Malaysia: IT Salary Benchmark 2010

IT professionals with application development skills and over 10 years of industry experience enjoyed average pay of 102,291 ringgit 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 1,136 respondents from Malaysia, holding full-time positions with job functions that cut across several areas such as systems development, project management and support.

In addition, 59 respondents from the economy were either contract or independent consultants, while another 11 held part-time positions, working fewer than 28 hours a week.

Respondents who had IT management responsibilities in the IT, Web and telco sector were the highest paid among their peers in Malaysia, pulling in an average salary of 98,627 ringgit a year.

In the following charts, MYR denotes the Malaysian ringgit.

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

IT Skills
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
Application Development
39,157
66,979
102,291
Desktops/Software
36,582
57,185
90,285
Operating Systems
37,377
57,497
92,849
Servers/Networking
36,726
58,797
92,891
Web Development
35,151
63,213
-
Systems Administration
38,666
58,387
90,455
Database Management
37,810
59,198
96,226
IT Security
35,435
63,619
88,271
Enterprise Applications
-
66,755
100,710
IT Outsourcing
41,367
-
-
Consulting/Business Services
-
65,741
106,728
Infrastructure Management
-
-
98,734
Storage
35,573
-
-

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

Job Function
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
IT Management
31,072
71,866
105,789
Project Management
46,308
73,544
98,496
Systems Development
38,492
65,355
75,772
Communications
35,365
58,968
71,422
Support
30,732
39,770
56,856
Administration
42,403
56,237
75,922
Other IT Professionals
37,677
76,103
106,593
Overall
38,243
64,443
94,173

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

Rank
% of Respondents
IT Skills
Average Annual Salary
#1
45.6
Application Development
69,602
#2
43.1
Servers/Networking
64,390
#3
43.1
Desktops/Software
62,841
#4
41.8
Operating Systems
64,407
#5
38
System Administration
64,826
#6
29.5
Web Development
63,802
#7
27
Database Management
65,252
#8
25.6
IT Security
65,842
#9
25.3
Enterprise Applications
73,874
#10
25
Infrastructure Management
79,794

Average annual salary by job function and industry (MYR)

Job Function
INDUSTRY
IT, Web & Telecom
Government, Education
& Health
Legal & Finance
Media, Marketing
& Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing, Services
& Others (non-IT)
Overall
IT Management
98,627
73,329
97,304
69,684
82,773
88,872
Project Management
77,102
67,633
81,543
56,600
72,870
75,757
Systems Development
52,833
40,099
60,092
49,500
53,827
52,891
Communications
53,046
51,400
52,800
72,000
42,580
51,615
Support
41,860
35,816
31,510
28,343
35,677
38,426
Administration
56,233
49,831
70,541
41,581
45,239
54,165
Other IT Professionals
77,294
72,000
-
50,667
62,000
74,620
Overall
65,140
55,728
71,199
54037
60,340
63,713

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