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Security Guard Average Salary in China 2020

How much money does a Security Guard make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
8,790 CNY
( 105,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Security Guard in China typically earns around 8,790 CNY per month. Salaries range from 4,390 CNY (lowest) to 13,600 CNY (highest).

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

Security Guard Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Security Guard salaries in China range from 4,390 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 13,600 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 8,790 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Security Guard(s) are earning less than 8,790 CNY while the other half are earning more than 8,790 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 Security Guard(s) are earning less than 5,930 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 5,930 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Security Guard(s) are earning less than 11,200 CNY while 25% are earning more than 11,200 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

Security Guard Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Security Guard
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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 Security Guard salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Security Guard with less than two years of experience makes approximately 5,270 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,980 CNY per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 9,330 CNY per month, 34% 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, Security Guard(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 11,100 CNY per month, 19% 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 12,000 CNY per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 12,900 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Security Guard average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
5,270 CNY
2 - 5 Years+32%
6,980 CNY
5 - 10 Years+34%
9,330 CNY
10 - 15 Years+19%
11,100 CNY
15 - 20 Years+8%
12,000 CNY
20+ Years+7%
12,900 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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Security Guard Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Security Guard is 7,810 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 12,400 CNY per month, 59% more than someone having a High School degree.

Security Guard average salary difference by education level in China

High School
7,810 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+59%
12,400 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Security Guard 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 Security Guard employees in China earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

9,000 CNY
8,530 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Security Guard Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

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Security Guard(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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

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

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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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Security Guard Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Security Guard
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A Security Guard 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.

70% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 30% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% 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.

Security Guard Average Hourly Wage in China

51 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 51 CNY. This means that the average Security Guard in China earns approximately 51 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.

Security Guard VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Security Guard and Law Enforcement / Security / Fire monthly China
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The average salary for Security Guard is 62% less than that of Law Enforcement / Security / Fire. Also, Law Enforcement / Security / Fire salaries are 20% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Coordinator25,200 CNY+190%
Accreditation Manager33,600 CNY+280%
Advocate22,000 CNY+150%
Control Room Operator8,790 CNY+0%
Criminal Investigator33,700 CNY+280%
Facility Monitor18,700 CNY+110%
Fire Chief33,400 CNY+280%
Fire Dispatcher15,500 CNY+76%
Fire Education Specialist27,700 CNY+220%
Fire Extinguisher Technician9,730 CNY+11%
Fire Fighter17,200 CNY+96%
Fire Inspector29,200 CNY+230%
Fire Investigator30,500 CNY+250%
Fire Prevention Engineer25,500 CNY+190%
Forensic Investigator28,600 CNY+230%
Forensic Science Technician31,000 CNY+250%
Fraud and Forensic Specialist30,500 CNY+250%
Fraud Examiner32,800 CNY+270%
Grants Specialist38,700 CNY+340%
Intellectual Property Associate28,200 CNY+220%
Intelligence Research Specialist44,100 CNY+400%
Investigator29,900 CNY+240%
Jail Officer13,200 CNY+50%
Juvenile Probation Officer22,600 CNY+160%
Juvenile Supervision Officer21,400 CNY+140%
Lock-Smith9,170 CNY+4%
Parole Officer15,700 CNY+79%
Police Captain38,700 CNY+340%
Police Communications Officer21,500 CNY+140%
Police Officer18,000 CNY+100%
Police Patrol Officer15,300 CNY+74%
Prison Officer13,300 CNY+51%
Prisoner Custody Officer11,800 CNY+34%
Private Detective / Investigator30,500 CNY+250%
Security Adviser29,400 CNY+230%
Security Guard8,790 CNY+0%
Security Management Specialist44,800 CNY+410%
Security Manager45,900 CNY+420%
Security Officer10,200 CNY+16%
Security Supervisor25,600 CNY+190%
Security Systems Installer22,900 CNY+160%
Security Technician10,100 CNY+15%
Surveillance Operator12,700 CNY+45%
Traffic Controller17,200 CNY+96%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing9,400 CNY
Changchun8,100 CNY
Changsha7,920 CNY
Chengdu9,110 CNY
Chongqing9,650 CNY
Dalian7,830 CNY
Dongguan8,530 CNY
Foshan7,700 CNY
Fuzhou7,810 CNY
Guangzhou9,620 CNY
Hangzhou9,470 CNY
Harbin8,920 CNY
Jinan9,170 CNY
Kunming8,040 CNY
Nanjing8,830 CNY
Qingdao8,680 CNY
Quanzhou8,010 CNY
Shanghai9,570 CNY
Shantou8,930 CNY
Shenyang9,140 CNY
Shenzhen9,160 CNY
Suzhou8,630 CNY
Tianjin8,920 CNY
Wenzhou8,830 CNY
Wuhan9,580 CNY
Wuxi7,800 CNY
Xi an9,560 CNY
Xiamen7,950 CNY
Zhengzhou7,230 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui9,070 CNY
Beijing7,540 CNY
Chongqing8,120 CNY
Fujian8,700 CNY
Gansu8,080 CNY
Guangdong10,100 CNY
Guangxi9,260 CNY
Guizhou8,540 CNY
Hainan7,800 CNY
Hebei9,940 CNY
Heilongjiang8,920 CNY
Henan10,400 CNY
Hubei8,950 CNY
Hunan9,200 CNY
Jiangsu9,440 CNY
Jiangxi8,830 CNY
Jilin8,130 CNY
Liaoning8,890 CNY
Nei Monggol8,090 CNY
Ningxia7,620 CNY
Qinghai7,590 CNY
Shaanxi8,910 CNY
Shandong10,300 CNY
Shanghai8,320 CNY
Shanxi8,080 CNY
Sichuan9,410 CNY
Tianjin7,460 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur7,690 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]7,230 CNY
Yunnan9,030 CNY
Zhejiang9,280 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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