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How Singapore fares in startup salaries around the world

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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

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

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

Rank 7: Zurich

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

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

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

Rank 8: Seoul

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

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

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

Rank 9: Hamburg

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

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

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

Rank 10: Toronto

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

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

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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Table / Nestpick

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