Cost of Living in Singapore, Singapore

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 102.59
Rent Index: 98.11
Groceries Index: 93.93
Restaurants Index: 63.38
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 100.42
Local Purchasing Power: 71.88

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 S$
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 52.50 S$
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 7.00 S$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.00 S$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 9.00 S$
Cappuccino (regular) 5.33 S$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.62 S$
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.13 S$
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 2.98 S$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.21 S$
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.69 S$
Eggs (12) 2.65 S$
Local Cheese (1kg) 21.57 S$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.35 S$
Apples (1kg) 4.23 S$
Oranges (1kg) 3.98 S$
Tomato (1kg) 3.51 S$
Potato (1kg) 2.91 S$
Lettuce (1 head) 2.23 S$
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.82 S$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30.00 S$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.26 S$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.90 S$
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 12.00 S$
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.80 S$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 S$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.28 S$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 0.66 S$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 18.00 S$
Gasoline (1 liter) 2.14 S$
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 140,000.00 S$
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 199.48 S$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 S$
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 40.56 S$
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 132.24 S$
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.17 S$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.50 S$
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 118.48 S$
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 68.43 S$
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 133.52 S$
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 141.48 S$
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,568.34 S$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,265.79 S$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,453.26 S$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,790.38 S$
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 20,550.86 S$
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 11,623.41 S$
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,941.05 S$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.45

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Last update: September, 2014

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#Imran on Sep 12, 2014 :

Can some one please help me with below expenses in Changi Singapore :-
1. 1 bhk rent per month ?
2. Montly indian meal charges if any mess service available ?

I have been offered 4 K SGD is that enough and can i save out of it ?

Thanks in Advance
#Anonymous on Sep 09, 2014 :
"Coffee Si" i.e. with mil and sugar (size => Big) costs 1 SGD at local corners.
#Raj on Sep 06, 2014 :
Dear all,

Recently one company offered a job for 3500 sgd they are providing family accommodation. Is it possible I can save 2.5k

#Kkalpesh on Sep 02, 2014 :
Regarding Salary:
IF you are a Bachelor 2500-3000$ is sufficient. U can save 1000-1500$ Every month depending upon individual.
If you are Married 4500$-5000$ is must. One can still save 1000$

Don't worry guys ! An Indian can survive anywhere ;-)
#Anky on Aug 17, 2014 :
I am a married indian. I have one little kid of 1 yr old.

I am planning to shift to sigapore. I had given interview for a job in Exxonmobil.
Can anyone suggest how much salary, if they offer me, would be sufficient to live in singapore. I am also planning for saving of Avg 2k to 3k S$ per month.

Will it be possible?

Pls guide.
#Akash on Aug 13, 2014 :
4000 sgd is sufficient only if you alone are coming with an intention to save something for India.
If you bring your wife and 2 kids with income of 4000. then 2200 goes to Rent, 800+800 goes to school of kids. forget of saving, forget about any shopping, you will not be able to buy milk and bread for your family.
I came in Singapore 8 months back. And realize it is difficult to survive with family.
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#VINAY KUMAR on Aug 07, 2014 :
Hi All,

I am a software engg and going Singapore for project assignment for at least 1 year. i have been offered 4000 Singapore dollar.

I am married but initially not in plan to take my wife .(Yes will be in future after 5,6 month)

can anyone suggest please if i can survive there alone and with wife and 2 Kids after 6 months ?

Please Help. :-(
#jatin on Aug 04, 2014 :
My query is rite now iam working in UAE dubai in sales field in company who in trade in building material &sanitary ware product
But my salary is not quiet iam thinking for a job in singapore ,so wht salary would i get to surive and mainly save money ,my qualification is 10th not completed ? Can i get a job ?and what offer should i accept frm the employer? with what all other benefits should i get or take? Please advice me
Iam married and had one child ?but rite now i will go alone for job and than if possible i will take my wife and chid over there
So please help me out to sort out the question i will be very gratefull and thanks to u
God bless all .praise the lord
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#Vikas on Jul 19, 2014 :
Hi All,

I am a software engg and going singapore for project assignment for at least 1 year. i have been offered 4000 singapore dollar.

