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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in China 2021

How much money does a person working in Construction / Building / Installation make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
17,200 CNY
( 207,000 CNY yearly)


A person working in Construction / Building / Installation in China typically earns around 17,200 CNY per month. Salaries range from 7,410 CNY (lowest average) to 50,100 CNY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Construction / Building / Installation careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator11,400 CNY
Assembler9,750 CNY
Boat Builder and Shipwright13,500 CNY
Bricklayer8,070 CNY
Building Administrator12,000 CNY
Building Contracts Manager41,400 CNY
Building Inspector11,200 CNY
Building Monitor8,900 CNY
Building Sales Manager39,300 CNY
Cabinetmaker9,970 CNY
Carpenter10,500 CNY
Civil Engineer27,100 CNY
Civil Technician14,000 CNY
Concreter8,910 CNY
Construction and Maintenance Manager21,300 CNY
Construction Assistant10,800 CNY
Construction Coordinator16,300 CNY
Construction Estimator17,100 CNY
Construction Field Engineer23,700 CNY
Construction General Manager50,100 CNY
Construction Inventory Officer9,180 CNY
Construction Operations Manager47,200 CNY
Construction Project Coordinator27,300 CNY
Construction Project Engineer28,200 CNY
Construction Project Manager46,600 CNY
Construction Project Planner27,500 CNY
Construction Quality Control Manager35,600 CNY
Construction Safety Officer17,100 CNY
Construction Superintendent16,800 CNY
Construction Supervisor26,500 CNY
Construction Technical Assistant10,500 CNY
Construction Technical Officer12,100 CNY
Construction Technical Writer10,500 CNY
Construction Technician9,770 CNY
Crane and Tower Operator9,590 CNY
Diesel Mechanic9,190 CNY
Drywall Installer9,900 CNY
Electrical Draftsman9,320 CNY
Electrical Engineering Supervisor29,200 CNY
Electrical Engineering Technician11,900 CNY
Electrician14,200 CNY
Elevator Installer and Repairer12,300 CNY
Engineer28,700 CNY
Excavator Operator8,990 CNY
Floor Finisher10,800 CNY
Floor Manager15,400 CNY
Foreman7,660 CNY
Frame and Truss Detailer8,750 CNY
Furniture Finisher9,340 CNY
Gas Technician 8,930 CNY
Handyman7,980 CNY
Health and Safety Coordinator11,900 CNY
Health and Safety Officer13,300 CNY
Installation Manager30,700 CNY
Installer8,120 CNY
Insulation Installer9,070 CNY
Labourer7,650 CNY
Land Surveyor12,300 CNY
Lift Technician8,860 CNY
Material Tester13,700 CNY
Model Maker13,500 CNY
Order Picker8,520 CNY
Painter9,400 CNY
Pipe Layer7,600 CNY
Pipefitter7,940 CNY
Plumber9,860 CNY
Property Coordinator22,800 CNY
Purchasing Manager33,200 CNY
Quantity Surveyor16,700 CNY
Roof Slater and Tiler8,320 CNY
Sheet Metal Mechanic9,600 CNY
Site Clerk9,010 CNY
Site engineer23,800 CNY
Site Leader44,800 CNY
Stock Controller14,000 CNY
Structural Steel Construction Worker10,400 CNY
Technical Draughtsman11,100 CNY
Tendering Manager39,200 CNY
Tower Crane Operator8,820 CNY
Wall and Floor Tiler8,540 CNY
Warehouse Manager31,200 CNY
Welder7,590 CNY
Welding Superintendent10,300 CNY

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Construction / Building / Installation
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Construction / Building / Installation salaries in China range from 7,410 CNY per month (minimum average salary) to 50,100 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,900 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 15,900 CNY while the other half are earning more than 15,900 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 people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 10,500 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 10,500 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 30,400 CNY while 25% are earning more than 30,400 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Construction / Building / Installation Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Construction / Building / Installation
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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 employees in China who work in Construction / Building / Installation earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

17,700 CNY
16,600 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Construction / Building / Installation Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for Construction / Building / Installation professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Construction / Building / Installation

Construction / Building / Installation professionals in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China Construction / Building / Installation
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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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Construction / Building / Installation Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Construction / Building / Installation
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Construction / Building / Installation is considered to be a low bonus-based field 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.

75% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 25% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% 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.

Construction / Building / Installation Hourly Average Wage in China

99 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 99 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximately 99 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.

Construction / Building / Installation VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Construction / Building / Installation and Construction / Building / Installation monthly China
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The average salary for Construction / Building / Installation is 41% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing19,800 CNY
Changchun16,500 CNY
Changsha15,700 CNY
Chengdu18,100 CNY
Chongqing20,000 CNY
Dalian16,300 CNY
Dongguan15,500 CNY
Foshan15,400 CNY
Fuzhou16,400 CNY
Guangzhou19,100 CNY
Hangzhou19,200 CNY
Harbin18,300 CNY
Jinan19,200 CNY
Kunming15,500 CNY
Nanjing17,300 CNY
Qingdao17,800 CNY
Quanzhou16,200 CNY
Shanghai18,700 CNY
Shantou16,800 CNY
Shenyang17,800 CNY
Shenzhen17,000 CNY
Suzhou16,600 CNY
Tianjin18,100 CNY
Wenzhou17,000 CNY
Wuhan19,700 CNY
Wuxi14,800 CNY
Xi an18,900 CNY
Xiamen15,800 CNY
Zhengzhou15,300 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui17,800 CNY
Beijing14,700 CNY
Chongqing15,700 CNY
Fujian16,700 CNY
Gansu15,400 CNY
Guangdong19,100 CNY
Guangxi17,400 CNY
Guizhou15,900 CNY
Hainan14,500 CNY
Hebei18,300 CNY
Heilongjiang16,300 CNY
Henan18,900 CNY
Hubei17,900 CNY
Hunan18,200 CNY
Jiangsu18,600 CNY
Jiangxi17,300 CNY
Jilin15,800 CNY
Liaoning17,100 CNY
Nei Monggol15,500 CNY
Ningxia14,500 CNY
Qinghai14,300 CNY
Shaanxi16,700 CNY
Shandong19,200 CNY
Shanghai15,400 CNY
Shanxi16,400 CNY
Sichuan19,000 CNY
Tianjin14,900 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur15,300 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]14,300 CNY
Yunnan17,700 CNY
Zhejiang18,000 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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