Hong Kong 2019 Salary Benchmark

It would seem like digital-driven candidates are the ultimate beneficiaries from the government’s plans and market trends.

Hong Kong’s role in two ambitious Chinese projects, Belt Road initiative and the Greater Bay Area megalopolis is a boost to their future position in trade, tech and digital innovation.

Hong Kong like Singapore will witness a lowered economic outlook in the remainder of 2019 from global uncertainty in relation to the performance of the ongoing trade tensions.

However, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has confidence in the performance of the growth of the economy as unemployment dip to its lowest in 20 years in March this year, signalling a labour market that’s competitive and in favour of talent.

Banking on digital innovations to boost traditionally strong industries

Hong Kong is the world’s freest and most service-oriented economy (Services accounts for more than 90% of its GDP). However, there is also a key long-term priority to diversify their economy.

As such the current government has injected over HK$100bil to Innovation and Technology (I&T) development, focusing on four major areas, namely biotechnology, artificial intelligence (AI), ‘Smart City’ and Fintech.

So in this year’s budget, the government has set aside substantial investments into technology to support and transform the continual growth of these pillars.

Expect the HK$5.5bil pledged to develop Cyberport – HK’s hub for digital tech companies, and the HK$16bil for boosting the R&D facilities in universities to drive more demand for tech talent, groom and upskill the current and future workforce. The policies are all in a bid to shape the city into a global innovation and tech hub.

Digital-driven candidates highly-valued

Consequently, it would seem like digital-driven candidates are the ultimate beneficiaries from the government’s plans and market trends.

Companies should pay more attention to retaining talent as much as attracting them. This year’s salary benchmark should be useful in assessing if existing remuneration packages are well within the bracket or could be better worked on.

For candidates looking to make a change in their careers, the benchmark is a guide to reference your value in the market and to help in negotiating a pay rise.

 

If you are looking for opportunities across Hong Kong, check out open roles here or contact the team today.

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Commercial

HK Dollars ($), Full Time Salary (calc. Annually)

