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What you’ll really get paid at Amazon in Singapore

Think jobs at Amazon in Singapore, think jobs at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Despite Covid-19, there are 189 Singapore-based AWS jobs on offer right now – that’s about 75% of Amazon’s local vacancies.

Singapore was AWS’s first Asian office when it opened in 2010, and Amazon continues to use the city state as a hub for the expansion of its cloud platform, which is battling with Alibaba Cloud for regional domination. As we’ve been reporting, cloud skills remain in high demand in 2020, at both cloud platforms and banks.

The good news, if you’re contemplating leaving the finance sector for a tech company, is that Amazon’s AWS arm already has a track record of hiring tech professionals who previously worked for banks. Dipen Mehta, AWS’s head of digital innovation and prototyping, was head of digital transformation and fintech strategy at Standard Chartered until 2017, for example.

But ambitious hiring plans and cutting-edge jobs don’t necessarily give Amazon a huge advantage in a job market as fiercely competitive as Singapore’s. Google and Facebook have also established large local operations (and are hiring cloud professionals), while banks such as DBS, Citi and JP Morgan have prioritised technology recruitment. Candidates for Amazon jobs in Singapore will therefore want to know whether their salaries reflect this buoyant labour market.

To give you a rough idea of how much you’re likely to earn as an AWS employee at Amazon in Singapore, we examined the firm’s salary and bonus data on Glassdoor across five broad job functions that the website had sufficient data for. For consistency, we excluded low-range compensation for all these AWS job sectors – so the figures (which are approximate rather than definitive) are for mid-level staff (people with at least five years’ experience).

Amazon did not respond to a request to comment on its Singapore compensation.

How much are average salaries at Amazon in Singapore?

AWS business development managers (BDMs) are among the better-paid staff at Amazon in Singapore – mid-level annual salaries are approximately S$200k, according to the self-reported Glassdoor figures. Amazon’s BDMs have various specialisms – from blockchain to cloud economics – but they generally focus on developing and deploying long-term marketing and sales strategies, according to the company’s careers site. Amazon often prefers to hire MBA grads into these jobs.

Mid-career AWS solutions architects at Amazon in Singapore can potentially earn S$177k base salaries, the approximate Glassdoor data suggests. Along with technical cloud architecture skills, this job involves plenty of interaction with clients. Architect vacancies on Amazon’s careers site typically call for candidates with “C-level customer facing skills” who enjoy making presentations and can “think strategically” about customers’ business and product-related challenges.

As an AWS technical program manager at Amazon in Singapore, you’ll earn about S$172k (in a middle-ranking role) and you’ll typically find yourself leading cross-functional teams to drive the implementation of new projects and to ensure that they run on budget and on schedule. Amazon’s jobs site suggests that the ideal candidates for these roles are people who have made a career change into program management, having previously worked in fields such as architecture, design, mechanical or electrical engineering, software or hardware engineering, or data-centre operations.

Meanwhile, if you want to join Amazon in Singapore as an AWS sales manager, you should expect to be paid in the region of S$166k a year, according to Glassdoor. Marketing managers at AWS take home about S$120k.

Average (mid-level) annual salaries at Amazon in Singapore

Image credit: Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

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