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Average Salary in China 2019

How much money does a person working in China make?

29,531 CNY per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in China typically earns around 29,531 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

Median and salary distribution monthly China

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in China range between 3,997 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 130,768 CNY per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 30,417 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 30,417 CNY while the other half are earning more than 30,417 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 15,486 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 15,486 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 85,428 CNY while 25% are earning more than 85,428 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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly China
Average Salary 2016    =  
26,713 CNY
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
27,701 CNY
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
28,643 CNY
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
29,531 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 3% 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
Accountant18,984 CNY
Administrative Assistant15,686 CNY
Architect27,206 CNY
Attorney42,948 CNY
Biomedical Engineer23,807 CNY
CAD Drafter22,146 CNY
Cashier16,214 CNY
Chartered Accountant25,366 CNY
Chef23,992 CNY
Chief Executive Officer68,805 CNY
Chief Financial Officer61,141 CNY
Civil Engineer26,680 CNY
Civil Engineer26,259 CNY
Computer Technician22,424 CNY
Creative Director29,778 CNY
Dentist69,848 CNY
Developer / Programmer25,630 CNY
Electrical Engineer29,815 CNY
Elementary School Teacher19,655 CNY
Engineer27,206 CNY
Executive Chef25,528 CNY
Flight Attendant23,954 CNY
General Manager49,833 CNY
Graphic Designer20,620 CNY
Hotel Manager41,827 CNY
Human Resources Manager39,958 CNY
Internal Auditor28,586 CNY
Journalist28,675 CNY
Legal Assistant20,122 CNY
Mechanical Engineer28,333 CNY
Nurse23,253 CNY
Pharmacist34,271 CNY
Photographer20,010 CNY
Pilot33,677 CNY
Police Officer23,621 CNY
Project Manager32,692 CNY
Receptionist20,389 CNY
Receptionist16,499 CNY
Sales Manager45,955 CNY
Sales Representative18,051 CNY
Secondary School Teacher24,753 CNY
Secretary15,241 CNY
Teacher21,443 CNY
Teller19,615 CNY
Travel Agent22,662 CNY
Waiter / Waitress17,506 CNY

Average Hourly Wage in China | All Jobs

170 CNY per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China | All Jobs 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
Beijing33,868 CNY
Changchun28,207 CNY
Changsha26,813 CNY
Chengdu30,931 CNY
Chongqing34,239 CNY
Dalian27,927 CNY
Dongguan26,580 CNY
Foshan26,321 CNY
Fuzhou28,144 CNY
Guangzhou32,649 CNY
Hangzhou32,811 CNY
Harbin31,392 CNY
Jinan32,815 CNY
Kunming26,631 CNY
Nanjing29,560 CNY
Qingdao30,425 CNY
Quanzhou27,684 CNY
Shanghai31,960 CNY
Shantou28,848 CNY
Shenyang30,576 CNY
Shenzhen29,196 CNY
Suzhou28,471 CNY
Tianjin30,994 CNY
Wenzhou29,135 CNY
Wuhan33,808 CNY
Wuxi25,360 CNY
Xi an32,318 CNY
Xiamen27,114 CNY
Zhengzhou26,214 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui30,514 CNY
Beijing25,172 CNY
Chongqing26,897 CNY
Fujian28,626 CNY
Gansu26,386 CNY
Guangdong32,662 CNY
Guangxi29,853 CNY
Guizhou27,323 CNY
Hainan24,787 CNY
Hebei31,373 CNY
Heilongjiang27,980 CNY
Henan32,296 CNY
Hubei30,613 CNY
Hunan31,217 CNY
Jiangsu31,823 CNY
Jiangxi29,560 CNY
Jilin27,005 CNY
Liaoning29,334 CNY
Nei Monggol26,485 CNY
Ningxia24,784 CNY
Qinghai24,521 CNY
Shaanxi28,589 CNY
Shandong32,954 CNY
Shanghai26,333 CNY
Shanxi28,098 CNY
Sichuan32,476 CNY
Tianjin25,543 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur26,150 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]24,432 CNY
Yunnan30,280 CNY
Zhejiang30,894 CNY
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