I am married but initally not in plan to take my wife .(Yes will be in future after 5,6 month)

can anyone suggest pleaase if i can survive there alone and with wife ater 6 months ?

Thanks for your help

#shine on Jul 13, 2014 :
Hi im anilshine frm india, , so please im poor but I have cost of my skilled, , cooking so give me any opportunity frm all above pls give any job offer pls
#Singaporean on Jul 08, 2014 :
Plenty of Indian and Bangladesh nations here trying to moving out of their country. Can you please tell us why?
I want to warn you guys, the cost of living in Singapore is very high although you can get the salary higher than your country. Earn more spend more and at the end of the day, you will be back to square one. Please do not emigrate to other countries including Australia. You are the top migrants in Australia now. I guess you are the top emigrant in the world other than China.
#Donald Kuok on Jul 08, 2014 :
The disposable income is incorrect after tax. It can be so little. It should be at least 4-5K. May be those participants were low income earners.
#lohar rajesh on May 02, 2014 :
i want to do mba in singapore.....plz tell me cost of living in singapore and cost of mba in singapore full time and part time.
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#laoballa on Apr 10, 2014 :
I make 9K USD a month. Should I buy a house or just rent instead? Moving there in August and have enough for a down payment for a house in Canada.
#Anonymous on Apr 03, 2014 :
I got a job in Singapore with a salary of 2500 Singapore dollar per moth without accommodation and food. Please tell me situation is ok or not at the same time tell me how much amount I am able to save in this situation.
#sandeep on Apr 03, 2014 :
i got a offer of 4800 per month in singapore. is it good package to live with my wife and 2 yrs kid.
#Gaurav on Mar 07, 2014 :
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#vishal on Mar 07, 2014 :
Hi All,

I am getting an offer of 5000 Singapore Dollors, will it be a good option to accept this opportunity for 1 year contract job
#Indian on Feb 15, 2014 :
@Partick. Thanks for the advise on the deodorant usage. If Singaporeans will learn to brush their teeth or use mouthwash after fishy meals the Indians will also learn how to use deodorants. Your comment was neither asked for nor is appreciated.
#Patrick on Feb 15, 2014 :
I like to offer a suggestion to all the people from India who wants to move to Singapore for work. Please invest in deodorant!! Our public transportation is getting very smelly and we don't need more of you that do not use deodorant. It is just regular hygiene and will save us a lot of discomfort from having to share public transportation with you. Your body odor may be normal and accepted in India, it is definitely not in Singapore. So thank you for taking my advice seriously if you want to be welcome and treated with courtesy in Singapore.
#Sean on Feb 14, 2014 :
Am doing a Pharmacy degree in Europe and thinking of moving here to work as a Pharmacist.

What are the wages like here and how much would I expect to be earning. Would it be worth moving here?
#Aneel on Feb 08, 2014 :
I have 20 years experience in Accounts & Administration.
I want to come singapore for job purpose.
How much minimum amount needed for routine expenses.
How I can get visa.
Is any one, who can suggest me better option or way.
#Peter on Feb 02, 2014 :
Dudes, everybody keeps asking the same questions. PLEASE READ THE POSTS, if you can't read then you shouldn't move to Singapore.

