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Environmental Engineer Average Salary in China 2022

How much money does an Environmental Engineer make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
25,500 CNY
( 306,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as an Environmental Engineer in China typically earns around 25,500 CNY per month. Salaries range from 12,500 CNY (lowest) to 39,800 CNY (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Environmental Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Environmental Engineer Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Environmental Engineer salaries in China range from 12,500 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 39,800 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 26,000 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Environmental Engineer(s) are earning less than 26,000 CNY while the other half are earning more than 26,000 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 Environmental Engineer(s) are earning less than 17,300 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 17,300 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Environmental Engineer(s) are earning less than 33,600 CNY while 25% are earning more than 33,600 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

Environmental Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Environmental Engineer
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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 Environmental Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Environmental 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 19,100 CNY per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 26,300 CNY per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Environmental Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 32,600 CNY per month, 24% 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 34,900 CNY per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 37,200 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Environmental Engineer average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
14,800 CNY
2 - 5 Years+29%
19,100 CNY
5 - 10 Years+38%
26,300 CNY
10 - 15 Years+24%
32,600 CNY
15 - 20 Years+7%
34,900 CNY
20+ Years+7%
37,200 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Environmental Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Environmental Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Environmental Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Environmental Engineer is 18,500 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 29,700 CNY per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Environmental Engineer average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
18,500 CNY
Master's Degree+60%
29,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Environmental Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Environmental Engineer employees in China earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

26,400 CNY
24,300 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Environmental Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for Environmental Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineer(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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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 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2021. 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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Environmental Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Environmental Engineer
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An Environmental 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.

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% 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
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.

Environmental Engineer Average Hourly Wage in China

150 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 150 CNY. This means that the average Environmental Engineer 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.

Environmental Engineer VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Environmental Engineer is 18% less than that of Environmental. Also, Environmental salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Environment Advisor40,300 CNY+58%
Environmental and Agricultural Scientist45,300 CNY+78%
Environmental Compliance Inspector19,800 CNY-22%
Environmental Coordinator16,800 CNY-34%
Environmental Economist47,700 CNY+87%
Environmental Educator34,500 CNY+35%
Environmental Engineer25,500 CNY-0%
Environmental Health Practitioner48,700 CNY+91%
Environmental Manager46,000 CNY+80%
Environmental Officer14,600 CNY-43%
Environmental Planner19,200 CNY-25%
Environmental Protection Officer14,300 CNY-44%
Environmental Restoration Planner26,700 CNY+5%
Environmental Scientist48,800 CNY+91%
Environmental Services Coordinator14,900 CNY-42%
Environmental Specialist22,300 CNY-13%
Environmental Superintendent19,000 CNY-26%
Environmental Technician13,600 CNY-47%
Forestry Consultant32,100 CNY+26%
Forestry Supervisor20,600 CNY-19%
Geologist48,500 CNY+90%
Senor Environmental Health Practitioner50,500 CNY+98%
Toxicologist31,700 CNY+24%
Waste Management Manager44,900 CNY+76%
Waste Tracking Specialist36,900 CNY+45%
Water Treatment Superintendent23,300 CNY-9%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing28,400 CNY
Changchun25,700 CNY
Changsha24,100 CNY
Chengdu29,600 CNY
Chongqing31,100 CNY
Dalian25,100 CNY
Dongguan25,900 CNY
Foshan25,400 CNY
Fuzhou25,100 CNY
Guangzhou31,200 CNY
Hangzhou28,400 CNY
Harbin26,600 CNY
Jinan29,000 CNY
Kunming24,900 CNY
Nanjing27,700 CNY
Qingdao26,100 CNY
Quanzhou23,300 CNY
Shanghai31,200 CNY
Shantou25,700 CNY
Shenyang27,800 CNY
Shenzhen28,200 CNY
Suzhou26,200 CNY
Tianjin29,300 CNY
Wenzhou26,000 CNY
Wuhan29,300 CNY
Wuxi22,800 CNY
Xi an27,400 CNY
Xiamen22,300 CNY
Zhengzhou22,200 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui30,100 CNY
Beijing24,600 CNY
Chongqing26,000 CNY
Fujian27,400 CNY
Gansu25,000 CNY
Guangdong30,600 CNY
Guangxi27,700 CNY
Guizhou25,100 CNY
Hainan22,600 CNY
Hebei28,200 CNY
Heilongjiang24,900 CNY
Henan31,500 CNY
Hubei29,600 CNY
Hunan29,900 CNY
Jiangsu30,100 CNY
Jiangxi27,700 CNY
Jilin25,100 CNY
Liaoning27,000 CNY
Nei Monggol24,100 CNY
Ningxia22,300 CNY
Qinghai21,900 CNY
Shaanxi25,200 CNY
Shandong31,800 CNY
Shanghai25,200 CNY
Shanxi26,600 CNY
Sichuan30,400 CNY
Tianjin23,700 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur24,000 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]22,200 CNY
Yunnan27,300 CNY
Zhejiang27,500 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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