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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in China 2021

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in China?


Average Monthly Salary
19,500 CNY
( 234,000 CNY yearly)

LOW
7,410
CNY
AVERAGE
19,500
CNY
HIGH
54,500
CNY

A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in China typically earns around 19,500 CNY per month. Salaries range from 7,410 CNY (lowest average) to 54,500 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering 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
All Rounder11,400 CNY
Assistant Executive Housekeeper8,930 CNY
Assistant Food and Beverage Director36,700 CNY
Assistant Hospitality Manager40,000 CNY
Assistant Storekeeper7,940 CNY
Assistant Tour Manager19,200 CNY
Baker and Pastrycook10,300 CNY
Bakery Manager21,900 CNY
Bakery Superintendent14,000 CNY
Banquet Manager15,600 CNY
Banquet Server9,260 CNY
Bar Attendant9,240 CNY
Bar Manager20,100 CNY
Bar Supervisor13,100 CNY
Barista11,700 CNY
Bartender11,400 CNY
Bellman8,750 CNY
Beverage Manager24,300 CNY
Bistro Attendant9,850 CNY
Buffet Chef16,700 CNY
Buffet Host9,330 CNY
Buffet Manager21,800 CNY
Butcher and Slaughterer7,720 CNY
Cafeteria Manager18,400 CNY
Cake Decorator11,200 CNY
Casino Shift Manager31,800 CNY
Chain Store Customer Support15,900 CNY
Chef18,400 CNY
Club Manager34,200 CNY
Cluster Director42,400 CNY
Cluster Revenue Manager34,700 CNY
Cocktail Server9,470 CNY
Coffee Shop Manager31,400 CNY
Concierge9,370 CNY
Confectionery Baker11,000 CNY
Conference Services Manager20,100 CNY
Cook16,300 CNY
Corporate Sous Chef25,000 CNY
Corporate Travel Consultant26,200 CNY
Croupier12,700 CNY
Culinary Assistant8,350 CNY
Culinary Associate8,720 CNY
Dietary Aide18,500 CNY
Dining Room Supervisor16,000 CNY
Dishwasher7,500 CNY
Duty Manager22,500 CNY
Events Coordinator13,800 CNY
Executive Chef21,000 CNY
Executive Pastry Chef16,700 CNY
Fast Food Cook14,500 CNY
Fast Food Shift Supervisor15,200 CNY
Fine Dining Cook26,800 CNY
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef27,400 CNY
Fleet Manager44,000 CNY
Food and Beverage Manager36,000 CNY
Food Consultant28,000 CNY
Food Safety Coordinator21,600 CNY
Food Server9,150 CNY
Food Service Director36,000 CNY
Food Service Manager36,000 CNY
Food Service Sales22,000 CNY
Food Service Worker9,190 CNY
Front Desk Agent10,900 CNY
Front Office Manager20,200 CNY
Guest Service Executive32,000 CNY
Guest Service Representative12,600 CNY
Head Concierge13,700 CNY
Hospitality Director56,000 CNY
Hostess / Host11,000 CNY
Hotel Desk Clerk10,500 CNY
Hotel Maid7,500 CNY
Hotel Manager51,000 CNY
Hotel Sales Manager40,200 CNY
Hotel Service Supervisor30,000 CNY
Hotel Staff10,300 CNY
Inventory Coordinator12,200 CNY
Kitchen Manager17,200 CNY
Kitchen Staff9,890 CNY
Kitchen Supervisor16,400 CNY
Line Cook17,200 CNY
Luggage Porter7,510 CNY
Motel Manager31,000 CNY
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant9,990 CNY
Production Operator14,900 CNY
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator17,300 CNY
Receptionist10,500 CNY
Regional Restaurant Manager43,100 CNY
Restaurant Manager34,700 CNY
Room Reservations Manager35,900 CNY
Room Service Manager32,200 CNY
Sous Chef21,000 CNY
Supervisor of Food Services24,800 CNY
Tour Consultant26,700 CNY
Travel Agent17,600 CNY
Travel Consultant26,500 CNY
Waiter / Waitress9,190 CNY

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in China range from 7,410 CNY per month (minimum average salary) to 54,500 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 20,700 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 20,700 CNY while the other half are earning more than 20,700 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 12,700 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 12,700 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 39,900 CNY while 25% are earning more than 39,900 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
20,600 CNY
Female-9%
18,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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

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 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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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering 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.

68% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
32%
No Bonus
68%

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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in China


110 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 110 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximately 110 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly China
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 33% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing22,400 CNY
Changchun18,700 CNY
Changsha17,700 CNY
Chengdu20,500 CNY
Chongqing22,600 CNY
Dalian18,500 CNY
Dongguan17,600 CNY
Foshan17,400 CNY
Fuzhou18,600 CNY
Guangzhou21,600 CNY
Hangzhou21,700 CNY
Harbin20,800 CNY
Jinan21,700 CNY
Kunming17,600 CNY
Nanjing19,600 CNY
Qingdao20,100 CNY
Quanzhou18,300 CNY
Shanghai21,100 CNY
Shantou19,100 CNY
Shenyang20,200 CNY
Shenzhen19,300 CNY
Suzhou18,800 CNY
Tianjin20,500 CNY
Wenzhou19,300 CNY
Wuhan22,400 CNY
Wuxi16,800 CNY
Xi an21,400 CNY
Xiamen17,900 CNY
Zhengzhou17,300 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui20,200 CNY
Beijing16,700 CNY
Chongqing17,800 CNY
Fujian18,900 CNY
Gansu17,500 CNY
Guangdong21,600 CNY
Guangxi19,700 CNY
Guizhou18,100 CNY
Hainan16,400 CNY
Hebei20,800 CNY
Heilongjiang18,500 CNY
Henan21,400 CNY
Hubei20,300 CNY
Hunan20,700 CNY
Jiangsu21,100 CNY
Jiangxi19,600 CNY
Jilin17,900 CNY
Liaoning19,400 CNY
Nei Monggol17,500 CNY
Ningxia16,400 CNY
Qinghai16,200 CNY
Shaanxi18,900 CNY
Shandong21,800 CNY
Shanghai17,400 CNY
Shanxi18,600 CNY
Sichuan21,500 CNY
Tianjin16,900 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur17,300 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]16,200 CNY
Yunnan20,000 CNY
Zhejiang20,400 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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