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Information Technology Average Salaries in Costa Rica 2023

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

Average Monthly Salary
2,370,000 CRC
( 28,500,000 CRC yearly)


A person working in Information Technology in Costa Rica typically earns around 2,370,000 CRC per month. Salaries range from 1,230,000 CRC (lowest average) to 3,860,000 CRC (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 Engineer2,250,000 CRC
ABAP Developer2,140,000 CRC
Advertising Account Planner1,970,000 CRC
Android Developer2,200,000 CRC
Angular Developer2,120,000 CRC
Application Consultant2,740,000 CRC
Applications System Specialist2,070,000 CRC
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist2,720,000 CRC
Artificial Intelligence Developer2,860,000 CRC
AS400 Programmer2,320,000 CRC
Assistant Information Technology Manager2,750,000 CRC
Assistant Service Delivery Manager2,660,000 CRC
Avaloq Developer2,090,000 CRC
BizTalk Developer 2,300,000 CRC
Blockchain Associate2,300,000 CRC
Blockchain Developer2,050,000 CRC
Build and Release Engineer2,040,000 CRC
Business Intelligence Analyst2,480,000 CRC
Business Intelligence Developer2,400,000 CRC
Business Objects Developer2,150,000 CRC
Business Process Consultant2,480,000 CRC
Business Systems Analyst2,000,000 CRC
C# Developer2,340,000 CRC
C++ Developer2,490,000 CRC
Capacity Planning Manager3,030,000 CRC
Change Administrator2,010,000 CRC
Chief Information Security Officer3,480,000 CRC
Client Delivery Manager2,900,000 CRC
CMS Developer1,870,000 CRC
Computer Animator1,980,000 CRC
Computer Hardware Engineer1,870,000 CRC
Computer Networks Architect2,240,000 CRC
Computer Operator1,620,000 CRC
Computer Technician1,780,000 CRC
Copy Editor1,800,000 CRC
CRM Application Administrator2,030,000 CRC
Cross Platform Security Manager3,080,000 CRC
Curam Developer1,880,000 CRC
Data Analyst2,150,000 CRC
Data Architect2,190,000 CRC
Data Center Technician1,970,000 CRC
Data Entry Supervisor1,490,000 CRC
Data Manager3,020,000 CRC
Data Modeling Analyst2,200,000 CRC
Data Quality Analyst2,120,000 CRC
Data Security Analyst2,290,000 CRC
Data Security Manager3,000,000 CRC
Data Warehousing Manager3,050,000 CRC
Data Warehousing Specialist2,100,000 CRC
Database Administration Manager2,730,000 CRC
Database Administrator2,370,000 CRC
Database Analyst2,340,000 CRC
Database Developer2,410,000 CRC
Database Report Writer2,120,000 CRC
Delivery Manager2,230,000 CRC
Developer / Programmer2,200,000 CRC
Development Manager3,160,000 CRC
Director of Application Development3,350,000 CRC
Director of Technology4,020,000 CRC
Disaster Recovery Analyst2,190,000 CRC
Documentation Specialist1,990,000 CRC
E-Commerce Manager2,830,000 CRC
E-Commerce Marketing Analyst2,580,000 CRC
E-Commerce Marketing Manager2,960,000 CRC
E-Commerce Sales Manager2,940,000 CRC
E-Commerce Strategy Manager3,280,000 CRC
Enterprise Architecture Manager2,730,000 CRC
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect2,830,000 CRC
Enterprise Infrastructure Manager3,530,000 CRC
ERP / CRM Technical Consultant2,460,000 CRC
ERP Analyst2,470,000 CRC
ERP Project Manager2,940,000 CRC
Ethical Hacker2,020,000 CRC
Financial Systems Manager3,360,000 CRC
Flash Developer1,990,000 CRC
Front End Developer1,990,000 CRC
Full Stack Developer2,300,000 CRC
Functional Analyst2,420,000 CRC
Game Developer2,090,000 CRC
GIS Analyst2,000,000 CRC
GIS Developer2,280,000 CRC
Global BI Analyst2,380,000 CRC
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer1,930,000 CRC
Graphics Programmer1,980,000 CRC
Graphics Web Designer1,830,000 CRC
Hardware Design Engineer2,120,000 CRC
Hardware Engineering Manager3,180,000 CRC
Hardware Technician1,780,000 CRC
Head of Development3,160,000 CRC
Help Desk Analyst2,190,000 CRC
Help Desk Manager2,500,000 CRC
Help Desk Support1,610,000 CRC
Helpdesk Manager2,560,000 CRC
Imaging Programmer2,030,000 CRC
Informatics Optimization Specialist2,390,000 CRC
Information Assurance Analyst2,430,000 CRC
Information Program Director3,290,000 CRC
Information Security Administrator2,560,000 CRC
Information Security Analyst2,620,000 CRC
Information Security Engineer2,170,000 CRC
Information Security Manager3,180,000 CRC
Information Security Specialist2,750,000 CRC
Information Services Consultant2,690,000 CRC
Information Technology Administrator1,770,000 CRC
Information Technology Asset Manager3,140,000 CRC
Information Technology Consultant2,680,000 CRC
Information Technology Coordinator1,840,000 CRC
Information Technology Director3,880,000 CRC
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer2,030,000 CRC
