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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in China 2020

How much money does a Waiter / Waitress make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
17,500 CNY
( 210,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in China typically earns around 17,500 CNY per month. Salaries range from 8,580 CNY (lowest) to 27,300 CNY (highest).

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

Waiter / Waitress Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in China range from 8,580 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 27,300 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 17,900 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 17,900 CNY while the other half are earning more than 17,900 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 Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 11,900 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 11,900 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 23,000 CNY while 25% are earning more than 23,000 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

Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Waiter / Waitress
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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 Waiter / Waitress salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Waiter / Waitress with less than two years of experience makes approximately 10,200 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,100 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 18,000 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, Waiter / Waitress(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 22,300 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 23,900 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 25,500 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Waiter / Waitress average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
10,200 CNY
2 - 5 Years+29%
13,100 CNY
5 - 10 Years+38%
18,000 CNY
10 - 15 Years+24%
22,300 CNY
15 - 20 Years+7%
23,900 CNY
20+ Years+7%
25,500 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Waiter / Waitress is 13,100 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 18,700 CNY per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 25,800 CNY per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in China

High School
13,100 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+43%
18,700 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+38%
25,800 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Waiter / Waitress 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 Waiter / Waitress employees in China earn 12% more than their female counterparts.

16,400 CNY
18,300 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Waiter / Waitress Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Waiter / Waitress

Waiter / Waitress(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

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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 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2019. 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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Waiter / Waitress Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Waiter / Waitress
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A Waiter / Waitress 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Waiter / Waitress employees in China earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
28,800 CNY
Public Sector+6%
30,400 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Waiter / Waitress Salary Trend and Forecast in China

How are Waiter / Waitress salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly China Waiter / Waitress
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Average Salary 2016
15,500 CNY
Average Salary 2017+4%
16,100 CNY
Average Salary 2018+3%
16,600 CNY
Average Salary 2019+2%
16,900 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Waiter / Waitress salaries in China are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Waiter / Waitress Average Hourly Wage in China

100 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 100 CNY. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in China earns approximately 100 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.

