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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|2nd Line Systems Engineer||4,040,000 KRW|
|ABAP Developer||3,880,000 KRW|
|Advertising Account Planner||3,910,000 KRW|
|Android Developer||4,130,000 KRW|
|Angular Developer||3,900,000 KRW|
|Application Consultant||4,930,000 KRW|
|Applications System Specialist||3,620,000 KRW|
|Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist||4,900,000 KRW|
|Artificial Intelligence Developer||5,070,000 KRW|
|AS400 Programmer||4,580,000 KRW|
|Assistant Information Technology Manager||5,210,000 KRW|
|Assistant Service Delivery Manager||5,240,000 KRW|
|Avaloq Developer||3,870,000 KRW|
|BizTalk Developer||4,440,000 KRW|
|Blockchain Associate||4,190,000 KRW|
|Blockchain Developer||4,040,000 KRW|
|Build and Release Engineer||3,720,000 KRW|
|Business Intelligence Analyst||4,460,000 KRW|
|Business Intelligence Developer||4,550,000 KRW|
|Business Objects Developer||4,080,000 KRW|
|Business Process Consultant||4,560,000 KRW|
|Business Systems Analyst||3,800,000 KRW|
|C# Developer||4,690,000 KRW|
|C++ Developer||4,420,000 KRW|
|Capacity Planning Manager||5,520,000 KRW|
|Change Administrator||3,610,000 KRW|
|Chief Information Security Officer||6,330,000 KRW|
|Client Delivery Manager||5,870,000 KRW|
|CMS Developer||3,500,000 KRW|
|Computer Animator||3,740,000 KRW|
|Computer Hardware Engineer||3,500,000 KRW|
|Computer Networks Architect||4,430,000 KRW|
|Computer Operator||3,010,000 KRW|
|Computer Technician||3,240,000 KRW|
|Copy Editor||3,580,000 KRW|
|CRM Application Administrator||4,050,000 KRW|
|Cross Platform Security Manager||6,050,000 KRW|
|Curam Developer||3,430,000 KRW|
|Data Analyst||4,080,000 KRW|
|Data Architect||4,500,000 KRW|
|Data Center Technician||3,870,000 KRW|
|Data Entry Supervisor||2,720,000 KRW|
|Data Manager||5,420,000 KRW|
|Data Modeling Analyst||4,350,000 KRW|
|Data Quality Analyst||4,140,000 KRW|
|Data Security Analyst||4,430,000 KRW|
|Data Security Manager||5,790,000 KRW|
|Data Warehousing Manager||5,680,000 KRW|
|Data Warehousing Specialist||3,990,000 KRW|
|Database Administration Manager||5,520,000 KRW|
|Database Administrator||4,250,000 KRW|
|Database Analyst||4,560,000 KRW|
|Database Developer||4,600,000 KRW|
|Database Report Writer||3,980,000 KRW|
|Delivery Manager||4,250,000 KRW|
|Developer / Programmer||4,240,000 KRW|
|Development Manager||6,140,000 KRW|
|Director of Application Development||6,110,000 KRW|
|Director of Technology||7,210,000 KRW|
|Disaster Recovery Analyst||4,090,000 KRW|
|Documentation Specialist||3,860,000 KRW|
|E-Commerce Manager||5,140,000 KRW|
|E-Commerce Marketing Analyst||5,090,000 KRW|
|E-Commerce Marketing Manager||5,180,000 KRW|
|E-Commerce Sales Manager||5,580,000 KRW|
|E-Commerce Strategy Manager||6,100,000 KRW|
|Enterprise Architecture Manager||5,210,000 KRW|
|Enterprise Infrastructure Architect||5,730,000 KRW|
|Enterprise Infrastructure Manager||6,590,000 KRW|
|ERP / CRM Technical Consultant||4,350,000 KRW|
|ERP Analyst||4,440,000 KRW|
|ERP Project Manager||5,960,000 KRW|
|Ethical Hacker||3,980,000 KRW|
|Financial Systems Manager||6,050,000 KRW|
|Flash Developer||3,770,000 KRW|
|Front End Developer||3,700,000 KRW|
|Full Stack Developer||4,470,000 KRW|
|Functional Analyst||4,340,000 KRW|
|Game Developer||4,000,000 KRW|
|GIS Analyst||3,900,000 KRW|