Information Technology Manager3,730,000 CRC
Information Technology Operations Manager3,710,000 CRC
Information Technology Product Manager3,300,000 CRC
Information Technology Project Administrator1,900,000 CRC
Information Technology Project Coordinator2,300,000 CRC
Information Technology Project Leader2,800,000 CRC
Information Technology Project Manager3,420,000 CRC
Information Technology Quality Assurance Manager2,760,000 CRC
Information Technology Quality Assurance Team Lead (QA)2,530,000 CRC
Information Technology Quality Specialist2,290,000 CRC
Information Technology Support1,530,000 CRC
Information Technology Team Leader2,710,000 CRC
Information Technology Trainer2,380,000 CRC
Information Technology Training Analyst2,280,000 CRC
Interface Design Manager2,870,000 CRC
Interface Designer1,760,000 CRC
IOS Developer2,470,000 CRC
Java Developer2,390,000 CRC
Javascript Developer2,330,000 CRC
Lead Developer2,550,000 CRC
Linux Administrator2,350,000 CRC
Lotus Domino Administrator2,360,000 CRC
Lotus Notes Developer2,170,000 CRC
Mail Server Administrator2,040,000 CRC
Major Incident Manager2,610,000 CRC
Managed Service Specialist2,250,000 CRC
Microsystems Engineer2,350,000 CRC
Mobile Developer2,270,000 CRC
Multimedia Developer2,040,000 CRC
Multimedia Services Manager2,620,000 CRC
Network Administration Team Lead2,570,000 CRC
Network Administrator1,960,000 CRC
Network Analyst2,180,000 CRC
Network and Infrastructure Manager3,570,000 CRC
Network Engineer2,000,000 CRC
Network Engineering Manager2,740,000 CRC
Network Security Systems Manager2,790,000 CRC
Network Specialist2,320,000 CRC
Network Technician1,750,000 CRC
Nodejs Developer2,330,000 CRC
NT Systems Administrator2,110,000 CRC
Numerical Control Programmer1,860,000 CRC
Online Banking Manager3,640,000 CRC
Online Banking Specialist2,860,000 CRC
OPS Manager3,210,000 CRC
Oracle Database Administrator2,220,000 CRC
Oracle Developer2,280,000 CRC
Perl Developer1,890,000 CRC
PHP Developer2,080,000 CRC
Python Developer2,490,000 CRC
Records Manager1,960,000 CRC
Remedy Developer1,820,000 CRC
Reporting Analyst2,310,000 CRC
Ruby Developer2,160,000 CRC
Salesforce Administrator2,110,000 CRC
Salesforce Developer1,840,000 CRC
SAP Consultant2,310,000 CRC
SAS Programmer2,020,000 CRC
Scrum Master1,850,000 CRC
SEO Associate1,930,000 CRC
SEO Manager2,690,000 CRC
Service Delivery Manager2,800,000 CRC
Service Level Manager3,020,000 CRC
Service Support Lead2,250,000 CRC
SharePoint Administrator2,150,000 CRC
Sharepoint Consultant2,230,000 CRC
Sharepoint Developer2,350,000 CRC
Shift Leader2,400,000 CRC
SOA Analyst2,280,000 CRC
SOC Engineer2,120,000 CRC
Software Analyst2,210,000 CRC
Software Architect2,150,000 CRC
Software Development Manager3,000,000 CRC
Software Engineer2,300,000 CRC
Software QA Engineer1,990,000 CRC
Software Sales1,960,000 CRC
Software Specialist2,020,000 CRC
Software Support Engineer1,760,000 CRC
Software Test Engineer1,980,000 CRC
Solutions Architect2,940,000 CRC
Storage Engineer1,860,000 CRC
Supervisor1,570,000 CRC
Support Analyst1,960,000 CRC
Support Specialist2,270,000 CRC
System Administrator2,020,000 CRC
Systems Analyst2,130,000 CRC
Systems Architect2,310,000 CRC
Systems Consultant2,830,000 CRC
Systems Engineer1,820,000 CRC
Systems Integrator2,300,000 CRC
Technical Analyst1,980,000 CRC
Technical Consultant2,540,000 CRC
Technical Manager2,370,000 CRC
Technical Project Manager2,970,000 CRC
Technical Sales2,210,000 CRC
Technical Trainer2,220,000 CRC
Technical Writer2,040,000 CRC
Technology Business Analyst2,330,000 CRC
Technology Director3,660,000 CRC
Technology Specialist2,680,000 CRC
Teradata Developer1,810,000 CRC
Test Analyst2,170,000 CRC
Tester1,830,000 CRC
Testing Manager3,120,000 CRC
TIBCO Developer1,930,000 CRC
UNIX Administrator2,370,000 CRC
Usability Engineer2,200,000 CRC
User Experience Consultant2,320,000 CRC
User Experience Design Expert2,300,000 CRC
User Experience Designer1,920,000 CRC
User Experience Researcher2,440,000 CRC
User Interface Designer2,110,000 CRC
VB Developer1,720,000 CRC
VB.NET Developer2,390,000 CRC
Video Game Designer1,920,000 CRC
Visual Information Specialist2,150,000 CRC
Web Applications Manager2,640,000 CRC
Web Content Specialist2,430,000 CRC
Web Designer2,080,000 CRC
Web Developer2,010,000 CRC
Web Editor1,780,000 CRC
Web Project Manager2,430,000 CRC
Web Promotions Specialist2,220,000 CRC
Web Security Administrator2,200,000 CRC
Web Security Manager3,350,000 CRC
Web Support Analyst1,660,000 CRC
Web Writer1,740,000 CRC
Webmaster1,920,000 CRC
Windows System Administrator2,020,000 CRC
Wireless Consultant2,540,000 CRC
Writer and Documentor1,930,000 CRC

