India: IT Salary Benchmark 2010

Indian IT professionals with less than five years industry experience earned average annual salary of 343,553 rupee.

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 7,646 respondents from India, holding full-time positions with job functions that cut across several areas such as systems development, project management and support.

In addition, 190 respondents from the economy were either contract or independent consultants, while another 43 held part-time positions, working fewer than 28 hours a week.

Respondents who had IT management responsibilities in the IT, Web and telecom sector were the highest paid among their peers in India, pulling in an average salary of about 1.1 million rupee a year.

In the following charts, INR denotes the Indian rupee.

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

IT Skills
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
Application Development
373,298
815,608
1,181,769
Desktops/Software
285,563
612,216
947,142
Operating Systems
294,227
607,227
972,227
Servers/Networking
282,913
599,485
938,962
Web Development
333,187
764,960
1,154,673
Systems Administration
278,661
526,571
885,893
Database Management
343,204
718,521
1,073,855
Enterprise Applications
398,809
846,389
1,185,099
Consulting/Business Services
-
-
1,185,383
IT Security
306,355
-
-
Infrastructure Management
-
673,578
1,067,116
Web Services
352,724
781,715
-

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

Job Function
Years of experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
IT Management
441,035
917,726
1,216,840
Project Management
433,918
871,926
1,196,222
Systems Development
361,720
726,148
959,066
Communications
275,660
576,898
764,829
Support
225,150
435,117
601,476
Administration
295,268
508,079
695,156
Other IT Professionals
347,579
728,463
946,523
Overall
343,553
728,840
1,095,643

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

Rank
% of Respondents
IT Skills
Average Annual Salary
#1
51.1
Application Development
678,954
#2
31.4
Web Development
615,953
#3
28.5
Operating Systems
546,591
#4
28.3
Desktops/Software
535,067
#5
25.8
Servers/Networking
533,301
#6
23.1
System Administration
486,367
#7
22.6
Enterprise Applications
789,770
#8
22.5
Database Management
614,497
#9
20.1
Web Services
658,308
#10
16.1
Infrastructure Management
685,645

Average annual salary by job function and industry (INR)

Job Function
INDUSTRY
IT, Web & Telecom
Government, Education
& Health
Legal & Finance
Media, Marketing
& Sales (non-IT)
Manufacturing, Services
& Others (non-IT)
Overall
IT Management
1,118,380
667,960
1,073,522
815,333
710,173
1,014,855
Project Management
861,092
719,865
799,853
570,818
674,901
840,971
Systems Development
517,113
421,042
610,898
492,835
486,881
516,889
Communications
484,486
275,308
260,982
243,182
359,726
434,012
Support
354,065
271,385
201,432
396,000
282,986
327,131
Administration
458,609
264,125
474,960
344,548
325,918
425,018
Other IT Professionals
604,622
128,100
524,500
481,111
372,275
579,325
Overall
624,827
426,271
613,123
511,126
470,765
602,348

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