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Civil Engineer Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Civil Engineer make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
27,100 CNY
( 326,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Civil Engineer in China typically earns around 27,100 CNY per month. Salaries range from 13,800 CNY (lowest) to 41,800 CNY (highest).

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

Civil Engineer Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Civil Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Civil Engineer salaries in China range from 13,800 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 41,800 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 26,600 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 26,600 CNY while the other half are earning more than 26,600 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 Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 18,200 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 18,200 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 33,500 CNY while 25% are earning more than 33,500 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

Civil Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Civil Engineer
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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 Civil Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Civil Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 15,500 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 20,300 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 28,400 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, Civil Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 34,100 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 37,000 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 40,000 CNY per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Civil Engineer average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
15,500 CNY
2 - 5 Years+31%
20,300 CNY
5 - 10 Years+40%
28,400 CNY
10 - 15 Years+20%
34,100 CNY
15 - 20 Years+9%
37,000 CNY
20+ Years+8%
40,000 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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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly China Civil Engineer
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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 Civil Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Civil Engineer is 19,100 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 34,000 CNY per month, 77% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Civil Engineer average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
19,100 CNY
Master's Degree+77%
34,000 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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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Civil Engineer
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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 Civil Engineer employees in China earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

28,700 CNY
25,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Civil Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% 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 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2020. 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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Civil Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

Civil Engineer Average Hourly Wage in China

160 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 160 CNY. This means that the average Civil Engineer in China earns approximately 160 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.

Civil Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Civil Engineer and Construction / Building / Installation monthly China
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The average salary for Civil Engineer is 57% more than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator11,400 CNY-58%
Assembler9,750 CNY-64%
Boat Builder and Shipwright13,500 CNY-50%
Bricklayer8,070 CNY-70%
Building Administrator12,000 CNY-56%
Building Contracts Manager41,400 CNY+53%
Building Inspector11,200 CNY-59%
Building Monitor8,900 CNY-67%
Building Sales Manager39,300 CNY+45%
Cabinetmaker9,970 CNY-63%
Carpenter10,500 CNY-61%
Civil Engineer27,100 CNY-0%
Civil Technician14,000 CNY-48%
Concreter8,910 CNY-67%
Construction and Maintenance Manager21,300 CNY-22%
Construction Assistant10,800 CNY-60%
Construction Coordinator16,300 CNY-40%
Construction Estimator17,100 CNY-37%
Construction Field Engineer23,700 CNY-13%
Construction General Manager50,100 CNY+85%
Construction Inventory Officer9,180 CNY-66%
Construction Operations Manager47,200 CNY+74%
Construction Project Coordinator27,300 CNY+1%
Construction Project Engineer28,200 CNY+4%
Construction Project Manager46,600 CNY+72%
Construction Project Planner27,500 CNY+1%
Construction Quality Control Manager35,600 CNY+31%
Construction Safety Officer17,100 CNY-37%
Construction Superintendent16,800 CNY-38%
Construction Supervisor26,500 CNY-2%
Construction Technical Assistant10,500 CNY-61%
Construction Technical Officer12,100 CNY-55%
Construction Technical Writer10,500 CNY-61%
Construction Technician9,770 CNY-64%
Crane and Tower Operator9,590 CNY-65%
Diesel Mechanic9,190 CNY-66%
Drywall Installer9,900 CNY-64%
Electrical Draftsman9,320 CNY-66%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor29,200 CNY+8%
Electrical Engineering Technician11,900 CNY-56%
Electrician14,200 CNY-48%
Elevator Installer and Repairer12,300 CNY-55%
Engineer28,700 CNY+6%
Excavator Operator8,990 CNY-67%
Floor Finisher10,800 CNY-60%
Floor Manager15,400 CNY-43%
Foreman7,660 CNY-72%
Frame and Truss Detailer8,750 CNY-68%
Furniture Finisher9,340 CNY-66%
Gas Technician 8,930 CNY-67%
Handyman7,980 CNY-71%
Health and Safety Coordinator11,900 CNY-56%
Health and Safety Officer13,300 CNY-51%
Installation Manager30,700 CNY+13%
Installer8,120 CNY-70%
Insulation Installer9,070 CNY-67%
Labourer7,650 CNY-72%
Land Surveyor12,300 CNY-55%
Lift Technician8,860 CNY-67%
Material Tester13,700 CNY-50%
Model Maker13,500 CNY-50%
Order Picker8,520 CNY-69%
Painter9,400 CNY-65%
Pipe Layer7,600 CNY-72%
Pipefitter7,940 CNY-71%
Plumber9,860 CNY-64%
Property Coordinator22,800 CNY-16%
Purchasing Manager33,200 CNY+22%
Quantity Surveyor16,700 CNY-38%
Roof Slater and Tiler8,320 CNY-69%
Sheet Metal Mechanic9,600 CNY-65%
Site Clerk9,010 CNY-67%
Site engineer23,800 CNY-12%
Site Leader44,800 CNY+65%
Stock Controller14,000 CNY-48%
Structural Steel Construction Worker10,400 CNY-62%
Technical Draughtsman11,100 CNY-59%
Tendering Manager39,200 CNY+44%
Tower Crane Operator8,820 CNY-67%
Wall and Floor Tiler8,540 CNY-69%
Warehouse Manager31,200 CNY+15%
Welder7,590 CNY-72%
Welding Superintendent10,300 CNY-62%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing30,500 CNY
Changchun25,100 CNY
Changsha24,500 CNY
Chengdu29,000 CNY
Chongqing31,800 CNY
Dalian25,600 CNY
Dongguan24,100 CNY
Foshan25,500 CNY
Fuzhou25,900 CNY
Guangzhou30,600 CNY
Hangzhou29,000 CNY
Harbin27,500 CNY
Jinan29,200 CNY
Kunming25,300 CNY
Nanjing28,600 CNY
Qingdao27,000 CNY
Quanzhou25,400 CNY
Shanghai30,200 CNY
Shantou26,000 CNY
Shenyang27,800 CNY
Shenzhen27,200 CNY
Suzhou25,700 CNY
Tianjin29,800 CNY
Wenzhou27,300 CNY
Wuhan31,100 CNY
Wuxi23,700 CNY
Xi an28,900 CNY
Xiamen23,300 CNY
Zhengzhou24,400 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui29,900 CNY
Beijing23,800 CNY
Chongqing24,600 CNY
Fujian28,000 CNY
Gansu24,900 CNY
Guangdong29,800 CNY
Guangxi29,100 CNY
Guizhou25,700 CNY
Hainan22,500 CNY
Hebei30,500 CNY
Heilongjiang26,300 CNY
Henan29,300 CNY
Hubei29,700 CNY
Hunan29,300 CNY
Jiangsu28,800 CNY
Jiangxi28,600 CNY
Jilin25,300 CNY
Liaoning26,500 CNY
Nei Monggol25,600 CNY
Ningxia23,100 CNY
Qinghai22,100 CNY
Shaanxi27,600 CNY
Shandong30,700 CNY
Shanghai23,700 CNY
Shanxi27,000 CNY
Sichuan30,200 CNY
Tianjin22,900 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur25,100 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]22,700 CNY
Yunnan27,100 CNY
Zhejiang29,600 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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