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Information Technology Average Salaries in Seoul 2021

How much money does a person working in Information Technology make in Seoul?


Average Monthly Salary
4,380,000 KRW
( 52,500,000 KRW yearly)

LOW
2,270,000
KRW
AVERAGE
4,380,000
KRW
HIGH
7,140,000
KRW

A person working in Information Technology in Seoul typically earns around 4,380,000 KRW per month. Salaries range from 2,270,000 KRW (lowest average) to 7,140,000 KRW (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Information Technology careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
2nd Line Systems Engineer4,040,000 KRW
ABAP Developer3,880,000 KRW
Advertising Account Planner3,910,000 KRW
Android Developer4,130,000 KRW
Angular Developer3,900,000 KRW
Application Consultant4,930,000 KRW
Applications System Specialist3,620,000 KRW
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist4,900,000 KRW
Artificial Intelligence Developer5,070,000 KRW
AS400 Programmer4,580,000 KRW
Assistant Information Technology Manager5,210,000 KRW
Assistant Service Delivery Manager5,240,000 KRW
Avaloq Developer3,870,000 KRW
BizTalk Developer 4,440,000 KRW
Blockchain Associate4,190,000 KRW
Blockchain Developer4,040,000 KRW
Build and Release Engineer3,720,000 KRW
Business Intelligence Analyst4,460,000 KRW
Business Intelligence Developer4,550,000 KRW
Business Objects Developer4,080,000 KRW
Business Process Consultant4,560,000 KRW
Business Systems Analyst3,800,000 KRW
C# Developer4,690,000 KRW
C++ Developer4,420,000 KRW
Capacity Planning Manager5,520,000 KRW
Change Administrator3,610,000 KRW
Chief Information Security Officer6,330,000 KRW
Client Delivery Manager5,870,000 KRW
CMS Developer3,500,000 KRW
Computer Animator3,740,000 KRW
Computer Hardware Engineer3,500,000 KRW
Computer Networks Architect4,430,000 KRW
Computer Operator3,010,000 KRW
Computer Technician3,240,000 KRW
Copy Editor3,580,000 KRW
CRM Application Administrator4,050,000 KRW
Cross Platform Security Manager6,050,000 KRW
Curam Developer3,430,000 KRW
Data Analyst4,080,000 KRW
Data Architect4,500,000 KRW
Data Center Technician3,870,000 KRW
Data Entry Supervisor2,720,000 KRW
Data Manager5,420,000 KRW
Data Modeling Analyst4,350,000 KRW
Data Quality Analyst4,140,000 KRW
Data Security Analyst4,430,000 KRW
Data Security Manager5,790,000 KRW
Data Warehousing Manager5,680,000 KRW
Data Warehousing Specialist3,990,000 KRW
Database Administration Manager5,520,000 KRW
Database Administrator4,250,000 KRW
Database Analyst4,560,000 KRW
Database Developer4,600,000 KRW
Database Report Writer3,980,000 KRW
Delivery Manager4,250,000 KRW
Developer / Programmer4,240,000 KRW
Development Manager6,140,000 KRW
Director of Application Development6,110,000 KRW
Director of Technology7,210,000 KRW
Disaster Recovery Analyst4,090,000 KRW
Documentation Specialist3,860,000 KRW
E-Commerce Manager5,140,000 KRW
E-Commerce Marketing Analyst5,090,000 KRW
E-Commerce Marketing Manager5,180,000 KRW
E-Commerce Sales Manager5,580,000 KRW
E-Commerce Strategy Manager6,100,000 KRW
Enterprise Architecture Manager5,210,000 KRW
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect5,730,000 KRW
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager6,590,000 KRW
ERP / CRM Technical Consultant4,350,000 KRW
ERP Analyst4,440,000 KRW
ERP Project Manager5,960,000 KRW
Ethical Hacker3,980,000 KRW
Financial Systems Manager6,050,000 KRW
Flash Developer3,770,000 KRW
Front End Developer3,700,000 KRW
Full Stack Developer4,470,000 KRW
Functional Analyst4,340,000 KRW
Game Developer4,000,000 KRW
GIS Analyst3,900,000 KRW
GIS Developer4,100,000 KRW
Global BI Analyst4,460,000 KRW
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer3,570,000 KRW
Graphics Programmer3,800,000 KRW
Graphics Web Designer3,450,000 KRW
Hardware Design Engineer4,180,000 KRW
Hardware Engineering Manager6,200,000 KRW
Hardware Technician3,460,000 KRW
Head of Development6,140,000 KRW
Help Desk Analyst3,890,000 KRW
Help Desk Manager4,700,000 KRW
Help Desk Support2,970,000 KRW
Helpdesk Manager4,870,000 KRW
Imaging Programmer3,700,000 KRW
Informatics Optimization Specialist4,500,000 KRW
Information Assurance Analyst4,410,000 KRW
Information Program Director5,900,000 KRW
Information Security Administrator4,860,000 KRW
Information Security Analyst5,180,000 KRW
Information Security Engineer4,280,000 KRW
Information Security Manager6,530,000 KRW
Information Security Specialist5,010,000 KRW
Information Services Consultant5,170,000 KRW
Information Technology Administrator3,370,000 KRW
Information Technology Asset Manager5,920,000 KRW
Information Technology Consultant5,340,000 KRW
Information Technology Coordinator3,520,000 KRW
Information Technology Director7,620,000 KRW
