In the latest Startup Cities Index by Nestpick, Singapore has been named the best city to work in a startup -  thanks to the nation’s high-quality healthcare, safety and vibrant start-up ecosystem.

The city scored 4.79 on the startup ecosystem, which calculated the number of startups in each city, and on the availability of capital and funding. Singapore scored full marks on the scale of one to five for security, and a rating of 4.91 where healthcare is concerned.

The study also calculated the city’s average salaries for management, technology, and marketing positions. For project management, entry-level staff are earning about US$33,968; while experienced professionals are receiving $65,937. In the tech industry, the average income is $38,245 for entry-level staff, and $59,145 for experienced employees. As for marketing roles, the average salary is $43,714 ( entry-level) and $58,768 (experienced).

Even though the city does not offer the best salaries or the most vacation days, Singapore has managed to beat other cities with a more dynamic startup culture such as Helsinki (2nd), San Francisco (3rd), Berlin (4th), and Stockholm (5th).

Nestpick top 10

Following that, here is the list of startup salaries for the top 10 cities:

Rank 6: Tel Aviv

Project Management Entry-level: $27,718 Experienced: $109,903

Tech Entry-level: $48,483 Experienced: $98,620

Marketing Entry-level: $30,930 Experienced: $56,620

Rank 7: Zurich

Project Management Entry-level: $40,045 Experienced: $107,703

Tech Entry-level: $48,580 Experienced: $110,815

Marketing Entry-level: $41,163 Experienced: $81,406

Rank 8: Seoul

Project Management Entry-level: $29,664 Experienced: $53,739

Tech Entry-level: $35,256 Experienced: $59,084

Marketing Entry-level: $25,090 Experienced: $51,743

Rank 9: Hamburg

Project Management Entry-level: $31,403 Experienced: $87,463

Tech Entry-level: $46,067 Experienced: $68,303

Marketing Entry-level: $33,629 Experienced: $64,806

Rank 10: Toronto

Project Management Entry-level: $34,198 Experienced: $92,663

Tech Entry-level: $67,158 Experienced: $69,830

Marketing Entry-level: $35,214 Experienced: $69,893

Scoring cities based on five main factors such as the startup ecosystem, pay, cost of living, quality of life, social security and benefits, the study examined 85 cities worldwide. Nigeria’s Lagos came in the 85th spot with a startup ecosystem score of 1.55.

Ömer Kücükdere, managing director of Nestpick, commented: “Certain cities may offer bigger paychecks, but after considering taxes and living expenses, the return may not be so high. Similarly, professionals should consider quality of life: will vacation days be adequate to visit home? Is healthcare as accessible as you would like it to be?”

“We believe that time taken researching potential employers should not overshadow understanding the best cities in which to work. We hope that our study helps those looking to work in startups identify the cities which may best suit their needs,” he added.

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