You need at least 6000 - 7000 sgd monthly to live comfortably in Singapore. 10k to be on the safe side - especially if you have family! Anything lower and you'll have problems or will have to downsize on everything. I spent 2yrs in Singapore and wouldn't work there without at least 8k per month. Good luck!
#Jitendra on Jan 29, 2014 :
I have been offered a salary of SGD 1500-1800 per month inclusive acomodation and fooding. I am married but I want to go in Singapore alone so Could anyone please advise me if its sufficient to cover all the costs to stay decently and can I save some money in Singapore. Please please advice me.
#Anonymous on Jan 29, 2014 :
For a lavish lifestyle if i am earning ~ 8K SGD it manageable ... Lavish means once in a week visiting lounge ... maintaining a car ... living in a condo ~ 2000 SGD
#satish on Jan 21, 2014 :
This is for Indian Family Folks (with kids)intending to migrate to Singapore, here's a quick breakdown of the costs involved (currency is S$):
Rental = from 600 to 800 per single room if sharing to 2200 upwards for a full HDB home to 3000 for a 2-3 bedroom private apartment (Condo).
Utilities for a full HDB home or private apartment is 150 to 250 (depending on the Aircon usage).
Telecommunication + Cable TV + Home Broadband = 150 to 250 for 2 mobile phones with data plan, packaged cable TV and High speed broadband.
Food = cooked food at home + twice mid-sized restaurant food = 200 to 300 per week
Schooling = quite expensive. Indian International schools (DPS,NPS,GIIS etc) is easily about 800 per month per kid depending on the class grade. See their websites for details. If you intend to use local schools (whose quality is better than Indian Intl schools), it is slightly cheaper since the government has recently increased the school fees for all international students.
Transportation = approximately S$ 100 for a family of 4 using bus/trains.
#Akash on Jan 21, 2014 :
Hi All,
I came to Singapore a couple of months back, I used this webpage to estimate my cost of living here. And It was very useful as it was very near to correct figures but I personally find this rates little expensive than they are actually here.
For E.g Meal in Inexpensive restaurant which is expressed a 10$. In actual it is :
1) Cheap hawker centre : 2.5 to 4$
2) Decent Food courts : 5 to 6.5$
3) Inexpensive Restaurant : 7 to 10$
4) Nice Ambience restaurant : 10$ to 14$

So one can manage their expenses as and when required.

One more thing, I want to express, RENT is super expensive here:
Here housing is generally two types :
1) HDB (Government unit) :
a. 1 utility room (very very small) : 450 to 550 $
a. one single room : 650 - 900 $
b. one whole unit (2 bedrooms) : 2100 - 2600 $
c. one whole unit (3 bedrooms) : 2500 $
2) Condos (luxury , lavish units)
a. one single room : 2000 $
b. one whole unit (2 bedrooms) : 4000 - 4500 $
c. one whole unit (3 bedrooms) : 5000 - 6500 $

I must tell that RENTING is the main OCCUPATION of Singapore, like in India (Agriculture) :)
#Sheshant on Dec 07, 2013 :
I am sheshant. I am coming to singapore in mid jan. I am married but in Iinitial phase I am coming alone. I have an offer of 4k sgd per month. wil I be abel to survive in singapore in 4k sgd. and also I am planning to bring my wife and kid in month of september. please let me know the house rent, food expences and travel expenses, will I be abel to survive in 4k sgd per month?
#Expat on Nov 05, 2013 :
if your single with a degree, minimum is $2,200
If you have a wife minimum $4000
If you have a wife plus 2 kids at least of $6,000

if you earn more than those minimum you should survive,

if you spend money as you poop, your Doomed!
#mahroo on Nov 03, 2013 :
I've been planning to move abroad persue my education getting my master in art ,especially photography ,Singapore is one of my choice i can't work there since i can get student visa ,i have to pay on education beside living costs ,can i survive there by pocket money of 1500$ a month ?
#Kashifali on Oct 28, 2013 :
I am software developer getting an offer of S$ 5000 per month, But i need to arrange food and shelter, etc. I have with me, spouse and infant(less than year)
Can anybody help me what is BASIC cost of living in Singapore.

I am neither smoker, nor alcoholic, I go not in Clubs/Pubs/Nightclubs.

1. Room rent (1 room,1 bathroom,1 kitchen) :- ____ S$
2. Room utilities :- ____ S$
3. Food for family(all 3 meals + 2 times dine-out per month) :- ___ S$
4. Monthly Travel :- ___ S$
5. Gym :- _____ S$
6. day-to-day miscellaneous purchasing :- ___ S$
7. Income tax :- _____ S$
8. Total Expense :- ____ S$

Please share experience and let me know whether i can lead good life with great SAVINGS or not.

#CJ Ho on Oct 26, 2013 :
Wow, I sure see a lot of questions regarding the cost of living in Singapore. Well, if you are good with money management and earn >$3k per month, it definitely is more than enough for you.

I even see questions like if $6k is enough. $6K is much more than enough. Any average Singaporean would wish to see that salary on their paycheck.

