India: IT Salary Benchmark 2012

India: IT Salary Benchmark 2012

Summary: IT management professionals are the top earners in India's IT industry, especially those in IT, Web and telecom sector who receive slightly over 1 million rupees a year.

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TOPICS: CXO, India, IT Employment
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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 related 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.

India contributed 508 participants to the survey. Of these, 176 of them had less than 5 years of working experience in the industry and 254 had between 5 and 10 years, while 78 had more than 10 years' worth of experience.

In terms of pay, those in IT management within the country's IT, Web and telecom sector head the top earners list with an average annual salary of just over 1 million rupees, trumping their counterparts in the legal and finance sector who earn 986,500 rupees a year.

In the following charts, INR denotes the Indian rupee.

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

IT skills
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
Application Development
431,616
881,376
1,364,788
Desktops/Software
318,395
640,154
949,618
System Administration
295,679
617,957
979,079
Servers/Networking
349,295
666,986
1,073,571
Web Development
447,126
-
-
Operating Systems
293,032
661,507
954,408
Database Management
386,741
685,909
1,214,667
Web Services
421,458
-
-
Infrastructure Management
334,958
781,422
1,209,714
IT Outsourcing
419,391
-
-
Consulting/Business Services
-
993,250
1,326,471
Web Development
-
798,637
1,271,278
Enterprise Applications
-
892,982
1,292,105

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

Job Function
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
IT Management
299,850
798,242
903,216
Project Management
546,920
887,153
1,298,958
Systems Development
410,871
777,586
563,333
Communications
303,692
802,643
824,000
Support
382,154
492,567
380,989
Administration
286,227
586,295
614,571
Other IT Professionals
900,000
763,167
515,000
Overall
900,000
762,614
1,126,240

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

Ranking
% of Respondents
IT Skills
Average Annual Salary
#1
42.9
Application Development
806,784
#2
34.6
System Administration
589,128
#3
33.3
Servers/ Networking
637,128
#4
33.3
Desktops/ Software
583,279
#5
32.3
Operating Systems
606,937
#6
26.4
Web Development
751,089
#7
25.8
Infrastructure Management
764,212
#8
22.2
Database Management
684,209
#9
20.4
Consulting/ Business Services
956,892
#10
20.4
Enterprise Applications
876,561

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

Job Function
IT, Web & Telecom
Government,
Education & Health
Legal & Finance
Media,
Marketing & Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing,
Services & Others (non-IT)
Overall
IT Management
1,000,012
574,091
986,500
794,667
874,444
903,216
Project Management
965,149
632,500
453,333
923,488
772,143
930,901
Systems Development
585,276
385,250
688,000
-
492,727
574,525
Communications
722,750
423,667
-
-
384,667
603,281
Support
462,599
234,000
482,500
300,000
438,143
440,505
Administration
489,936
408,700
591,400
320,000
452,100
484,854
Other IT Professionals
834,250
-
-
-
220,000
766,000
Overall
731,996
478,827
667,800
744,217
564,922
695,236

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Topics: CXO, India, IT Employment

Kevin Kwang

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A Singapore-based freelance IT writer, Kevin made the move from custom publishing focusing on travel and lifestyle to the ever-changing, jargon-filled world of IT and biz tech reporting, and considered this somewhat a leap of faith. Since then, he has covered a myriad of beats including security, mobile communications, and cloud computing.

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