|GIS Developer||4,100,000 KRW|
|Global BI Analyst||4,460,000 KRW|
|Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer||3,570,000 KRW|
|Graphics Programmer||3,800,000 KRW|
|Graphics Web Designer||3,450,000 KRW|
|Hardware Design Engineer||4,180,000 KRW|
|Hardware Engineering Manager||6,200,000 KRW|
|Hardware Technician||3,460,000 KRW|
|Head of Development||6,140,000 KRW|
|Help Desk Analyst||3,890,000 KRW|
|Help Desk Manager||4,700,000 KRW|
|Help Desk Support||2,970,000 KRW|
|Helpdesk Manager||4,870,000 KRW|
|Imaging Programmer||3,700,000 KRW|
|Informatics Optimization Specialist||4,500,000 KRW|
|Information Assurance Analyst||4,410,000 KRW|
|Information Program Director||5,900,000 KRW|
|Information Security Administrator||4,860,000 KRW|
|Information Security Analyst||5,180,000 KRW|
|Information Security Engineer||4,280,000 KRW|
|Information Security Manager||6,530,000 KRW|
|Information Security Specialist||5,010,000 KRW|
|Information Services Consultant||5,170,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Administrator||3,370,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Asset Manager||5,920,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Consultant||5,340,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Coordinator||3,520,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Director||7,620,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer||3,600,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Manager||7,000,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Operations Manager||6,660,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Product Manager||6,490,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Project Administrator||3,510,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Project Coordinator||4,590,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Project Leader||4,960,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Project Manager||6,570,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager||5,210,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)||4,660,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Quality Specialist||4,290,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Support||3,000,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Team Leader||5,140,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Trainer||4,390,000 KRW|
|Information Technology Training Analyst||4,540,000 KRW|
|Interface Design Manager||5,500,000 KRW|
|Interface Designer||3,350,000 KRW|
|IOS Developer||4,620,000 KRW|
|Java Developer||4,720,000 KRW|
|Lead Developer||4,850,000 KRW|
|Linux Administrator||4,160,000 KRW|
|Lotus Domino Administrator||4,580,000 KRW|
|Lotus Notes Developer||4,360,000 KRW|
|Mail Server Administrator||3,920,000 KRW|
|Major Incident Manager||4,950,000 KRW|
|Managed Service Specialist||4,100,000 KRW|
|Microsystems Engineer||4,270,000 KRW|
|Mobile Developer||4,190,000 KRW|
|Multimedia Developer||3,570,000 KRW|
|Multimedia Services Manager||4,830,000 KRW|
|Network Administration Team Lead||5,200,000 KRW|
|Network Administrator||3,810,000 KRW|
|Network Analyst||3,770,000 KRW|
|Network and Infrastructure Manager||6,420,000 KRW|
|Network Engineer||3,740,000 KRW|
|Network Engineering Manager||5,040,000 KRW|
|Network Security Systems Manager||5,020,000 KRW|
|Network Specialist||4,110,000 KRW|
|Network Technician||3,360,000 KRW|
