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Hong Kong: IT Salary Benchmark 2009

In this year's IT salary benchmark survey, 1,191 respondents were from Hong Kong, pulling in an average paycheck of US$66,140 a year.
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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 Management364
Project Management330
Systems Development272
Communications59
Support80
Administration109
Other IT Professionals52
TOTAL (including part-time/contract)1,266

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 1,191 respondents were from Hong Kong, holding full-time positions with job functions that cut across several areas such as systems development, project management and support.

In addition, 68 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 Hong Kong, pulling in an average salary of HK$824,052 a year.

Average Annual Salary by Job Function and Industry (HK$)

Job Function Industry
IT, Web & Telecom Goverment, Education & Health Legal & Finance Media, Marketing & Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing, Services & Others (non-IT) OVERALL
IT Management 722,387 677,589 824,052 549,303 645,167 695,775
Project Management 467,743 413,285 586,389 351,262 444,826 475,140
Systems Development 366,419 347,530 555,992 357,020 300,276 397,050
Communications 511,097 436,667 585,000 543,000 296,800 496,516
Support 350,135 304,538 442,826 276,495 364,675 347,177
Administration 518,157 328,060 471,513 274,664 286,600 415,281
Other IT Professionals 498,421 480,000 632,500 249,333 200,000 481,160
OVERALL 493,956 470,248 642,217 436,285 482,931 512,624

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

IT Skills Years of Experience
Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years
Application Development 296,490 447,812 664,583
Web Development 280,839 410,995 -
Desktops/Software 295,145 381,685 632,888
Systems Administration 274,749 396,464 643,279
Servers/Networking 263,053 396,579 635,694
Operating Systems 284,729 390,719 634,951
Database Management 245,977 410,582 626,969
Web Services 273,979 - -
Enterprise Applications 298,937 458,521 680,492
Consulting/Business Services 295,143 469,519 728,028
IT Security - 426,991 672,321
Infrastructure Management - - 702,076

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

Job Function Years of Experience
Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years
IT Management 442,857 583,616 746,620
Project Management 339,981 435,813 564,237
Systems Development 277,833 412,869 567,195
Communications 333,000 412,052 636,250
Support 282,288 327,213 488,991
Administration 483,006 346,583 512,615
Other IT Professionals 247,500 403,600 723,111
OVERALL 313,970 440,583 658,763

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

Rank % of Respondents IT Skills Average Annual Salary
1 58.4 Application Development 529,132
2 41.7 Systems Administration 510,840
3 41.2 Desktops/Software 491,515
4 41 Servers/Networking 503,710
5 36.6 Operating Systems 502,625
6 34.8 Enterprise Applications 566,628
7 31.7 IT Security 556,399
8 31 Consulting/ Business Services 583,985
9 30.3 Infrastructure Management 587,132
10 30.1 Database Management 497,579





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