    Analytics and Business Intelligence

  • Managing Director of Analytics

    $1.44Mil - 1.92Mil

  • Data Analytics Lead

    $780K - 1.2Mil

  • Business Optimization & Analytics Lead

    $600K - 720K

  • Data Analytics Manager

    $480K - 540K

  • Senior Data Analyst

    $420K - 480K

  • Marketing Data Analyst

    $360K - 600K

  • Data Strategist

    $300K - 420K

  • Business Intelligence Analyst

    $276K - 360K

  • Data Analyst

    $264K - 420K

  • Customer Insight Analyst

    $264K - 300K

    Product Management & Business Analytics

  • Director of Product

    $1.08Mil+

  • Product Owner

    $660K - 960K

  • Senior Product Manager

    $660K - 960K

  • Product Manager

    $480K - 780K

  • Lead Business Analyst

    $540K - 660K

  • Senior Business Analyst

    $420K - 600K

  • Associate Product Manager

    $360K - 480K

  • Business Analyst

    $300K - 480K

    Marketing

  • E-commerce Director

    $1.08Mil - 1.68Mil

  • Marketing Director

    $840K - 1.56Mil

  • E-commerce Senior Manager

    $840K - 1.08Mil

  • Marketing Manager

    $600K - 840K

  • E-commerce Manager

    $600K - 840K

  • SEO Manager

    $480K - 660K

    Project & Programme Management

  • Head of Operations

    $1.08Mil - 2.4Mil

  • Project Director

    $960K - 1.2Mil

  • Associate Project Director

    $840K - 1.08Mil

  • Senior Project Manager

    $660K - 960K

  • Project Manager

    $420K - 720K

    Sales & Account Management

    • Managing Director

      $2.76Mil - 4.2Mil

    • Business Director

      $1.32Mil - 2.496Mil

    • Group Account Director

      $1.2Mil - 1.98Mil

    • Sales Director

      $960K - 1.2Mil

    • Senior Account Director

      $960K - 1.2Mil

    • Account Director

      $720K - 1.08Mil

    • Associate Account Director

      $600K - 960K

    • Sales Manager

      $600K - 900K

    • Senior Account Manager

      $540K - 864K

    • Account Manager

      $420K - 720K

    Strategy

    • Head of Planning/Strategy

      $1.08Mil - 1.2Mil

    • Planning/Strategy Director

      $540K - 1.08Mil

    • Senior Planner/Strategist

      $540K - 720K

    • Planner/Strategist

      $300K - 540K

    • Research Analyst/Junior Planner

      $216K - 264K

Design

    Creative & Brand Design

    • Executive Creative Director

      $1.2Mil

    • Senior Creative Director

      $960K - 1.2Mil

    • Senior Art Director

      $600K - 840K

    • Creative Technologist

      $720K - 1.1Mil

    • Creative Director

      $660K - 960K

    • Design Director

      $480K - 660K

    • Mid-weight Art Director

      $360K - 600K

    • Junior Art Director

      $264K - 360K

    • Senior Copywriter

      $360K - 540K

    • Senior Designer

      $360K - 540K

    • Mid-weight Copywriter

      $240K - 360K

    • Mid-weight Designer

      $240K - 360K

    • Junior Copywriter

      $192K - 264K

    • Junior Designer

      $180K - 240K

    Experience Design

    • Director of User Experience

      $1.08Mil

    • Head of Experience Design

      $840K

    • Service/Business Design Lead

      $720K - 960K

    • Lead Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $720K - 840K

    • Senior Service/Business Designer

      $480K - 720K

    • Senior Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $480K - 660K

    • Service/Business Designer

      $360K - 480K

    • Mid-weight Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $300K - 480K

    • Junior Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $240K - 336K

    Content & Production

    • Head of Social

      $1.2Mil - 1.8Mil

    • Account Director

      $840K - 1.2Mil

    • Social Content Strategist

      $600K - 840K

    • Social Media/Community Manager

      $540K - 660K

Technology

    Software Engineering and Development

    • CTO/Director of Software

      $1.2Mil

    • Technical Director/Application Architect

      $960K

    • Technical Lead/Lead developer/Technical Manager

      $720K - 960K

    • Lead DevOps Engineer

      $720K - 960K

    • Mobile Application Lead

      $480K - 720K

    • Technical Project Manager

      $420K - 960K

    • QA Lead

      $420K - 780K

    • Senior Back End Developer

      $360K - 720K

    • Senior Mobile Application Developer

      $360K - 480K

    • Full-stack Developer

      $360K - 600K

    • QA Analyst/Engineer

      $336K - 480K

    • DevOps Engineer

      $300K - 720K

    • System Administrator

      $300K - 480K

    • Senior Front End Developer

      $300K - 420K

    • Mobile Application Developer

      $240K - 360K

    • QA tester

      $216K - 300K

    Data science and Engineering

    • Senior Data Scientist

      $780K - 960K

    • Mid-Level Data Scientist

      $480K - 780K

    • Data Engineer

      $360K - 720K

    • Database Management & Analytics Assistant Manager

      $360K - 480K

Commercial

HK Dollars ($), Full Time Salary (calc. Annually)

