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Waiter / Waitress Average Salary in China 2021

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

Average Monthly Salary
9,190 CNY
( 110,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Waiter / Waitress in China typically earns around 9,190 CNY per month. Salaries range from 4,500 CNY (lowest) to 14,300 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

Median and salary distribution monthly China Waiter / Waitress
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Waiter / Waitress salaries in China range from 4,500 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 14,300 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,370 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 9,370 CNY while the other half are earning more than 9,370 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 6,250 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 6,250 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Waiter / Waitress(s) are earning less than 12,100 CNY while 25% are earning more than 12,100 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

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 5,340 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,860 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 9,470 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 11,700 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 12,600 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 13,400 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
5,340 CNY
2 - 5 Years+29%
6,860 CNY
5 - 10 Years+38%
9,470 CNY
10 - 15 Years+24%
11,700 CNY
15 - 20 Years+7%
12,600 CNY
20+ Years+7%
13,400 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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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 6,860 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 9,810 CNY per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 13,600 CNY per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Waiter / Waitress average salary difference by education level in China

High School
6,860 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+43%
9,810 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+38%
13,600 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 8% less than their female counterparts on average.

8,760 CNY
9,500 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 10% 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

Information Technology

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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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.

Waiter / Waitress Average Hourly Wage in China

53 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 53 CNY. This means that the average Waiter / Waitress in China earns approximately 53 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 53% less than that of Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering. Also, Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries are 33% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder11,400 CNY+24%
Assistant Executive Housekeeper8,930 CNY-3%
Assistant Food and Beverage Director36,700 CNY+300%
Assistant Hospitality Manager40,000 CNY+340%
Assistant Storekeeper7,940 CNY-14%
Assistant Tour Manager19,200 CNY+110%
Baker and Pastrycook10,300 CNY+12%
Bakery Manager21,900 CNY+140%
Bakery Superintendent14,000 CNY+52%
Banquet Manager15,600 CNY+70%
Banquet Server9,260 CNY+1%
Bar Attendant9,240 CNY+1%
Bar Manager20,100 CNY+120%
Bar Supervisor13,100 CNY+43%
Barista11,700 CNY+27%
Bartender11,400 CNY+24%
Bellman8,750 CNY-5%
Beverage Manager24,300 CNY+160%
Bistro Attendant9,850 CNY+7%
Buffet Chef16,700 CNY+82%
Buffet Host9,330 CNY+2%
Buffet Manager21,800 CNY+140%