|Nodejs Developer||4,650,000 KRW|
|NT Systems Administrator||3,990,000 KRW|
|Numerical Control Programmer||3,520,000 KRW|
|Online Banking Manager||6,650,000 KRW|
|Online Banking Specialist||5,130,000 KRW|
|OPS Manager||5,920,000 KRW|
|Oracle Database Administrator||3,990,000 KRW|
|Oracle Developer||4,520,000 KRW|
|Perl Developer||3,580,000 KRW|
|PHP Developer||3,870,000 KRW|
|Python Developer||4,300,000 KRW|
|Records Manager||3,650,000 KRW|
|Remedy Developer||3,500,000 KRW|
|Reporting Analyst||4,360,000 KRW|
|Ruby Developer||3,770,000 KRW|
|Salesforce Administrator||4,020,000 KRW|
|Salesforce Developer||3,420,000 KRW|
|SAP Consultant||4,690,000 KRW|
|SAS Programmer||3,920,000 KRW|
|Scrum Master||3,630,000 KRW|
|SEO Associate||3,500,000 KRW|
|SEO Manager||5,360,000 KRW|
|Service Delivery Manager||5,260,000 KRW|
|Service Level Manager||5,700,000 KRW|
|Service Support Lead||4,160,000 KRW|
|SharePoint Administrator||4,180,000 KRW|
|Sharepoint Consultant||4,470,000 KRW|
|Sharepoint Developer||4,690,000 KRW|
|Shift Leader||4,550,000 KRW|
|SOA Analyst||4,350,000 KRW|
|SOC Engineer||4,080,000 KRW|
|Software Analyst||4,180,000 KRW|
|Software Architect||4,200,000 KRW|
|Software Development Manager||5,880,000 KRW|
|Software Engineer||4,400,000 KRW|
|Software QA Engineer||3,830,000 KRW|
|Software Sales||3,970,000 KRW|
|Software Specialist||3,920,000 KRW|
|Software Support Engineer||3,400,000 KRW|
|Software Test Engineer||3,740,000 KRW|
|Solutions Architect||5,960,000 KRW|
|Storage Engineer||3,610,000 KRW|
|Support Analyst||3,970,000 KRW|
|Support Specialist||4,140,000 KRW|
|System Administrator||3,730,000 KRW|
|Systems Analyst||4,010,000 KRW|
|Systems Architect||4,250,000 KRW|
|Systems Consultant||5,330,000 KRW|
|Systems Engineer||3,620,000 KRW|
|Systems Integrator||4,080,000 KRW|
|Technical Analyst||3,800,000 KRW|
|Technical Consultant||4,700,000 KRW|
|Technical Manager||4,390,000 KRW|
|Technical Project Manager||5,590,000 KRW|
|Technical Sales||3,980,000 KRW|
|Technical Trainer||4,340,000 KRW|
|Technical Writer||3,910,000 KRW|
|Technology Business Analyst||4,520,000 KRW|
|Technology Director||7,440,000 KRW|
|Technology Specialist||5,360,000 KRW|
|Teradata Developer||3,630,000 KRW|
|Test Analyst||3,960,000 KRW|
|Testing Manager||5,380,000 KRW|
|TIBCO Developer||3,480,000 KRW|
|UNIX Administrator||4,300,000 KRW|
|Usability Engineer||4,260,000 KRW|
|User Experience Consultant||4,470,000 KRW|
|User Experience Design Expert||4,370,000 KRW|
|User Experience Designer||3,890,000 KRW|
|User Experience Researcher||4,550,000 KRW|
|User Interface Designer||4,260,000 KRW|
|VB Developer||3,140,000 KRW|
|VB.NET Developer||4,300,000 KRW|
|Video Game Designer||3,600,000 KRW|
|Visual Information Specialist||3,820,000 KRW|
|Web Applications Manager||5,130,000 KRW|
|Web Content Specialist||4,600,000 KRW|
|Web Designer||3,590,000 KRW|
|Web Developer||3,760,000 KRW|
|Web Editor||3,610,000 KRW|
|Web Project Manager||4,980,000 KRW|
|Web Promotions Specialist||4,000,000 KRW|
|Web Security Administrator||4,310,000 KRW|
|Web Security Manager||6,420,000 KRW|
|Web Support Analyst||3,230,000 KRW|
|Web Writer||3,260,000 KRW|
|Windows System Administrator||3,980,000 KRW|
|Wireless Consultant||5,140,000 KRW|
|Writer and Documentor||3,850,000 KRW|
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.
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.