How Much Do Nurses Make? (With Factors That Affect Their Pay)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 2 November 2022

Published 4 October 2021

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If you're considering becoming a nurse, you may be interested in knowing how much nurses make in Singapore. In this article, we discuss the national average salary of nurses, explain factors that affect this and provide you with a few ways to boost your nursing income.

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How much do nurses make?

A registered nurse in Singapore makes an average base salary of $46,814 per year, whilst clinical research nurses make an average base salary of $41,643 per year. Enrolled nurses make an average base salary of $39,709 per year.

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What kind of nurses get paid the most?

Nurses in managerial or administrative positions get paid more as they have extensive industry experience, advanced educational qualifications as well as leadership and managerial skills. For example, a nurse director earns an average base salary of $103,316 per year whilst chief nursing officers earn an average base salary of $188,605 per year. Meanwhile, senior nurse managers earn an average base salary of $99,669 per year.

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Factors that determine how much nurses make

Here are some factors that affect the earnings of nurses:

Educational qualifications

The Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) recognises two types of nurses: registered and enrolled nurses.

To become a registered nurse, one needs at least a diploma in nursing or health sciences to qualify for employment. Enrolled nurses, however, only require a NITEC (National ITE Certificate) in nursing from the Institute of Technical Education. Therefore, registered nurses are paid a higher salary than enrolled ones.

Post-registration education

Even after becoming registered as a nurse, one can continue seeking further education in the form of specialist diplomas or degrees in order to command higher pay.


Nurses who specialise in a specific field are paid more than those who don't. Registered nurse anaesthetists, for example, are one of the highest-paid in the nursing industry. Clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners also earn higher salaries.

Years of experience

Nurses with more years of experience under their belt may qualify for leadership and managerial roles, which come with a higher pay cheque.

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Do nurses in the private sector earn higher salaries?

Nurses in the private sector generally make a little more than those in the public sector, though this is not a hard-and-fast rule. The type of service the nurse offers and the size of the establishment they work for greatly affects the salary they can command.

Do nurses earn a fixed salary or hourly pay?

Entry-level nurses (such as staff nurses, enrolled nurses and registered nurses) are paid hourly wages, but more senior nurses may be paid a fixed salary instead.

Salaried nurses have a fixed base pay regardless of how many hours they work, and are also eligible for annual bonuses.

What type of benefits are nurses eligible for?

Here are some of the benefits that nurses may be eligible for:

Annual wage supplement (AWS)

The AWS is also called the Nurse Special Payment (NSP) in the healthcare industry. Most nurses who work in the public healthcare sector qualify for this payment.

Performance bonuses

All nurses are eligible for performance bonuses whether they work in the public or private sector. These bonuses are often tied to performance-based metrics, such as punctuality or exceptional reviews from patients and/or colleagues.

Shift bonuses

Nurses who are paid hourly wages are eligible for shift bonuses. These are usually offered to those who work rotating and night shifts, or who were activated while on call.

Overtime pay

Nurses who are paid hourly wages are also eligible for overtime pay.

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Do nurses get a hazard allowance?

Nurses in the public sector don't receive hazard allowances, but nurses in some private establishments may be offered one if their work involves contagious diseases.

What can you do to increase your income as a nurse?

The best way to increase your pay cheque is to upgrade your skills, so choose a specialisation and invest in further education.

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