    Analytics and Business Intelligence

  • Managing Director of Analytics

    $120K - 160K

  • Data Analytics Lead

    $65K - 100K

  • Business Optimization & Analytics Lead

    $50K - 60K

  • Data Analytics Manager

    $40K - 45K

  • Senior Data Analyst

    $35K - 40K

  • Marketing Data Analyst

    $30K - 50K

  • Data Strategist

    $25K - 35K

  • Business Intelligence Analyst

    $23K - 30K

  • Data Analyst

    $22K - 35K

  • Customer Insight Analyst

    $22K - 25K

    Product Management & Business Analytics

  • Director of Product

    $90K

  • Product Owner

    $55K - 80K

  • Senior Product Manager

    $55K - 80K

  • Product Manager

    $40K - 65K

  • Lead Business Analyst

    $45K - 55K

  • Senior Business Analyst

    $35K - 50K

  • Associate Product Manager

    $30K - 40K

  • Business Analyst

    $25K - 40K

    Marketing

  • E-commerce Director

    $90K - 140K

  • Marketing Director

    $70K - 130K

  • E-commerce Senior Manager

    $70K - 90K

  • Marketing Manager

    $50K - 70K

  • E-commerce Manager

    $50K - 70K

  • SEO Manager

    $40K - 55K

    Project & Programme Management

  • Head of Operations

    $90K - 200K

  • Project Director

    $80K - 100K

  • Associate Project Director

    $70K - 90K

  • Senior Project Manager

    $55K - 80K

  • Project Manager

    $35K - 60K

    Sales & Account Management

    • Managing Director

      $230K - 350K

    • Business Director

      $110K - 208K

    • Group Account Director

      $100K - 165K

    • Sales Director

      $80K - 100K

    • Senior Account Director

      $80K - 100K

    • Account Director

      $60K - 90K

    • Associate Account Director

      $50K - 80K

    • Sales Manager

      $50K - 75K

    • Senior Account Manager

      $45K - 72K

    • Account Manager

      $35K - 60K

    Strategy

    • Head of Planning/Strategy

      $90K - 100K

    • Planning/Strategy Director

      $60K - 90K

    • Senior Planner/Strategist

      $45K - 60K

    • Planner/Strategist

      $25K - 45K

    • Research Analyst/Junior Planner

      $18K - 22K

Design

    Creative & Brand Design

    • Executive Creative Director

      $100K

    • Senior Creative Director

      $80K - 100K

    • Senior Art Director

      $80K - 100K

    • Creative Technologist

      $60K - 91.667K

    • Creative Director

      $55K - 80K

    • Design Director

      $40K - 55K

    • Mid-weight Art Director

      $30K - 50K

    • Junior Art Director

      $22K - 30K

    • Senior Copywriter

      $30K - 45K

    • Senior Designer

      $30K - 45K

    • Mid-weight Copywriter

      $20K - 30K

    • Mid-weight Designer

      $20K - 30K

    • Junior Copywriter

      $16K - 22K

    • Junior Designer

      $15K - 30K

    Experience Design

    • Director of User Experience

      $90K

    • Head of Experience Design

      $70K

    • Service/Business Design Lead

      $60K - 80K

    • Lead Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $60K - 70K

    • Senior Service/Business Designer

      $40K - 60K

    • Senior Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $40K - 55K

    • Service/Business Designer

      $30K - 40K

    • Mid-weight Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $25K - 40K

    • Junior Experience Designer/Researcher/Strategist

      $20K - 28K

    Content & Production

    • Head of Social

      $100K - 150K

    • Account Director

      $70K - 100K

    • Social Content Strategist

      $50K - 70K

    • Social Media/Community Manager

      $45K - 55K

Technology

    Software Engineering and Development

    • CTO/Director of Software

      $100K

    • Technical Director/Application Architect

      $80K

    • Technical Lead/Lead developer/Technical Manager

      $60K - 80K

    • Lead DevOps Engineer

      $60K - 80K

    • Mobile Application Lead

      $40K - 60K

    • Technical Project Manager

      $35K - 80K

    • QA Lead

      $35K - 65K

    • Senior Back End Developer

      $30K - 60K

    • Senior Mobile Application Developer

      $30K - 40K

    • Full-stack Developer

      $30K - 50K

    • QA Analyst/Engineer

      $28K - 40K

    • DevOps Engineer

      $25K - 60K

    • System Administrator

      $25K - 40K

    • Senior Front End Developer

      $30K - 45K

    • Mobile Application Developer

      $20K - 30K

    • QA tester

      $18K - 25K

    Data science and Engineering

    • Senior Data Scientist

      $65K - 80K

    • Mid-Level Data Scientist

      $40K - 65K

    • Data Engineer

      $30K - 60K

    • Database Management & Analytics Assistant Manager

      $30K - 40K

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