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Secretary Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Secretary make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
12,800 CNY
( 153,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Secretary in China typically earns around 12,800 CNY per month. Salaries range from 6,250 CNY (lowest) to 19,900 CNY (highest).

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

Secretary Salary Distribution in China

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Secretary salaries in China range from 6,250 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 19,900 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 13,000 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secretary(s) are earning less than 13,000 CNY while the other half are earning more than 13,000 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 Secretary(s) are earning less than 8,670 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 8,670 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secretary(s) are earning less than 16,800 CNY while 25% are earning more than 16,800 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

Secretary Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Secretary salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secretary with less than two years of experience makes approximately 7,410 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 9,530 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 13,100 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, Secretary(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 16,300 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 17,400 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 18,600 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Secretary average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
7,410 CNY
2 - 5 Years+29%
9,530 CNY
5 - 10 Years+38%
13,100 CNY
10 - 15 Years+24%
16,300 CNY
15 - 20 Years+7%
17,400 CNY
20+ Years+7%
18,600 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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Secretary Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Secretary(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 Secretary salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Secretary is 9,530 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 13,600 CNY per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 18,800 CNY per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Secretary average salary difference by education level in China

High School
9,530 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+43%
13,600 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+38%
18,800 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Secretary 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 Secretary employees in China earn 8% less than their female counterparts on average.

12,200 CNY
13,200 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Secretary Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Secretary(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China Secretary
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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

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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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Secretary Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Secretary
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A Secretary is considered to be a low 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.

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% 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
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.

Secretary Average Hourly Wage in China

74 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 74 CNY. This means that the average Secretary in China earns approximately 74 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.

Secretary VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secretary and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly China
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The average salary for Secretary is 27% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist33,400 CNY+160%
Administrative Aide12,200 CNY-4%
Administrative Analyst21,700 CNY+70%
Administrative Assistant15,700 CNY+23%
Administrative Associate15,500 CNY+21%
Administrative Manager22,500 CNY+76%
Administrative Receptionist14,600 CNY+14%
Board Secretary13,600 CNY+7%
Central Office Operator14,600 CNY+14%
Clerk10,200 CNY-20%
Commercial Administrator21,600 CNY+69%
Commissions Processor18,500 CNY+45%
Conveyancing Secretary13,000 CNY+2%
Document Controller13,200 CNY+3%
Document Management Specialist19,000 CNY+49%
Executive Assistant17,200 CNY+35%
Executive Personal Assistant18,400 CNY+44%
Executive Secretary15,800 CNY+24%
Front Desk Attendant14,900 CNY+17%
Front Desk Coordinator17,300 CNY+36%
Front Desk Manager23,500 CNY+84%
Group Services Manager38,100 CNY+200%
Head Receptionist17,700 CNY+39%
Key Account Assistant17,600 CNY+38%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator9,400 CNY-26%
Leasing Administrator17,600 CNY+38%
Legal Secretary16,100 CNY+26%
Librarian17,800 CNY+39%
Mailroom Manager16,700 CNY+31%
Management Support Secretary14,800 CNY+16%
Master Programme Coordinator28,600 CNY+120%
Medical Receptionist15,600 CNY+22%
Meeting and Event Assistant16,000 CNY+25%
Meeting and Event Manager36,600 CNY+190%
Night Manager22,400 CNY+76%
Office Administrator23,700 CNY+86%
Office Assistant9,820 CNY-23%
Office Manager25,300 CNY+98%
Office Services Coordinator19,900 CNY+56%
Operations Analyst31,700 CNY+150%
Operations Manager37,100 CNY+190%
Personal Assistant15,500 CNY+21%
Planning Assistant17,200 CNY+35%
Process Expert23,200 CNY+82%
Program Coordinator20,100 CNY+58%
Programme Assistant19,000 CNY+49%
Project Administrator25,800 CNY+100%
Project Coordinator32,600 CNY+160%
Reception Team Lead19,100 CNY+50%
Receptionist14,400 CNY+13%
Records Officer12,600 CNY-1%
Schedule Officer10,400 CNY-19%
School Secretary14,100 CNY+10%
Secretary12,800 CNY+0%
Switchboard Operator12,700 CNY-0%
Technical Program Manager35,200 CNY+180%
Technical Project Manager34,600 CNY+170%
Typist11,400 CNY-11%
Wayleave Officer10,600 CNY-17%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing14,000 CNY
Changchun12,900 CNY
Changsha11,900 CNY
Chengdu13,800 CNY
Chongqing15,000 CNY
Dalian11,700 CNY
Dongguan12,400 CNY
Foshan12,600 CNY
Fuzhou11,700 CNY
Guangzhou14,500 CNY
Hangzhou14,000 CNY
Harbin14,100 CNY
Jinan14,100 CNY
Kunming12,200 CNY
Nanjing14,000 CNY
Qingdao12,900 CNY
Quanzhou11,200 CNY
Shanghai15,000 CNY
Shantou12,900 CNY
Shenyang13,700 CNY
Shenzhen13,800 CNY
Suzhou12,900 CNY
Tianjin14,100 CNY
Wenzhou12,500 CNY
Wuhan13,900 CNY
Wuxi11,000 CNY
Xi an14,200 CNY
Xiamen11,700 CNY
Zhengzhou11,700 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui13,900 CNY
Beijing11,800 CNY
Chongqing13,000 CNY
Fujian12,900 CNY
Gansu12,200 CNY
Guangdong15,600 CNY
Guangxi13,300 CNY
Guizhou12,500 CNY
Hainan11,700 CNY
Hebei13,700 CNY
Heilongjiang12,600 CNY
Henan15,000 CNY
Hubei14,600 CNY
Hunan13,900 CNY
Jiangsu14,600 CNY
Jiangxi14,000 CNY
Jilin11,900 CNY
Liaoning13,300 CNY
Nei Monggol12,300 CNY
Ningxia10,700 CNY
Qinghai11,000 CNY
Shaanxi13,200 CNY
Shandong15,600 CNY
Shanghai11,600 CNY
Shanxi12,800 CNY
Sichuan15,200 CNY
Tianjin11,100 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur11,700 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]11,300 CNY
Yunnan13,000 CNY
Zhejiang13,700 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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