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Linguist Average Salary in China 2022

How much money does a Linguist make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
38,800 CNY
( 466,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Linguist in China typically earns around 38,800 CNY per month. Salaries range from 18,300 CNY (lowest) to 61,400 CNY (highest).

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

Linguist Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Linguist salaries in China range from 18,300 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 61,400 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 41,200 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Linguist(s) are earning less than 41,200 CNY while the other half are earning more than 41,200 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 Linguist(s) are earning less than 26,700 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 26,700 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Linguist(s) are earning less than 54,300 CNY while 25% are earning more than 54,300 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

Linguist 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 Linguist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Linguist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 21,100 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 29,000 CNY per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 41,300 CNY per month, 42% 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, Linguist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 50,400 CNY per month, 22% 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 53,200 CNY per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 57,900 CNY per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Linguist average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
21,100 CNY
2 - 5 Years+38%
29,000 CNY
5 - 10 Years+42%
41,300 CNY
10 - 15 Years+22%
50,400 CNY
15 - 20 Years+6%
53,200 CNY
20+ Years+9%
57,900 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Linguist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Linguist is 26,900 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 41,500 CNY per month, 55% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 55,300 CNY per month, 33% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Linguist average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
26,900 CNY
Master's Degree+55%
41,500 CNY
55,300 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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Linguist 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 Linguist employees in China earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

40,900 CNY
37,200 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Linguist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Linguist(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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 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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Linguist Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Linguist
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A Linguist is considered to be a moderate 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.

40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% 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.

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.

Linguist Average Hourly Wage in China

220 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 220 CNY. This means that the average Linguist in China earns approximately 220 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.

Linguist VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Linguist is 31% more than that of Bilingual. Also, Bilingual salaries are 1% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bilingual Paraprofessional30,100 CNY-23%
Interpreter25,600 CNY-34%
Language Specialist37,300 CNY-4%
Linguist38,800 CNY-0%
Multilingual Host29,000 CNY-25%
Teacher21,400 CNY-45%
Translator26,500 CNY-32%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing41,800 CNY
Changchun35,000 CNY
Changsha33,600 CNY
Chengdu38,300 CNY
Chongqing41,600 CNY
Dalian35,000 CNY
Dongguan33,500 CNY
Foshan32,900 CNY
Fuzhou34,400 CNY
Guangzhou40,500 CNY
Hangzhou39,900 CNY
Harbin38,300 CNY
Jinan39,700 CNY
Kunming34,500 CNY
Nanjing39,900 CNY
Qingdao36,000 CNY
Quanzhou32,200 CNY
Shanghai43,600 CNY
Shantou37,400 CNY
Shenyang39,400 CNY
Shenzhen37,200 CNY
Suzhou37,800 CNY
Tianjin38,900 CNY
Wenzhou37,000 CNY
Wuhan40,300 CNY
Wuxi33,100 CNY
Xi an41,000 CNY
Xiamen31,000 CNY
Zhengzhou32,600 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui42,000 CNY
Beijing34,400 CNY
Chongqing36,400 CNY
Fujian38,500 CNY
Gansu35,200 CNY
Guangdong43,200 CNY
Guangxi39,200 CNY
Guizhou35,600 CNY
Hainan32,000 CNY
Hebei40,200 CNY
Heilongjiang35,500 CNY
Henan40,700 CNY
Hubei38,200 CNY
Hunan38,700 CNY
Jiangsu43,200 CNY
Jiangxi39,900 CNY
Jilin36,100 CNY
Liaoning38,900 CNY
Nei Monggol34,900 CNY
Ningxia32,400 CNY
Qinghai31,800 CNY
Shaanxi36,800 CNY
Shandong42,000 CNY
Shanghai33,300 CNY
Shanxi35,300 CNY
Sichuan40,400 CNY
Tianjin31,500 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur32,000 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]32,800 CNY
Yunnan40,300 CNY
Zhejiang40,800 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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