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Engineering Average Salaries in China 2020

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in China?


Average Monthly Salary
26,300 CNY
( 315,000 CNY yearly)

LOW
14,500
CNY
AVERAGE
26,300
CNY
HIGH
34,900
CNY

A person working in Engineering in China typically earns around 26,300 CNY per month. Salaries range from 14,500 CNY (lowest average) to 34,900 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 Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer27,900 CNY
Assembly Engineering Technician23,000 CNY
Assistant Chief Engineer29,200 CNY
Associate Engineer25,400 CNY
Autocad Operator20,800 CNY
Automation Engineer29,800 CNY
Avionic System Support Engineer23,700 CNY
Biochemical Engineer29,600 CNY
BMS Engineer26,800 CNY
Bridge and Lock Tender24,600 CNY
Broadcast Engineer29,200 CNY
CAD Design Engineer25,300 CNY
CAD Designer21,900 CNY
CAE Engineer25,800 CNY
Ceramics Engineer25,200 CNY
Civil Engineer26,700 CNY
Commissioning Engineer27,400 CNY
Communications Engineer28,600 CNY
Condition Monitoring Engineer24,000 CNY
Contract Associate Engineer28,200 CNY
Control Systems Engineer27,400 CNY
Controls Engineer28,700 CNY
Controls Software Engineer27,800 CNY
Corrosion Engineer24,800 CNY
Design Engineer27,300 CNY
Drafter20,300 CNY
Drafting Manager28,800 CNY
Drilling Engineer25,600 CNY
Electrical Draughtsman17,000 CNY
Electrical Engineer29,800 CNY
Electrical Engineering Manager32,900 CNY
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist28,900 CNY
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler26,100 CNY
Energy Engineer29,300 CNY
Engine Assembler19,100 CNY
Engineer27,200 CNY
Engineering Account Manager26,600 CNY
Engineering Chief Designer26,500 CNY
Engineering Consultant30,500 CNY
Engineering Key Account Manager31,200 CNY
Engineering Lab Technician24,700 CNY
Engineering Planning Manager32,300 CNY
Engineering Production Manager34,500 CNY
Engineering Project Analyst28,700 CNY
Engineering Project Coordinator 27,100 CNY
Engineering Project Director33,100 CNY
Engineering Project Manager34,300 CNY
Engineering Research and Development Manager32,300 CNY
Engineering Safety Coordinator22,500 CNY
Engineering Sales Manager31,200 CNY
Engineering Technician25,100 CNY
Engineering Technologist23,600 CNY
Environmental Engineer27,200 CNY
Equipment Engineer26,100 CNY
Equipment Engineering Manager30,000 CNY
Estimator26,200 CNY
Fabrication Specialist22,200 CNY
Fabricator20,200 CNY
Facade Engineer28,700 CNY
Fiber Analyst22,100 CNY
Field Engineer25,800 CNY
Field Engineering Manager32,100 CNY
Fire Engineer28,400 CNY
Fitter and Turner13,900 CNY
Forestry Strategic Planner31,700 CNY
Generation Engineer30,300 CNY
Genetic Engineer34,000 CNY
Geological Engineer31,700 CNY
Geotechnical Engineer29,900 CNY
Heavy Equipment Mechanic20,900 CNY
Highway Engineer25,500 CNY
HSE Professional24,800 CNY
HVAC Engineer27,000 CNY
HVAC Supervisor25,800 CNY
Industrial Engineer26,300 CNY
Industrial Engineering Technologist25,300 CNY
Instrument Engineer28,100 CNY
Instrumentation and Control Engineer27,100 CNY
Instrumentation Engineer27,800 CNY
Instrumentation Manager34,100 CNY
Irrigation Engineer24,900 CNY
Licensed Aircraft Engineer27,900 CNY
Locomotive Engineer26,700 CNY
Maintenance Engineer25,700 CNY
Maintenance Fitter17,700 CNY
Maintenance Manager32,500 CNY
Manufacturing Engineer27,800 CNY
Marine Engineer24,600 CNY
Materials Engineer24,300 CNY
Materials Researcher28,200 CNY
Materials Technician25,800 CNY
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer27,900 CNY
Mechanical Design Engineer28,200 CNY
Mechanical Designer25,700 CNY
Mechanical Engineer28,300 CNY
Mechanical Engineering Manager34,500 CNY
Mechanical Inspector27,600 CNY
Mechatronics Engineer24,700 CNY
Mining Engineer23,300 CNY
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer30,700 CNY
Optical Engineer25,900 CNY
Optical Instrument Assembler22,000 CNY
PCB Assembler18,400 CNY
Photonics Engineer28,600 CNY
Photonics Technician24,300 CNY
Pipeline Engineer24,900 CNY
Piping Designer23,100 CNY
Piping Engineer24,600 CNY
Planning Engineer26,100 CNY
Pressure Vessel Inspector17,200 CNY
Principal Cost Engineer29,200 CNY
Principal Engineer27,800 CNY
Principal Support Engineer25,400 CNY
Process Engineer25,200 CNY
Process Operator23,300 CNY
Product Development Engineer28,900 CNY
Product Development Technician23,300 CNY
Product Engineer24,500 CNY
Product Safety Engineer26,800 CNY
Production Engineer28,400 CNY
Project Engineer27,500 CNY
Proposal Manager30,400 CNY
Purchasing Engineer26,600 CNY
Quality Assurance Engineer26,800 CNY
Rail Engineer25,300 CNY
Robotics Engineer29,800 CNY
Robotics Technician25,600 CNY
Safety Engineer26,100 CNY
Safety Inspector24,800 CNY
Safety Manager29,100 CNY
Safety Officer21,500 CNY
Sales Engineer24,600 CNY
Scheduling Engineer22,400 CNY
Service Engineer28,800 CNY
Solar Engineer27,100 CNY
Staff Engineer25,800 CNY
Static Equipment Engineer24,900 CNY
Stationary Engineer24,500 CNY
Stress Engineer25,100 CNY
Structural Analysis Engineer26,200 CNY
Structural Designer24,400 CNY
Structural Engineer27,800 CNY
Structural Technician21,700 CNY
Supply Chain Specialist28,900 CNY
Surveyor19,200 CNY
Technical Affairs Officer20,600 CNY
Technical Assistant22,000 CNY
Technical Engineer24,300 CNY
Technical Support Engineer24,400 CNY
Tender Engineer25,100 CNY
Test Development Engineer25,500 CNY
Transportation Engineer26,400 CNY
Validation Engineer24,700 CNY
Verification Engineer23,700 CNY
Wastewater Engineer24,300 CNY
Wind Energy Engineer27,300 CNY
Wind Energy Operations Manager33,000 CNY
Work Planner20,600 CNY

