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Sustainability Specialist Average Salary in China 2020

How much money does a Sustainability Specialist make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
42,400 CNY
( 508,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Sustainability Specialist in China typically earns around 42,400 CNY per month. Salaries range from 21,200 CNY (lowest) to 65,700 CNY (highest).

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

Sustainability Specialist Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Sustainability Specialist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Sustainability Specialist salaries in China range from 21,200 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 65,700 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 42,400 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Sustainability Specialist(s) are earning less than 42,400 CNY while the other half are earning more than 42,400 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 Sustainability Specialist(s) are earning less than 28,600 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 28,600 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Sustainability Specialist(s) are earning less than 54,000 CNY while 25% are earning more than 54,000 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

Sustainability Specialist 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 Sustainability Specialist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Sustainability Specialist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 25,400 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 33,600 CNY per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 45,000 CNY per month, 34% 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, Sustainability Specialist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 53,700 CNY per month, 19% 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 57,900 CNY per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 62,100 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Sustainability Specialist average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
25,400 CNY
2 - 5 Years+32%
33,600 CNY
5 - 10 Years+34%
45,000 CNY
10 - 15 Years+19%
53,700 CNY
15 - 20 Years+8%
57,900 CNY
20+ Years+7%
62,100 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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Sustainability Specialist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Sustainability Specialist is 36,300 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 57,200 CNY per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Sustainability Specialist average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
36,300 CNY
Master's Degree+58%
57,200 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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Sustainability Specialist 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 Sustainability Specialist employees in China earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

43,400 CNY
41,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Sustainability Specialist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Sustainability Specialist

Sustainability Specialist(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 15 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 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Sustainability Specialist Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Sustainability Specialist
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A Sustainability Specialist 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.

18% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 82% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 8% 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.

Sustainability Specialist 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 Sustainability Specialist 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.

Sustainability Specialist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Sustainability Specialist and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly China
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The average salary for Sustainability Specialist is 61% more than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Assistant Yard Manager24,900 CNY-41%
Associate Analyst28,400 CNY-33%
Associate Landman11,900 CNY-72%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator10,900 CNY-74%
Biomass Plant Technician13,400 CNY-68%
Biomass Power Plant Manager36,400 CNY-14%
Chemical Plant Operator22,100 CNY-48%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer27,400 CNY-35%
Completions Engineer25,600 CNY-40%
Cost Controller19,600 CNY-54%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative30,100 CNY-29%
Dispatcher11,400 CNY-73%
Distribution Manager37,100 CNY-12%
Dragline Operator12,900 CNY-70%
Driller Offsider9,740 CNY-77%
Dump Truck Driver11,000 CNY-74%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager62,000 CNY+46%
Energy Advisor41,800 CNY-1%
Energy Analyst38,800 CNY-8%
Energy Auditor32,300 CNY-24%
Energy Dispatch Director44,100 CNY+4%
Energy Technical Assistant17,400 CNY-59%
Energy Technical Manager31,600 CNY-25%
Energy Technical Trainer23,600 CNY-44%
Exploration Manager46,800 CNY+10%
Field Safety Auditor30,200 CNY-29%
Fluids Engineer25,800 CNY-39%
Fuel Cell Engineer29,400 CNY-31%
Fuel Cell Technician13,200 CNY-69%
Fuels Handler13,000 CNY-69%
Gas Compressor Operator12,300 CNY-71%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator21,500 CNY-49%
Gas Supply Manager40,200 CNY-5%
Geologist49,700 CNY+17%
Geophysicist49,800 CNY+18%
Geothermal Production Manager46,500 CNY+10%
Geothermal Technician18,000 CNY-58%
HSE Engineer25,800 CNY-39%
HSE Officer16,400 CNY-61%
HSEQ Administrator19,200 CNY-55%
Inspector25,700 CNY-39%
Instructor22,200 CNY-48%
Instrument Designer20,200 CNY-52%
Lead Technical Field Advisor34,300 CNY-19%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator24,300 CNY-43%
Maintenance Engineer26,100 CNY-38%
Maintenance Superintendent23,500 CNY-45%
Material Controller18,800 CNY-56%
Mine Engineer25,300 CNY-40%
Mine Surveyor30,100 CNY-29%
Mining Project Administrator23,300 CNY-45%
Mining Project Assistant19,100 CNY-55%
Mining Project Controls Consultant28,600 CNY-33%
Mining Project Coordinator24,200 CNY-43%
Mining Project Engineer25,900 CNY-39%
Mining Project Manager35,400 CNY-16%
Mining Site Manager34,300 CNY-19%
Mining Team Leader29,100 CNY-31%
NDT Technician16,500 CNY-61%
Oil Service Unit Operator14,700 CNY-65%
Oil Trader34,500 CNY-19%
Oilwell Pumper10,300 CNY-76%
Petroleum Engineer 30,900 CNY-27%
Petroleum Geologist46,400 CNY+10%
Petroleum Pump System Operator15,600 CNY-63%
Pipeline Technician10,400 CNY-75%
Power Coordinator16,800 CNY-60%
Power Plant Operations Manager50,000 CNY+18%
Power Plant Operator22,100 CNY-48%
Radio Operator11,500 CNY-73%
Reliability Engineer25,900 CNY-39%
Reservoir Engineer25,900 CNY-39%
Risk Analyst31,400 CNY-26%
Roughneck28,200 CNY-33%
Scaffolder17,300 CNY-59%
Shutdown Engineer23,400 CNY-45%
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Solar Energy Systems Engineer27,300 CNY-36%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer18,000 CNY-58%
Solar Thermal Technician16,200 CNY-62%
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Sustainability Specialist42,400 CNY+0%
System Development Advisor30,600 CNY-28%
Tanker Truck Driver10,200 CNY-76%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing47,100 CNY
Changchun41,900 CNY
Changsha38,800 CNY
Chengdu44,800 CNY
Chongqing47,000 CNY
Dalian38,400 CNY
Dongguan39,100 CNY
Foshan38,400 CNY
Fuzhou39,300 CNY
Guangzhou47,300 CNY
Hangzhou48,500 CNY
Harbin42,600 CNY
Jinan45,500 CNY
Kunming37,700 CNY
Nanjing42,200 CNY
Qingdao41,300 CNY
Quanzhou37,000 CNY
Shanghai50,400 CNY
Shantou44,000 CNY
Shenyang43,700 CNY
Shenzhen43,900 CNY
Suzhou44,300 CNY
Tianjin46,000 CNY
Wenzhou41,000 CNY
Wuhan46,200 CNY
Wuxi39,000 CNY
Xi an46,700 CNY
Xiamen35,700 CNY
Zhengzhou36,700 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui48,500 CNY
Beijing39,700 CNY
Chongqing42,100 CNY
Fujian44,500 CNY
Gansu40,800 CNY
Guangdong50,100 CNY
Guangxi45,500 CNY
Guizhou41,300 CNY
Hainan37,200 CNY
Hebei46,800 CNY
Heilongjiang41,400 CNY
Henan47,500 CNY
Hubei44,700 CNY
Hunan45,300 CNY
Jiangsu45,800 CNY
Jiangxi42,200 CNY
Jilin42,300 CNY
Liaoning45,700 CNY
Nei Monggol41,000 CNY
Ningxia38,100 CNY
Qinghai37,400 CNY
Shaanxi43,300 CNY
Shandong49,600 CNY
Shanghai39,300 CNY
Shanxi41,700 CNY
Sichuan47,800 CNY
Tianjin37,400 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur38,000 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]35,200 CNY
Yunnan43,400 CNY
Zhejiang43,900 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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