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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in China 2023

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
31,100 CNY
( 373,000 CNY yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
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 salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Teaching / Education in China typically earns around 31,100 CNY. Salaries range from 14,900 CNY (lowest average) to 56,700 CNY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Teaching / Education domain in China exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor29,600 CNY
Academic Coach29,500 CNY
Academic Manager34,000 CNY
Academic Specialist26,900 CNY
Academic Staff24,300 CNY
Accompanist25,700 CNY
Achievement Coach30,100 CNY
Admissions Specialist25,800 CNY
Agricultural Sciences Teacher24,700 CNY
Anthropology Teacher25,100 CNY
Arabic Language Teacher23,600 CNY
Archeology Teacher24,900 CNY
Architecture Teacher28,200 CNY
Archivist20,900 CNY
Art Teacher23,600 CNY
Assistant School Principal32,700 CNY
Assistant Teacher20,300 CNY
Biochemistry Professor 43,500 CNY
Biology Teacher24,200 CNY
Bursary Scheme Manager28,700 CNY
Business Teacher25,600 CNY
Chemistry Teacher24,200 CNY
Child Care Coordinator23,600 CNY
Child Care Worker19,900 CNY
Clinical School Psychologist36,600 CNY
College Aide32,000 CNY
College and Career Readiness Specialist32,100 CNY
College President54,200 CNY
Communications Teacher25,300 CNY
Community Education Officer20,300 CNY
Computer Science Teacher23,700 CNY
Computer Teacher23,200 CNY
Creative Writing Trainer28,200 CNY
Credit Counselor29,100 CNY
Cultural Studies Teacher23,500 CNY
Curriculum Developer30,500 CNY
Curriculum Specialist32,500 CNY
Demonstrator22,100 CNY
Deputy Controller of Examinations28,100 CNY
Director of Learning Technology32,800 CNY
Distance Learning Coordinator25,800 CNY
Economics Lecturer42,600 CNY
Education Administrator27,200 CNY
Education Assistant Director31,300 CNY
Education Assistant Principal26,300 CNY
Education Assistant Professor35,100 CNY
Education Consultant32,900 CNY
Education Coordinator27,100 CNY
Education Counselor28,200 CNY
Education Director44,600 CNY
Education Program Specialist32,200 CNY
Education Researcher34,500 CNY
Education Resource Specialist27,400 CNY
Education Services Facilitator27,300 CNY
Educational Psychologist38,500 CNY
EFL Teacher24,300 CNY
eLearning Trainer23,000 CNY
Elementary School Teacher19,700 CNY
Engineering Lecturer40,800 CNY
Engineering Teacher32,600 CNY
English Teacher21,900 CNY
ESL Teacher24,800 CNY
Faculty Assistant31,000 CNY
Foreign Language Teacher23,300 CNY
GED Teacher22,500 CNY
Geography Teacher24,300 CNY
Head of Mathematics Department32,000 CNY
Head of School39,500 CNY
High School Teacher26,300 CNY
History Teacher25,500 CNY
Infant Teacher18,100 CNY
Instructional Assistant26,000 CNY
Instructor27,800 CNY
Kindergarten Teacher18,700 CNY
Language Instructor For Expatriate19,500 CNY
Law Teacher36,300 CNY
Learning Designer29,500 CNY
Lecturer43,600 CNY
Librarian19,500 CNY
Library Assistant17,100 CNY
Library Director27,400 CNY
Library Specialist21,700 CNY
Life Sciences Teacher23,700 CNY
Math Lecturer43,200 CNY
Mathematics Teacher28,000 CNY
Mentor26,000 CNY
Middle School Teacher25,700 CNY
Music Teacher22,300 CNY
Nursery Manager34,800 CNY
Nursery Worker15,100 CNY
Paraprofessional31,500 CNY
Physical Education Specialist25,800 CNY
Physical Education Teacher21,300 CNY
Physics Teacher 26,000 CNY
Political Science Teacher26,700 CNY
Post Doctoral Researcher39,200 CNY
Preschool Education Administrator28,400 CNY
Preschool Teacher19,800 CNY
Primary School Teacher22,700 CNY
Principal33,700 CNY
Product Specialist26,000 CNY
Professor - Accounting44,500 CNY
Professor - Architecture42,700 CNY
Professor - Biology43,200 CNY
Professor - Business Administration44,000 CNY
Professor - Chemical Engineering45,600 CNY
Professor - Chemistry46,900 CNY
Professor - Civil Engineering41,100 CNY
Professor - Communication42,600 CNY
Professor - Computer Science42,400 CNY
Professor - Dentistry46,100 CNY
Professor - Drama40,100 CNY
Professor - Economics45,200 CNY
Professor - Education46,500 CNY
Professor - Electrical Engineering45,800 CNY
Professor - English43,300 CNY
Professor - Environmental Engineering43,800 CNY
Professor - Foreign Languages42,400 CNY
Professor - Geological Sciences41,500 CNY
Professor - History43,700 CNY
Professor - Industrial Engineering41,000 CNY
Professor - Law46,500 CNY
Professor - Legal Support43,200 CNY
Professor - Liberal Arts42,700 CNY
Professor - Marketing43,400 CNY
Professor - Mathematics48,700 CNY
Professor - Mechanical Engineering45,000 CNY
Professor - Medical Administration47,400 CNY
Professor - Medicine50,400 CNY
Professor - Music40,300 CNY
Professor - Nursing43,200 CNY
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences43,100 CNY
Professor - Philosophy45,300 CNY
Professor - Physical Therapy45,000 CNY
Professor - Physics48,600 CNY
Professor - Psychology41,700 CNY
Professor - Rehabilitation40,600 CNY
Professor - Social Work37,700 CNY
Professor - Sociology43,000 CNY
Professor - Special Education45,700 CNY
Psychology Teacher34,600 CNY
Public Management Assistant Professor36,600 CNY
School Counselor32,000 CNY
Science Educator24,300 CNY
Science Laboratory Assistant21,800 CNY
Science Teacher25,400 CNY
Secondary Mathematics Teacher24,500 CNY
Secondary School Teacher24,800 CNY
Special Education Teacher25,600 CNY
Special Needs Assistant21,800 CNY
Statistics Lecturer43,800 CNY
Student Accounts Coordinator23,400 CNY
Student Development Specialist27,900 CNY
Student Employment Specialist27,600 CNY
Student Services22,700 CNY
Student Support Manager28,900 CNY
Substitute Teacher20,500 CNY
Teacher21,100 CNY
Teacher Aide18,700 CNY
Teacher Trainer30,000 CNY
Training and Development Specialist31,400 CNY
Training Coordinator22,800 CNY
Tutor24,100 CNY
University Teacher40,800 CNY
Vocational Education Teacher24,500 CNY