Waiter / Waitress VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Waiter / Waitress and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly China
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The average salary for Waiter / Waitress is 28% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder21,100 CNY+21%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper18,600 CNY+6%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director33,800 CNY+93%
Assistant Hospitality Manager35,900 CNY+110%
Assistant Storekeeper15,100 CNY-14%
Assistant Tour Manager26,400 CNY+51%
Baker and Pastrycook19,100 CNY+9%
Bakery Manager27,400 CNY+57%
Bakery Superintendent22,000 CNY+26%
Banquet Manager23,300 CNY+33%
Banquet Server17,900 CNY+2%
Bar Attendant18,200 CNY+4%
Bar Manager29,400 CNY+68%
Bar Supervisor21,400 CNY+22%
Barista19,500 CNY+11%
Bartender19,400 CNY+11%
Bellman14,600 CNY-17%
Beverage Manager29,000 CNY+66%
Bistro Attendant17,900 CNY+2%
Buffet Chef24,100 CNY+38%
Buffet Host16,300 CNY-7%
Buffet Manager28,000 CNY+60%
Butcher and Slaughterer16,400 CNY-6%
Cafeteria Manager26,100 CNY+49%
Cake Decorator19,500 CNY+11%
Casino Shift Manager31,400 CNY+79%
Chain Store Customer Support23,900 CNY+37%
Chef24,000 CNY+37%
Club Manager31,000 CNY+77%
Cluster Director34,900 CNY+99%
Cluster Revenue Manager34,700 CNY+98%
Cocktail Server16,900 CNY-3%
Coffee Shop Manager30,000 CNY+71%
Concierge18,300 CNY+5%
Confectionery Baker19,500 CNY+11%
Conference Services Manager24,100 CNY+38%
Cook23,000 CNY+31%
Corporate Sous Chef27,400 CNY+57%
Corporate Travel Consultant25,400 CNY+45%
Croupier21,900 CNY+25%
Culinary Assistant18,700 CNY+7%
Culinary Associate21,000 CNY+20%
Dietary Aide22,400 CNY+28%
Dining Room Supervisor24,600 CNY+41%
Dishwasher11,800 CNY-33%
Duty Manager28,100 CNY+61%
Events Coordinator23,100 CNY+32%
Executive Chef25,500 CNY+46%
Executive Pastry Chef21,900 CNY+25%
Fast Food Cook21,700 CNY+24%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor23,900 CNY+37%
Fine Dining Cook27,200 CNY+55%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef28,600 CNY+63%
Fleet Manager29,200 CNY+67%
Food and Beverage Manager32,200 CNY+84%
Food Consultant31,900 CNY+82%
Food Safety Coordinator27,400 CNY+57%
Food Server16,700 CNY-5%
Food Service Director31,500 CNY+80%
Food Service Manager30,000 CNY+71%
Food Service Sales26,200 CNY+50%
Food Service Worker17,900 CNY+2%
Front Desk Agent21,200 CNY+21%
Front Office Manager28,500 CNY+63%
Guest Service Executive33,500 CNY+91%
Guest Service Representative23,200 CNY+33%
Head Concierge21,400 CNY+22%
Hospitality Director44,800 CNY+160%
Hostess / Host23,200 CNY+33%
Hotel Desk Clerk17,400 CNY-1%
Hotel Maid11,800 CNY-33%
Hotel Manager41,800 CNY+140%
Hotel Sales Manager36,100 CNY+110%
Hotel Service Supervisor30,400 CNY+74%
Hotel Staff22,500 CNY+29%
Inventory Coordinator20,300 CNY+16%
Kitchen Manager24,500 CNY+40%
Kitchen Staff19,800 CNY+13%
Kitchen Supervisor24,300 CNY+39%
Line Cook25,200 CNY+44%
Luggage Porter11,400 CNY-35%
Motel Manager31,000 CNY+77%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant15,200 CNY-13%
Production Operator15,200 CNY-13%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator21,200 CNY+21%
Receptionist20,400 CNY+17%
Regional Restaurant Manager38,900 CNY+120%
Restaurant Manager34,000 CNY+94%
Room Reservations Manager32,100 CNY+83%
Room Service Manager30,400 CNY+74%
Sous Chef23,200 CNY+33%
Supervisor of Food Services28,000 CNY+60%
Tour Consultant26,300 CNY+50%
Travel Agent22,700 CNY+30%
Travel Consultant26,100 CNY+49%
Waiter / Waitress17,500 CNY-0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing18,700 CNY
Changchun17,100 CNY
Changsha15,800 CNY
Chengdu18,700 CNY
Chongqing19,500 CNY
Dalian16,500 CNY
Dongguan15,600 CNY
Foshan15,700 CNY
Fuzhou15,900 CNY
Guangzhou19,800 CNY
Hangzhou18,700 CNY
Harbin17,700 CNY
Jinan18,900 CNY
Kunming16,300 CNY
Nanjing18,500 CNY
Qingdao16,600 CNY
Quanzhou15,600 CNY
Shanghai19,500 CNY
Shantou17,700 CNY
Shenyang17,100 CNY
Shenzhen18,400 CNY
Suzhou16,600 CNY
Tianjin18,300 CNY
Wenzhou16,800 CNY
Wuhan20,000 CNY
Wuxi15,300 CNY
Xi an18,600 CNY
Xiamen15,800 CNY
Zhengzhou15,700 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui18,300 CNY
Beijing15,400 CNY
Chongqing16,700 CNY
Fujian18,000 CNY
Gansu16,900 CNY
Guangdong19,200 CNY
Guangxi17,800 CNY
Guizhou16,600 CNY
Hainan15,300 CNY
Hebei19,700 CNY
Heilongjiang17,800 CNY
Henan18,900 CNY
Hubei18,200 CNY
Hunan18,900 CNY
Jiangsu19,600 CNY
Jiangxi18,500 CNY
Jilin17,100 CNY
Liaoning17,100 CNY
Nei Monggol15,700 CNY
Ningxia14,900 CNY
Qinghai15,000 CNY
Shaanxi17,800 CNY
Shandong20,800 CNY
Shanghai15,300 CNY
Shanxi16,600 CNY
Sichuan19,500 CNY
Tianjin15,600 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur16,200 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]15,400 CNY
Yunnan17,500 CNY
Zhejiang18,200 CNY
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