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Secondary School Teacher Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Secondary School Teacher make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
24,800 CNY
( 297,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Secondary School Teacher in China typically earns around 24,800 CNY per month. Salaries range from 11,900 CNY (lowest) to 38,900 CNY (highest).

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

Secondary School Teacher Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Secondary School Teacher salaries in China range from 11,900 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 38,900 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 25,700 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 25,700 CNY while the other half are earning more than 25,700 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 Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 16,900 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 16,900 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 33,600 CNY while 25% are earning more than 33,600 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

Secondary School Teacher 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 Secondary School Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secondary School Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 13,900 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,700 CNY per month, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 25,900 CNY per month, 31% 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, Secondary School Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 31,800 CNY per month, 23% 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 33,900 CNY per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 37,100 CNY per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Secondary School Teacher average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
13,900 CNY
2 - 5 Years+42%
19,700 CNY
5 - 10 Years+31%
25,900 CNY
10 - 15 Years+23%
31,800 CNY
15 - 20 Years+6%
33,900 CNY
20+ Years+10%
37,100 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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Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Secondary School Teacher is 21,900 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 31,300 CNY per month, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Secondary School Teacher average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
21,900 CNY
Master's Degree+43%
31,300 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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Secondary School Teacher 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 Secondary School Teacher employees in China earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

25,800 CNY
24,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Secondary School Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Secondary School Teacher

Secondary School Teacher(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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 2020

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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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Secondary School Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Secondary School Teacher
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A Secondary School Teacher 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.

67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% 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
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.

Secondary School Teacher 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 Secondary School Teacher 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.

