The number one question that Singaporeans ask when deciding on a career is the salary. So how much income can you expect to make as a piano teacher in SG? Is a Singapore piano teacher salary enough to put food on the table, or is it much more than that?
Let us check it out.
Firstly, there are two types of piano teachers you can become in Singapore. The first of which will be you becoming self employed, and being a private piano teacher in Singapore. In this first scenario, the sky is the limit, as it is only dependent on your ability to get students. If you are going this route, I encourage you to join SG Learn Piano agency to get yourself more Singapore piano teacher jobs – both kids and adult piano lessons. They only charge you a fee if you are successfully referred your student. The second way is you can become a salaried teacher at a local music school such as Yamaha. In such a case, you can roughly expect to make anywhere between $2200 to $3200 per month. Of course, this is before deducting your mandatory CPF contribution and any applicable taxes.
Second of all, how much does an average Singaporean spend? If you are in your 20s and 30s, chances are, you spend around $300 to $600 a month on food, $200 to $300 a month on travelling and perhaps $500 to $600 on other miscellaneous expenses. That is an average expenditure of around $1300 per month. If you have a HDB or an executive condominium, the costs of living can go up till around $2000 per month out of pocket. Therefore, if you make anywhere around $3000, you will be able to live comfortably. This is the case if you were to get a job at a music school. However, if you want to actually have some savings, then you need to make more. You can potentially make around $5000 to even $6000 per month as a private piano teacher instead of being a salaried employee at a music school. This way, you can save around $2500 to $4000 per month.
Third of all, let us explore how you can possibly hit $5000 or $6000 per month as a private piano teacher in Singapore. There is no point if you need to work 7 days a week for 10 hours a day. We must have a good trade off between work and leisure. Since most piano lessons are around $130 per month for beginners till $300 per month for grade 8, that is an average of $210 per student per month. If you take in 25 students, you will be able to make approximately $5000 to $6000. Teaching just 5 students a day for 5 days a week, you will be able to make this income. Do you see the beauty of working for yourself now?
So what do you think? I certainly think that being a private piano teacher is the way to go, and is guaranteed more than enough to put enough food on your table!