Upshot: I feel the dev (coding) experience in West Coast would be even less relevant in Singapore.
Financial domain tech skills are considered niche. West coast is even more so.
A realistic scenario — what if I specialize in php or big data? Extremely rare tech roles to match the US salary. I think the 2016 Zaobao article interviewed some of these techies.
The type of tech skill considered in-demand and “upstream” in the US (c++, quant dev, core java not non-J2EE..) is probably too niche in the Singapore context…
In terms of technical expertise (not management expertise) I think SG needs system integration “specialists” (I consider them generalists) in large government projects.