A person working in Engineering in China typically earns around 24,700 CNY. Salaries range from 7,850 CNY (lowest average) to 52,300 CNY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).
The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Engineering domain in China exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||25,900 CNY|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||19,600 CNY|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||29,700 CNY|
|Associate Engineer||23,100 CNY|
|Autocad Operator||15,900 CNY|
|Automation Engineer||28,600 CNY|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||23,400 CNY|
|Biochemical Engineer||24,500 CNY|
|BMS Engineer||23,300 CNY|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||13,500 CNY|
|Broadcast Engineer||25,100 CNY|
|CAD Design Engineer||26,500 CNY|
|CAD Designer||16,800 CNY|
|CAE Engineer||25,700 CNY|
|Ceramics Engineer||23,000 CNY|
|Civil Engineer||27,100 CNY|
|Commissioning Engineer||26,300 CNY|
|Communications Engineer||28,900 CNY|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||22,900 CNY|
|Contract Associate Engineer||24,900 CNY|
|Control Systems Engineer||25,400 CNY|
|Controls Engineer||26,600 CNY|
|Controls Software Engineer||23,800 CNY|
|Corrosion Engineer||23,300 CNY|
|Design Engineer||25,400 CNY|
|Drafting Manager||29,000 CNY|
|Drilling Engineer||25,300 CNY|
|Electrical Draughtsman||13,300 CNY|
|Electrical Engineer||29,800 CNY|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||36,900 CNY|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||27,600 CNY|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||14,100 CNY|
|Energy Engineer||26,600 CNY|
|Engine Assembler||11,700 CNY|
|Engineering Account Manager||30,700 CNY|
|Engineering Chief Designer||28,400 CNY|
|Engineering Consultant||34,900 CNY|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||37,900 CNY|
|Engineering Lab Technician||25,500 CNY|
|Engineering Planning Manager||35,500 CNY|
|Engineering Production Manager||47,800 CNY|
|Engineering Project Analyst||29,400 CNY|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||31,400 CNY|
|Engineering Project Director||52,300 CNY|
|Engineering Project Manager||37,900 CNY|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||41,900 CNY|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||19,400 CNY|
|Engineering Sales Manager||33,700 CNY|
|Engineering Technician||21,000 CNY|
|Engineering Technologist||19,700 CNY|
|Environmental Engineer||24,900 CNY|
|Equipment Engineer||24,200 CNY|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||33,000 CNY|
|Fabrication Specialist||18,000 CNY|
|Facade Engineer||25,100 CNY|
|Fiber Analyst||15,000 CNY|
|Field Engineer||27,200 CNY|
|Field Engineering Manager||41,800 CNY|
|Fire Engineer||26,400 CNY|
|Fitter and Turner||7,950 CNY|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||31,700 CNY|
|Generation Engineer||25,600 CNY|
|Genetic Engineer||29,500 CNY|
|Geological Engineer||27,700 CNY|
|Geotechnical Engineer||27,600 CNY|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||13,600 CNY|
|Highway Engineer||27,000 CNY|
|HSE Professional||25,100 CNY|
|HVAC Engineer||27,200 CNY|
|HVAC Supervisor||23,300 CNY|
|Industrial Engineer||25,700 CNY|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||24,700 CNY|
|Instrument Engineer||24,400 CNY|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||24,400 CNY|
|Instrumentation Engineer||25,000 CNY|
|Instrumentation Manager||26,600 CNY|
|Irrigation Engineer||24,600 CNY|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||28,300 CNY|
|Locomotive Engineer||25,700 CNY|
|Maintenance Engineer||24,800 CNY|
|Maintenance Fitter||9,300 CNY|
|Maintenance Manager||26,800 CNY|
|Manufacturing Engineer||24,000 CNY|
|Marine Engineer||26,200 CNY|
|Materials Engineer||24,200 CNY|
|Materials Researcher||23,600 CNY|
|Materials Technician||19,000 CNY|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||26,600 CNY|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||27,400 CNY|
|Mechanical Designer||23,100 CNY|
|Mechanical Engineer||27,500 CNY|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||37,800 CNY|
|Mechanical Inspector||25,500 CNY|
|Mechatronics Engineer||26,700 CNY|
|Mining Engineer||24,600 CNY|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||29,000 CNY|
|Optical Engineer||26,300 CNY|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||13,000 CNY|
|PCB Assembler||9,150 CNY|
|Photonics Engineer||27,900 CNY|
|Photonics Technician||23,800 CNY|
|Pipeline Engineer||23,100 CNY|
|Piping Designer||14,300 CNY|
|Piping Engineer||22,800 CNY|
|Planning Engineer||26,900 CNY|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||12,100 CNY|
|Principal Cost Engineer||26,300 CNY|
|Principal Engineer||25,000 CNY|
