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Singapore: IT Salary Benchmark 2009

In this year's IT salary benchmark survey, 3,526 respondents were from Singapore, pulling in an average paycheck of US$45,341 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 Management622
Project Management1,109
Systems Development909
Communications232
Support304
Administration401
Other IT Professionals187
TOTAL (including part-time/contract)3,764

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 3,526 respondents were from Singapore, holding full-time positions with job functions that cut across several areas such as systems development, project management and support.

In addition, 225 respondents from the country were either contract or independent consultants, while another 13 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 Singapore, pulling in an average salary of S$103,598 a year.

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

Job Function Industry
IT, Web & Telecom Goverment, Education & Health Legal & Finance Media, Marketing & Sales
(non-IT)
Manufacturing, Services & Others (non-IT) OVERALl
IT Management 96,884 96,655 103,598 85,616 90,341 95,868
Project Management 74,315 77,474 80,144 70,803 68,228 74,552
Systems Development 46,931 53,813 64,383 40,893 49,163 49,563
Communications 51,973 46,525 68,287 57,717 50,584 52,652
Support 42,043 43,654 58,759 38,644 37,621 43,081
Administration 51,755 60,278 67,443 42,798 46,159 53,968
Other IT Professionals 76,838 53,427 68,000 56,567 69,180 73,592
OVERALL 64,490 69,391 77,641 60,841 62,182 66,076

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

IT Skills Years of Experience
Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years
Application Development 41,717 66,960 96,847
Desktops/Software 37,866 57,529 85,714
Operating Systems 39,941 59,944 86,615
Servers/Networking 38,847 61,846 88,219
Web Development 38,999 64,104 -
Systems Administration 39,186 61,243 84,769
Database Management 40,821 64,352 91,487
Enterprise Applications 44,797 72,498 102,373
Consulting/Business Services 50,635 77,132 105,356
IT Security 41,598 - -
Infrastructure Management - 66,868 95,124
IT Outsourcing - - 97,565

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

Job Function Years of Experience
Less than 5 years 5-10 years More than 10 years
IT Management 53,861 85,212 106,314
Project Management 47,583 73,326 94,642
Systems Development 38,397 55,530 68,743
Communications 36,390 55,109 79,061
Support 36,130 42,700 58,303
Administration 40,031 55,777 69,624
Other IT Professionals 48,905 75,427 103,987
OVERALL 41,422 64,925 92,308

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

Rank % of Respondents IT Skills Average Annual Salary
1 49.1 Application Development 70,227
2 38.2 Desktops/ Software 61,515
3 36.2 Systems Administration 64,506
4 35.5 Operating Systems 67,155
5 34.2 Servers/ Networking 64,800
6 28.1 Enterprise Applications 78,829
7 27 Web Development 63,395
8 26.4 Consulting/ Business Services 83,103
9 25.5 Infrastructure Management 76,043
10 24.1 Database Management 67,760





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