My mum and I has an average monthly household income of about $1.6k per capita (just the two of us living)and we are pulling through with spare cash to afford some expensive stuff now and then.

Of course, we don't go for branded goods and that is important on helping us keep our money in check.
#phil on Oct 15, 2013 :
I make 6k usd/mo and my wife will be working as a nurse in singapore... we dont have kids yet. Are we going to have a comfortable life with my pay alone?
##newbii on Oct 07, 2013 :
hey, what shall be cost of living, for 3 months in SIngapore. I have to be there for June-July 2014 at NTU for summer internship on self finance basis
#padmanabhan r on Oct 07, 2013 :
my name is padmmanabhan i would like to now the cost of living .. may salary will be 30k per month with accomodation no food .. is feasible to work in singapore pls any body let me now any one
#manish on Oct 01, 2013 :
How much money is required to spend a good life in Singapore with very good savings?
#Pragya on Oct 01, 2013 :
I found this calculator useful.
#shubham on Sep 20, 2013 :
i want to start my small type business like taxi driving or vegetable shop or grain shop or tea and cold drink shop
wt is the good for me
pls reply

#jeyanthi on Sep 16, 2013 :
Hi, My husband is working in muscat we all are in muscat. Country is very good but we need a more salary. He is a System Administer 17 years experience. how we get the job there. My daughter is in K.G.I. Schools how we get admission. pls tell advice for me.

#Mishka on Sep 12, 2013 :
I want to move to Singapore for higher salary and better lifestyle as I belong to India. I have some queries.

What is considered as a good starting salary in Singapore ?

Is event management a good career option in singapore ?

After how many years can I get the citizenship of Singapore ?

Is it possible to have a side business with a job there ?
#Anonymous on Sep 09, 2013 :
Hi i want to know in 1200 singapore doller sallery of one month i can survive easly and can i save 800 $
#anit on Sep 05, 2013 :
I have an offer to work in hotel for 1700 singapore dollar par month. Should i join there plz suggest. fooding lodging is given by company
#Gopal Raj on Sep 05, 2013 :
Hello, I have job Singapore offer $10,000 for me being hotel manager fancy hotel in the Orchard road. Is I come or not for good life with family ?
#Anonymous on Sep 04, 2013 :
Singapore don't need the extra rapist from india to come here to work their magic, we hereby declare that foreign garbage are no longer welcome here.

All true blood singaporeans.
#Kalpana on Sep 01, 2013 :
Hi, My husband is working in leading automobile company for the past 7.5 years and he is Manager now. Can anyone help us in getting job in abroad? Pls I will be very grateful if I get help from u. He is Production Manager in Engine Assembly department. Pls mail to
#Nabeel on Aug 31, 2013 :
i want to come in singapore for working.
any one tell me whats the procedure for getting working visa
#Rupa on Aug 30, 2013 :
Hi my husband is working in singapore from past 20 days n he earn 3500SGD...i wantd to shift thr in 3 or 4 months is it managable fr him to make a seperate shelter fr both of us...even i am a graduate n i have a idea of earning over thr...pls suggest me whethr its managable fr both of us lead life in singapore...and wat is cheast rent house we may get in singapore?...
#arsh deep singh on Aug 29, 2013 :
i am come to singapore in study visa so plz tell me what's price of apartments and how much eat to veg food becoz i am veg , veg is low prices and easy to buy it .
#rohit on Aug 17, 2013 :
hi i must say i wanna go in singapore as a student so if i work there 1 hour how many dollars i can get it
#Christopher on Aug 14, 2013 :
Cost of living in Singapore is extremely high. Housing and cars here are probably the most expensive items as compared to countries all over the world. Average single Singaporean probably have to earn at least $4000 to live comfortably. And most Singaporean would probably need a main job and some sideline in order to earn enough. Can email me at for further enquiries.
#Dharmendra Kumar on Aug 11, 2013 :
Hi All,

