Australian tech professionals ended the year on a high after seeing a steady rise in salaries throughout the year ending with an average salary of $104,907 AUD, an increase of approximately $5000 AUD. The USA conversely saw declining salaries across all industry areas to year’s end, with average salaries dipping below $100,000 USD to $77,696 USD.

The United Kingdom fluctuated throughout the year for particular skill sets, but overall recorded a steady salary average of £45,388.

“It was an interesting year overall for the tech job market,” says Gooroo CEO and Founder Mr Greg Muller. “Individual skills in each region fluctuated, sometimes quite dramatically, but each region recorded a different result overall; the most significant of those being the decrease in the usually strong US market.”

Database related skills across the US, UK and Australia demanded higher salaries than other skill areas, whereas Infrastructure roles fell throughout the year.

Australian tech salary trends

“In Australia we saw infrastructure jobs demand slightly lower salaries of around $106,190 AUD, which was only down 1% from the start of the year,” said Mr Muller. “In the UK, infrastructure roles, in particular data centre positions, push salaries down by 6.9% to an average salary of £45,761.”

Advertised positions for database skills, particularly Hadoop, Hibernate, Hive and data modelling, drove average salaries up in Australia to an average of $112,256 AUD by the end of 2015.

UK tech salary trends

“Those same skills remained steady in the US and UK so it’s interesting to see Australia had such big growth in those database areas in particular”, said Mr Muller.” Predictably, skills in mobile and software development remained steady across the board.”

It was not all bad news for the US tech job market, with all salaries holding very steady from October through to December.

USA tech salary trends

“We will be watching to see if the new year brings an upward tick in new roles, higher demand and consequently higher salaries in the early part of this year,“ concluded Mr Muller.