Butcher and Slaughterer7,720 CNY-16%
Cafeteria Manager18,400 CNY+100%
Cake Decorator11,200 CNY+22%
Casino Shift Manager31,800 CNY+250%
Chain Store Customer Support15,900 CNY+73%
Chef18,400 CNY+100%
Club Manager34,200 CNY+270%
Cluster Director42,400 CNY+360%
Cluster Revenue Manager34,700 CNY+280%
Cocktail Server9,470 CNY+3%
Coffee Shop Manager31,400 CNY+240%
Concierge9,370 CNY+2%
Confectionery Baker11,000 CNY+20%
Conference Services Manager20,100 CNY+120%
Cook16,300 CNY+77%
Corporate Sous Chef25,000 CNY+170%
Corporate Travel Consultant26,200 CNY+190%
Croupier12,700 CNY+38%
Culinary Assistant8,350 CNY-9%
Culinary Associate8,720 CNY-5%
Dietary Aide18,500 CNY+100%
Dining Room Supervisor16,000 CNY+74%
Dishwasher7,500 CNY-18%
Duty Manager22,500 CNY+140%
Events Coordinator13,800 CNY+50%
Executive Chef21,000 CNY+130%
Executive Pastry Chef16,700 CNY+82%
Fast Food Cook14,500 CNY+58%
Fast Food Shift Supervisor15,200 CNY+65%
Fine Dining Cook26,800 CNY+190%
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef27,400 CNY+200%
Fleet Manager44,000 CNY+380%
Food and Beverage Manager36,000 CNY+290%
Food Consultant28,000 CNY+200%
Food Safety Coordinator21,600 CNY+140%
Food Server9,150 CNY-0%
Food Service Director36,000 CNY+290%
Food Service Manager36,000 CNY+290%
Food Service Sales22,000 CNY+140%
Food Service Worker9,190 CNY-0%
Front Desk Agent10,900 CNY+19%
Front Office Manager20,200 CNY+120%
Guest Service Executive32,000 CNY+250%
Guest Service Representative12,600 CNY+37%
Head Concierge13,700 CNY+49%
Hospitality Director56,000 CNY+510%
Hostess / Host11,000 CNY+20%
Hotel Desk Clerk10,500 CNY+14%
Hotel Maid7,500 CNY-18%
Hotel Manager51,000 CNY+450%
Hotel Sales Manager40,200 CNY+340%
Hotel Service Supervisor30,000 CNY+230%
Hotel Staff10,300 CNY+12%
Inventory Coordinator12,200 CNY+33%
Kitchen Manager17,200 CNY+87%
Kitchen Staff9,890 CNY+8%
Kitchen Supervisor16,400 CNY+78%
Line Cook17,200 CNY+87%
Luggage Porter7,510 CNY-18%
Motel Manager31,000 CNY+240%
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant9,990 CNY+9%
Production Operator14,900 CNY+62%
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator17,300 CNY+88%
Receptionist10,500 CNY+14%
Regional Restaurant Manager43,100 CNY+370%
Restaurant Manager34,700 CNY+280%
Room Reservations Manager35,900 CNY+290%
Room Service Manager32,200 CNY+250%
Sous Chef21,000 CNY+130%
Supervisor of Food Services24,800 CNY+170%
Tour Consultant26,700 CNY+190%
Travel Agent17,600 CNY+91%
Travel Consultant26,500 CNY+190%
Waiter / Waitress9,190 CNY-0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing9,800 CNY
Changchun8,960 CNY
Changsha8,310 CNY
Chengdu9,830 CNY
Chongqing10,200 CNY
Dalian8,660 CNY
Dongguan8,170 CNY
Foshan8,230 CNY
Fuzhou8,360 CNY
Guangzhou10,400 CNY
Hangzhou9,810 CNY
Harbin9,310 CNY
Jinan9,900 CNY
Kunming8,550 CNY
Nanjing9,690 CNY
Qingdao8,710 CNY
Quanzhou8,190 CNY
Shanghai10,200 CNY
Shantou9,270 CNY
Shenyang8,950 CNY
Shenzhen9,680 CNY
Suzhou8,720 CNY
Tianjin9,610 CNY
Wenzhou8,820 CNY
Wuhan10,500 CNY
Wuxi8,020 CNY
Xi an9,790 CNY
Xiamen8,280 CNY
Zhengzhou8,250 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui9,620 CNY
Beijing8,060 CNY
Chongqing8,760 CNY
Fujian9,470 CNY
Gansu8,860 CNY
Guangdong10,100 CNY
Guangxi9,370 CNY
Guizhou8,720 CNY
Hainan8,040 CNY
Hebei10,300 CNY
Heilongjiang9,360 CNY
Henan9,930 CNY
Hubei9,570 CNY
Hunan9,920 CNY
Jiangsu10,300 CNY
Jiangxi9,690 CNY
Jilin8,990 CNY
Liaoning8,980 CNY
Nei Monggol8,240 CNY
Ningxia7,840 CNY
Qinghai7,880 CNY
Shaanxi9,340 CNY
Shandong10,900 CNY
Shanghai8,030 CNY
Shanxi8,710 CNY
Sichuan10,200 CNY
Tianjin8,180 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur8,500 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]8,070 CNY
Yunnan9,190 CNY
Zhejiang9,540 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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