China: IT Salary Benchmark 2010

Respondents with systems development duties in government, education and healthcare sector were highest paid in China, pulling in average salary of 300,000 yuan a year.

ZDNet Asia conducted an online survey between October 2009 and November 2010, to gain insights into salary trends and the IT workforce in Asia.

The study polled a total of 14,998 respondents from various sectors including government, healthcare, IT, services, telecommunications, legal and finance, and across eight Asian economies: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

There were 389 respondents from China, holding full-time positions with job functions that cut across several areas such as systems development, project management and support.

In addition, six respondents from the economy were either contract or independent consultants, while another four held part-time positions, working fewer than 28 hours a week.

Respondents who performed systems development duties in the government, education and healthcare sector were the highest paid among their peers in China, pulling in an average salary of 300,000 yuan a year.

In the following charts, RMB denotes the Chinese yuan.

Average annual salary by IT skills and years of experience (RMB)

IT Skills
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
Application Development
75,921
156,447
245,994
Web Development
92,667
140,652
-
Servers/Networking
77,757
128,304
204,036
Enterprise Applications
71,677
146,825
226,060
Operating Systems
98,757
132,706
205,800
Desktops/Software
84,682
137,483
209,948
IT Outsourcing
67,623
156,371
-
Database Management
88,654
136,195
239,948
Systems Administration
72,893
139,504
218,415
IT Security
-
-
221,761
Infrastructure Management
-
130,267
228,643
Consulting/Business Services
96,686
-
259,989

Average annual salary by job function and years of experience (RMB)

Job Function
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
IT Management
77,273
152,426
255,511
Project Management
80,938
172,457
230,062
Systems Development
79,740
155,051
201,682
Communications
87,929
93,143
280,000
Support
110,804
104,643
98,750
Administration
88,944
118,926
300,000
Other IT Professionals
46,360
112,000
-
Overall
80,778
143,929
233,471

Average annual salary of top 10 most popular IT skills (RMB)

Rank
% of Respondents
IT Skills
Average Annual Salary
#1
51.5
Application Development
142,501
#2
34.2
Operating Systems
137,780
#3
33.4
Enterprise Applications
147,208
#4
33.4
Servers/Networking
124,620
#5
31.3
System Administration
141,112
#6
31.3
Desktops/Software
135,919
#7
24.8
IT Outsourcing
142,002
#8
24.5
Database Management
148,835
#9
24.5
Web Development
139,185
#10
22.9
IT Security
140,415

Average annual salary by job function and industry (RMB)

Years of Experience
IT, Web & Telecom
Government,
Education & Health
Legal & Finance
Media,
Marketing & Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing,
Services & Others (non-IT)
Overall
IT Management
180,350
210,114
277,300
141,333
152,667
180,783
Project Management
166,932
156,667
193,333
167,500
136,700
164,358
Systems Development
110,322
300,000
-
220,000
28,500
112,698
Communications
143,667
53,500
-
100,000
54,000
114,219
Support
100,897
140,333
97,000
-
106,545
106,466
Administration
114,306
55,667
190,000
168,000
65,400
107,358
Other IT Professionals
82,538
35,000
-
48,057
-
67,245
Overall
129,864
142,200
203,086
117,120
110,413
130,305

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