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer3,600,000 KRW
Information Technology Manager7,000,000 KRW
Information Technology Operations Manager6,660,000 KRW
Information Technology Product Manager6,490,000 KRW
Information Technology Project Administrator3,510,000 KRW
Information Technology Project Coordinator4,590,000 KRW
Information Technology Project Leader4,960,000 KRW
Information Technology Project Manager6,570,000 KRW
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager5,210,000 KRW
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)4,660,000 KRW
Information Technology Quality Specialist4,290,000 KRW
Information Technology Support3,000,000 KRW
Information Technology Team Leader5,140,000 KRW
Information Technology Trainer4,390,000 KRW
Information Technology Training Analyst4,540,000 KRW
Interface Design Manager5,500,000 KRW
Interface Designer3,350,000 KRW
IOS Developer4,620,000 KRW
Java Developer4,720,000 KRW
Javascript Developer4,340,000 KRW
Lead Developer4,850,000 KRW
Linux Administrator4,160,000 KRW
Lotus Domino Administrator4,580,000 KRW
Lotus Notes Developer4,360,000 KRW
Mail Server Administrator3,920,000 KRW
Major Incident Manager4,950,000 KRW
Managed Service Specialist4,100,000 KRW
Microsystems Engineer4,270,000 KRW
Mobile Developer4,190,000 KRW
Multimedia Developer3,570,000 KRW
Multimedia Services Manager4,830,000 KRW
Network Administration Team Lead5,200,000 KRW
Network Administrator3,810,000 KRW
Network Analyst3,770,000 KRW
Network and Infrastructure Manager6,420,000 KRW
Network Engineer3,740,000 KRW
Network Engineering Manager5,040,000 KRW
Network Security Systems Manager5,020,000 KRW
Network Specialist4,110,000 KRW
Network Technician3,360,000 KRW
Nodejs Developer4,650,000 KRW
NT Systems Administrator3,990,000 KRW
Numerical Control Programmer3,520,000 KRW
Online Banking Manager6,650,000 KRW
Online Banking Specialist5,130,000 KRW
OPS Manager5,920,000 KRW
Oracle Database Administrator3,990,000 KRW
Oracle Developer4,520,000 KRW
Perl Developer3,580,000 KRW
PHP Developer3,870,000 KRW
Python Developer4,300,000 KRW
Records Manager3,650,000 KRW
Remedy Developer3,500,000 KRW
Reporting Analyst4,360,000 KRW
Ruby Developer3,770,000 KRW
Salesforce Administrator4,020,000 KRW
Salesforce Developer3,420,000 KRW
SAP Consultant4,690,000 KRW
SAS Programmer3,920,000 KRW
Scrum Master3,630,000 KRW
SEO Associate3,500,000 KRW
SEO Manager5,360,000 KRW
Service Delivery Manager5,260,000 KRW
Service Level Manager5,700,000 KRW
Service Support Lead4,160,000 KRW
SharePoint Administrator4,180,000 KRW
Sharepoint Consultant4,470,000 KRW
Sharepoint Developer4,690,000 KRW
Shift Leader4,550,000 KRW
SOA Analyst4,350,000 KRW
SOC Engineer4,080,000 KRW
Software Analyst4,180,000 KRW
Software Architect4,200,000 KRW
Software Development Manager5,880,000 KRW
Software Engineer4,400,000 KRW
Software QA Engineer3,830,000 KRW
Software Sales3,970,000 KRW
Software Specialist3,920,000 KRW
Software Support Engineer3,400,000 KRW
Software Test Engineer3,740,000 KRW
Solutions Architect5,960,000 KRW
Storage Engineer3,610,000 KRW
Supervisor2,950,000 KRW
Support Analyst3,970,000 KRW
Support Specialist4,140,000 KRW
System Administrator3,730,000 KRW
Systems Analyst4,010,000 KRW
Systems Architect4,250,000 KRW
Systems Consultant5,330,000 KRW
Systems Engineer3,620,000 KRW
Systems Integrator4,080,000 KRW
Technical Analyst3,800,000 KRW
Technical Consultant4,700,000 KRW
Technical Manager4,390,000 KRW
Technical Project Manager5,590,000 KRW
Technical Sales3,980,000 KRW
Technical Trainer4,340,000 KRW
Technical Writer3,910,000 KRW
Technology Business Analyst4,520,000 KRW
Technology Director7,440,000 KRW
Technology Specialist5,360,000 KRW
Teradata Developer3,630,000 KRW
Test Analyst3,960,000 KRW
Tester3,450,000 KRW
Testing Manager5,380,000 KRW
TIBCO Developer3,480,000 KRW
UNIX Administrator4,300,000 KRW
Usability Engineer4,260,000 KRW
User Experience Consultant4,470,000 KRW
User Experience Design Expert4,370,000 KRW
User Experience Designer3,890,000 KRW
User Experience Researcher4,550,000 KRW
User Interface Designer4,260,000 KRW
VB Developer3,140,000 KRW
VB.NET Developer4,300,000 KRW
Video Game Designer3,600,000 KRW
Visual Information Specialist3,820,000 KRW
Web Applications Manager5,130,000 KRW
Web Content Specialist4,600,000 KRW
Web Designer3,590,000 KRW
Web Developer3,760,000 KRW
Web Editor3,610,000 KRW
Web Project Manager4,980,000 KRW
Web Promotions Specialist4,000,000 KRW
Web Security Administrator4,310,000 KRW
Web Security Manager6,420,000 KRW
Web Support Analyst3,230,000 KRW
Web Writer3,260,000 KRW
Webmaster3,540,000 KRW
Windows System Administrator3,980,000 KRW
Wireless Consultant5,140,000 KRW
Writer and Documentor3,850,000 KRW

