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Average Salary in China 2020

How much money does a person working in China make?


Average Monthly Salary
29,300 CNY
( 352,000 CNY yearly)

LOW
7,410
CNY
AVERAGE
29,300
CNY
HIGH
131,000
CNY

A person working in China typically earns around 29,300 CNY per month. Salaries range from 7,410 CNY (lowest average) to 131,000 CNY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in China range from 7,410 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 131,000 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 31,100 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 31,100 CNY while the other half are earning more than 31,100 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.

  • Percentiles

    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 17,300 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 17,300 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 85,800 CNY while 25% are earning more than 85,800 CNY.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in China costs anywhere from 146,000 Yuan Renminbi(s) to 439,000 Yuan Renminbi(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.



Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in China earn 10% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Male
30,800 CNY
Female-9%
28,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China? How often do employees get salary raises?

China

Employees in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in China is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
Mid-Career
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China
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43% of surveyed staff in China reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
57%
No Bonus
43%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant19,400 CNY
Accounting Assistant15,900 CNY
Accounting Manager43,600 CNY
Bookkeeper14,200 CNY
Chartered Accountant26,500 CNY
Corporate Treasurer40,500 CNY
Financial Analyst38,100 CNY
Financial Manager55,500 CNY
Internal Auditor26,400 CNY

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant15,700 CNY
Office Manager25,300 CNY
Receptionist14,400 CNY
Secretary12,800 CNY

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director28,900 CNY
Creative Director29,100 CNY
Graphic Designer18,900 CNY
Photographer16,500 CNY

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer36,500 CNY
Air Traffic Controller32,700 CNY
Flight Attendant19,200 CNY
Pilot48,900 CNY

Architecture
Architect36,300 CNY
CAD Drafter15,100 CNY

Automotive
Mechanic11,500 CNY
Service Advisor20,900 CNY

Banking
Bank Branch Manager53,600 CNY
Teller10,900 CNY

Bilingual
Teacher21,400 CNY
Translator26,500 CNY

Business Planning
Business Analyst36,900 CNY
Business Development Manager46,300 CNY
Project Manager37,600 CNY

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny11,700 CNY
Nursery Teacher11,400 CNY

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer27,100 CNY
Construction Project Manager46,600 CNY
Health and Safety Officer13,300 CNY

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative10,700 CNY
Customer Service Manager38,400 CNY
Customer Service Representative11,200 CNY

Engineering
Civil Engineer27,100 CNY
Electrical Engineer29,800 CNY
Engineer28,300 CNY
Mechanical Engineer27,500 CNY

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer68,800 CNY
Chief Financial Officer61,400 CNY
General Manager49,800 CNY
Project Manager32,700 CNY

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef18,400 CNY
Executive Chef21,000 CNY
Hotel Manager51,000 CNY
Receptionist10,500 CNY
Travel Agent17,600 CNY
Waiter / Waitress9,190 CNY

Health and Medical
Dentist69,800 CNY
Dietitian59,400 CNY
Laboratory Technician21,800 CNY
Nurse23,000 CNY

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager43,600 CNY
Human Resources Officer17,000 CNY

Information Technology
Computer Technician22,400 CNY
Database Administrator29,500 CNY
Developer / Programmer28,600 CNY
Information Technology Manager48,300 CNY
Network Engineer26,000 CNY

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer18,000 CNY

Legal
Attorney58,300 CNY
Legal Assistant14,800 CNY

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist33,100 CNY

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer23,800 CNY
Pharmacist38,800 CNY

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier10,800 CNY
Sales Manager50,700 CNY
Sales Representative18,100 CNY

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher19,700 CNY
Secondary School Teacher24,800 CNY

Average Hourly Wage in China


170 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 170 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximately 170 CNY for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing33,600 CNY
Changchun28,000 CNY
Changsha26,600 CNY
Chengdu30,700 CNY
Chongqing34,000 CNY
Dalian27,700 CNY
Dongguan26,400 CNY
Foshan26,100 CNY
Fuzhou27,900 CNY
Guangzhou32,400 CNY
Hangzhou32,500 CNY
Harbin31,100 CNY
Jinan32,600 CNY
Kunming26,400 CNY
Nanjing29,300 CNY
Qingdao30,200 CNY
Quanzhou27,500 CNY
Shanghai31,700 CNY
Shantou28,600 CNY
Shenyang30,300 CNY
Shenzhen29,000 CNY
Suzhou28,200 CNY
Tianjin30,700 CNY
Wenzhou28,900 CNY
Wuhan33,500 CNY
Wuxi25,200 CNY
Xi an32,100 CNY
Xiamen26,900 CNY
Zhengzhou26,000 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui30,300 CNY
Beijing25,000 CNY
Chongqing26,700 CNY
Fujian28,400 CNY
Gansu26,200 CNY
Guangdong32,400 CNY
Guangxi29,600 CNY
Guizhou27,100 CNY
Hainan24,600 CNY
Hebei31,100 CNY
Heilongjiang27,800 CNY
Henan32,000 CNY
Hubei30,400 CNY
Hunan31,000 CNY
Jiangsu31,600 CNY
Jiangxi29,300 CNY
Jilin26,800 CNY
Liaoning29,100 CNY
Nei Monggol26,300 CNY
Ningxia24,600 CNY
Qinghai24,300 CNY
Shaanxi28,400 CNY
Shandong32,700 CNY
Shanghai26,100 CNY
Shanxi27,900 CNY
Sichuan32,200 CNY
Tianjin25,300 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur25,900 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]24,200 CNY
Yunnan30,000 CNY
Zhejiang30,600 CNY

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in China earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
28,500 CNY
Public Sector+6%
30,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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