I am looking for job in Singapore and done B.Tech/CCNP. I am working as Network Engineer having 5yrs in IT Industry. I dnt know about cost of living there. One for consultancy is providing Job offer in Singapre with SGD4000/month salary whether its reasonable or not for staying there. I also eager to know which Employment pass is suitable for B.Tech professional(with 5 yrs Exp). I am preparing for CCIE Security and want to join there Classes for that along with Job. Whats there institute fee for CCIE Security Written & LAB. What should be atleast salary for Network Professional with 5 yrs Exp. Could anyone let me know these all issue so I can think about my budget to plan to move Singapore? In how much SGD, I can survive monthly and save in my account?
#Siva Rose on Aug 07, 2013 :
Can any one tell me what are the opportunity are there for a good electrical commissioning/technical engineers to get job in singapore.I am presently working in saudi with good salary...but after marriage i cannot stay here for long time because of family-bondage..can any one help me as a good kind humanities..
#Naveen Ranka on Jul 30, 2013 :
I am Naveen I have an offer for a job in Singapore for Accounts they are offering me 2500 singapore dollar. I am single. I am belonging from India. Please suggest is this the right offer for me. I can manage food & rent in this salary.
Please reply
#PG on Jul 18, 2013 :
Singapore maybe a place to work in finance or building trade , not elsewhere . As a career path , Singapore is a deadend . The country is good for rich foreigners doing tax evasion etc but to live and work day to day its no good , the government only being interested in GDP at all costs
#manish on Jul 16, 2013 :

I hv been offered a salary of SGD 12000pm all inclusive. I hv to shift with my family having 2 kids of 8 and 10. Could anyone pls adv if its sufficient to cover all the costs to stay decently. I hv to take medical and other insurance policies prior coming. So the premium adds up to the living cost.

#PG on Jul 13, 2013 :
Singapore is , overrated , overpopulated , noisy , polluted , a good place for tax evasion .
The Singapore of old is fast disappearing , along with its culture and population , and is becoming just another Asian city .
#Jeane on Jul 11, 2013 :
If you are coming to live in Singapore, you must at least have a monthly salary of sgd 4000 if you are single. If you have a family sgd7-8000 at least.
#Amit on Jul 11, 2013 :
For a small family: [Husband+Wife+Kid (less then 1 yr)]

Flat (2 BHK-HDB) = 2200
PUB = 150-250
Food = 600-700 (home cook food mainly + couple of times out as well)
Travel = 200
Other = 300 [movie+weekend outing]
Total: 2200+250+700+200+300 = S$3650 per month [Not included medical expenses]
#Krishna on Jul 11, 2013 :
Hi I my husband and kid of 3year my husband got offer for job but how much salary is enough for us after education food rent and some saving
#salah larguet on Jul 04, 2013 :
hey im from algeria 22 yrs old . i want to move to singapore to live with my girlfriend there . what do you think can i have easely a job and what kind s of job s i will find with no diploma or any experience ? thank you
#PRABHAT KUMAR on Jun 28, 2013 :
I have an offer for work in singapore. Organization "KBR" is offering 1200 singapore dollers per month,with fooding & loagging. So,wht u think this is correct for me?
And one thing more that,the KBR construction is -good or not and why?
Please reply me its urgent
#Tanishka on Jun 18, 2013 :
Im getting accomodation / travelling from company . So how much i need to line in singapore
#Avdhesh on Jun 18, 2013 :
Dear All,

If you not getting food accomodation & transport by company than 10k SD is also not sufficient to survive in singapore and now a days local people complain govt to remove forienger due to job cuts and expacts are more than the population of Singapore

