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Average Salary in China 2020

How much money does a person working in China make?

Average Monthly Salary
29,500 CNY
( 354,000 CNY yearly)


A person working in China typically earns around 29,500 CNY per month. Salaries range from 4,000 CNY (lowest) to 131,000 CNY (highest).

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

Median and salary distribution monthly China

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in China range between 4,000 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 131,000 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 30,400 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 30,400 CNY while the other half are earning more than 30,400 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 15,500 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 15,500 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 85,400 CNY while 25% are earning more than 85,400 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 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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly China
Average Salary 2016
26,000 CNY
Average Salary 2017+4%
26,900 CNY
Average Salary 2018+3%
27,900 CNY
Average Salary 2019+3%
28,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in China are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 3% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant19,000 CNY
Accounting Assistant19,100 CNY
Accounting Manager38,100 CNY
Bookkeeper16,000 CNY
Chartered Accountant25,400 CNY
Corporate Treasurer52,500 CNY
Financial Analyst31,000 CNY
Financial Manager56,000 CNY
Internal Auditor28,600 CNY

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant15,700 CNY
Office Manager20,000 CNY
Receptionist16,500 CNY
Secretary15,200 CNY

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director28,400 CNY
Creative Director29,800 CNY
Graphic Designer20,600 CNY
Photographer20,000 CNY

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer31,100 CNY
Air Traffic Controller30,300 CNY
Flight Attendant24,000 CNY
Pilot33,700 CNY

Architect27,200 CNY
CAD Drafter22,100 CNY

Mechanic16,100 CNY
Service Advisor23,800 CNY

Bank Branch Manager43,200 CNY
Teller19,600 CNY

Teacher21,400 CNY
Translator25,400 CNY

Business Planning
Business Analyst35,200 CNY
Business Development Manager44,100 CNY
Project Manager35,100 CNY

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny17,700 CNY
Nursery Teacher21,600 CNY

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer26,300 CNY
Construction Project Manager33,200 CNY
Health and Safety Officer18,800 CNY

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative19,700 CNY
Customer Service Manager37,400 CNY
Customer Service Representative20,800 CNY

Civil Engineer26,700 CNY
Electrical Engineer29,800 CNY
Engineer27,200 CNY
Mechanical Engineer28,300 CNY

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer68,800 CNY
Chief Financial Officer61,100 CNY
General Manager49,800 CNY
Project Manager32,700 CNY

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef24,000 CNY
Executive Chef25,500 CNY
Hotel Manager41,800 CNY
Receptionist20,400 CNY
Travel Agent22,700 CNY
Waiter / Waitress17,500 CNY

Health and Medical
Dentist69,800 CNY
Dietitian68,500 CNY
Laboratory Technician21,800 CNY
Nurse23,300 CNY

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager40,000 CNY
Human Resources Officer23,000 CNY

Information Technology
Computer Technician22,400 CNY
Database Administrator29,500 CNY
Developer / Programmer25,600 CNY
Information Technology Manager42,100 CNY
Network Engineer26,000 CNY

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer23,600 CNY

Attorney42,900 CNY
Legal Assistant20,100 CNY

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist28,700 CNY

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer23,800 CNY
Pharmacist34,300 CNY

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier16,200 CNY
Sales Manager46,000 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 approximatly 170 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
Beijing33,900 CNY
Changchun28,200 CNY
Changsha26,800 CNY
Chengdu30,900 CNY
Chongqing34,200 CNY
Dalian27,900 CNY
Dongguan26,600 CNY
Foshan26,300 CNY
Fuzhou28,100 CNY
Guangzhou32,600 CNY
Hangzhou32,800 CNY
Harbin31,400 CNY
Jinan32,800 CNY
Kunming26,600 CNY
Nanjing29,600 CNY
Qingdao30,400 CNY
Quanzhou27,700 CNY
Shanghai32,000 CNY
Shantou28,800 CNY
Shenyang30,600 CNY
Shenzhen29,200 CNY
Suzhou28,500 CNY
Tianjin31,000 CNY
Wenzhou29,100 CNY
Wuhan33,800 CNY
Wuxi25,400 CNY
Xi an32,300 CNY
Xiamen27,100 CNY
Zhengzhou26,200 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui30,500 CNY
Beijing25,200 CNY
Chongqing26,900 CNY
Fujian28,600 CNY
Gansu26,400 CNY
Guangdong32,700 CNY
Guangxi29,900 CNY
Guizhou27,300 CNY
Hainan24,800 CNY
Hebei31,400 CNY
Heilongjiang28,000 CNY
Henan32,300 CNY
Hubei30,600 CNY
Hunan31,200 CNY
Jiangsu31,800 CNY
Jiangxi29,600 CNY
Jilin27,000 CNY
Liaoning29,300 CNY
Nei Monggol26,500 CNY
Ningxia24,800 CNY
Qinghai24,500 CNY
Shaanxi28,600 CNY
Shandong33,000 CNY
Shanghai26,300 CNY
Shanxi28,100 CNY
Sichuan32,500 CNY
Tianjin25,500 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur26,200 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]24,400 CNY
Yunnan30,300 CNY
Zhejiang30,900 CNY
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