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in China range from 14,500 CNY per month (minimum average salary) to 34,900 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 26,300 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 26,300 CNY while the other half are earning more than 26,300 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 Engineering are earning less than 18,400 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 18,400 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 30,600 CNY while 25% are earning more than 30,600 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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 148,000 Yuan Renminbi(s) to 443,000 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Engineering
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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 earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

Female
25,400 CNY
Male+7%
27,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly China
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Engineering

Engineering professionals 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China Engineering
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate China
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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

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

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.

Received Bonus
54%
No Bonus
46%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly China
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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.

Private Sector
28,800 CNY
Public Sector+6%
30,400 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering Salary Forecast and Trend in China

How do Engineering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly China Engineering
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Average Salary 2016
23,700 CNY
Average Salary 2017+4%
24,600 CNY
Average Salary 2018+2%
25,200 CNY
Average Salary 2019+1%
25,600 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering salaries in China are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in China


150 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 150 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximately 150 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly China
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The average salary for Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing30,100 CNY
Changchun25,100 CNY
Changsha23,900 CNY
Chengdu27,500 CNY
Chongqing30,500 CNY
Dalian24,800 CNY
Dongguan23,700 CNY
Foshan23,400 CNY
Fuzhou25,000 CNY
Guangzhou29,100 CNY
Hangzhou29,200 CNY
Harbin27,900 CNY
Jinan29,200 CNY
Kunming23,700 CNY
Nanjing26,300 CNY
Qingdao27,100 CNY
Quanzhou24,600 CNY
Shanghai28,400 CNY
Shantou25,700 CNY
Shenyang27,200 CNY
Shenzhen26,000 CNY
Suzhou25,300 CNY
Tianjin27,600 CNY
Wenzhou25,900 CNY
Wuhan30,100 CNY
Wuxi22,600 CNY
Xi an28,800 CNY
Xiamen24,100 CNY
Zhengzhou23,300 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui27,200 CNY
Beijing22,400 CNY
Chongqing23,900 CNY
Fujian25,500 CNY
Gansu23,500 CNY
Guangdong29,100 CNY
Guangxi26,600 CNY
Guizhou24,300 CNY
Hainan22,100 CNY
Hebei27,900 CNY
Heilongjiang24,900 CNY
Henan28,700 CNY
Hubei27,200 CNY
Hunan27,800 CNY
Jiangsu28,300 CNY
Jiangxi26,300 CNY
Jilin24,000 CNY
Liaoning26,100 CNY
Nei Monggol23,600 CNY
Ningxia22,100 CNY
Qinghai21,800 CNY
Shaanxi25,400 CNY
Shandong29,300 CNY
Shanghai23,400 CNY
Shanxi25,000 CNY
Sichuan28,900 CNY
Tianjin22,700 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur23,300 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]21,700 CNY
Yunnan26,900 CNY
Zhejiang27,500 CNY
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