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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Salaries in China 2021

How much money does a person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology make in China?


Average Monthly Salary
39,400 CNY
( 472,000 CNY yearly)

LOW
19,600
CNY
AVERAGE
39,400
CNY
HIGH
69,700
CNY

A person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology in China typically earns around 39,400 CNY per month. Salaries range from 19,600 CNY (lowest average) to 69,700 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 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology 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
Assistant Pharmacist24,000 CNY
Assistant Pharmacy Director46,700 CNY
Associate Medical Affairs Director64,500 CNY
Bioinformatics Scientist59,600 CNY
Bioinformatics Technician26,000 CNY
Biological Scientist63,500 CNY
Biological Technician25,700 CNY
Biomedical Engineer23,800 CNY
Biomedical Engineering Director48,300 CNY
Biostatistician40,800 CNY
Biotechnologist 36,500 CNY
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager31,400 CNY
Chemical Process Technician27,100 CNY
Clinical Consultant39,100 CNY
Clinical Data Manager37,600 CNY
Clinical Data Specialist36,000 CNY
Clinical Operations Manager54,900 CNY
Clinical Pharmacist36,500 CNY
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist44,200 CNY
Clinical Programmer19,500 CNY
Clinical Project Manager36,000 CNY
Clinical Research Associate33,800 CNY
Clinical Research Manager51,700 CNY
Clinical Study Manager48,400 CNY
Compliance Specialist38,100 CNY
Cytology Laboratory Technologist29,900 CNY
Cytotechnologist31,200 CNY
GCP Auditor31,600 CNY
Hospital Pharmacy Technician28,700 CNY
Manufacturing Engineer30,300 CNY
Medical Affairs Director57,400 CNY
Medical Representative 24,400 CNY
Medical Science Liaison43,100 CNY
Molecular and Cellular Biologist61,900 CNY
Nuclear Pharmacist39,000 CNY
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead70,000 CNY
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager58,600 CNY
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer35,300 CNY
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager41,300 CNY
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor40,900 CNY
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant30,100 CNY
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist32,500 CNY
Pharmaceutical Research Associate36,500 CNY
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist54,000 CNY
Pharmaceutical Researcher53,600 CNY
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager44,700 CNY
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager52,500 CNY
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative26,000 CNY
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager56,300 CNY
Pharmaceutical Team Leader41,200 CNY
Pharmaceutical Technologist29,400 CNY
Pharmacist38,800 CNY
Pharmacy Aide24,600 CNY
Pharmacy Manager51,900 CNY
Pharmacy Stock Controller22,500 CNY
Pharmacy Technician20,900 CNY
Records Management Coordinator19,800 CNY
Shift Encapsulator22,600 CNY
Staff Pharmacist39,000 CNY

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Jobs Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries in China range from 19,600 CNY per month (minimum average salary) to 69,700 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 38,600 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 38,600 CNY while the other half are earning more than 38,600 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 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 26,200 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 26,200 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 53,100 CNY while 25% are earning more than 53,100 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.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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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 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
41,600 CNY
Female-10%
37,300 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology professionals in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 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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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

47% of surveyed staff in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% 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
53%
No Bonus
47%

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.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Hourly Average Wage in China


230 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 230 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximately 230 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.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly China
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The average salary for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology is 34% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing45,100 CNY
Changchun37,600 CNY
Changsha35,700 CNY
Chengdu41,200 CNY
Chongqing45,600 CNY
Dalian37,200 CNY
Dongguan35,400 CNY
Foshan35,100 CNY
Fuzhou37,500 CNY
Guangzhou43,500 CNY
Hangzhou43,700 CNY
Harbin41,800 CNY
Jinan43,700 CNY
Kunming35,500 CNY
Nanjing39,400 CNY
Qingdao40,600 CNY
Quanzhou36,900 CNY
Shanghai42,600 CNY
Shantou38,500 CNY
Shenyang40,800 CNY
Shenzhen38,900 CNY
Suzhou38,000 CNY
Tianjin41,300 CNY
Wenzhou38,800 CNY
Wuhan45,100 CNY
Wuxi33,800 CNY
Xi an43,100 CNY
Xiamen36,100 CNY
Zhengzhou34,900 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui40,700 CNY
Beijing33,600 CNY
Chongqing35,900 CNY
Fujian38,200 CNY
Gansu35,200 CNY
Guangdong43,500 CNY
Guangxi39,800 CNY
Guizhou36,400 CNY
Hainan33,000 CNY
Hebei41,800 CNY
Heilongjiang37,300 CNY
Henan43,000 CNY
Hubei40,800 CNY
Hunan41,600 CNY
Jiangsu42,400 CNY
Jiangxi39,400 CNY
Jilin36,000 CNY
Liaoning39,100 CNY
Nei Monggol35,300 CNY
Ningxia33,000 CNY
Qinghai32,700 CNY
Shaanxi38,100 CNY
Shandong43,900 CNY
Shanghai35,100 CNY
Shanxi37,500 CNY
Sichuan43,300 CNY
Tianjin34,000 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur34,900 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]32,600 CNY
Yunnan40,400 CNY
Zhejiang41,200 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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