We care full before proceeding for job in Singapore
#Singh on Jun 15, 2013 :
V are an indian family of 3 includin a kid of 2 years residin in dubai presently but plannin of relocation to singapore. After viewing all comments n facts online v feel tht probably 10-12 k sgd per month should b ideal n mayb save 2-3 k per month after all expnses. Pls advise
#Mrs. Kharwadkar on Jun 12, 2013 :
We are family of 2 with small kid of 2 yr. if we both will get job in singapore with a total salary of 11k per month. our monthly expenditure will include minimum mandatory expenses then how much can we save per month?
#Carl on Jun 08, 2013 :
Please don't come to Singapore. Enough of foreigners.
#Veena winzer on Jun 07, 2013 :
Hi Am Veena currently am working in scope international (standard chartered bank) I have 2 1/2 years experience currently am looking for job in Singapore. Please let me know if there s any vacancies in banking anf finance or admin domain. Please please let. Me know if there is any vacancies.
#Gaurav on Jun 06, 2013 :
I have a job offer in singapore.They offered me 3000 SGD per month.I am bachelor
.Can you explain how much money can i save ?
#RK on Jun 04, 2013 :
I am a software engineer. With my family. I have offer singapore based company contractual work for 6 months is it good joing that compnay contractual basis???
I have offer 4700 Sing Dollar per month can you pleas help me to know is it correct salary structure to stay in singapore??
Thanks you...:)
#John A. on May 29, 2013 :
I've seen people metion a 15% income tax rate for expats. But isn't there a more advantageous rate for residents (staying for more than 6 months)?
#Anonymous on May 27, 2013 :
Hi, I am Lakshmanan. i am working as a embedded software engine in one of the famous consumer electronics concern. I am willing to work in singapore. can u please any of the one please suggset how can i get the job from singapore? I already uploaded my resume to some of the job website. But till now i didnt receive any acknowlegement from them.
#Oculus on May 23, 2013 :
Move to singapore with $2500 with your family and single income? No way.
Rent will take a big chunk of your pay.
#Joseph on May 15, 2013 :
Can i move in with my family into Singapore with work of 2500SGD. What about My Kids Education
#srinivas on May 06, 2013 :
I have an offer to work in singapore with S$7000 salary. I have to survive with wife and two school going kids. Will I be able to save any? with eat out once in a month and rest home cooking, use public transport and the most worrying thing the rent.( i want to stay in 2bhk but not in the city centre)..

#Do business Expatriate on Apr 30, 2013 :
Dear All,

I am 48 years of age, work in Singapore, US, Australia, Middle East, SE Asia for over 25 years. But Singapore as a based. make lots of comparison but Singapore still the best place.

All people will survive as long as you got the jobs and spent every penny wisely. My salary is very comfortable, due to my jobs, I got salaries in all the countries I mentioned, I paid more income tax in western countries. There in no income tax in Middle East, and income tax in Australia is 45% for people who make more than AUD 250k/annum. For foreigners, regardless your income (in Australia), you will have to pay as high as 30 % flat and if you make more than 80K, you will need to pay more.

After I stayed in the above countries, after making the comparison, Singapore still the best place to live. To live in Singapore, you will have to be penny alert. Must know how to use the resources surroundings.

My security men, Singaporean earn S$1500 a month, he has 3 children. Now all grown up, live in very tough way but they still survived and three children are all graduates.

Really, all depend on how you use the limited resources in your hand. In Australia and US the Government look for higher taxes, (already more than 40% income taxes) because US already go broke due to Afganistan and Iraq war, Australia is struggling. Australia imposed 40% mining tax, 40% carban tax and the Government need more taxes to balance the budget else no monies.

The oil and gas/mining workers' salary is commonly AUD 180K/annum. The employer must provide them food, fly-in-fly out air ticket, accomodation, work transporatation and other benefits. Now, some big companies realized that to run business in Australia is high and will lose monies. Company start to stop oil and gas project. Now, even though you have resources (oil andf gas - most profitable sector) and companies can't operate to manage and what is the use?

After more than 25 years of working experience in western countries and different part of the world including Singapore, I would think that Singapore still is a very best place to live and work. This is my personnel experience and others may have different view.

In Singapore, if your salary is S$50k a year, probably you pay ONE THOUSAND income tax a year but in Australia and US you will need to pay 20K if you are foreigners with $50k of income per annum. Australia and many western countries, social welfare is very good but cannot sustain long, will run broke.

I have know one expat from Malaysia, oil and gas Engineer, his salary is about AUD 50K/annum, he hold work permit, he has to pay about 32% flat of his income to Government.

In most of the Asian countries, situation still good include Singapore. My subordinate are many Singaporean, they can't adapt to the western system and they remigrate back to Singapore. Many save face and did not tell anything. Actually Singapore is much better compare to western countries.

