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The Money Questions

by Dian Schaffhauser

2004 U.S.
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The Money Questions This year, for the first time, is sharing data regarding compensation and other employment matters for Cisco technical professionals who work in five countries other than the U.S.: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India and Singapore.

Although much is similar across borders, enough variations exist in some matters to make the comparison interesting reading.

Note: For the sake of uniformity, we asked respondents to provide compensation information in U.S. dollars vs. the currency of the country in which they live and work. In order to convert the numbers in this article to the currency of a particular country, click here:

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The Money Questions
Let’s start with the big question: How much salary do you earn before bonuses? Although the average salary reported in the U.S. is $62,993, no matter what certifications respondents hold, Great Britain exceeds that. According to our results, the average Cisco technical professional in the U.K. earns $69,401. In India the salary is about a quarter of that reported in the U.S.: $14,518. Table 1 shows the data. In future surveys, we hope to draw from a greater pool of participants to provide more granular compensation information about compensation as it’s tied to specific Cisco credentials in each country.

Table 1 . What Is Your Current Annual Salary?
Table 1 . What Is Your Current Annual Salary?

Interestingly, India, which is experiencing a surge in tech hiring due to expansion of its well-publicized offshore IT outsourcing industry, is also the country where the largest number of people report salary increases over the last year. Yet, workers in the U.S., the country where the clamor over offshoring has become deafening this year, have also enjoyed raises in great numbers. Sixty one percent of Indian respondents said they’d experienced an increase in salary; 57 percent of U.S. workers made the same claim. Table 2 shares the results.

Table 2. How has your salary changed in the last 12 months?
  Australia Canada Great Britain India Singapore U.S.
No change 50% 46% 46.50% 39% 60% 35.4%
Decreased 6% 3% 2% - - 7.3%
Increased 44% 51% 51% 61% 40% 57.3%

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The average increase experienced in each country varied from around $900 to $5,000, as shown in Table 3.

Table 3. By what amount has your salary increased in the last 12 months?
  Australia Canada Great Britain India Singapore U.S.
Average increase $3,327 $4,027 $5,065 $1,514 $912 $3,976

On the bonus front, Great Britain leads the way as well in terms of total dollars. There, the average bonus expected this year is $6,543. However, Singapore and India are frontrunners in terms of ratio of bonus to salary, leading with 18 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Table 4 shows the details.

Table 4 . What Is Your Best Estimate of Monetary Bonuses You Will Likely Receive This Year?
Table 4 . What Is Your Best Estimate of Monetary Bonuses You Will Likely Receive This Year?

The majority of respondents believe the biggest impact on improving their salaries would come from working for a different company. The notable exception to that is among IT workers in India. There, respondents said the biggest impact would come from obtaining a new Cisco certification.

In survey after survey in the U.S, many IT workers tend to believe that they’re underpaid compared to their peers. It turns out the sentiment may be the same worldwide. About half of the workers in India and Singapore believe they’re earning less than others in IT in their countries. (On another note, nobody in Singapore said they believe they earn more than others, whereas in other countries at least a few respondents said they believed they earned more.) In Canada the count of those who believe they earn less is 43 percent. In Australia, it’s 39 percent. Workers in Great Britain are the most upbeat; a full third of respondents said they probably earn more than others; only 23 percent thought they earned less.

For those who trust their salaries are above average, respondents in India are the strongest believers that certification played a role in that, with 46 percent saying that it had an impact. Only 15 percent of the workers in Canada felt the same way. A third of respondents in Singapore, 30 percent in Australia and 40 percent in Great Britain believe that certification played a role in achieving a higher-than-average salary.

Those who earn the least tend to work longer, according to our results. Table 5 shows that IT people in India and Singapore tend to put in more hours than those in other countries.

Table 5. What is the number of hours you work per week for your employer?
  Australia Canada Great Britain India Singapore U.S.
Median 43.5 hours 44 hours 44 hours 56 hours 48.5 hours 45 hours

To put salaries in perspective, we asked respondents to tell us how much they pay for housing each month. Table 6 shows the median price of housing, and gives it as a percent of average salary.

Table 6. How much do you pay in housing each month?
  Australia Canada Great Britain India Singapore U.S.
Median $700 $818 $934 $141 $501 $1,000
% of salary 18% 18% 16% 12% 24% 19%

Results by Country:  Australia Canada Great Britain India Singapore's 2004 Cisco Professional Salary Survey

Dian Schaffhauser is Editorial Director of and Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine. You can contact Dian about Cisco International Salaries: The Money Questions, at

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