IT salary benchmarks in Asia

Find out who are the highest paid IT professionals in Asia and how much they earn per annum.

Are IT professionals in Asia paid their worth?

ZDNet Asia conducted a survey on the Internet between Aug. 25 and Nov. 6, 2006, to gain insights into Asia's IT workforce and salary trends. The survey drew 5,090 respondents from industry sectors such as government, healthcare, IT, services, telecommunications, legal and finance, across seven Asian countries: Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Among the findings: IT management skills are much-sought-after and command the highest renumeration, while the best-paying IT jobs are in Hong Kong, followed by Singapore.

Click on the country names in the map below for a country-specific salary analysis.

SingaporeMalaysiaIndonesiaPhilippinesHongKongThailandIndia

Average Annual Salary by Industry (U.S. Dollar)

Country Industry
IT, Web & Telecom (ITWT) Government, Education and Health (GEH) Legal and Finance (LF) Media, Marketing & Sales (non-IT) (MMS) Mfg, Services and Others (non-IT) (MSO)
Hong Kong
42,422 58,368 66,352 51,841 42,871
India
15,259 9,003 11,647 14,681 10,245
Indonesia
10,959 9,479 11,581 11,440 12,008
Malaysia 16,099 21,299 16,002 19,156 16,324
Philippines
10,899 9,125 13,455 8,062 10,300
Singapore 39,782 43,206 49,782 38,999 41,264
Thailand
29,724 28,816 36,124 15,637 18,853


Average Annual Salary by Years of Experience (U.S. Dollar)

Country Years of Experience
Less than 5 Years 5-10 Years More than 10 Years
Hong Kong
26,499 40,830 80,005
India
7,910 16,822 32,310
Indonesia
5,619 11,109 20,030
Malaysia 9,983 17,261 25,615
Philippines
6,500 9,836 19,879
Singapore 25,282 40,465 64,289
Thailand
9,553 21,702 42,745


Average Annual Salary by Job Function (U.S. Dollar)

Country Job Function
IT Management Project Development Systems Development Other IT Professionals
Hong Kong
96,754 47,357 40,971 38,680
India
28,557 18,808 11,953 9,629
Indonesia
16,060 13,768 6,897 8,482
Malaysia 25,162 18,286 13,967 13,676
Philippines
19,524 12,165 8,448 8,761
Singapore 61,167 48,056 32,902 33,330
Thailand
38,721 34,516 15,450 19,906

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