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China: IT Salary Benchmark 2009

In this year's IT salary benchmark survey, 779 respondents were from China, pulling in an average paycheck of US$14,441 a year.
Written by Staff , Contributor

ZDNet Asia conducted an online survey between October 2008 and May 2009, to gain insights into salary trends and IT workforce across Asia.

Respondent Profile by Job Function
IT Management112
Project Management111
Systems Development296
Communications87
Support50
Administration43
Other IT Professionals98
TOTAL (including part-time/contract)797

The study polled a total of 21,627 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.

Some 779 respondents were from China, holding full-time positions with job functions that cut across several areas such as systems development, project management and support.

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

Respondents who held IT management responsibilities in the legal and finance industry were the highest paid among their peers in China, pulling in an average salary of 244,000 yuan a year.

In the following charts, RMB denotes the Chinese yuan.

Average Annual Salary by Job Function and Industry (RMB)

Job Function Industry
IT, Web & Telecom Goverment, Education & Health Legal & Finance Media, Marketing & Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing, Services & Others (non-IT) OVERALL
IT Management 174,173 180,000 244,000 200,545 144,275 171,657
Project Management 141,839 192,000 163,667 141,667 165,223 147,521
Systems Development 78,079 74,220 108,000 55,414 122,850 80,609
Communications 86,675 118,333 130,000 72,000 28,517 80,429
Support 69,222 76,000 40,000 21,600 60,833 67,180
Administration 98,395 90,000 175,000 49,000 85,000 93,849
Other IT Professionals 49,431 30,250 60,000 54,000 46,667 48,712
OVERALL 93,064 112,063 151,286 116,015 112,390 98,747

Average Annual Salary by IT Skills and Years of Experience (RMB)

IT Skills Years of Experience
Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years
Application Development 69,755 134,448 164,780
Web Development 58,947 115,662 -
Servers/Networking 56,945 135,871 186,972
Enterprise Applications 65,134 135,207 180,841
Operating Systems 63,475 127,242 178,946
Web Services 52,433 - -
Desktops/Software 62,756 127,195 191,438
IT Outsourcing 66,322 131,887 179,533
Database Management 61,099 138,549 177,229
Systems Administration 58,648 139,434 172,316
IT Security - 134,917 -
Infrastructure Management - - 196,656
Consulting/Business Services - - 203,483

Average Annual Salary by Job Function and Years of Experience (RMB)

Job Function Years of Experience
Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years
IT Management 130,560 157,129 193,957
Project Management 104,722 163,723 177,056
Systems Development 63,661 117,411 180,000
Communications 55,019 104,016 366,667
Support 52,230 94,862 111,667
Administration 53,098 132,294 98,750
Other IT Professionals 44,745 64,789 -
OVERALL 61,870 131,351 183,422

Average Annual Salary of Top 10 Most Popular IT Skills (RMB)

Rank % of Respondents IT Skills Average Annual Salary
1 48.7 Application Development 107,421
2 30.8 Servers/Networking 108,677
3 30.4 Enterprise Applications 115,295
4 29.5 Web Development 86,568
5 29.4 Operating Systems 108,864
6 25.9 Database Management 112,660
7 25.7 Desktops/Software 108,476
8 24.4 Systems Administration 118,798
9 24.3 IT Outsourcing 108,575
10 21.4 Web Services 89,104





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