Ikigai is a Japanese word that describes the feeling of having a perfect job. It’s that sweet spot where your passions and talents intersect with things the world needs and is willing to pay for.
Finding work you love is tough. But if you’re a software engineer, you probably don’t have to worry about the latter half of the ikigai equation. That’s because software engineers have become one of the most sought-after talents in Singapore.
More American, Chinese and homegrown tech firms are setting up shop here. With more headcounts than talent to fill them, demand has shot up for technical roles. If you remember your Economics 101, higher demand = higher salaries to attract these talents. And higher salaries = zero hesitation before splashing $8 for a cold brew at a swanky cafe.
In this article, we uncover the best places to work at if you’re a software engineer. We compiled a list of 10 of the most-searched companies on NodeFlair. From there, we looked at the compensation they offered across four levels of seniority: junior, mid-level, senior and lead.
Three industries made the list. They include:
Across the 10 companies we shortlisted, a junior software engineer may receive a monthly salary ranging from $3,650 to $6,500. For senior software engineers, the figure ranges from $5,800 to $15,750.
Whether you’re a fresh graduate, looking to switch up your career, or move up in seniority, you’ll find companies offering some of the most competitive packages. That said, salary should not be your sole consideration.
Also take into account intangibles such as the company’s culture, the team you’ll be working with and non-monetary benefits. But for the purpose of this article, we will just focus on what we can quantify. With that said, let’s look at the industry standard to set a baseline.
Note: Salary data comes from NodeFlair Salaries, which is based on anonymised user submissions. To verify accuracy, we use payslips or offer letters as proof. If you want to help the tech community, contribute your salary data here.
* Denotes salary referenced from MyCareersFuture.gov.sg. The figure is derived from taking the average of the salary range for the role.
About Grab: Grab is Southeast Asia's leading super app - providing transportation, logistics and financial services. We aim to solve key problems in the region and improve the lives of millions through technology.
About Shopee: Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support.
About ByteDance: ByteDance is a technology company operating a range of content platforms that inform, educate, entertain and inspire people across languages, cultures, and geographies. Dedicated to building global platforms of creation and interaction, ByteDance now has a portfolio of applications available in over 150 markets and 75 languages. For example, TikTok, Helo, Vigo Video, Douyin, and Huoshan.
About Google: Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
About NCS Group: NCS is a leading information, communications and technology (ICT) service provider headquartered in Singapore. We help governments and enterprises in Asia Pacific change to better serve the communities. We do this through robust and purposeful integration of the best of technology and people, where ordinary people come together to deliver extraordinary outcomes.
About Singtel: Singtel is Asia’s leading communications technology group, operating in one of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic regions. Together with Optus and our regional associates Airtel, AIS, Globe and Telkomsel, we have a presence in 21 countries.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.: For over 200 years, JPMorgan Chase & Co has provided innovative financial solutions for consumers, small businesses, corporations, governments and institutions around the world.
About DBS: DBS, a leading financial services group headquartered in Singapore, operates across 18 markets. We are an Asia-centric commercial bank focused on harnessing the region’s long-term potential as the centre of economic gravity shifts eastwards to Asia.
About Goldman Sachs: At Goldman Sachs, we believe progress is everyone’s business. That’s why we commit our people, capital and ideas to help our clients, shareholders and the communities we serve to grow.
About Accenture: Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers.
We’re excited to launch NodeFlair Salaries because there is simply no website here in Singapore that provide accurate tech salary data at the quantity we offer. We built this so that we can recommend TRUSTED salary data to our friends and users.
Many users feedback their frustrations of salary data from Glassdoor, saying that most are very "off". This is because anyone (literally) can submit salary data, even if they are NOT employees of the company. We call these "ghost listings".
Today, we have 800+ salary submissions on NodeFlair Salaries. EVERY single entry has been authenticated by the team.
All in all, we are sick and tired of how opaque the industry is. Through NodeFlair Salaries, we stand a very good chance to bring the power from employers back to the talents - YOU!
We hope more people will join us in this mission to make salary transparency a default. You can do so by submitting your salary data with the button below. We take data privacy extremely seriously - your submissions will all be anonymised and encrypted.