• Australian software development salaries lurch higher after 13+ years of stagnation.

    Wednesday 28 Jun 2017





    I’ve been recruiting for 13 years now, so I can only go back that far.

    For all those 13 years however, I’ve felt that IT salaries have stayed about the same, perhaps with a minimal creep upwards. 13 or more years is a long time for salaries to stagnate. I don’t have hard data and statistics to back my assertion, but recruiters have an ear to the ground and are in daily discussions with employers and job seekers about their expectations.

    For 13 years, it’s looked a bit like this:

    • Mid level testers $65K to $70K plus super.
    • Senior testers $80K to $90K plus super.
    • Junior developers $45K to $55K plus super.
    • Mid level developers $65K to $80K plus super.
    • Senior developers $90K plus super to $110K/$120K plus super.
    • Development team lead / Development manager $120K to $125K plus super.

    Over the past six months the entire industry seems to have lurched upwards and now this is approximately what people are asking for, and what employers seem to be expecting to pay:

    • Mid level testers $90K to $100K plus super.
    • Senior testers $120K plus super.
    • Junior developers $70K to $80K plus super.
    • Mid level developers $100K to $110K plus super.
    • Senior developers $120K plus super to $135K plus super.
    • Development team lead / Development manager $150K to $160K (and higher) plus super plus bonus.

    Of course these are approximates and actuals vary from job seeker to job seeker and employer to employer. But it's a reasonable rough guide.

    So if you’re recruiting new team members, it might be time to rethink your expectations because you’re competing against other employers at a new high water mark.

    Andrew Stuart

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