ZDNet Asia IT Salary Benchmark 2010

Summary:This year's salary survey polled 14,998 across eight Asian economies, with Hong Kong IT professionals once again leading the pack with region's highest annual pay package.

ZDNet Asia conducted an online survey between October 2009 and November 2010, to gain insights into salary trends and the IT workforce across the Asian region.

The study polled a total of 14,998 respondents from eight Asian economies--China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand--and across various sectors including government, education, manufacturing, legal and finance.

Number of Respondents
China389
Hong Kong543
India7,646
Indonesia1,269
Malaysia1,136
The Philippines1,995
Singapore1,570
Thailand450
TOTAL14,998
* polled from October 2009 to November 2010

Conducted yearly, the ZDNet Asia special report profiles salary benchmarks and identifies skills and markets that command some of the highest pay packages in the region.

This year, IT professionals in Hong Kong once again led with the highest average annual salary of US$63,990, though this figure dipped from last year's US$66,140.

Singapore IT professionals once again ranked second at US$51,864, but unlike their Hong Kong counterparts, their 2010 annual pay package marked a climb from last year where they pulled US$45,341.

IT professionals in Thailand ranked third at US$21,117, followed by the Malaysians at US$20,612.

The average annual salary across the eight Asian markets clocked at US$25,835 with work experience averaging at 7.7 years.

IT professionals were also the most certified in Hong Kong, where 42.7 percent of respondents had at least one IT certification. They were followed by their counterparts in Singapore, 39.3 percent of whom were armed with at least one IT certification. India ranked in third at 38.4 percent.

Respondents with at least 1 IT certification

IT certification by proportion and ranking
Rank
Country
Hold at least 1 IT certification
(%)
#1
Hong Kong
42.7
#2
Singapore
39.3
#3
India
38.4
#4
Malaysia
37.7
#5
Thailand
33.8
#6
Indonesia
29.3
#7
Philippines
27.6
#8
China
27.5
 
Overall
36

Average annual salary by years of experience (US$)

Country
Years of experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
China
12,150
21,649
35,118
Hong Kong
41,429
54,582
85,020
Malaysia
12,273
20,682
30,223
Singapore
31,749
48,601
70,335
Thailand
11,214
18,029
32,634
Indonesia
4,120
7,708
12,129
India
7,688
16,309
24,517
Philippines
5,945
10,095
14,511

Average annual salary by job function (US$)

Country
Job function
IT Management
Project Management
Systems Development
Communications
Support
Administration
Other IT Professionals
China
27,296
24,816
17,016
17,246
16,075
16,210
10,153
Hong Kong
93,087
67,149
46,013
50,280
42,688
59,134
61,975
India
22,901
18,977
11,664
9,794
7,382
9,591
13,073
Indonesia
13,090
8,550
4,353
5,851
4,418
5,538
6,194
Malaysia
28,752
24,509
17,111
16,698
12,432
17,524
24,141
Philippines
13,251
11,504
8,693
8,541
5,325
8,408
6,461
Singapore
76,737
55,394
39,293
49,254
35,855
43,349
55,450
Thailand
32,552
25,599
14,474
16,579
13,066
15,027
19,329

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