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Old 19-12-2011, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
Thanks for the info. I'll be sure not to sell myself short when the time comes. What level of salary would an expat family of 2+2 need for a very comfortable life in Singapore ?
Depends on how comfortable, and how much savings u need, and whether housing and schooling is covered by your expat package.

The key costs are:
- housing : approx $70k pa. $5.5k (for mid tier expat) to $25k (for orchard living) per month
- international schools : $30k per kid per annum
- maid : $12k to 15k per annum (including food for maid, and misc)
- car : $25k per annum (for mid tier car, including petrol. Insurance, rd tax, parking etc)
- taxes : can assume 10 to 15% in aggregate
- living expenses : $25k pa. 2k per month for the family if you aren't extravagant

So as u can see, just basic expenses for a mid tier expat putting kids thru international school are approx $190k pa, excluding taxes. If u dun mind living in hdb, no car, no maid, cheaper schools, u can get by on more local terms.

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