Information Technology Jobs Salary Distribution in Seoul

Median and salary distribution monthly Seoul Information Technology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology salaries in Seoul range from 2,270,000 KRW per month (minimum average salary) to 7,140,000 KRW per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,030,000 KRW per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 4,030,000 KRW while the other half are earning more than 4,030,000 KRW. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 2,830,000 KRW while 75% of them are earning more than 2,830,000 KRW. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 5,140,000 KRW while 25% are earning more than 5,140,000 KRW.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Korea (South) costs anywhere from 19,400,000 South Korean Won(s) to 58,300,000 South Korean Won(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Information Technology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Korea (South) Information Technology
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Korea (South) who work in Information Technology earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
4,000,000 KRW
Female-6%
3,780,000 KRW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Korea (South) for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Korea (South)
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Information Technology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Korea (South)

How much are annual salary increments in Korea (South) for Information Technology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Information Technology

Information Technology professionals in Korea (South) are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Korea (South) / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Korea (South) is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
6%
Energy
3%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
6%
Travel
3%
Construction
9%
Education
6%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Korea (South) for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Information Technology Bonus and Incentive Rates in Korea (South)

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Korea (South) Information Technology
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Information Technology is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

46% of surveyed staff in Information Technology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
54%
No Bonus
46%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Information Technology Hourly Average Wage in Seoul


25,300 KRW per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Seoul is 25,300 KRW. This means that the average person in Seoul earns approximately 25,300 KRW for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Information Technology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Information Technology and Information Technology monthly Seoul
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The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.

Seoul VS Korea (South)

Salary Comparison Between Seoul and Korea (South) monthly Information Technology
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We compared Information Technology salaries in Seoul and Korea (South) and we found that Seoul salaries are 12% more than those of Korea (South).

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bucheon3,620,000 KRW
Busan4,300,000 KRW
Daegu4,150,000 KRW
Daejeon4,080,000 KRW
Goyang3,780,000 KRW
Gwangju4,000,000 KRW
Incheon4,230,000 KRW
Seongnam3,690,000 KRW
Seoul4,380,000 KRW
Suweon3,920,000 KRW
Ulsan3,850,000 KRW

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Korea (South) earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,770,000 KRW
Public Sector+6%
3,990,000 KRW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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