Hong Kong: IT Salary Benchmark 2010

Respondents with IT-related responsibilities in legal and finance sector were highest paid, pulling in average annual salary of HK$1 million.

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 543 respondents from Hong Kong, holding full-time positions with job functions that cut across several areas such as systems development, project management and support.

In addition, 39 respondents from the economy were either contract or independent consultants, while another three held part-time positions, working fewer than 28 hours a week.

Respondents who had various IT-related responsibilities in the legal and finance sector were the highest paid among their peers in Hong Kong, pulling in an average salary of HK$1 million a year.

In the following charts, HK$ denotes the Hong Kong dollar.

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

IT Skills
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
Application Development
300,388
421,429
677,853
Web Development
259,263
366,235
-
Desktops/Software
345,941
403,692
643,868
Systems Administration
297,761
362,916
608,789
Servers/Networking
286,678
378,084
630,361
Operating Systems
258,386
381,873
613,325
Database Management
343,000
-
-
Web Services
298,341
-
-
Enterprise Applications
345,680
403,370
707,668
Consulting/Business Services
338,674
429,236
715,665
IT Security
-
407,138
692,358
Infrastructure Management
-
401,329
703,127
IT Outsourcing
-
-
723,776

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

Job Function
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
IT Management
406,000
518,262
799,919
Project Management
340,188
441,520
631,692
Systems Development
282,565
385,316
445,547
Communications
213,872
405,000
500,667
Support
328,733
336,952
320,333
Administration
433,001
459,291
480,441
Other IT Professionals
271,000
388,429
691,182
Overall
321,191
423,166
659,147

Average annual salary of Top 10 most popular IT skills (HK$)

Rank
% of Respondents
IT Skills
Average Annual Salary
#1
55.8
Application Development
516,909
#2
41.5
System Administration
463,309
#3
39.2
Servers/Networking
480,780
#4
37.3
Desktops/Software
512,420
#5
36.5
Operating Systems
469,656
#6
33.9
Enterprise Applications
557,698
#7
33.3
IT Security
553,023
#8
32.7
Infrastructure Management
557,830
#9
32.7
Web Development
467,380
#10
31.9
Consulting/Business Services
567,261

Average annual salary by job function and industry (HK$)

Job Function
INDUSTRY
IT, Web & Telecom
Government, Education
& Health
Legal & Finance
Media, Marketing
& Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing, Services
& Others (non-IT)
Overall
IT Management
741,424
629,147
786,103
693,750
701,167
721,545
Project Management
514,383
481,221
625,615
362,000
565,000
520,490
Systems Development
316,541
347,339
575,873
219,867
284,338
356,659
Communications
402,273
201,340
598,600
320,000
280,000
389,734
Support
318,588
289,917
380,417
412,800
308,000
330,889
Administration
502,650
308,000
509,350
264,167
378,222
458,365
Other IT Professionals
474,550
370,000
1,000,000
560,000
349,500
480,385
Overall
477,866
437,047
624,727
450,289
484,321
496,003

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