A person working as an Engineer in China typically earns around 28,300 CNY per month. Salaries range from 13,000 CNY (lowest) to 45,100 CNY (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Engineer salaries in China range from 13,000 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 45,100 CNY per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 30,600 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 30,600 CNY while the other half are earning more than 30,600 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 19,600 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 19,600 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 40,900 CNY while 25% are earning more than 40,900 CNY.
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
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 Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 14,800 CNY per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,800 CNY per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 29,200 CNY per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 35,600 CNY per month, 22% 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 38,800 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 42,000 CNY per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Engineer is 17,200 CNY per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 33,200 CNY per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Engineer employees in China earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.
Engineer(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 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 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.
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 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.
An Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.
40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.
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.
The average salary for Engineer is 15% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||25,900 CNY||-9%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||19,600 CNY||-31%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||29,700 CNY||+5%|
|Associate Engineer||23,100 CNY||-18%|
|Autocad Operator||15,900 CNY||-44%|
|Automation Engineer||28,500 CNY||+1%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||23,400 CNY||-17%|
|Biochemical Engineer||24,500 CNY||-14%|
|BMS Engineer||23,300 CNY||-18%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||13,500 CNY||-52%|
|Broadcast Engineer||25,100 CNY||-11%|
|CAD Design Engineer||26,500 CNY||-6%|
|CAD Designer||16,800 CNY||-41%|
|CAE Engineer||25,700 CNY||-9%|
|Ceramics Engineer||23,000 CNY||-19%|
|Civil Engineer||27,100 CNY||-4%|
|Commissioning Engineer||26,300 CNY||-7%|
|Communications Engineer||28,900 CNY||+2%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||22,900 CNY||-19%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||24,900 CNY||-12%|
|Control Systems Engineer||25,400 CNY||-10%|
|Controls Engineer||26,600 CNY||-6%|
|Controls Software Engineer||23,800 CNY||-16%|
|Corrosion Engineer||23,300 CNY||-18%|
|Design Engineer||25,400 CNY||-10%|
|Drafting Manager||29,000 CNY||+2%|
|Drilling Engineer||25,300 CNY||-11%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||13,300 CNY||-53%|
|Electrical Engineer||29,800 CNY||+5%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||36,900 CNY||+30%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||27,600 CNY||-3%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||14,100 CNY||-50%|
|Energy Engineer||26,600 CNY||-6%|
|Engine Assembler||11,700 CNY||-59%|
|Engineering Account Manager||30,700 CNY||+8%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||28,400 CNY||+0%|
|Engineering Consultant||34,900 CNY||+23%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||37,900 CNY||+34%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||25,500 CNY||-10%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||35,500 CNY||+25%|
|Engineering Production Manager||47,800 CNY||+69%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||29,400 CNY||+4%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||31,400 CNY||+11%|
|Engineering Project Director||52,300 CNY||+85%|
|Engineering Project Manager||37,900 CNY||+34%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||41,900 CNY||+48%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||19,400 CNY||-32%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||33,700 CNY||+19%|
|Engineering Technician||21,000 CNY||-26%|
|Engineering Technologist||19,700 CNY||-30%|
|Environmental Engineer||24,900 CNY||-12%|
|Equipment Engineer||24,200 CNY||-15%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||33,000 CNY||+16%|