#Anonymous on Apr 30, 2013 :
Dear All,

In Singapore, even though the cost of living index is high but there are still many thing you can get cheaper like in your country. Besides the room and house rectal is expensive other things are still acceptable.

You can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner in the hawker centre for S$3.00 a meal (most of the meal). The hawker centres in Singapore are well managed by the Government.

Besides the room rental (for normal HDB room rental is ranged 500 - 750 per month for two person and depend on which housing estate you stay and how you negotiate with the HDB flat owner)

In Singapore, there are many Singaporean make S$2000 a month and they survived basically. Of course many complaint. For Singaporean, there are so many complaint Kings and Queens.

Another words, spend wisely, if you have S$10, spend $S3. For men, keep your six nerve clean, else your monies will be drained to the waste treatment plant.

Singapore is a nice place and compare to other advance countries Singapore is much better. Many western countries has very high income tax and these advance countries owe too much to IMF and world Bank. Read thru internet Most of the advance countries owe trillions and trilions.

Good luck EVERYONE
#Rohit on Apr 14, 2013 :

I got offer to work in singapore, currently I am in delhi, India. I will be getting $ 2600 Singapore dollar. Now can anybody tell me that is this eough money to survive in the sngapore. Also tell me the approximate money I have to spend on monthly basis. Can I be able to save the money after all my expenses.
#Twinkle on Apr 12, 2013 :
Hi all..I am an civil engineer with more than 10yrs of experiences, planning to move to Singapore in next couple of months with one kid and wife...What should be the average income which will help us living the life comfortably with saving and child education.
#Raghu on Apr 11, 2013 :
@ Preethi/Suresh/Jae: can anyone plz let me know the cost of living in singapore including rent,home or outside food,public transport,internet,mobile & other Email id:
Your kind response regarding this is much appreciated. Thank you...
#preethi on Jan 16, 2013 :
I am instrumentation engineer with 15 yrs of experience coming to singapore . what is cost of living in singapur for a family of school going child and two dependants. we are not looking for city residance and luxary car. but good public transport and near by good school will be suitable location for us.please guide.
#Suresh on Jan 15, 2013 :
I got offer in private concern for 1800$. Company will take care of house accommodation only. So, My question is 1800$ really help to me. I dont want to survive as rich like having car and purchase costly items. My expenses would be in food, phone and internet, bus transport and weekly movies. Can I save 1400$ per month? Can I survive comfortably with this salary?
#Suresh on Jan 15, 2013 :
I got offer in private concern for 1800$. Company will take care of house accommodation only. So, My question is 1800$ really help to me. I dont want to survive as rich like having car and purchase costly items. My expenses would be in food, phone and internet, bus transport and weekly movies. Can I save 60,000 INR per month? Can I survive comfortably with this salary?
#Jae on Jan 04, 2013 :
Rajkumar: only $3000? Surely you can't feed your family well. Your rental is gonna kill more than half your salary. Don't believe? Just accept the job and try living with this amount. I'm just being honest with you. No offence. As a foreigner, I believe you do not know much about Singapore. You only know this city from the outside.
#Jae on Jan 04, 2013 :
Living in Singapore is very tough. Prices are high, yet salary level is lower than other cities similar to Singapore's standard. The quality of living is afterall lower than many cities. Singapore only looks good if compares to cities in developing countries like India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam or Indonesia. But if you really compare to more developed countries in the region like South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and Taiwan, Singapore ranks lower. And remember, it looks good only to mainly foreigners because foreigners do not understand Singapore enough and do not get a clear picture of how Singaporeans struggle to make ends meet with monthly salaries after tax deduction and social security (known as CPF in Singapore) deduction. It left with lesser disposable income. Can you imagine life without cars for young families with babies or young children? Public transportation is only self-claimed to be world class but in fact it's not that efficient at some point (though it's not terrible). Certain places you stay or work do need cars instead of public transportation. Not all places in Singapore are as convenient as what some foreigners believe it to be from listening to others or from reading in articles. Cars are extremely expensive and housing prices are shooting up every year, leaving many middle class people feeling hard. It's a stressful and harder place to live as compared to the 80s and 90s. Medical services are expensive. There is a joke in Singapore - You can die but you can't get sick. It means that you can afford to die asap without spending much but you can't afford to be sick because you'll end up getting hospitalized and pay for treatments, which will cost you bombs, even your medisave from social security is not enough to cover. It can be unbearable if you live too term in Singapore if you don't get a comfortable income AT LEAST. If you're a single, young man/woman, you'll still survive well. But if you have family with children, it can be tough.
#Rajkumar on Jan 03, 2013 :
I have an offer to work in singapore with ctc 3000 S$.I have a baby 2 1/2 years old and my wife with it enough to run family.
Can anyone suggest how much salary, would be sufficient to live in singapore.
Will it be possible?
#Kalaivani on Dec 09, 2012 :
Singapore is overpopulated.
#Joe on Dec 05, 2012 :
@harry What currency is that in??
#Aak on Nov 26, 2012 :
Please some one can help!
I just want to know, employment offer from companies in Singapore offer medical benefit to famitly members? DO they provide annual air fare fro the employee/family members similar to middle east
#Mahsa on Nov 20, 2012 :
Family of 2 need at lease SGD4000 to stay in Singapore , $2500 should be paid for small 2 bed apartment.
#smitha on Nov 10, 2012 :
my hubby is offered job with sal of 65 SGD perhr. we have one international gng school daughter and one about to join school..the rent and the school fees is exhorbitant.. do u thinl 15000 sgd is gd sal to move to singapore.
#Lois Tan on Nov 07, 2012 :
Oh I forgot. Singaporeans generally use subway for travelling around. Cars are too expensive and not really needed because with subway, you can pretty much get around the island. And come on, SIngapore is really small. If you take the subway from one end to the other, its about 30 stops which takes about 1 hour.
#Lois Tan on Nov 07, 2012 :
Singaporean here :)
All prices quote in sgd:
Rent is ex in singapore. Heard from friends its $800 for one room and maybe around $2400 for a whole public housing apartment. Singapore's public housing is pretty not bad, just do not have private swimming pools and gym and secuirty guard. but then again, Singapore is pretty safe and you can always find a public housing near public swimming or gym facilites. Singapore's rent is ex because land is scarce and most Singapore own their own public house, hence rental is almost 100% for foreigners.
And of course, if you are not going for public housing, condominiums are definitely very high priced.