Teaching / Education Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in China

Median and salary distribution China Teaching / Education monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
31,300 CNY or more
10% of people earn
27,200 to 31,300 CNY
20% of people earn
18,100 CNY or less
65% of people earn
18,100 to 27,200 CNY
Minimum Salary
14,900 CNY
28,400 CNY
56,700 CNY

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

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Teaching / Education in China range from 14,900 CNY (starting average salary) to 56,700 CNY (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Teaching / Education is 28,400 CNY, implying that half of the workforce in China earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Teaching / Education in China earn less than 23,100 CNY, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 33,300 CNY, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Teaching / Education in China. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 18,100 CNY to 27,200 CNY. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 18,100 CNY mark, while 10% ranged from 27,200 CNY to 31,300 CNY. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 31,300 CNY or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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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 in Teaching / Education in China 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.

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.

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.
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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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Teaching / Education in China, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 CNY to 439,000 CNY and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Teaching / Education / China

Salary comparison by gender China Teaching / Education 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? In the field of Teaching / Education in China, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 11%.

32,800 CNY
29,500 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Teaching / Education / China

How much are annual salary increments in China for individuals working in Teaching / Education? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Teaching / Education in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China Teaching / Education
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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 rare 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

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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.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Teaching / Education / China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Teaching / Education
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47% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education 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
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.

Salary Forecast and Trend / Teaching / Education / China

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

Average Salary 2019
28,300 CNY
Average Salary 2020+2%
28,900 CNY
Average Salary 2021+3%
29,800 CNY
Average Salary 2022+2%
30,200 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries for individuals working in Teaching / Education in China are rising in the year 2023 based on recently submitted salaries and reports. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from one industry to another.

Salary trends and forecast monthly China Teaching / Education
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Hourly Average Wage / Teaching / Education / China

180 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Teaching / Education in China is 180 CNY.This is the rate they get paid 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 fixed 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?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working in Teaching / Education in China is 86 CNY. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Teaching / Education VS Other Jobs

31,100 CNY
29,300 CNY
Average Salary
Teaching / Education
Average Salary
All Jobs
Salary Comparison Between Teaching / Education and Teaching / Education monthly China
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing35,600 CNY
Changchun29,700 CNY
Changsha28,200 CNY
Chengdu32,600 CNY
Chongqing36,000 CNY
Dalian29,400 CNY
Dongguan28,000 CNY
Foshan27,700 CNY
Fuzhou29,600 CNY
Guangzhou34,400 CNY
Hangzhou34,500 CNY
Harbin33,000 CNY
Jinan34,500 CNY
Kunming28,000 CNY
Nanjing31,100 CNY
Qingdao32,000 CNY
Quanzhou29,100 CNY
Shanghai33,600 CNY
Shantou30,400 CNY
Shenyang32,200 CNY
Shenzhen30,700 CNY
Suzhou30,000 CNY
Tianjin32,600 CNY
Wenzhou30,700 CNY
Wuhan35,600 CNY
Wuxi26,700 CNY
Xi an34,000 CNY
Xiamen28,500 CNY
Zhengzhou27,600 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui32,100 CNY
Beijing26,500 CNY
Chongqing28,300 CNY
Fujian30,100 CNY
Gansu27,800 CNY
Guangdong34,400 CNY
Guangxi31,400 CNY
Guizhou28,800 CNY
Hainan26,100 CNY
Hebei33,000 CNY
Heilongjiang29,400 CNY
Henan34,000 CNY
Hubei32,200 CNY
Hunan32,900 CNY
Jiangsu33,500 CNY
Jiangxi31,100 CNY
Jilin28,400 CNY
Liaoning30,900 CNY
Nei Monggol27,900 CNY
Ningxia26,100 CNY
Qinghai25,800 CNY
Shaanxi30,100 CNY
Shandong34,700 CNY
Shanghai27,700 CNY
Shanxi29,600 CNY
Sichuan34,200 CNY
Tianjin26,900 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur27,500 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]25,700 CNY
Yunnan31,900 CNY
Zhejiang32,500 CNY

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in China is 6% on average across all career fields.

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 in Teaching / Education in China?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 28,400 CNY and 33,300 CNY. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the 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 salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Teaching / Education in China ranges from 23,100 CNY to 33,300 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 with 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 the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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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