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Average Salary in China 2019

How much money does a person working in China make?

27,640 CNY per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in China typically earns around 27,640 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 China | All Jobs

25% of people earn
12,000 CNY
or less
50% of people earn
20,000 CNY
or less
75% of people earn
35,000 CNY
or less
2,500 CNY
20,000 CNY
125,000 CNY

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in China range between 2,500 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 125,000 CNY per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 20,000 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 20,000 CNY while the other half are earning more than 20,000 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 12,000 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 12,000 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 35,000 CNY while 25% are earning more than 35,000 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 China

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

Average Salary 2016    =  
25,592 CNY
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
26,308 CNY
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
26,992 CNY
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
27,640 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in China 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.

Average Hourly Wage in China | All Jobs

142 CNY per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China | All Jobs is 142 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximatly 142 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Baoding54,542 CNY
Beijing23,049 CNY
Dalian26,894 CNY
Foshan30,806 CNY
Fuzhou16,750 CNY
Guangzhou23,361 CNY
Hangzhou24,504 CNY
Jiangyin7,500 CNY
Nanjing30,740 CNY
Ningbo24,667 CNY
Qingdao44,333 CNY
Shanghai29,296 CNY
Shenzhen26,991 CNY
Shijiazhuang16,500 CNY
Suzhou19,470 CNY
Tianjin27,433 CNY
Wuxi23,857 CNY
Xi an37,500 CNY
Xiamen60,278 CNY
Yinchuan26,750 CNY
Zhengzhou47,667 CNY
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