I find the pricing in the "Restaurant" portion legit, but then again, Singapore don't eat in restraurants on a daily basis. You can get food with wide variety in hawker centres or coffeeshops like the rest of us. Avg cost is $3-6 per meal.

As for the "Market" its true as well. But then again, its very western-oriented diet ( e.g. SEA don't produce cheese) It didn't mention how cheap our local vegatables and spices are. And its probably a supermarket pricing. You can always go to the local wet market for better bargains

Our taxis are ex :( Hate it..

I think Levis jeans is not a good benchmark. I heard that in USA, one levis jeans cost $20. Again, this is the problem of high importing prices. Jeans as cheap as $30 is available from local brands, and is good enough quality and design. The prices are true, but there are always cheaper local alternative, sometimes better in design and quality.
#harry on Oct 27, 2012 :
if you are an expat , your salary should be in the region of 10k a month to

live comfortably

rent for a two bed room apartment is 3500/ month
utility like water and electricity in the region of 400 per month
if you are living off public transport, it is about 300 per month
if you own a car it will cost you at least 2k a month, this comprise
of road tax of 200, electronic road pricing 150, insurance of 100, monthly
instalment of 1500 for a medium 1.6 litre engine car

tax is around 15 percent which would work out to be 1500 if you are getting 10k

eat out 400 per month

let us see how much in total 7800

if you are getting anything less than 6k, you are living on a shoestring budget
#Pavan on Oct 27, 2012 :

I have been offered a package of 4200 SGD to work..I got married and is it possible to manage in singapore to lead the life comfortably.

Thanks in advance!!!

#larry on Sep 23, 2012 :
Thank you this has been very useful for first time travel to Singapore
#Nitin Salwan on Sep 17, 2012 :
I have been offered S$2500/PM and i have been informed that i will be able to manage my living expenses in S$500, is that correct

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