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Director of Application Development Average Salary in China 2022

How much money does a Director of Application Development make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
40,900 CNY
( 491,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Director of Application Development in China typically earns around 40,900 CNY per month. Salaries range from 20,000 CNY (lowest) to 63,800 CNY (highest).

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

Director of Application Development Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Director of Application Development
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Director of Application Development salaries in China range from 20,000 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 63,800 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 41,700 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Director of Application Development(s) are earning less than 41,700 CNY while the other half are earning more than 41,700 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 Director of Application Development(s) are earning less than 27,800 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 27,800 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Director of Application Development(s) are earning less than 53,800 CNY while 25% are earning more than 53,800 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

Director of Application Development 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 Director of Application Development salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Director of Application Development with less than two years of experience makes approximately 23,800 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 30,600 CNY per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 42,200 CNY per month, 38% 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, Director of Application Development(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 52,200 CNY per month, 24% 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 55,900 CNY per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 59,700 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Director of Application Development average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
23,800 CNY
2 - 5 Years+29%
30,600 CNY
5 - 10 Years+38%
42,200 CNY
10 - 15 Years+24%
52,200 CNY
15 - 20 Years+7%
55,900 CNY
20+ Years+7%
59,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Director of Application Development Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Director of Application Development(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 Director of Application Development salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Director of Application Development is 30,600 CNY per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 41,100 CNY per month, 34% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 62,900 CNY per month, 53% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Director of Application Development average salary difference by education level in China

Certificate or Diploma
30,600 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+34%
41,100 CNY
Master's Degree+53%
62,900 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

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Director of Application Development 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 Director of Application Development employees in China earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

42,300 CNY
39,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Director of Application Development Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for Director of Application Development(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Director of Application Development

Director of Application Development(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 14% every 16 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 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2021. 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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Director of Application Development Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Director of Application Development
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A Director of Application Development is considered to be a high 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.

17% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 83% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Director of Application Development Average Hourly Wage in China

240 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 240 CNY. This means that the average Director of Application Development in China earns approximately 240 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.

Director of Application Development VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Director of Application Development and Information Technology monthly China
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The average salary for Director of Application Development is 35% more than that of Data Analysis. Also, Data Analysis salaries are 3% more than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Business Intelligence Analyst30,000 CNY-27%
Business Systems Analyst26,300 CNY-36%
Data Quality Analyst28,800 CNY-30%
Director of Application Development40,900 CNY-0%
Disaster Recovery Analyst25,900 CNY-37%
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect36,700 CNY-10%
ERP Analyst31,700 CNY-23%
Functional Analyst29,200 CNY-29%
Information Technology Training Analyst30,100 CNY-26%
OPS Manager41,300 CNY+1%
Reporting Analyst27,000 CNY-34%
Salesforce Administrator26,100 CNY-36%
SOA Analyst27,900 CNY-32%
Software Analyst28,300 CNY-31%
Software Architect27,500 CNY-33%
Software Engineer29,100 CNY-29%
Solutions Architect39,400 CNY-4%
Systems Analyst26,800 CNY-34%
Systems Architect28,800 CNY-30%
Technical Analyst23,500 CNY-43%
Technology Business Analyst28,000 CNY-32%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing46,500 CNY
Changchun41,700 CNY
Changsha37,600 CNY
Chengdu46,900 CNY
Chongqing44,900 CNY
Dalian37,200 CNY
Dongguan38,200 CNY
Foshan38,900 CNY
Fuzhou37,800 CNY
Guangzhou49,500 CNY
Hangzhou44,100 CNY
Harbin43,200 CNY
Jinan45,300 CNY
Kunming38,900 CNY
Nanjing42,800 CNY
Qingdao41,200 CNY
Quanzhou35,800 CNY
Shanghai47,400 CNY
Shantou43,200 CNY
Shenyang42,600 CNY
Shenzhen41,800 CNY
Suzhou39,300 CNY
Tianjin42,300 CNY
Wenzhou38,700 CNY
Wuhan44,600 CNY
Wuxi37,000 CNY
Xi an41,900 CNY
Xiamen37,000 CNY
Zhengzhou35,000 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui44,000 CNY
Beijing37,300 CNY
Chongqing40,900 CNY
Fujian40,500 CNY
Gansu38,400 CNY
Guangdong48,800 CNY
Guangxi45,800 CNY
Guizhou39,000 CNY
Hainan36,300 CNY
Hebei47,200 CNY
Heilongjiang39,100 CNY
Henan46,400 CNY
Hubei45,200 CNY
Hunan47,300 CNY
Jiangsu44,900 CNY
Jiangxi42,800 CNY
Jilin40,200 CNY
Liaoning40,500 CNY
Nei Monggol37,600 CNY
Ningxia36,200 CNY
Qinghai36,800 CNY
Shaanxi39,800 CNY
Shandong47,200 CNY
Shanghai38,700 CNY
Shanxi38,400 CNY
Sichuan45,600 CNY
Tianjin36,900 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur38,800 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]33,700 CNY
Yunnan42,900 CNY
Zhejiang45,000 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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