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Developers and Programmers Average Salaries in China 2023

How much money does a person working in Developers and Programmers make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
26,900 CNY
( 322,000 CNY yearly)


A person working in Developers and Programmers in China typically earns around 26,900 CNY per month. Salaries range from 21,800 CNY (lowest average) to 37,100 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 Developers and Programmers 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
ABAP Developer24,600 CNY
Android Developer28,700 CNY
Angular Developer24,800 CNY
AS400 Programmer28,200 CNY
Avaloq Developer25,800 CNY
BizTalk Developer 29,900 CNY
Build and Release Engineer24,800 CNY
Business Intelligence Developer29,800 CNY
Business Objects Developer25,900 CNY
C# Developer30,900 CNY
C++ Developer29,400 CNY
CMS Developer22,700 CNY
Curam Developer24,500 CNY
Developer / Programmer28,600 CNY
Flash Developer25,600 CNY
Front End Developer24,400 CNY
Full Stack Developer29,500 CNY
Game Developer25,500 CNY
GIS Developer27,600 CNY
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer24,600 CNY
Graphics Programmer25,000 CNY
Imaging Programmer25,700 CNY
IOS Developer30,100 CNY
Java Developer30,000 CNY
Javascript Developer27,700 CNY
Lead Developer32,600 CNY
Mobile Developer29,000 CNY
Multimedia Developer25,400 CNY
Nodejs Developer28,800 CNY
Oracle Developer30,600 CNY
Perl Developer23,300 CNY
PHP Developer25,500 CNY
Python Developer28,700 CNY
Remedy Developer23,700 CNY
Ruby Developer25,200 CNY
Salesforce Developer22,500 CNY
SAS Programmer26,700 CNY
Sharepoint Developer31,100 CNY
Software Development Manager36,600 CNY
Software QA Engineer26,600 CNY
Software Test Engineer23,700 CNY
Teradata Developer23,200 CNY
TIBCO Developer24,000 CNY
User Experience Designer24,900 CNY
VB Developer20,900 CNY
VB.NET Developer28,900 CNY

Developers and Programmers Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in China

Median and salary distribution China Developers and Programmers monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
28,200 CNY or more
10% of people earn
26,600 to 28,200 CNY
20% of people earn
23,200 CNY or less
65% of people earn
23,200 to 26,600 CNY
Minimum Salary
21,800 CNY
26,400 CNY
37,100 CNY

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Developers and Programmers salaries in China range from 21,800 CNY per month (starting average salary) to 37,100 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 26,400 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Developers and Programmers are earning less than 26,400 CNY while the other half are earning more than 26,400 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 and Salary Scale

    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 Developers and Programmers are earning less than 24,700 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 24,700 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Developers and Programmers are earning less than 28,200 CNY while 25% are earning more than 28,200 CNY.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 23,200 CNY to 26,600 CNY. Approximatly 20% fall under the 23,200 CNY cap. Ten percent of wages are from 26,600 CNY to 28,200 CNY. Only 5% of people grossed 28,200 CNY or more.

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 and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Developers and Programmers

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

27,800 CNY
25,600 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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Developers and Programmers Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Developers and Programmers

Developers and Programmers professionals in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China Developers and Programmers
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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

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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 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2022. 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Developers and Programmers Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Developers and Programmers
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Developers and Programmers is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

45% of surveyed staff in Developers and Programmers 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
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.

Developers and Programmers Salary Forecast and Trend in China

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

Average Salary 2019
23,800 CNY
Average Salary 2020+4%
24,700 CNY
Average Salary 2021+3%
25,400 CNY
Average Salary 2022+2%
25,900 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Developers and Programmers salaries in China are rising in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 2% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salary trends and forecast monthly China Developers and Programmers
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Developers and Programmers 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 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

This minimum pay rate per hour for a person in China is 130 CNY. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Developers and Programmers VS Other Jobs

26,900 CNY
29,400 CNY
29,300 CNY
Average Salary
Developers and Programmers
Average Salary
Information Technology
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Developers and Programmers is 9% less than that of Information Technology. Also, Information Technology salaries are 0% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Developers and Programmers and Information Technology monthly China
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing30,800 CNY
Changchun25,600 CNY
Changsha24,400 CNY
Chengdu28,100 CNY
Chongqing31,100 CNY
Dalian25,400 CNY
Dongguan24,200 CNY
Foshan23,900 CNY
Fuzhou25,600 CNY
Guangzhou29,700 CNY
Hangzhou29,800 CNY
Harbin28,500 CNY
Jinan29,800 CNY
Kunming24,200 CNY
Nanjing26,900 CNY
Qingdao27,700 CNY
Quanzhou25,200 CNY
Shanghai29,100 CNY
Shantou26,200 CNY
Shenyang27,800 CNY
Shenzhen26,500 CNY
Suzhou25,900 CNY
Tianjin28,200 CNY
Wenzhou26,500 CNY
Wuhan30,700 CNY
Wuxi23,100 CNY
Xi an29,400 CNY
Xiamen24,700 CNY
Zhengzhou23,800 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui27,700 CNY
Beijing22,900 CNY
Chongqing24,500 CNY
Fujian26,000 CNY
Gansu24,000 CNY
Guangdong29,700 CNY
Guangxi27,100 CNY
Guizhou24,800 CNY
Hainan22,500 CNY
Hebei28,500 CNY
Heilongjiang25,400 CNY
Henan29,400 CNY
Hubei27,800 CNY
Hunan28,400 CNY
Jiangsu28,900 CNY
Jiangxi26,900 CNY
Jilin24,600 CNY
Liaoning26,700 CNY
Nei Monggol24,100 CNY
Ningxia22,500 CNY
Qinghai22,300 CNY
Shaanxi26,000 CNY
Shandong30,000 CNY
Shanghai23,900 CNY
Shanxi25,500 CNY
Sichuan29,500 CNY
Tianjin23,200 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur23,800 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]22,200 CNY
Yunnan27,500 CNY
Zhejiang28,100 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

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Developers and Programmers in China?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 26,400 CNY and 28,200 CNY. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Developers and Programmers in China is ranges from 24,700 CNY to 28,200 CNY. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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