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Biomedical Engineer Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Biomedical Engineer make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
23,800 CNY
( 286,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Biomedical Engineer in China typically earns around 23,800 CNY per month. Salaries range from 12,400 CNY (lowest) to 36,400 CNY (highest).

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

Biomedical Engineer Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Biomedical Engineer salaries in China range from 12,400 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 36,400 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 22,900 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 22,900 CNY while the other half are earning more than 22,900 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 Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 15,900 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 15,900 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 28,500 CNY while 25% are earning more than 28,500 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

Biomedical Engineer 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 Biomedical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Biomedical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 14,100 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 18,900 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 24,500 CNY per month, 30% 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, Biomedical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 29,700 CNY per month, 21% 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 32,500 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 34,100 CNY per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Biomedical Engineer average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
14,100 CNY
2 - 5 Years+34%
18,900 CNY
5 - 10 Years+30%
24,500 CNY
10 - 15 Years+21%
29,700 CNY
15 - 20 Years+9%
32,500 CNY
20+ Years+5%
34,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Biomedical Engineer is 19,800 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 27,500 CNY per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Biomedical Engineer average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
19,800 CNY
Master's Degree+39%
27,500 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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Biomedical Engineer 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 Biomedical Engineer employees in China earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

24,900 CNY
23,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Biomedical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineer(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

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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Biomedical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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.

Biomedical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in China

140 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 140 CNY. This means that the average Biomedical Engineer in China earns approximately 140 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.

Biomedical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Biomedical Engineer and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly China
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The average salary for Biomedical Engineer is 40% less than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist24,000 CNY+1%
Assistant Pharmacy Director46,700 CNY+96%
Associate Medical Affairs Director64,500 CNY+170%
Bioinformatics Scientist59,600 CNY+150%
Bioinformatics Technician26,000 CNY+9%
Biological Scientist63,500 CNY+170%
Biological Technician25,700 CNY+8%
Biomedical Engineer23,800 CNY-0%
Biomedical Engineering Director48,300 CNY+100%
Biostatistician40,800 CNY+71%
Biotechnologist 36,500 CNY+53%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager31,400 CNY+32%
Chemical Process Technician27,100 CNY+14%
Clinical Consultant39,100 CNY+64%
Clinical Data Manager37,600 CNY+58%
Clinical Data Specialist36,000 CNY+51%
Clinical Operations Manager54,900 CNY+130%
Clinical Pharmacist36,500 CNY+53%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist44,200 CNY+86%
Clinical Programmer19,500 CNY-18%
Clinical Project Manager36,000 CNY+51%
Clinical Research Associate33,800 CNY+42%
Clinical Research Manager51,700 CNY+120%
Clinical Study Manager48,400 CNY+100%
Compliance Specialist38,100 CNY+60%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist29,900 CNY+26%
Cytotechnologist31,200 CNY+31%
GCP Auditor31,600 CNY+33%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician28,700 CNY+21%
Manufacturing Engineer30,300 CNY+27%
Medical Affairs Director57,400 CNY+140%
Medical Representative 24,400 CNY+2%
Medical Science Liaison43,100 CNY+81%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist61,900 CNY+160%
Nuclear Pharmacist39,000 CNY+64%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead70,000 CNY+190%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager58,600 CNY+150%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer35,300 CNY+48%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager41,300 CNY+73%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor40,900 CNY+72%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant30,100 CNY+26%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist32,500 CNY+37%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate36,500 CNY+53%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist54,000 CNY+130%
Pharmaceutical Researcher53,600 CNY+130%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager44,700 CNY+88%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager52,500 CNY+120%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative26,000 CNY+9%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager56,300 CNY+140%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader41,200 CNY+73%
Pharmaceutical Technologist29,400 CNY+23%
Pharmacist38,800 CNY+63%
Pharmacy Aide24,600 CNY+3%
Pharmacy Manager51,900 CNY+120%
Pharmacy Stock Controller22,500 CNY-5%
Pharmacy Technician20,900 CNY-12%
Records Management Coordinator19,800 CNY-17%
Shift Encapsulator22,600 CNY-5%
Staff Pharmacist39,000 CNY+64%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing26,600 CNY
Changchun25,000 CNY
Changsha22,400 CNY
Chengdu26,800 CNY
Chongqing28,600 CNY
Dalian22,200 CNY
Dongguan23,900 CNY
Foshan23,200 CNY
Fuzhou22,900 CNY
Guangzhou28,300 CNY
Hangzhou26,700 CNY
Harbin24,900 CNY
Jinan26,200 CNY
Kunming22,900 CNY
Nanjing24,600 CNY
Qingdao25,300 CNY
Quanzhou22,200 CNY
Shanghai28,500 CNY
Shantou24,200 CNY
Shenyang25,000 CNY
Shenzhen26,000 CNY
Suzhou25,200 CNY
Tianjin26,600 CNY
Wenzhou22,900 CNY
Wuhan26,000 CNY
Wuxi21,700 CNY
Xi an26,100 CNY
Xiamen20,900 CNY
Zhengzhou21,000 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui27,700 CNY
Beijing22,400 CNY
Chongqing23,500 CNY
Fujian24,500 CNY
Gansu22,200 CNY
Guangdong29,800 CNY
Guangxi26,700 CNY
Guizhou24,000 CNY
Hainan21,400 CNY
Hebei26,500 CNY
Heilongjiang23,200 CNY
Henan29,000 CNY
Hubei27,000 CNY
Hunan27,000 CNY
Jiangsu27,000 CNY
Jiangxi24,600 CNY
Jilin24,400 CNY
Liaoning26,000 CNY
Nei Monggol23,000 CNY
Ningxia21,200 CNY
Qinghai20,500 CNY
Shaanxi23,500 CNY
Shandong29,400 CNY
Shanghai23,000 CNY
Shanxi24,100 CNY
Sichuan27,300 CNY
Tianjin21,100 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur23,400 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]21,500 CNY
Yunnan26,100 CNY
Zhejiang26,100 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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