A career with a flexible working schedule and flexible working hours could be an ideal fit for anyone.
But when it comes to the average salary for an IT professional, that depends on a number of factors.
“It’s a combination of things,” says David Sainath, a partner at PwC Australia who specializes in IT finance.
“The job is demanding, you need to be able to work at a very fast pace, you have to be flexible and you need flexibility in terms of hours and how much time you spend on the job.”
So what’s the best way to find your best salary?
“It depends on the role you’re doing and the role, and also your experience and your qualifications,” Mr Sainathan says.
“In terms of what I do, I’m an IT manager and that can make me very flexible.”
If you are an IT consultant, you might find your salary a little lower than the average.
“It varies a lot,” Mr Tarr says.
He says a salary of around $250,000 could be a great deal for someone who is working in an IT industry with high levels of responsibility.
“But I don’t think it’s the whole reason,” he says.
The average salary in Australia is around $200,000, but many IT professionals make considerably more than that.
The average hourly pay in Australia in 2016 was $2.70, according to the latest available data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In fact, IT professionals earned an average of $13.79 an hour in 2016, according the ABS.
“Some people have a very large pay package and they’ve got access to a great company, and they don’t have to worry about having to go on sick leave, they’re not dealing with a lot of bureaucracy, they don-t have to deal with a ton of bureaucracy,” Mr Jost says.
He also has a lot more to do than just do IT.
“They’re probably also involved in other things that aren’t IT,” Mr Gannon says.
“They’re involved in accounting, they’ve probably got a marketing job, they have a healthcare role or they’re probably dealing with other business or government responsibilities.”
So if you’re looking for a good pay, it’s not as simple as finding a salary for the job you’re best suited for.
“A lot of it is going to be determined by how well you’re performing, how well your management skills are,” Mr Dominguez says.
But the average pay for an executive is $200 to $300,000 per annum, according, according research by research firm Avalere.
So, if you are looking to make a lot less than that, you should look for a role that is less demanding.
“You’ll be looking at something that’s going to have a lot fewer hours, but you’ll also be looking for things that have a lower amount of stress,” Mr Rippon says.
It is also important to be prepared for your salary to change.
“If you’re making a lot, you can expect that your salary will probably change quite a bit,” Mr Coughlin says.
You might also want to consider the type of job you are most comfortable doing.
“So if I’m doing an IT project, I’ll probably be comfortable in a management role, I will probably be more flexible in terms in terms where I can work, but I’m also going to want to have the freedom to take a break from the work, to go to the gym, to have my lunch with friends,” Mr Loughan says.
For some IT professionals, it can be the biggest pay jump.
“I think people might want to think about going to a different job, or maybe a different department, or a different role, or go into the corporate world,” Mr Knecht says.
If you’ve been working in a business for a while, you could be making even more money.
“For me, that’s been a big jump from what I was making at my previous job,” Mr Wylie says.AFL chief executive Gillian Triggs says there is a strong correlation between salary and company performance.
“We’ve seen that a lot has happened in the past decade or so, and in particular in the last decade or two, with our workforce, with the growth in technology,” Ms Triggs said.
“And a lot is being driven by the ability of our companies to attract, retain and motivate people.”
The number of people in IT jobs has doubled in the decade to 2021.
According to the Australian Government, the proportion of people working in IT occupations has grown from 18 per cent in 2000 to 33 per cent today.
So, for many IT workers, the best place to find a job is within the IT industry.
But there is still a lot to consider.
“There are people out there who have already