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average salaries of software developers in India

What are average salaries for software developers in India  in major cities? I just need a rough estimate

Saturday, March 29, 2003

entry level or experienced? if experienced - how many years?

Prakash S            
Saturday, March 29, 2003

2-3 years experience

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Companies like Infosys, Wipro, CTS... it should be around 22000 - 35000 per month.

Depending on the company it might be +- 20%.

B'lore & B'bay pay more by about 25% (as high as). Of course the cost of living is much higher in those cities when compared to Chennai/ Hyderabad.


Prakash S            
Saturday, March 29, 2003

How does that compare to the average salary in those cities (regardless of the job)?

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Prakash, how about in Delhi?

Saturday, March 29, 2003

$35000 Rupees is around $1100 Canadian dollars
or $740 U.S. Dollars (source:

Li-fan Chen
Saturday, March 29, 2003

I bet really advanced or experienced techniques from the States or Canada going back to India will be paid more than the average joe. Assuming they can bring new techniques or in-sights uncommon or unavailable in Indian programming community. So some guy from U of Waterloo or MIT or Berkeley working years at the Fortune 500 doing something useful or innovative is taking to India a lot more brain share than the average joe.

Li-fan Chen
Saturday, March 29, 2003

What does a nice 2BR apartment go for in India?  $6/mo ? 

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Bella, around Rs.3000-4000 pm, so around 80-90$ per month

Saturday, March 29, 2003


You got that right, though you are slightly on the higher side, you can add a BWM to that for just $4.99 extra :-)

Prakash S            
Saturday, March 29, 2003

Dear anonymous,
                            I suspect Bella's idea of a nice apartment is different from yours. He might expect a new fridge, or even a washing machine, television or air-conditioning. And that would set him back a lot more.

Stephen Jones
Sunday, March 30, 2003

i work in infosys in their Mangalore(8 hours from Bangalore) center. i joined nearly 2 years ago as fresher, now my salary is nearly 25,000 INR. Cost of living here is very less compared to other major indian cities.

programmer from india
Sunday, March 30, 2003

All this talk of India makes me so hungry.. what are some great authentic food you guys get to eat? All we got is McDees.. it's a little above eating the box my computer came in on.

Li-fan Chen
Sunday, March 30, 2003

They got McDees here too, just don't expect to get a Big Mac.

Walter Rumsby
Monday, March 31, 2003

In absolute dollar terms you will save roughly half in india compared to what you will save in the usa, for the same standard of living and equivalent job. The work generally are more low-skilled, so its bad for your career as well.

indian programmer
Monday, March 31, 2003

[The work generally are more low-skilled, so its bad for your career as well. ]

That will not always be the case as India becomes more poweful in the software industry. Or will it? I don't feel qualified to speak on it too much but as more work gets shipped to India and it's software industry grows it seems logical that the work will become more diverse and more advance.

Monday, March 31, 2003

What you are speculating about is the moment when India stops being the "cheap code factory" and becomes an innovative technical giant. It's kind of hard to guess when/if that will happen. If it does happen, it will be a slow grassroot process.

I would guess that it's still at least 10 years off before a few Indian software companies become as well known as the Microsoft, Adobe, SAP and Oracle of this world. Interstingly enough, by that time Indian programmers might not be the cheapest ones anymore. Who'll be the next factory?

Alexandre Carmel-Veilleux
Monday, March 31, 2003

India already outsources to the philipines and china.

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

I live in a country in Eastern Europe.

The average monthly salary for programmers is about 600 $ (US dollars) for an average programmer (a few years experience, good training and IQ) and about 1000 $ for an outstanding programmer or project manager.

The numbers above are for normal jobs with very little overtime.

There are also jobs for more than $ 1000 per month, but they usually work you to the death (no week-ends, be at work all day).

The living costs are something like:

Rent for 2 room apartament with furniture, TV, refrigerator: 150 $ per month. Also depends on the location.

Good meal at a local restaurant (I mean by western standards, not some el-cheapo fast-food): 10 $

Monday, April 14, 2003


I am Gupta having 8 years of software exp. in one of the leading company in hyderabad. Currently I am working as a Oracle DBA.

I am intrested to apply jobs in bangalore. How much salary max I will get per month in bangalore. I am a family man.


Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Starters        Rs. 175 K / annum
3 years exp.  Rs.400 K/annum
P L                  Rs. 500 - 600 K/ annum
PM                  Rs. 700 - 800 K/ annum

Any idea about salaries of Business Develoment guys in Bangalore ?

PL Bangalore
Thursday, April 29, 2004

I am the president of a small US based company seeking to develop software for my company.  I am looking for experienced developers in India that would like a side project.  I can be reached via email at

Best regards, Dennis

Dennis Merritt
Wednesday, May 5, 2004

What is the current rate going on for a 4-5 yrs experienced person in software (PLM domain) ?

Monday, May 31, 2004

All the salaries mentioned out here seem to be gross salaries. I guess what ultimately matters is what one takes home (post tax, variable pay implications, hidden elements of salaried which one never gets in cash and any other deductions at source) !
Thus for a gross on-paper salary of Rs. 25000 per month, one might only be taking home 17/18000 (say 30% less). The general trend I have seen in the industry is that the freshers in the top 10 companies have starting gross salaries of around 16-20K per month.
Thereafter, till about 8-10 years of experience the average hovers around a 100K per annum for every year of experience. So a 8-10 yr exp guy would currently expect 800-1000K per annum.

This is i think somewhat different for specialised skills like SAP etc., where due to the shortage in available manpower, employees generally command more.

project leader from kolkata
Friday, June 4, 2004

On average, how much do teachers at good universities make?  Teach computer science, electrical engineering, etc.