|Fabrication Specialist||18,000 CNY||-36%|
|Facade Engineer||25,100 CNY||-11%|
|Fiber Analyst||15,000 CNY||-47%|
|Field Engineer||27,200 CNY||-4%|
|Field Engineering Manager||41,800 CNY||+47%|
|Fire Engineer||26,400 CNY||-7%|
|Fitter and Turner||7,950 CNY||-72%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||31,700 CNY||+12%|
|Generation Engineer||25,600 CNY||-10%|
|Genetic Engineer||29,500 CNY||+4%|
|Geological Engineer||27,700 CNY||-2%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||27,600 CNY||-3%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||13,600 CNY||-52%|
|Highway Engineer||27,000 CNY||-5%|
|HSE Professional||25,100 CNY||-11%|
|HVAC Engineer||27,200 CNY||-4%|
|HVAC Supervisor||23,300 CNY||-18%|
|Industrial Engineer||25,700 CNY||-9%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||24,700 CNY||-13%|
|Instrument Engineer||24,400 CNY||-14%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||24,400 CNY||-14%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||25,000 CNY||-12%|
|Instrumentation Manager||26,600 CNY||-6%|
|Irrigation Engineer||24,600 CNY||-13%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||28,300 CNY||-0%|
|Locomotive Engineer||25,700 CNY||-9%|
|Maintenance Engineer||24,800 CNY||-12%|
|Maintenance Fitter||9,300 CNY||-67%|
|Maintenance Manager||26,800 CNY||-5%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||24,000 CNY||-15%|
|Marine Engineer||26,200 CNY||-8%|
|Materials Engineer||24,200 CNY||-15%|
|Materials Researcher||23,600 CNY||-17%|
|Materials Technician||19,000 CNY||-33%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||26,600 CNY||-6%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||27,400 CNY||-3%|
|Mechanical Designer||23,100 CNY||-18%|
|Mechanical Engineer||27,500 CNY||-3%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||37,800 CNY||+33%|
|Mechanical Inspector||25,500 CNY||-10%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||26,700 CNY||-6%|
|Mining Engineer||24,600 CNY||-13%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||29,000 CNY||+2%|
|Optical Engineer||26,300 CNY||-7%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||13,000 CNY||-54%|
|PCB Assembler||9,150 CNY||-68%|
|Photonics Engineer||27,900 CNY||-2%|
|Photonics Technician||23,800 CNY||-16%|
|Pipeline Engineer||23,100 CNY||-18%|
|Piping Designer||14,300 CNY||-50%|
|Piping Engineer||22,800 CNY||-20%|
|Planning Engineer||26,900 CNY||-5%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||12,100 CNY||-57%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||26,300 CNY||-7%|
|Principal Engineer||25,000 CNY||-12%|
|Principal Support Engineer||26,200 CNY||-8%|
|Process Engineer||24,900 CNY||-12%|
|Process Operator||15,800 CNY||-44%|
|Product Development Engineer||27,300 CNY||-4%|
|Product Development Technician||18,800 CNY||-34%|
|Product Engineer||25,800 CNY||-9%|
|Product Safety Engineer||25,400 CNY||-10%|
|Production Engineer||26,400 CNY||-7%|
|Project Engineer||27,500 CNY||-3%|
|Proposal Manager||32,800 CNY||+16%|
|Purchasing Engineer||24,100 CNY||-15%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||26,800 CNY||-5%|
|Rail Engineer||25,800 CNY||-9%|
|Robotics Engineer||28,100 CNY||-1%|
|Robotics Technician||21,300 CNY||-25%|
|Safety Engineer||26,800 CNY||-5%|
|Safety Inspector||21,000 CNY||-26%|
|Safety Manager||30,500 CNY||+8%|
|Safety Officer||12,900 CNY||-54%|
|Sales Engineer||26,600 CNY||-6%|
|Scheduling Engineer||23,100 CNY||-18%|
|Service Engineer||27,100 CNY||-4%|
|Solar Engineer||26,700 CNY||-6%|
|Staff Engineer||25,900 CNY||-9%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||25,300 CNY||-11%|
|Stationary Engineer||23,500 CNY||-17%|
|Stress Engineer||24,700 CNY||-13%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||24,700 CNY||-13%|
|Structural Designer||23,400 CNY||-17%|
|Structural Engineer||25,800 CNY||-9%|
|Structural Technician||16,000 CNY||-44%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||25,200 CNY||-11%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||12,600 CNY||-56%|
|Technical Assistant||13,000 CNY||-54%|
|Technical Engineer||22,900 CNY||-19%|
|Technical Support Engineer||22,900 CNY||-19%|
|Tender Engineer||24,200 CNY||-15%|
|Test Development Engineer||25,000 CNY||-12%|
|Transportation Engineer||24,000 CNY||-15%|
|Validation Engineer||22,500 CNY||-21%|
|Verification Engineer||23,400 CNY||-17%|
|Wastewater Engineer||24,500 CNY||-14%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||25,500 CNY||-10%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||34,900 CNY||+23%|
|Work Planner||18,700 CNY||-34%|
|Xi an||28,700 CNY|
|Nei Monggol||25,400 CNY|
|Xinjiang Uygur||23,600 CNY|
|Xizang [Tibet]||23,500 CNY|
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.