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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 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 4,000 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 131,000 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 31,300 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 31,300 CNY while the other half are earning more than 31,300 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 15,900 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 15,900 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 85,900 CNY while 25% are earning more than 85,900 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 148,000 Yuan Renminbi(s) to 443,000 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 14% more than their female counterparts.

27,800 CNY
31,700 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?


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

Information Technology

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%
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
No Bonus

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

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly China
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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.

Private Sector
28,800 CNY
Public Sector+6%
30,400 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in China

How are China salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly China
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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 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary 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 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
Beijing33,900 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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