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Import and Export Average Salaries in China 2021

How much money does a person working in Import and Export make in China?


Average Monthly Salary
24,000 CNY
( 288,000 CNY yearly)

LOW
9,590
CNY
AVERAGE
24,000
CNY
HIGH
45,800
CNY

A person working in Import and Export in China typically earns around 24,000 CNY per month. Salaries range from 9,590 CNY (lowest average) to 45,800 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 Import and Export 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
Customs Controller18,400 CNY
Expeditor17,200 CNY
Export Administrator25,700 CNY
Export Controller18,900 CNY
Export Services Manager40,100 CNY
Exports Sales Manager46,700 CNY
Freight Forwarder10,200 CNY
Global Forwarding Agent21,900 CNY
Import and Export Clerk9,590 CNY
Import and Export Consultant35,400 CNY
Import and Export Manager47,200 CNY
Import Coordinator14,700 CNY
Import Customs Specialist19,600 CNY
Import Logistics Specialist21,500 CNY
Importation Supervisor30,800 CNY
Inspector16,400 CNY
Logistic Executive21,000 CNY
Logistician10,500 CNY
Logistics Administrator23,300 CNY
Logistics Analyst23,400 CNY
Marine Cargo Inspector13,900 CNY
Shipping Officer10,200 CNY

Import and Export Jobs Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Import and Export salaries in China range from 9,590 CNY per month (minimum average salary) to 45,800 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 24,500 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Import and Export are earning less than 24,500 CNY while the other half are earning more than 24,500 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 Import and Export are earning less than 15,300 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 15,300 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Import and Export are earning less than 35,800 CNY while 25% are earning more than 35,800 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?

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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.

Import and Export Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Import and Export
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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 Import and Export earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
24,800 CNY
Female-8%
22,800 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Import and Export Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Import and Export

Import and Export professionals in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 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 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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Import and Export Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Import and Export
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Import and Export 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.

45% of surveyed staff in Import and Export reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% 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
55%
No Bonus
45%

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.

Import and Export Hourly Average Wage in China


140 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 140 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximately 140 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.

Import and Export VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Import and Export and Import and Export monthly China
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The average salary for Import and Export is 18% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing27,500 CNY
Changchun22,900 CNY
Changsha21,800 CNY
Chengdu25,100 CNY
Chongqing27,800 CNY
Dalian22,700 CNY
Dongguan21,600 CNY
Foshan21,400 CNY
Fuzhou22,900 CNY
Guangzhou26,500 CNY
Hangzhou26,600 CNY
Harbin25,500 CNY
Jinan26,600 CNY
Kunming21,600 CNY
Nanjing24,000 CNY
Qingdao24,700 CNY
Quanzhou22,500 CNY
Shanghai26,000 CNY
Shantou23,400 CNY
Shenyang24,800 CNY
Shenzhen23,700 CNY
Suzhou23,100 CNY
Tianjin25,200 CNY
Wenzhou23,700 CNY
Wuhan27,500 CNY
Wuxi20,600 CNY
Xi an26,200 CNY
Xiamen22,000 CNY
Zhengzhou21,300 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui24,800 CNY
Beijing20,400 CNY
Chongqing21,800 CNY
Fujian23,200 CNY
Gansu21,400 CNY
Guangdong26,500 CNY
Guangxi24,200 CNY
Guizhou22,200 CNY
Hainan20,100 CNY
Hebei25,500 CNY
Heilongjiang22,700 CNY
Henan26,200 CNY
Hubei24,900 CNY
Hunan25,400 CNY
Jiangsu25,800 CNY
Jiangxi24,000 CNY
Jilin21,900 CNY
Liaoning23,800 CNY
Nei Monggol21,500 CNY
Ningxia20,100 CNY
Qinghai19,900 CNY
Shaanxi23,200 CNY
Shandong26,800 CNY
Shanghai21,400 CNY
Shanxi22,800 CNY
Sichuan26,400 CNY
Tianjin20,700 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur21,200 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]19,800 CNY
Yunnan24,600 CNY
Zhejiang25,100 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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