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Countries where software engineers make a killing

June 20, 2014 13:10 IST

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You will be surprised to know that among all the countries in the world a software engineer in Pakistan makes the most money compared to other professions in the country.

Taking data from PayScale, Bloomberg came up with a list of countries where software engineers are paid the highest compared to others workers.

The data do not talk plainly about the highest compensation. Rather, it compares the pay of software engineers with others’ taking into account average income in the country.

Let’s take a look at countries where it would be a wise choice to be a software engineer compared to other professions.

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Image: A woman uses a computer in a Federal Labour Office job centre.
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Pakistan

Rank: 1

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 5.56

Median annual pay for software engineers: $7,200

Average annual income: $1,296

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Image: Freelance developer works a company in Karachi.
Photographs: Reuters
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India

Rank: 2

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 3.91

Median annual pay for software engineers: $6,200

Average annual income: $1,584

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Image: Professionals work on their computer terminals at the Start-up Village.
Photographs: Sivaram V/Reuters
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South Africa

Rank: 3

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 3.64

Median annual pay for software engineers: $24,000

Average annual income: $6,595

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Image: Eight year old Jenni-Lee Mason stares in awe as she uses a computer for the first time.
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Bulgaria

Rank: 4

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 3.28

Median annual pay for software engineers: $25,200

Average annual income: $7,682

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Image: A man works on a laptop in a cafe of the newly opened Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
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China

Rank: 5

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 3.15

Median annual pay for software engineers: $23,100

Average annual income: $7,333

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Image: People look at an Apple computer during the inauguration of a new Apple store in Nanjing Road, downtown Shanghai.
Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters
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Ukraine

Rank: 6

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 2.96

Median annual pay for software engineers: $11,600

Average annual income: $3,919

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Image: A doctor uses computer at the state-run Lavra clinic in Kiev.
Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
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Philippines

Rank: 7

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 2.69

Median annual pay for software engineers: $7,900

Average annual income: $2,935

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Image: Sheila Ortencio, an online contractor, works on a compute.
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Brazil

Rank: 8

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 2.46

Median annual pay for software engineers: $27,300

Average annual income: $11,080

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Image: Professionals work on their computers.
Photographs: Nacho Doce/Reuters
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Egypt

Rank: 9

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 2.19

Median annual pay for software engineers: $7,300

Average annual income: $3,333

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Image: Sherien Fathy, a blind 32-year-old mother of two, uses her special headphones as she works on her computer at the General Petroleum Corporation in Cairo.
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
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Mexico

Rank: 10

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 2.04

Median annual pay for software engineers: $22,000

Average annual income: $10,767

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Image: Marisol Valles Garcia sits at her desk at the police station in Praxedis G.Guerrero.
Photographs: Gael Gonzalez/Reuters
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Sri Lanka

Rank: 11

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.98

Median annual pay for software engineers: $6,700

Average annual income: $3,385

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Image: Sri Lankan stock brokers monitor a computer screen during trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange.
Photographs: Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi/Reuters
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Indonesia

Rank: 12

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.87

Median annual pay for software engineers: $6,400

Average annual income: $3,417

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Image: Job seekers apply for jobs using computers as they visit a job fair in Jakarta.
Photographs: Beawiharta/Reuters
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Israel

Rank: 13

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.86

Median annual pay for software engineers: $70,700

Average annual income: $38,004

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Image: Palestinian woman students work on computers during their study in the Islamic Da'wi College in Deir Al Balah in Gaza Strip.
Photographs: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
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Czech Republic

Rank: 14

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.75

Median annual pay for software engineers: $33,000

Average annual income: $18,846

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Image: Customer look at computer screens in an Apple store in central Prague,
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Turkey

Rank: 15

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.72

Median annual pay for software engineers: $17,100

Average annual income: $9,920

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Image: Children are seen in computer class at the Fatih College in Istanbul.
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Poland

Rank: 16

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.60

Median annual pay for software engineers: $22,600

Average annual income: $14,136

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Image: Wiktor Wojciechowski (R) from the Civic Development Forum points on a computer as Poland's former Central Bank Governor Leszek Balcerowicz launches a "public debt counter" on a public screen in Warsaw.
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Russia

Rank: 17

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.51

Median annual pay for software engineers: $22,100

Average annual income: $14,645

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Image: Employees sit in front of computers during an online testing session to demonstrate a live broadcast from polling stations via a network of webcams installed all over the country at an election commission situational centre in Moscow.
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Argentina

Rank: 18

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.45

Median annual pay for software engineers: $14,000

Average annual income: $9,640

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Image: Ignacio Jardon edits a video he took in Buenos Aires.
Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
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Malaysia

Rank: 18

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.45

Median annual pay for software engineers: $16,500

Average annual income: $11,387

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Hungary

Rank: 20

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.44

Median annual pay for software engineers: $19,300

Average annual income: $13,363

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Image: Mark Felegyhazi from Hungary's Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security, or CrySyS, works at his computer at the Budapest Technical University.
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United States

Rank: 21

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.38

Median annual pay for software engineers: $76,000

Average annual income: $54,980

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Image: Attendees use their computers during a seminar at Social Media Week held in the Manhattan borough of New York.
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United States

Rank: 21

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.38

Median annual pay for software engineers: $76,000

Average annual income: $54,980

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Germany

Rank: 23

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.33

Median annual pay for software engineers: $63,800

Average annual income: $47,893

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Image: A representative of Microsoft poses for the media with a Samsung notebook to present a new children-friendly Microsoft Surface platform.
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United Kingdom

Rank: 24

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.28

Median annual pay for software engineers: $56,200

Average annual income: $43,830

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Lithuania

Rank: 25

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.25

Median annual pay for software engineers: $21,000

Average annual income: $16,742

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Spain

Rank: 26

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.22

Median annual pay for software engineers: $37,000

Average annual income: $30,432

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Image: Traders look at computer screens during a Spanish bond auction in Madrid.
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France

Rank: 27

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.21

Median annual pay for software engineers: $54,700

Average annual income: $45,123


Image: French filmmaker Eleonore Pourriat sits at a computer in Paris.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters
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Switzerland

Rank: 27

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.21

Median annual pay for software engineers: $104,200

Average annual income: $86,145

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Image: Scientists look at computer screens at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) control center of the CERN in Geneva.
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Denmark

Rank: 29

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.16

Median annual pay for software engineers: $71,500

Average annual income: $61,889

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Canada

Rank: 30

Ratio of median software engineer pay to average income: 1.15

Median annual pay for software engineers: $57,500

Average annual income: $49,838


Image: Kognitive Marketing recruiter Maggie O'Rourke (L) conducts a recorded on-site interview with Nafisah Amir (R) at the 2014 Spring National Job Fair and Training Expo in Toronto.
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