Sunday, June 6, 2004

how much does a DM (delivery manager) get in Infosys? anyone knows?

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Back to salaries, would an experienced (2yrs +) C++ programmer expect to command a higher salary? How much typically - in Rs p.a /% over non C++ roles?

Are employers expected to pay a premium for good English skills (written and spoken)?  Or is that the norm in IT?

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

hi i am student in usa i was just curious how does an average programmers day goes by ... like what her dos when he arrives at the job daily tasks ...

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

I am a Software Engineer with M.E (Electrical and Electronics Engineering), working in USA since 1998. I am working in PHP, MySQL, Visual Basic, ASP, VB Script, Java Script, Python, SQL and Crystal Reports. I am planning to come back to India soon. How much salary I can expect in India now? And also which city is nice to live? Bangalore or Hyderabad or Chennai??? 

Shiv Kumar
Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Curious to know how much top eexecs make in Hyderabad.
COO positions?

Thursday, July 1, 2004

Salaries/ total cost to company:

Now that software industries appear to strictly follow a 'cost to company' policy with respect to salaries, can anyone tell me what would be the various heads under which the CTC is normally accounted and percentage break-up under each head ?

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Also, is it sensible enough to negotiate a tax-free package in today's scenario ?

(e-mail me, if you feel like it !!)

Saturday, July 10, 2004

It's interesting to read the comments here. Anyone here have an idea about what kind of salary package someone with the following profile might expect in the software cities (Bangalore, Hyderabad, Gurgaon etc.):

- educated at the best US colleges
- around 4 years experience in the capacity of senior software engineer at Oracle corp. in California

Moreover, do Indian companies (or Indian Subsidiaries of
American companies) offer any fringe benefits? (Health care, Accommodation, Transportation allowance etc.)


The Oracle
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

MR Oracle. The general rule for salaries in Indian S/W companies  follows the following rule.

Salary = (No of years S/w Experience)* 1 LPA.

With special skills like (in ERP etc)

Salary = (No of years S/w Experience)* 1 LPA. + (1 to 2) LPA.

And with multinational company you can expect ~7  to  8 LPA.

Yes ..most of the companies give accomodation allowances in terms of HRA: House Rent allowance , Medical Benifits and also Transportation allowance .But generally those are included in the CTC.You can also expect performance bonus (which depends on yours and companies performance.)

Oracle Reply
Friday, July 23, 2004

can anyone tell me what can be a good & very good salary for a Software Enginner with 6 yrs experience in Hyderabad and in Bangalore.

Sunday, August 8, 2004

I am working in wirpo and getting just 5.5 LPA for my 8 yrs of experience in IT. I know that i have not been paid enough? any suggestion? How much salary should expect in current market for 8 yrs of experience in Mainframe?

Sunday, August 8, 2004

  Jaspreet Singh
  WZ-44, C/5,
  Mukherji Park,
  Tilak Nagar,
  New Delhi-110018
Professional Objective
To achieve a position in the industry, which enables me to work with cutting edge tools and the latest technologies and help in the growth and development of the Organization and self.
Professional Qualification
Complete MCA from Dehradun Institute of Technology, Dehradun
which is affiliated to Uttar Pradesh Technical University,        Lucknow scoring 65.62% (Degree 1st Class) marks in the year of 2004.

    Completed Project in Library Management System by using
C++ as Front End and Microsoft Access as Back End at Dehradun Institute of Technology, Dehradun. My Roll in this Project is Analyst and as well as Programmer under Faculty Mr. Rajeev Jain of Dehradun Institute of Technology in the year of 2003.     
    Completed Training from 19th Feb 2004 to 3rd May 2004 at B.H.E.L, Ranipur,Hardwar  in Technology (Java + Oracle 8i) as a part of B.H.E.L. live project.
      Project Detail: I completed project in Data Preparation cell which include all information about salary of employee who work at BHEL, Hardwar. This project takes information on daily basis e.g. how many hours done by employee and also contain in which department. Then this information stored in database of that employee with any primary key e.g. empID. After this process, Salary of employees calculated.

Software Skills
Language Known: C/C++, Java
Web Technology: HTML, JSP, ASP, and DHTML
Database: ORACLE 8/8i
Operating System: WIN 9X, NT, 2000, XP
Area of Interest

    J2EE including JDBC, Servlets, Swing, RMI, and C/C++.
    Web Developement.
Educational Qualification
    10th from Guru Nanak Inter College, Saharanpur affiliated to U.P.Board  and scoring 59.16% marks in the year of 1995.

12th (Science-PCM) from Government Inter College, Saharanpur affiliated to U.P.Board and scoring 63% (PCM=73%) marks in the year of 1997.

B.Sc. (Computer Science) from Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Yamuna Nagar
Which is affiliated to Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra scoring 59% marks in the year of 2000.
Personal Information
    Name: Jaspreet Singh
    Permanent Address: WZ-44, C/5,
                          Mukherji Park,
                          Tilak Nagar,
                          New Delhi-110018                                         
    Telephone No: 011-25161810
    Mob No: 9891782263
    Date of Birth: 06th Oct, 1979
    Sex: Male
    Marital Status: Single
    Father's Name: Mr. Jang Bahadur Singh
    Mother's Name: Charanjeet Kaur
    Language Known: Punjabi, Hindi, and English
    Nationality: Indian
    Hobbies: surfing, listen light music
    Expected Salary: 7k-9k pm or it depends on my ability.
    Working Experience: Fresher
    I hereby declare that all the details furnished above are true to best of my Knowledge.
Place: New Delhi 
                                                                (Jaspreet Singh)                                                                       

jaspreet singh
Monday, August 16, 2004

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