China: IT Salary Benchmark 2012

Project management executives in China's media, marketing and sales sector were the highest earners, raking in an average annual salary of 250,000 yuan.

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.

China contributed 104 respondents to the survey. Of these, 35 of them had less than 5 years of working experience, while 50 had between 5 and 10 years and 19 have worked for more than 10 years in the industry.

Project management executives in the media, marketing and sales sector earn the most among their peers with an average annual salary of 250,000 yuan. this was followed by those in IT management within the IT, Web and telecom sector at 210,528 yuan.

In the following charts, RBM denotes the Chinese yuan.

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

IT Skills
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
Application Development
98,182
155,000
248,727
IT Outsourcing
60,000
175,577
-
Operating Systems
112,500
-
-
Desktops/Software
162,000
135,375
-
Servers/Networking
110,000
143,917
237,000
Database Management
225,000
-
-
Enterprise Applications
225,000
-
248,000
Quality Assurance Testing
177,500
-
-
IT Security
147,000
146,875
249,333
Telco/Wireless/Mobile
97,000
-
-
System Administration
-
175,500
217,200
Consulting/Business Services
-
194,227
-
Enterprise Applications
-
170,909
-
Infrastructure Management
-
164,818
269,200
Data Center
-
-
299,200
Web Services
-
-
281,200
Operating Systems
 
140,455
269,200
Web Development
-
-
344,000

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

Job Function
Years of Experience
Less than 5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
IT Management
-
174,423
201,364
Project Management
92,500
171,759
212,000
Systems Development
100,000
157,692
300,000
Communications
65,000
130,370
-
Support
24,500
124,000
240,000
Administration
35,333
136,447
-
Other IT Professionals
76,667
115,000
-
Overall
82,353
158,350
213,421

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

Ranking
% of Respondents
IT Skills
Average Annual Salary
#1
50.7
Application Development
166,278
#2
32.4
Servers/ Networking
171,870
#3
29.6
System Administration
177,286
#4
28.2
Enterprise Applications
203,300
#5
28.2
Operating Systems
167,050
#6
26.8
IT Outsourcing
146,447
#7
23.9
Infrastructure Management
194,647
#8
22.5
IT Security
185,313
#9
22.5
Consulting/ Business Services
180,406
#10
21.1
Desktops/ Software
184,333

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

Job Function
IT, Web & Telecom
Government,
Education & Health
Legal & Finance
Media,
Marketing & Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing,
Services & Others (non-IT)
Overall
IT Management
210,528
168,000
-
96,000
107,250
186,771
Project Management
164,757
160,000
130,000
250,000
105,000
159,831
Systems Development
117,500
-
194,000
-
160,000
131,667
Communications
118,222
30,000
-
30,000
-
93,016
Support
130,167
-
-
-
120,000
128,714
Administration
116,447
-
-
36,000
75,000
93,113
Other IT Professionals
92,000
-
-
-
-
92,000
Overall
147,994
129,500
175,714
103,000
106,900
143,422

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