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Ethical Hacker Average Salary in China 2023

How much money does an Ethical Hacker make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
26,300 CNY
( 316,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as an Ethical Hacker in China typically earns around 26,300 CNY per month. Salaries range from 13,400 CNY (lowest) to 40,600 CNY (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Ethical Hacker salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Ethical Hacker Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Ethical Hacker salaries in China range from 13,400 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 40,600 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 25,800 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Ethical Hacker(s) are earning less than 25,800 CNY while the other half are earning more than 25,800 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 Ethical Hacker(s) are earning less than 17,700 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 17,700 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Ethical Hacker(s) are earning less than 32,500 CNY while 25% are earning more than 32,500 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

Ethical Hacker Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Ethical Hacker salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Ethical Hacker with less than two years of experience makes approximately 15,100 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,700 CNY per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 27,500 CNY per month, 40% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Ethical Hacker(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 33,100 CNY per month, 20% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 36,000 CNY per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 38,800 CNY per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Ethical Hacker average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
15,100 CNY
2 - 5 Years+31%
19,700 CNY
5 - 10 Years+40%
27,500 CNY
10 - 15 Years+20%
33,100 CNY
15 - 20 Years+9%
36,000 CNY
20+ Years+8%
38,800 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Ethical Hacker Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Ethical Hacker(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Ethical Hacker salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of an Ethical Hacker is 17,200 CNY per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 25,900 CNY per month, 50% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 38,400 CNY per month, 48% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Ethical Hacker average salary difference by education level in China

Certificate or Diploma
17,200 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+50%
25,900 CNY
Master's Degree+48%
38,400 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Ethical Hacker Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Ethical Hacker employees in China earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

27,800 CNY
25,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Ethical Hacker Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for Ethical Hacker(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Ethical Hacker

Ethical Hacker(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees 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.

China / All Professions

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 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2022. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Ethical Hacker Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Ethical Hacker
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An Ethical Hacker is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

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.

Ethical Hacker Average Hourly Wage in China

150 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 150 CNY. This means that the average Ethical Hacker in China earns approximately 150 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.

Ethical Hacker VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Ethical Hacker and Information Technology monthly China
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The average salary for Ethical Hacker is 1% more than that of Other IT. Also, Other IT salaries are 12% less than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Applications System Specialist24,200 CNY-8%
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist34,800 CNY+32%
Artificial Intelligence Developer32,900 CNY+25%
Blockchain Associate27,400 CNY+4%
Blockchain Developer26,700 CNY+1%
Computer Animator25,300 CNY-4%
Computer Hardware Engineer22,700 CNY-14%
Computer Operator18,600 CNY-29%
Computer Technician22,400 CNY-15%
Copy Editor22,600 CNY-14%
Data Center Technician25,600 CNY-3%
Documentation Specialist24,700 CNY-6%
Ethical Hacker26,300 CNY-0%
GIS Analyst24,700 CNY-6%
Global BI Analyst28,900 CNY+10%
Hardware Design Engineer27,500 CNY+4%
Hardware Technician22,900 CNY-13%
Help Desk Analyst25,900 CNY-2%
Informatics Optimization Specialist28,800 CNY+9%
Information Assurance Analyst28,800 CNY+9%
Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer25,700 CNY-2%
Information Technology Quality Specialist28,000 CNY+6%
Information Technology Trainer30,600 CNY+16%
Interface Designer23,900 CNY-9%
Microsystems Engineer27,100 CNY+3%
Numerical Control Programmer23,800 CNY-10%
Records Manager24,000 CNY-9%
Scrum Master22,600 CNY-14%
Software Sales26,200 CNY-1%
Software Specialist26,000 CNY-1%
Storage Engineer23,800 CNY-10%
Systems Engineer24,000 CNY-9%
Systems Integrator27,400 CNY+4%
Technical Sales26,600 CNY+1%
Technical Trainer29,300 CNY+11%
Technical Writer24,200 CNY-8%
Tester23,800 CNY-10%
Usability Engineer28,300 CNY+7%
User Experience Consultant29,200 CNY+11%
User Experience Design Expert29,300 CNY+11%
User Experience Researcher30,800 CNY+17%
User Interface Designer26,400 CNY+0%
Video Game Designer23,400 CNY-11%
Visual Information Specialist25,600 CNY-3%
Writer and Documentor24,600 CNY-7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing28,800 CNY
Changchun24,700 CNY
Changsha23,100 CNY
Chengdu27,100 CNY
Chongqing28,800 CNY
Dalian24,000 CNY
Dongguan23,600 CNY
Foshan24,400 CNY
Fuzhou24,300 CNY
Guangzhou28,600 CNY
Hangzhou27,600 CNY
Harbin27,100 CNY
Jinan26,800 CNY
Kunming23,500 CNY
Nanjing25,600 CNY
Qingdao25,700 CNY
Quanzhou23,100 CNY
Shanghai30,100 CNY
Shantou25,500 CNY
Shenyang26,200 CNY
Shenzhen25,400 CNY
Suzhou24,300 CNY
Tianjin26,700 CNY
Wenzhou24,700 CNY
Wuhan27,300 CNY
Wuxi21,400 CNY
Xi an27,400 CNY
Xiamen22,400 CNY
Zhengzhou21,300 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui27,500 CNY
Beijing23,700 CNY
Chongqing23,900 CNY
Fujian26,600 CNY
Gansu23,200 CNY
Guangdong30,000 CNY
Guangxi25,900 CNY
Guizhou24,800 CNY
Hainan21,300 CNY
Hebei28,100 CNY
Heilongjiang26,200 CNY
Henan28,600 CNY
Hubei28,300 CNY
Hunan27,300 CNY
Jiangsu29,100 CNY
Jiangxi25,600 CNY
Jilin24,400 CNY
Liaoning25,000 CNY
Nei Monggol23,700 CNY
Ningxia20,900 CNY
Qinghai21,600 CNY
Shaanxi26,300 CNY
Shandong28,700 CNY
Shanghai24,000 CNY
Shanxi24,200 CNY
Sichuan29,200 CNY
Tianjin21,700 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur23,300 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]20,500 CNY
Yunnan26,600 CNY
Zhejiang28,300 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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