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Average Salary in Shanghai 2019

How much money does a person working in Shanghai make?

26,333 CNY per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Shanghai typically earns around 26,333 CNY per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Shanghai | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Shanghai

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Shanghai range between 3,564 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 116,605 CNY per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 26,596 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 26,596 CNY while the other half are earning more than 26,596 CNY. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 13,572 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 13,572 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 73,032 CNY while 25% are earning more than 73,032 CNY.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Shanghai

How are Shanghai salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Shanghai
Average Salary 2016    =  
24,241 CNY
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
25,138 CNY
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
25,842 CNY
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
26,333 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Shanghai are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant17,994 CNY
Administrative Assistant13,436 CNY
Architect24,279 CNY
Attorney36,789 CNY
Biomedical Engineer23,022 CNY
CAD Drafter20,152 CNY
Cashier15,054 CNY
Chartered Accountant23,542 CNY
Chef21,833 CNY
Chief Executive Officer57,824 CNY
Chief Financial Officer54,541 CNY
Civil Engineer23,800 CNY
Computer Technician20,812 CNY
Creative Director27,637 CNY
Dentist64,826 CNY
Developer / Programmer24,255 CNY
Electrical Engineer25,057 CNY
Elementary School Teacher18,984 CNY
Engineer24,279 CNY
Executive Chef22,299 CNY
Flight Attendant21,799 CNY
General Manager44,416 CNY
Graphic Designer19,130 CNY
Hotel Manager38,062 CNY
Human Resources Manager35,631 CNY
Internal Auditor28,195 CNY
Journalist26,613 CNY
Legal Assistant18,690 CNY
Mechanical Engineer25,264 CNY
Nurse21,160 CNY
Pharmacist29,391 CNY
Photographer17,850 CNY
Pilot30,646 CNY
Police Officer21,914 CNY
Project Manager29,151 CNY
Receptionist15,307 CNY
Sales Manager42,651 CNY
Sales Representative16,427 CNY
Secondary School Teacher21,228 CNY
Secretary13,869 CNY
Teacher20,325 CNY
Teller17,491 CNY
Travel Agent22,352 CNY
Waiter / Waitress15,292 CNY

Average Hourly Wage in Shanghai | All Jobs

152 CNY per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Shanghai | All Jobs is 152 CNY. This means that the average person in Shanghai earns approximatly 152 CNY for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Shanghai VS China

Salary Comparison Between Shanghai and China monthlyWe compared salaries in Shanghai and China and we found that Shanghai salaries are 11% less than those of China.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Shanghai31,960 CNY
30659 - 272
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