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Attorney Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does an Attorney make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
58,300 CNY
( 699,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as an Attorney in China typically earns around 58,300 CNY per month. Salaries range from 26,800 CNY (lowest) to 92,600 CNY (highest).

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

Attorney Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in China range from 26,800 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 92,600 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 62,900 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 62,900 CNY while the other half are earning more than 62,900 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 Attorney(s) are earning less than 40,400 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 40,400 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 84,000 CNY while 25% are earning more than 84,000 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

Attorney Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Attorney salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Attorney with less than two years of experience makes approximately 30,400 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 40,600 CNY per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 60,000 CNY per month, 48% 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, Attorney(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 73,200 CNY per month, 22% 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 79,800 CNY per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 86,400 CNY per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Attorney average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
30,400 CNY
2 - 5 Years+34%
40,600 CNY
5 - 10 Years+48%
60,000 CNY
10 - 15 Years+22%
73,200 CNY
15 - 20 Years+9%
79,800 CNY
20+ Years+8%
86,400 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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Attorney Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Attorney is 34,700 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 54,500 CNY per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 91,300 CNY per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Attorney average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
34,700 CNY
Master's Degree+57%
54,500 CNY
91,300 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Attorney 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 Attorney employees in China earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.

61,800 CNY
54,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Attorney(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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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Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Attorney
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An Attorney is considered to be a high 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.

13% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 87% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Attorney Average Hourly Wage in China

340 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 340 CNY. This means that the average Attorney in China earns approximately 340 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.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Attorney is 65% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 21% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge80,700 CNY+39%
Arbitrator35,900 CNY-38%
Associate Attorney37,900 CNY-35%
Attorney58,300 CNY+0%
Bailiff18,300 CNY-69%
Barrister14,600 CNY-75%
Candidate Attorney33,100 CNY-43%
Conciliator28,600 CNY-51%
Contracts Manager32,200 CNY-45%
Contracts Negotiator27,500 CNY-53%
Conveyancing Secretary15,800 CNY-73%
Corporate Counsel43,100 CNY-26%
Counsel41,200 CNY-29%
Court Clerk13,400 CNY-77%
Court Judicial Assistant21,100 CNY-64%
Court Liaison Specialist25,600 CNY-56%
Court Reporter21,500 CNY-63%
Court Representative16,700 CNY-71%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer76,600 CNY+31%
Immigration Executive38,300 CNY-34%
In House Counsel42,200 CNY-28%
Intellectual Property Specialist28,900 CNY-50%
Judge Advocate60,500 CNY+4%
Law Clerk13,300 CNY-77%
Lawyer54,600 CNY-6%
Legal Administrative Assistant14,600 CNY-75%
Legal Advisor34,600 CNY-41%
Legal Assistant14,800 CNY-75%
Legal Associate27,900 CNY-52%
Legal Consultant36,100 CNY-38%
Legal Counsel43,400 CNY-26%
Legal Editor27,000 CNY-54%
Legal Executive51,500 CNY-12%
Legal Executive Secretary15,600 CNY-73%
Legal IP Officer14,300 CNY-75%
Legal Officer17,300 CNY-70%
Legal Services Director66,400 CNY+14%
Legal Services Manager68,500 CNY+18%
Legal Support Worker10,700 CNY-82%
Legislative Liaison28,200 CNY-52%
Litigation Attorney69,200 CNY+19%
Litigation Paralegal34,200 CNY-41%
Magistrate Judge90,000 CNY+54%
Paralegal22,100 CNY-62%
Patent Attorney43,100 CNY-26%
Staff Attorney45,300 CNY-22%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing60,200 CNY
Changchun52,400 CNY
Changsha51,400 CNY
Chengdu63,500 CNY
Chongqing62,400 CNY
Dalian53,600 CNY
Dongguan53,300 CNY
Foshan53,400 CNY
Fuzhou53,600 CNY
Guangzhou67,100 CNY
Hangzhou59,700 CNY
Harbin59,800 CNY
Jinan63,200 CNY
Kunming53,800 CNY
Nanjing56,300 CNY
Qingdao55,000 CNY
Quanzhou51,300 CNY
Shanghai62,900 CNY
Shantou58,300 CNY
Shenyang59,100 CNY
Shenzhen60,400 CNY
Suzhou55,500 CNY
Tianjin59,500 CNY
Wenzhou57,700 CNY
Wuhan60,400 CNY
Wuxi50,700 CNY
Xi an57,900 CNY
Xiamen51,400 CNY
Zhengzhou50,900 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui59,300 CNY
Beijing49,500 CNY
Chongqing53,600 CNY
Fujian57,700 CNY
Gansu53,800 CNY
Guangdong67,400 CNY
Guangxi62,300 CNY
Guizhou52,200 CNY
Hainan48,000 CNY
Hebei61,500 CNY
Heilongjiang55,500 CNY
Henan64,800 CNY
Hubei62,200 CNY
Hunan64,100 CNY
Jiangsu66,100 CNY
Jiangxi56,300 CNY
Jilin52,000 CNY
Liaoning57,200 CNY
Nei Monggol52,300 CNY
Ningxia49,500 CNY
Qinghai49,600 CNY
Shaanxi58,500 CNY
Shandong68,200 CNY
Shanghai49,900 CNY
Shanxi53,900 CNY
Sichuan63,100 CNY
Tianjin50,200 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur52,000 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]49,200 CNY
Yunnan61,700 CNY
Zhejiang57,600 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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