Information Technology Jobs Salary Distribution in Costa Rica

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

  • Salary Range

    Information Technology salaries in Costa Rica range from 1,230,000 CRC per month (minimum average salary) to 3,860,000 CRC per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,470,000 CRC per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 2,470,000 CRC while the other half are earning more than 2,470,000 CRC. 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 1,660,000 CRC while 75% of them are earning more than 1,660,000 CRC. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Information Technology are earning less than 3,290,000 CRC while 25% are earning more than 3,290,000 CRC.

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?

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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 Costa Rica costs anywhere from 11,800,000 Costa Rican Colon(s) to 35,400,000 Costa Rican Colon(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 Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica who work in Information Technology earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

2,450,000 CRC
2,320,000 CRC
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Costa Rica for all Careers

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Information Technology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Costa Rica

How much are annual salary increments in Costa Rica for Information Technology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Information Technology

Information Technology professionals in Costa Rica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Costa Rica Information Technology
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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.

Costa Rica / 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 Costa Rica is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Costa Rica for the year 2022. 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 Costa Rica

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Costa Rica 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.

47% of surveyed staff in Information Technology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% 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
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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 Costa Rica

13,700 CRC per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Costa Rica is 13,700 CRC. This means that the average person in Costa Rica earns approximately 13,700 CRC 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 Costa Rica
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The average salary for Information Technology is 0% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
San Jose2,520,000 CRC

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 Costa Rica earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,310,000 CRC
Public Sector+6%
2,450,000 CRC
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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