Salaries in the IT Sector: 2022

Balazs Refi

October 15, 2022

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What are the salaries in the IT sector? We are constantly updating our blog, so you can always see the most up-to-date information we have. Read on to learn more.


Bluebird IT Salary Guide - Latest Data Update: October 15, 2022.

How much do professionals in the IT sector earn?

In this blogpost, we periodically update gross salaries by role and experience level. We work with these ranges on a daily basis.

The salary ranges we provide here are not the result of a representative survey but based on data gathered during our daily work as a Hungarian headhunter company. We are familiar both with IT experts' salary requirements and with the salary bands that our customers create. This means we are in a unique position to get an accurate picture of the IT sector.

We prioritize the wages or salaries agreed upon by our clients and our candidates.

Bluebird IT Salary Guide 2022

Bluebird IT Salary Guide

Our 2022 Bluebird IT Salary Guide is now available for download for free at the bottom of the page.

We wanted to present the typical salary of a software developer, but also the market value of technological knowledge and experience in major IT roles. Our survey provides an overview of the gross earning potential of information technology professionals in Hungary.

How Frequently Do We Conduct Salary Surveys?

The Bluebird IT Salary Guide is published once a year.

What Is the Territorial Scope of the Data?

The guide focuses on Budapest. We do not use rural wage data because the majority of our domestic customers come from Budapest. We do not take into account salaries in international projects or data from candidates who have applied for a role abroad.

What Companies do We Consider?

In short, we use data from our partners' companies. Among them are the largest multi-company corporations, huge enterprises, and also a mix of SMEs. We believe that we have more than sufficient data from a diverse customer base, as we typically work with almost 100 organizations simultaneously in some capacity.

What Types of IT Professionals Do We include in the guide?

We take into account the details of the IT professionals we come in contact with. We are constantly looking to fill a large number of IT positions, which means a lot of IT professionals turn to Bluebird to find employment. Some of them have low salary expectations (although this is a rather rare scenario), some have moderate salary expectations, and some have unusually high salary requirements.

While assembling the guide, we excluded the extremes to make sure that they wouldn't skew our data.

Does the Bluebird IT Salary Guide Include Pay Data for Women and Men Separately?

No. We believe that over time, there will be no salary differences between men and women in the IT sector, just as Bluebird never discriminates based on gender.

How Did We Compile the Data?

Our leading and senior IT recruiting specialists compiled the data. They are the ones whose daily work revolves around identifying the IT specialists most qualified for the given job based on the specifications provided by our clients.

We considered the salary ranges provided by our clients as well as the gross salary expectations of our candidates. We have given priority to gross salaries that have proven to be satisfactory both for our clients and candidates during our placements.


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Let's Get to the Details!

We classified conventional IT jobs into categories when compiling the Bluebird IT Salary Guide. While this can be accomplished in a variety of methods, we found the following division of roles to be the most useful:

Main Positions in the IT Sector

1. IT Managers & Leads

2. IT Architects

3. Analysts & Consultants

4. UX/UI Designers

5. Software Developers & Software Engineers

6. Developers by layers: Frontend, Backend & Full Stack Developers

7. DevOps Engineers

8. QA/Testers

9. System Administrators & System Engineers

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1. IT Managers & Leads

IT management positions include test managers, project managers, development managers, and scrum masters.

it managers and leads salary

2. IT Architects

This group includes IT architects (software, solutions, and infrastructure architects).

IT architects salary

3. Analysts & Consultants

This category comprises traditional business analyst and system analyst positions. In addition to these, we considered the role of the product owner to belong here.

The group's positions are analytical-planning in nature. These professionals are needed to help organizations comprehend business processes, and are often involved in strategic planning, risk management, and performance optimization. In some cases, they also map and refine client needs.

analysts and consultants salary

4. UX/UI Designers

UX/UI designers salary

5. Software Developers & Software Engineers

In our experience, almost half of all IT jobs are software development roles. We classified software developers according to programming language and "layer." This makes it easier for everyone (from HR personnel to people in tech) to find the salary range they are looking for.

Among others, our list of programming languages includes .NET, C/C++, JavaScript, mobile (iOS, Android), Java, PHP and Python.

Software developers and software engineers salary

6. Developers by layers: Frontend, Backend & Full Stack Developers

For approximately 10 years, the description of Hungarian IT positions has included the Frontend – Backend – Full-stack separation. Given its popularity, we believed it would be beneficial to include salaries in such a breakdown as well.

It's worth keeping in mind, however, that in recent years, the term "frontend" has largely come to refer to JavaScript. This development is very recent: the range of languages "frontend" signified was considerably wider (for example, .NET, Java, and PHP solutions) 5, 10, or 15 years ago.

Software developers and software engineers by layers salary

7. DevOps Engineers

DevOps jobs encompass a wide range of positions.

Some professionals concentrate on the architectural design of software-component-based systems, as well as the planning of subsequent operation and monitoring.
However, standard DevOps focuses on creating deployment scripts, designing and building load and performance testing tools before deployment, and then using them.
That said, some organizations define DevOps as developers who also run the programs they design. In our view, this is essentially a merger of two different positions for cost-cutting purposes.

DevOps engineers salary

8. QA/Testers

Testers comprised IT professionals and test managers who performed manual and automated tests.

QA Testers

9. System Administrators & System Engineers

In short, this group includes operators. This category comprises specialists in system engineering, system administration, and also database administration. Additionally, we created a section here for application administrators.

System Administrators and System Engineers salary
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