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Geologist Average Salary in China 2020

How much money does a Geologist make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
49,700 CNY
( 596,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Geologist in China typically earns around 49,700 CNY per month. Salaries range from 24,300 CNY (lowest) to 77,500 CNY (highest).

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

Geologist Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Geologist salaries in China range from 24,300 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 77,500 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 50,700 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Geologist(s) are earning less than 50,700 CNY while the other half are earning more than 50,700 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 Geologist(s) are earning less than 33,800 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 33,800 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Geologist(s) are earning less than 65,400 CNY while 25% are earning more than 65,400 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

Geologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Geologist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 28,900 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 37,100 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 51,200 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, Geologist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 63,400 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 67,900 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 72,500 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Geologist average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
28,900 CNY
2 - 5 Years+29%
37,100 CNY
5 - 10 Years+38%
51,200 CNY
10 - 15 Years+24%
63,400 CNY
15 - 20 Years+7%
67,900 CNY
20+ Years+7%
72,500 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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Geologist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Geologist is 33,900 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 46,700 CNY per month, 38% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 76,400 CNY per month, 64% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Geologist average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
33,900 CNY
Master's Degree+38%
46,700 CNY
76,400 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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Geologist 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 Geologist employees in China earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

51,400 CNY
47,300 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Geologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Geologist(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 14% 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 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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Geologist Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Geologist
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A Geologist is considered to be a moderate 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.

41% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% 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.

Geologist Average Hourly Wage in China

290 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 290 CNY. This means that the average Geologist in China earns approximately 290 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.

Geologist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Geologist and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly China
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The average salary for Geologist is 88% more than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Yard Manager24,900 CNY-50%
Associate Analyst28,400 CNY-43%
Associate Landman11,900 CNY-76%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator10,900 CNY-78%
Biomass Plant Technician13,400 CNY-73%
Biomass Power Plant Manager36,400 CNY-27%
Chemical Plant Operator22,100 CNY-56%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer27,400 CNY-45%
Completions Engineer25,600 CNY-48%
Cost Controller19,600 CNY-61%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative30,100 CNY-39%
Dispatcher11,400 CNY-77%
Distribution Manager37,100 CNY-25%
Dragline Operator12,900 CNY-74%
Driller Offsider9,740 CNY-80%
Dump Truck Driver11,000 CNY-78%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager62,000 CNY+25%
Energy Advisor41,800 CNY-16%
Energy Analyst38,800 CNY-22%
Energy Auditor32,300 CNY-35%
Energy Dispatch Director44,100 CNY-11%
Energy Technical Assistant17,400 CNY-65%
Energy Technical Manager31,600 CNY-36%
Energy Technical Trainer23,600 CNY-53%
Exploration Manager46,800 CNY-6%
Field Safety Auditor30,200 CNY-39%
Fluids Engineer25,800 CNY-48%
Fuel Cell Engineer29,400 CNY-41%
Fuel Cell Technician13,200 CNY-73%
Fuels Handler13,000 CNY-74%
Gas Compressor Operator12,300 CNY-75%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator21,500 CNY-57%
Gas Supply Manager40,200 CNY-19%
Geologist49,700 CNY+0%
Geophysicist49,800 CNY+0%
Geothermal Production Manager46,500 CNY-6%
Geothermal Technician18,000 CNY-64%
HSE Engineer25,800 CNY-48%
HSE Officer16,400 CNY-67%
HSEQ Administrator19,200 CNY-61%
Inspector25,700 CNY-48%
Instructor22,200 CNY-55%
Instrument Designer20,200 CNY-59%
Lead Technical Field Advisor34,300 CNY-31%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator24,300 CNY-51%
Maintenance Engineer26,100 CNY-47%
Maintenance Superintendent23,500 CNY-53%
Material Controller18,800 CNY-62%
Mine Engineer25,300 CNY-49%
Mine Surveyor30,100 CNY-39%
Mining Project Administrator23,300 CNY-53%
Mining Project Assistant19,100 CNY-62%
Mining Project Controls Consultant28,600 CNY-42%
Mining Project Coordinator24,200 CNY-51%
Mining Project Engineer25,900 CNY-48%
Mining Project Manager35,400 CNY-29%
Mining Site Manager34,300 CNY-31%
Mining Team Leader29,100 CNY-41%
NDT Technician16,500 CNY-67%
Oil Service Unit Operator14,700 CNY-70%
Oil Trader34,500 CNY-31%
Oilwell Pumper10,300 CNY-79%
Petroleum Engineer 30,900 CNY-38%
Petroleum Geologist46,400 CNY-7%
Petroleum Pump System Operator15,600 CNY-69%
Pipeline Technician10,400 CNY-79%
Power Coordinator16,800 CNY-66%
Power Plant Operations Manager50,000 CNY+1%
Power Plant Operator22,100 CNY-56%
Radio Operator11,500 CNY-77%
Reliability Engineer25,900 CNY-48%
Reservoir Engineer25,900 CNY-48%
Risk Analyst31,400 CNY-37%
Roughneck28,200 CNY-43%
Scaffolder17,300 CNY-65%
Shutdown Engineer23,400 CNY-53%
Solar Energy Installation Manager41,000 CNY-17%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer27,300 CNY-45%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer18,000 CNY-64%
Solar Thermal Technician16,200 CNY-67%
Supply Operations Manager43,100 CNY-13%
Sustainability Specialist42,400 CNY-15%
System Development Advisor30,600 CNY-38%
Tanker Truck Driver10,200 CNY-79%
Utility Operator14,500 CNY-71%
Wind Energy Project Manager35,700 CNY-28%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing55,700 CNY
Changchun45,400 CNY
Changsha43,500 CNY
Chengdu53,700 CNY
Chongqing52,900 CNY
Dalian43,100 CNY
Dongguan44,400 CNY
Foshan42,600 CNY
Fuzhou44,800 CNY
Guangzhou56,600 CNY
Hangzhou54,700 CNY
Harbin48,700 CNY
Jinan50,600 CNY
Kunming42,100 CNY
Nanjing48,200 CNY
Qingdao47,300 CNY
Quanzhou44,600 CNY
Shanghai54,000 CNY
Shantou49,200 CNY
Shenyang48,200 CNY
Shenzhen46,800 CNY
Suzhou48,200 CNY
Tianjin51,600 CNY
Wenzhou47,700 CNY
Wuhan54,200 CNY
Wuxi40,300 CNY
Xi an49,100 CNY
Xiamen41,100 CNY
Zhengzhou40,200 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui53,100 CNY
Beijing42,500 CNY
Chongqing44,000 CNY
Fujian50,200 CNY
Gansu44,900 CNY
Guangdong53,800 CNY
Guangxi52,700 CNY
Guizhou46,800 CNY
Hainan41,100 CNY
Hebei50,400 CNY
Heilongjiang48,200 CNY
Henan54,000 CNY
Hubei49,500 CNY
Hunan54,200 CNY
Jiangsu53,500 CNY
Jiangxi48,200 CNY
Jilin47,200 CNY
Liaoning49,700 CNY
Nei Monggol43,500 CNY
Ningxia39,400 CNY
Qinghai41,800 CNY
Shaanxi47,300 CNY
Shandong52,800 CNY
Shanghai45,200 CNY
Shanxi46,800 CNY
Sichuan52,400 CNY
Tianjin44,100 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur43,800 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]39,700 CNY
Yunnan47,700 CNY
Zhejiang52,200 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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