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Graphic Designer Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Graphic Designer make in China?


Average Monthly Salary
18,900 CNY
( 227,000 CNY yearly)

LOW
8,690
CNY
AVERAGE
18,900
CNY
HIGH
30,000
CNY

A person working as a Graphic Designer in China typically earns around 18,900 CNY per month. Salaries range from 8,690 CNY (lowest) to 30,000 CNY (highest).

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

Graphic Designer Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Graphic Designer salaries in China range from 8,690 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 30,000 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 20,400 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 20,400 CNY while the other half are earning more than 20,400 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 Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 13,100 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 13,100 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Graphic Designer(s) are earning less than 27,200 CNY while 25% are earning more than 27,200 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

Graphic Designer 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 Graphic Designer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Graphic Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 9,870 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,200 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 19,500 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, Graphic Designer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 23,700 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 25,900 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 28,000 CNY per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Graphic Designer average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
9,870 CNY
2 - 5 Years+34%
13,200 CNY
5 - 10 Years+48%
19,500 CNY
10 - 15 Years+22%
23,700 CNY
15 - 20 Years+9%
25,900 CNY
20+ Years+8%
28,000 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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Graphic Designer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Graphic Designer is 12,100 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 14,200 CNY per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 20,700 CNY per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 27,100 CNY per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Graphic Designer average salary difference by education level in China

High School
12,100 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+18%
14,200 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+45%
20,700 CNY
Master's Degree+31%
27,100 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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Graphic Designer 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 Graphic Designer employees in China earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
20,100 CNY
Female-12%
17,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Graphic Designer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

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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Graphic Designer Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% 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
34%
No Bonus
66%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Graphic Designer Average Hourly Wage in China


110 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 110 CNY. This means that the average Graphic Designer in China earns approximately 110 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.

Graphic Designer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Graphic Designer and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly China
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The average salary for Graphic Designer is 32% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive32,600 CNY+73%
Advertising Account Manager34,200 CNY+81%
Advertising Account Planner17,400 CNY-8%
Advertising Coordinator23,800 CNY+26%
Advertising Manager45,300 CNY+140%
Advertising Operations Manager47,000 CNY+150%
Advertising Strategic Planner30,600 CNY+62%
Advertising Team Leader27,700 CNY+47%
Animator20,100 CNY+6%
Art Director28,900 CNY+53%
Artist24,800 CNY+31%
Artworker17,600 CNY-7%
Assistant Art Director23,800 CNY+26%
Audiosual Technician16,700 CNY-12%
Broadcast Administrator31,200 CNY+65%
Catering Sales18,000 CNY-5%
Catering Trainer21,900 CNY+16%
Commercial and Industrial Designer18,100 CNY-4%
Conference Organiser21,700 CNY+15%
Content and Media Production Lead34,500 CNY+83%
CopyWriter19,000 CNY+1%
Creative Designer22,200 CNY+17%
Creative Director29,100 CNY+54%
Designer 16,300 CNY-14%
Desktop Publisher14,200 CNY-25%
Director of Graphic Design26,200 CNY+39%
Events and Promotions Manager47,100 CNY+150%
Exhibit Display Coordinator23,200 CNY+23%
Exhibit Display Manager29,300 CNY+55%
Finisher15,800 CNY-16%
Graphic Artist17,900 CNY-5%
Graphic Designer18,900 CNY+0%
Graphics Design Supervisor24,700 CNY+31%
Imagery Analyst17,800 CNY-6%
Imaging Technologist16,800 CNY-11%
Interaction Designer14,300 CNY-24%
Media Planner23,400 CNY+24%
Media Production Coordinator22,900 CNY+21%
Media Production Manager39,100 CNY+110%
Media Project Manager38,000 CNY+100%
Media Relations Representative33,200 CNY+76%
Media Sales Executive37,900 CNY+100%
Multimedia Specialist16,800 CNY-11%
Photographer16,500 CNY-13%
PPC Campaign Manager29,800 CNY+58%
Print Production Manager30,700 CNY+62%
Product and Brand Manager46,100 CNY+140%
Sales Promotion Manager47,200 CNY+150%
Sketch Artist20,300 CNY+7%
Social Media Executive37,200 CNY+97%
Technical Typist13,100 CNY-31%
User Experience UX Designer20,500 CNY+8%
UX Designer17,400 CNY-8%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing20,600 CNY
Changchun16,900 CNY
Changsha16,600 CNY
Chengdu20,000 CNY
Chongqing21,000 CNY
Dalian16,400 CNY
Dongguan17,100 CNY
Foshan16,100 CNY
Fuzhou16,200 CNY
Guangzhou21,100 CNY
Hangzhou19,600 CNY
Harbin19,400 CNY
Jinan19,900 CNY
Kunming17,100 CNY
Nanjing19,200 CNY
Qingdao17,700 CNY
Quanzhou16,200 CNY
Shanghai19,900 CNY
Shantou18,100 CNY
Shenyang19,500 CNY
Shenzhen18,500 CNY
Suzhou18,600 CNY
Tianjin19,700 CNY
Wenzhou18,700 CNY
Wuhan20,600 CNY
Wuxi16,700 CNY
Xi an19,200 CNY
Xiamen16,000 CNY
Zhengzhou15,100 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui20,000 CNY
Beijing15,700 CNY
Chongqing17,700 CNY
Fujian18,000 CNY
Gansu17,500 CNY
Guangdong20,600 CNY
Guangxi19,900 CNY
Guizhou17,400 CNY
Hainan16,600 CNY
Hebei20,100 CNY
Heilongjiang18,800 CNY
Henan20,800 CNY
Hubei18,800 CNY
Hunan20,200 CNY
Jiangsu19,600 CNY
Jiangxi19,200 CNY
Jilin16,800 CNY
Liaoning19,200 CNY
Nei Monggol16,500 CNY
Ningxia16,300 CNY
Qinghai15,400 CNY
Shaanxi18,900 CNY
Shandong20,800 CNY
Shanghai17,500 CNY
Shanxi17,900 CNY
Sichuan19,700 CNY
Tianjin16,300 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur15,900 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]15,700 CNY
Yunnan18,600 CNY
Zhejiang20,000 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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