and deciding on appropriate treatment plans
  • Educating care recipients about their medical conditions and the treatment plan suitable for them
  • Providing counsel and emotional support to care recipients, their families, close friends and relatives when appropriate
  • Supervision of junior medical staff such as nursing aides and assistants
  • Communicating medical reports and what they mean to care recipients 
  • Maintaining a clean and risk-free working environment
  • Designing and enforcing appropriate nursing care plans
  • Helping doctors with medical procedures

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Who are Enrolled Nurses? 

Enrolled Nurses (EN) possess lower starting qualifications and typically assist Registered Nurses in delivering comprehensive nursing care for care recipients. Higher nursing responsibilities are given to those who progress to become Senior Enrolled Nurses. 

Qualifications 

Enrolled Nurses are ‘N’ Level holders who have successfully pursued a Nitec in Nursing at the Institute of Technical Education. 

Job scope

Enrolled Nurses work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Their job scopes vary but they are accountable for all aspects of delegated care within their scope of practice. 

Some common duties and responsibilities of Enrolled Nurses include:

  • Performing comprehensive health assessments of clients and care recipients such as observation, physical examination and measurements of temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration, blood sugar levels, etc.
  • Monitoring changes in care recipients’ conditions and reporting to Registered Nurses or doctors
  • Assisting care recipients with personal hygiene routine and other activities of daily living such as showering, bathing, dressing, and eating
  • Implement rehabilitation or exercise programs with care recipients when necessary
  • Plan, implement and evaluate nursing care plan in collaboration with RN and other health care team members to improve care recipients’ health outcomes
  • Administering first aid and assistance during emergencies
  • Encouraging and educating care recipients on how to lead healthy lifestyles
  • Administering medications according to their scope of practice 
  • Promoting safety for themselves and others in all aspects of nursing practice 

Salary range for nurses in Singapore 

As a general rule of thumb, Registered Nurses can expect to earn more than Enrolled Nurses as they have higher starting qualifications and have more career progression pathways.

A Registered Nurse, for example, can come to take on senior leadership, management or research roles that are inaccessible for Enrolled Nurses. Experience and seniority, of course, also contribute to wage differences just like in any other industry.

The Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU)’s agreements with healthcare clusters and institutions in Singapore such as NUHS, SingHealth, NHG, and NTUC Health Co-Operative, however, help ensure wage expectations for nurses in Singapore remain stable and healthy. 

Here are some expected salary ranges you can expect as a nurse working in the public healthcare system. 

National University Health System (NUHS) Nurses

Depending on the seniority level and position, NUHS Enrolled Nurses can earn salaries ranging from $1700 to $4400 while NUHS Registered Nurses can earn salaries ranging from $2600 to $9230

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the possible salary ranges for NUHS nursing positions:

Nursing PositionMinimum SalaryMaximum Salary
Nursing Manager I
Nurse Clinician I
Nurse Educator I
$5430$9230
Nursing Manager II
Nurse Clinician II
Nurse Educator II
$4560$7690
Assistant Nurse Clinician$4060$6860
Staff Nurse I$2600$4540
Staff Nurse II$2200$3880
Sr Staff Nurse I$3700$6300
Sr Staff Nurse II$3100$5530
Principal Enrolled Nurse$2590$4400
Enrolled Nurse I$1810$3050
Enrolled Nurse II$1700$2800
Sr Enrolled Nurse I$2310$3920
Sr Enrolled Nurse II$1960$3360

Source: HSEU Collective Agreement with NUHS

SingHealth Nurses

SingHealth Nurses earn similar salary ranges as well. For entry-level positions, a SingHealth Enrolled Nurse can expect to earn $1700 to $2800

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the salary ranges for SingHealth Nurses:

Nursing PositionMinimum SalaryMaximum Salary
Enrolled Nurse II$1700$2800
Enrolled Nurse I$1810$3050
Senior Enrolled Nurse II$1960$3360
Senior Enrolled Nurse I$2310$3920
Principal Enrolled Nurse$2590$4400
Staff Nurse II$2200$3880
Staff Nurse I$2600$4540
Senior Staff Nurse II$3100$5530
Senior Staff Nurse I$3700$6300
Assistant Nurse Clinician$4060$6860
Nurse Manager II
Nurse Educator II
Nurse Case Coordinator II
Nurse Clinician II
$4560$7690
Nurse Manager I
Nurse Educator I
Nurse Case Coordinator I
Nurse Clinician I
$5430$9230

Source: HSEU Collective Agreement with SingHealth

National Healthcare Group (NHG) Nurses

National Healthcare Group classifies Enrolled Nurses as Assistant Nurses. 

