Hong Kong: IT Salary Benchmark 2012

Summary:IT management pros in Hong Kong's legal and finance sector rake in the most among their peers, with an annual average salary of more than HK$1.2 million.

ZDNet Asia conducted an online survey between March 2011 and March 2012 to look into the pay packages Asia's IT professionals were receiving and the market trends.

The study polled a total of 945 respondents from various job functions varying from administrators and support to IT management and systems development, and across seven Asian economies: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Hong Kong contributed 40 participants to the survey. Of these, three of them had less than 5 years of working experience in the industry and 11 had between 5 and 10 years, while 26 had more than 10 years' worth of experience.

In terms of pay, those in IT management within the country's legal and finance sector head the top earners list with an average annual salary of more than HK$1.2 million, beating out project management executives in the same sector who earn just over HK$1 million a year.

In the following charts, HKD denotes the Hong Kong dollar.

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

IT skills
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
Desktops/Software
152,000
255,000
612,778
Application Development
160,000
-
713,444
Web Services
144,000
-
-
System Administration
144,000
241,250
725,714
Operating Systems
144,000
241,250
-
Servers/Networking
144000
325,000
-
IT Outsourcing
-
353,000
-
IT Security
-
575,000
-
Enterprise Applications
-
487,500
687,500
Consulting/Business Services
-
425,000
811,667
Infrastructure Management
-
412,500
726,857
Web Development
-
362,500
-
Database Management
-
-
733,889
Operating Systems
-
-
584,667
Storage
-
-
551,333

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

Job Function
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
IT Management
-
325,000
872,800
Project Management
-
418,000
733,714
Systems Development
195,000
400,000
357,000
Communications
-
180,000
650,000
Support
144,000
290,000
1,000,000
Administration
-
-
-
Other IT Professionals
-
-
-
Overall
178,000
325,000
765,875

Average annual salary of Top 10 IT skills (in HKD)

Ranking
% of Respondents
IT Skills
Average Annual Salary
#1
51.9
Desktops/ Software
470,286
#2
44.4
System Administration
515,750
#3
40.7
Application Development
634,636
#4
40.7
Servers/ Networking
557,000
#5
40.7
Operating Systems
419,727
#6
37.0
Database Management
700,500
#7
33.3
Infrastructure Management
657,000
#8
29.6
Consulting/ Business Services
715,000
#9
29.6
Enterprise Applications
637,500
#10
29.6
IT Outsourcing
507,875

Average annual salary by job function and industry (in HKD)

Job Function
IT, Web & Telecom
Government,
Education & Health
Legal & Finance
Media,
Marketing & Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing,
Services & Others (non-IT)
Overall
IT Management
890,000
469,000
1,266,667
-
548,333
823,000
Project Management
596,000
-
1,075,000
400,000
366,667
602,167
Systems Development
-
230,000
-
-
305,667
286,750
Communications
-
-
650,000
 
180,000
415,000
Support
1,000,000
144,000
290,000
-
-
478,000
Administration
600,000
555,000
800,000
-
145,000
466,667
Other IT Professionals
-
-
-
-
-
-
Overall
713,273
403,667
961,250
400,000
344,333
591,842

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Topics: IT Employment, CXO, Hong Kong

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