Wages for IT jobs are continuing to grow in Australia.

That's according to jobs site Indeed which has collated data based on jobs posted to the site in 2019.

Enterprise architects attracted the highest average salary last year in the tech sector, with software engineering manager following closely behind.

With jobs that commonly call for professionals who have certifications in frameworks like The Open Group Architecture Framework (also known as TOGAF) – which was based on an information architecture framework used by the US Department of Defense – enterprise architects are a crucial part of managing an organisation’s digital transformation.

Unsurprisingly, managers and team leads tend to find higher-paying roles than their skill-specific counterparts ($147,155 for software engineering managers; $134,286 for engineering lead).

Those roles also see fewer jobs posted, according to Indeed’s figures, while full stack developers and software engineers saw the highest share of tech postings last year (5.3 and 5.2 per cent respectively).

The data does shows a high market value for people with specific long-term skillsets.

Senior java developer roles averaged a call for more than $140,000 last year, while senior software engineer roles were looking at over $120,000.

Information Age recently reported that cloud engineers are commanding high pay cheques and this has been corroborated by Indeed’s data that puts last year’s average cloud engineer job posting salary at $122,863.

Plenty of other non-senior roles with specific skillsets also sit around the $120,000 mark such as PHP engineer ($123,511), C++ developer ($123,370), and python developer ($121,301).

Here are Indeed’s top ten highest paying tech jobs for 2019:

Job title

Average salary

enterprise architect


software engineering manager


senior product manager


senior java developer


technical lead


engineering lead


software architect


network security engineer


product owner


analytics manager


Higher than your average wage

Considering the national average weekly income is around $1,650 per week – or nearly $85,800 per year – IT roles outperform many other sectors in the Australian economy.

Indeed economist, Callam Pickering, told Information Age Australia’s IT sector was currently in a period of high wages growth that bucked the national trend.

“That reflects skill shortages across the tech sector,” Pickering said.

“So these are workers are in high demand and they’re hard to find. And when you have that combination, employers and businesses are willing to pay a little bit more to find the right candidates for those roles.”

While Pickering expects the solid IT wage growth to continue for the foreseeable future, he warns that, in this constantly changing sector, professionals need to keep their skills up-to-date.

“Skills that no one was thinking about three or five years ago are suddenly in high demand today,” he said.

“So one thing I would advise tech workers to do is make sure that you’re constantly updating your skillset so that you’re adaptable to changing demand in that space.

“You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have a skillset that’s really good for 2020 but by 2023 it’s not quite the hot new thing and employers are looking for some other skillset that you don’t have.”