Here’s a detailed breakdown of NGH nursing salaries: 

Nursing PositionMinimum SalaryMaximum Salary
Assistant Nurse II$1700$2800
Assistant Nurse I$1810$3050
Senior Assistant Nurse II$1960$3360
Senior Assistant Nurse I$2310$3920
Principal Assistant Nurse$2590$4400
Staff Nurse II$2200$3880
Staff Nurse I$2600$4540
Senior Staff Nurse II$3100$5530
Senior Staff Nurse I$3700$6300
Assistant Nurse Clinician$4060$6860
Nursing Officer II$4560$7690
Nursing Officer I$5430$9230

Source: HSEU Collective Agreement with NHG

NTUC Health Co-Operative Nurses

NTUC Health Co-Operative uses its job grading system to differentiate between executive (D-E1) and non-executive (A-C1) employees with commensurate salaries being offered. 

It is likely that Registered Nurses would qualify as executive staff while Enrolled Nurses would qualify as non-executive staff.

Executive & Senior ExecutiveMinimum SalaryMaximum Salary
E1$2970$4580
E2$2800$4200
D$2100$3820

Non-ExecutiveMinimum SalaryMaximum Salary
C1$2050$3075
C2$1800$2835
B$1650$2640
A$1500$2250

Source: HSEU Collective Agreement with NTUC Health Co-Operative

Farrer Park Hospital Nurses

Nursing salaries in the private sector generally can be expected to be a bit more flexible and varied given that they aren’t restricted by any union agreements. 

A glance at Glassdoor shows that Farrer Park nurses can expect the following salary ranges:

Nursing PositionSalary Range
Staff Registered Nurse$3,744 - $4,055
Senior Nurse$2,730 - $2,949
Staff Nurse$2,658 - $2,888
Senior Staff Nurse$3,728 - $4,044

Source: Glassdoor 

Homage Nurses

At Homage, Enrolled Nurses can expect to receive up to $23 per hour while Registered Nurses can expect to receive up to $27 per hour.

For a normal forty-four hour work week , that easily translates to $4080 per month for Enrolled Nurses and $4752 for Registered Nurses at Homage.

Unlike traditional hospital or healthcare settings, Homage also offers nurses the flexibility to work either on a freelance or short-term contract basis. Freelance nurses are free to boost their salaries by taking on more assignments while contract nurses can expect possible monthly incentives or bonuses on top of their base salary if they achieve 100% attendance rate. 

Other job considerations for nurses

While your base salary is important, it is also crucial that you consider other terms of employment when you’re searching for a job, especially in a profession that’s as demanding as nursing.

Maximum working hours per week

Nurses should expect to work around 38-42 hours per week

Be sure to check what working hours your employment contract stipulates before signing.

If you choose to work overtime, make sure that you’re fairly compensated and that you aren’t being pressured to do so!

⏰ Flexible work schedules, better work-life balance

As a Homage Freelance Nurse, you don’t have to commit to a minimum number of hours and can set your working hours according to your own schedule. 

Find out the benefits of being a Homage Nurse here and join us in making a difference today!

Rest days/Leave

If you’re working as a nurse at a public healthcare institution, you should be entitled to one day of rest per week. 

You would also be entitled to a minimum of 15 days and a maximum of 28 days of annual leave depending on your seniority and years of service. You should always clarify with your HR department if you’re unclear about your leave allocation.

As a Homage nurse, you can choose your rest and leave days as and when you wish, whether it be part-time or freelance arrangements. 

Other incentives

Different organisations may also offer their own specific non-monetary benefits such as dental, medical benefits and insurance. 

Make sure you clarify what these are before signing your contract to ensure that they meet your needs adequately.

If you require additional benefits like childcare relief or daycare facilities, it might be a good idea to communicate such needs to your HR department during the negotiation process.

Getting a nursing job in Singapore 

If you are interested in getting into nursing, it is important to know what salary you can command in our current climate and to know what is important to you in a job.

If you are looking for good work-life balance, while earning a competitive rate, being a Homage Nurse can be a good option. With a base pay from $23/hour with stackable incentives, you can potentially earn $5,000/month as a freelance Homage nurse, all while taking control of your own time and schedule.

Learn more about our careers as a Homage Caregiver or Nurse and apply to be a Care Pro with us today!

About the Writer
Liam Hoo
Liam is a history major who guzzles coffee a little too much for his own good. He enjoys sharing his curiosity about the world and eccentric quirks with others. In his spare time, he’s either daydreaming, writing, or daydreaming about writing.
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