Secondary School Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secondary School Teacher and Teaching / Education monthly China
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The average salary for Secondary School Teacher is 20% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor29,600 CNY+20%
Academic Coach29,500 CNY+19%
Academic Manager34,000 CNY+37%
Academic Specialist26,900 CNY+9%
Academic Staff24,300 CNY-2%
Accompanist25,700 CNY+4%
Achievement Coach30,100 CNY+22%
Admissions Specialist25,800 CNY+4%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher24,700 CNY-0%
Anthropology Teacher25,100 CNY+1%
Arabic Language Teacher23,600 CNY-5%
Archeology Teacher24,900 CNY+1%
Architecture Teacher28,200 CNY+14%
Archivist20,900 CNY-16%
Art Teacher23,600 CNY-5%
Assistant School Principal32,700 CNY+32%
Assistant Teacher20,300 CNY-18%
Biochemistry Professor 43,500 CNY+76%
Biology Teacher24,200 CNY-2%
Bursary Scheme Manager28,700 CNY+16%
Business Teacher25,600 CNY+3%
Chemistry Teacher24,200 CNY-2%
Child Care Coordinator23,600 CNY-5%
Child Care Worker19,900 CNY-20%
Clinical School Psychologist36,600 CNY+48%
College Aide32,000 CNY+29%
College and Career Readiness Specialist32,100 CNY+30%
College President54,200 CNY+120%
Communications Teacher25,300 CNY+2%
Community Education Officer20,300 CNY-18%
Computer Science Teacher23,700 CNY-4%
Computer Teacher23,200 CNY-6%
Creative Writing Trainer28,200 CNY+14%
Credit Counselor29,100 CNY+18%
Cultural Studies Teacher23,500 CNY-5%
Curriculum Developer30,500 CNY+23%
Curriculum Specialist32,500 CNY+31%
Demonstrator22,100 CNY-11%
Deputy Controller of Examinations28,100 CNY+14%
Director of Learning Technology32,800 CNY+33%
Distance Learning Coordinator25,800 CNY+4%
Economics Lecturer42,600 CNY+72%
Education Administrator27,200 CNY+10%
Education Assistant Director31,300 CNY+26%
Education Assistant Principal26,300 CNY+6%
Education Assistant Professor35,100 CNY+42%
Education Consultant32,900 CNY+33%
Education Coordinator27,100 CNY+9%
Education Counselor28,200 CNY+14%
Education Director44,600 CNY+80%
Education Program Specialist32,200 CNY+30%
Education Researcher34,500 CNY+39%
Education Resource Specialist27,400 CNY+11%
Education Services Facilitator27,300 CNY+10%
Educational Psychologist38,500 CNY+56%
EFL Teacher24,300 CNY-2%
eLearning Trainer23,000 CNY-7%
Elementary School Teacher19,700 CNY-20%
Engineering Lecturer40,800 CNY+65%
Engineering Teacher32,600 CNY+32%
English Teacher21,900 CNY-12%
ESL Teacher24,800 CNY+0%
Faculty Assistant31,000 CNY+25%
Foreign Language Teacher23,300 CNY-6%
GED Teacher22,500 CNY-9%
Geography Teacher24,300 CNY-2%
Head of Mathematics Department32,000 CNY+29%
Head of School39,500 CNY+60%
High School Teacher26,300 CNY+6%
History Teacher25,500 CNY+3%
Infant Teacher18,100 CNY-27%
Instructional Assistant26,000 CNY+5%
Instructor27,800 CNY+12%
Kindergarten Teacher18,700 CNY-24%
Language Instructor For Expatriate19,500 CNY-21%
Law Teacher36,300 CNY+47%
Learning Designer29,500 CNY+19%
Lecturer43,600 CNY+76%
Librarian19,500 CNY-21%
Library Assistant17,100 CNY-31%
Library Director27,400 CNY+11%
Library Specialist21,700 CNY-12%
Life Sciences Teacher23,700 CNY-4%
Math Lecturer43,200 CNY+75%
Mathematics Teacher28,000 CNY+13%
Mentor26,000 CNY+5%
Middle School Teacher25,700 CNY+4%
Music Teacher22,300 CNY-10%
Nursery Manager34,800 CNY+41%
Nursery Worker15,100 CNY-39%
Paraprofessional31,500 CNY+27%
Physical Education Specialist25,800 CNY+4%
Physical Education Teacher21,300 CNY-14%
Physics Teacher 26,000 CNY+5%
Political Science Teacher26,700 CNY+8%
Post Doctoral Researcher39,200 CNY+58%
Preschool Education Administrator28,400 CNY+15%
Preschool Teacher19,800 CNY-20%
Primary School Teacher22,700 CNY-8%
Principal33,700 CNY+36%
Product Specialist26,000 CNY+5%
Professor - Accounting44,500 CNY+80%
Professor - Architecture42,700 CNY+73%
Professor - Biology43,200 CNY+75%
Professor - Business Administration44,000 CNY+78%
Professor - Chemical Engineering45,600 CNY+84%
Professor - Chemistry46,900 CNY+89%
Professor - Civil Engineering41,100 CNY+66%
Professor - Communication42,600 CNY+72%
Professor - Computer Science42,400 CNY+71%
Professor - Dentistry46,100 CNY+86%
Professor - Drama40,100 CNY+62%
Professor - Economics45,200 CNY+83%
Professor - Education46,500 CNY+88%
Professor - Electrical Engineering45,800 CNY+85%
Professor - English43,300 CNY+75%
Professor - Environmental Engineering43,800 CNY+77%
Professor - Foreign Languages42,400 CNY+71%
Professor - Geological Sciences41,500 CNY+68%
Professor - History43,700 CNY+77%
Professor - Industrial Engineering41,000 CNY+66%
Professor - Law46,500 CNY+88%
Professor - Legal Support43,200 CNY+75%
Professor - Liberal Arts42,700 CNY+73%
Professor - Marketing43,400 CNY+75%
Professor - Mathematics48,700 CNY+97%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering45,000 CNY+82%
Professor - Medical Administration47,400 CNY+91%
Professor - Medicine50,400 CNY+100%
Professor - Music40,300 CNY+63%
Professor - Nursing43,200 CNY+75%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences43,100 CNY+74%
Professor - Philosophy45,300 CNY+83%
Professor - Physical Therapy45,000 CNY+82%
Professor - Physics48,600 CNY+96%
Professor - Psychology41,700 CNY+68%
Professor - Rehabilitation40,600 CNY+64%
Professor - Social Work37,700 CNY+52%
Professor - Sociology43,000 CNY+74%
Professor - Special Education45,700 CNY+85%
Psychology Teacher34,600 CNY+40%
Public Management Assistant Professor36,600 CNY+48%
School Counselor32,000 CNY+29%
Science Educator24,300 CNY-2%
Science Laboratory Assistant21,800 CNY-12%
Science Teacher25,400 CNY+3%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher24,500 CNY-1%
Secondary School Teacher24,800 CNY+0%
Special Education Teacher25,600 CNY+3%
Special Needs Assistant21,800 CNY-12%
Statistics Lecturer43,800 CNY+77%
Student Accounts Coordinator23,400 CNY-5%
Student Development Specialist27,900 CNY+13%
Student Employment Specialist27,600 CNY+12%
Student Services22,700 CNY-8%
Student Support Manager28,900 CNY+17%
Substitute Teacher20,500 CNY-17%
Teacher21,100 CNY-15%
Teacher Aide18,700 CNY-24%
Teacher Trainer30,000 CNY+21%
Training and Development Specialist31,400 CNY+27%
Training Coordinator22,800 CNY-8%
Tutor24,100 CNY-3%
University Teacher40,800 CNY+65%
Vocational Education Teacher24,500 CNY-1%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing25,300 CNY
Changchun23,400 CNY
Changsha21,400 CNY
Chengdu24,400 CNY
Chongqing27,900 CNY
Dalian22,300 CNY
Dongguan21,300 CNY
Foshan22,100 CNY
Fuzhou20,800 CNY
Guangzhou25,800 CNY
Hangzhou25,400 CNY
Harbin24,400 CNY
Jinan25,300 CNY
Kunming22,000 CNY
Nanjing25,400 CNY
Qingdao24,100 CNY
Quanzhou21,600 CNY
Shanghai27,800 CNY
Shantou22,600 CNY
Shenyang23,900 CNY
Shenzhen24,900 CNY
Suzhou24,100 CNY
Tianjin26,100 CNY
Wenzhou22,400 CNY
Wuhan25,700 CNY
Wuxi21,100 CNY
Xi an26,100 CNY
Xiamen20,800 CNY
Zhengzhou20,800 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui25,500 CNY
Beijing21,900 CNY
Chongqing22,100 CNY
Fujian24,500 CNY
Gansu21,300 CNY
Guangdong27,500 CNY
Guangxi23,700 CNY
Guizhou22,700 CNY
Hainan21,400 CNY
Hebei25,600 CNY
Heilongjiang23,800 CNY
Henan25,900 CNY
Hubei25,600 CNY
Hunan24,600 CNY
Jiangsu26,200 CNY
Jiangxi25,400 CNY
Jilin21,900 CNY
Liaoning24,800 CNY
Nei Monggol21,100 CNY
Ningxia20,600 CNY
Qinghai19,200 CNY
Shaanxi23,400 CNY
Shandong28,100 CNY
Shanghai21,200 CNY
Shanxi23,600 CNY
Sichuan25,800 CNY
Tianjin21,100 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur20,400 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]19,900 CNY
Yunnan25,700 CNY
Zhejiang24,800 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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