Tech salaries in 2022: what you should know

There is no illusion that salary plays a big part in your career. Here’s all you need to know about the state of salaries in tech.

Unlocking tech talent stories

July 14, 2022

As we presented an overall, albeit deep, look into careers in tech around the world, we touched on topics that every tech professional wants to know more about: the state of programming languages and frameworks, career management, and not less importantly, salary and perks.

We’re not shy about talking about this last topic. In fact, we think salary shouldn’t be a taboo subject and that every professional would benefit from knowing the market values for their job role, level of experience, stack, country, and many other factors. 

That’s why we didn’t hesitate to roll up our sleeves and take a closer look at the data we had about salaries from this year’s Global Tech Talent Trends. This resulted in an extra report, completely salary and perks-focused. 

Without further ado, let’s get into the main highlights. 

Some methodological notes: the Global Tech Talent Trends is based on a total of 6.568 tech professionals who responded to our survey, which was open to the public from January 2022 to March 2022. Of those, only 5.185 were considered for producing the results in this report, since we excluded respondents who identified as “Students” and “Not working right now”.

1. Salary by continent, work experience, company, 

Let’s start off with the basics: average annual salaries vary from 20.071€ (Africa) to 84.224€ (North America). 

Europe takes away the prize when it comes to both salaries for managerial roles (average 59.844€) and for development roles (average 44.814€).

Regarding work experience, professionals with 6 or more years earn, on average, 2.5x more than the ones with 3 years or less.

Local outsourcing is the worst-paying company type, with scale-ups on top (average salary 2x higher than the former).

As we had already seen, full-office jobs are the worst-paid (1.9x less than full-remote jobs).

As for professionals working remotely across-borders, Africans, Asians and South Americans earn around 1.7x more than professionals working for local companies (1.3x more in Europe).

2. Salary by job roles, programming languages and frameworks

Tech management roles earn, on average, 1.4x more than developers. 

Visual Basic 6 is the worst-paying language, with Perl on top (2x more than VB6).

Regarding frameworks, Cake PHP pays the worst and Ruby on Rails the most (1.6x more than Cake PHP).

For developers, Maintenance & Support have the lowest salaries and Solutions Architect the highest (2.7x more than the former).

3. How has salary changed in the last 12 months?

60.9% of tech professionals saw their salaries rise in the last 12 months, while 7.5% suffered a decrease.

51.2% of women had a salary raise, against 62.6% of men.

75% of scale-up employees had a raise, contrasting with only 40.9% of local outsourcing employees.

This is just a very little portion of what you can find inside the Salaries & perks report. If you want to check the full data, make sure to download it (it’s free).  Also, check out our webinar where all of this data was discussed.

The Global Tech Talent Trends was built by the tech community for the tech community. It’s the first edition, and it’ll be improved each year with contributions from you and other tech professionals all over the world. Please reach out to us with feedback, suggestions or anything else at [email protected].

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