|Principal Support Engineer||26,200 CNY|
|Process Engineer||24,900 CNY|
|Process Operator||15,800 CNY|
|Product Development Engineer||27,300 CNY|
|Product Development Technician||18,800 CNY|
|Product Engineer||25,800 CNY|
|Product Safety Engineer||25,400 CNY|
|Production Engineer||26,400 CNY|
|Project Engineer||27,500 CNY|
|Proposal Manager||32,800 CNY|
|Purchasing Engineer||24,100 CNY|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||26,800 CNY|
|Rail Engineer||25,800 CNY|
|Robotics Engineer||28,100 CNY|
|Robotics Technician||21,300 CNY|
|Safety Engineer||26,800 CNY|
|Safety Inspector||21,000 CNY|
|Safety Manager||30,500 CNY|
|Safety Officer||12,900 CNY|
|Sales Engineer||26,600 CNY|
|Scheduling Engineer||23,100 CNY|
|Service Engineer||27,100 CNY|
|Solar Engineer||26,700 CNY|
|Staff Engineer||25,900 CNY|
|Static Equipment Engineer||25,300 CNY|
|Stationary Engineer||23,500 CNY|
|Stress Engineer||24,700 CNY|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||24,700 CNY|
|Structural Designer||23,400 CNY|
|Structural Engineer||25,800 CNY|
|Structural Technician||16,000 CNY|
|Supply Chain Specialist||25,200 CNY|
|Technical Affairs Officer||12,600 CNY|
|Technical Assistant||13,000 CNY|
|Technical Engineer||22,900 CNY|
|Technical Support Engineer||22,900 CNY|
|Tender Engineer||24,200 CNY|
|Test Development Engineer||25,000 CNY|
|Transportation Engineer||24,000 CNY|
|Validation Engineer||22,500 CNY|
|Verification Engineer||23,400 CNY|
|Wastewater Engineer||24,500 CNY|
|Wind Energy Engineer||25,500 CNY|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||34,900 CNY|
|Work Planner||18,700 CNY|
Salaries in Engineering in China range from 7,850 CNY (starting average salary) to 52,300 CNY (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.
The median income in the field of Engineering is 22,200 CNY, implying that half of the workforce in China earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.
Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Engineering in China earn less than 16,600 CNY, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 27,500 CNY, while 25% earn more than that.
Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Engineering in China. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 11,400 CNY to 21,200 CNY. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 11,400 CNY mark, while 10% ranged from 21,200 CNY to 25,600 CNY. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 25,600 CNY or higher.
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 in Engineering in China 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.
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.
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 degree levels across many jobs in Engineering in China, below are our findings.
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 certificate 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.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in China costs anywhere from 146,000 CNY to 439,000 CNY and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.
Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? In the field of Engineering in China, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 6%.
Professionals working in Engineering in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.
The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2022. 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.
Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.
46% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2019|
|Average Salary 2020||+3%|
|Average Salary 2021||+2%|
|Average Salary 2022||+3%|
Salaries for individuals working in Engineering in China are rising in the year 2023 based on recently submitted salaries and reports. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from one industry to another.
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 fixed 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.
The minimum pay rate per hour for people working in Engineering in China is 45 CNY. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.
|Xi an||27,100 CNY|
|Nei Monggol||22,200 CNY|
|Xinjiang Uygur||21,900 CNY|
|Xizang [Tibet]||20,500 CNY|
Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in China is 6% on average across all career fields.
A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 22,200 CNY and 27,500 CNY. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.
The base salary for jobs in Engineering in China ranges from 16,600 CNY to 27,500 CNY. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.
Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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
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