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Journalist Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Journalist make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
33,100 CNY
( 397,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Journalist in China typically earns around 33,100 CNY per month. Salaries range from 17,900 CNY (lowest) to 50,000 CNY (highest).

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

Journalist Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Journalist salaries in China range from 17,900 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 50,000 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 30,400 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Journalist(s) are earning less than 30,400 CNY while the other half are earning more than 30,400 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 Journalist(s) are earning less than 21,700 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 21,700 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Journalist(s) are earning less than 37,000 CNY while 25% are earning more than 37,000 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

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

A Journalist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 20,800 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 26,200 CNY per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 34,600 CNY per month, 32% 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, Journalist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 40,700 CNY per month, 18% 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 45,000 CNY per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 47,900 CNY per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Journalist average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
20,800 CNY
2 - 5 Years+26%
26,200 CNY
5 - 10 Years+32%
34,600 CNY
10 - 15 Years+18%
40,700 CNY
15 - 20 Years+11%
45,000 CNY
20+ Years+6%
47,900 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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Journalist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Journalist is 25,200 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 28,500 CNY per month, 13% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 37,400 CNY per month, 32% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 46,400 CNY per month, 24% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Journalist average salary difference by education level in China

High School
25,200 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+13%
28,500 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+32%
37,400 CNY
Master's Degree+24%
46,400 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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Journalist 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 Journalist employees in China earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

34,100 CNY
31,800 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Journalist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Journalist(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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Journalist Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

47% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% 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.

Journalist Average Hourly Wage in China

190 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 190 CNY. This means that the average Journalist in China earns approximately 190 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.

Journalist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Journalist and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment monthly China
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The average salary for Journalist is 23% more than that of Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment. Also, Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries are 8% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist25,800 CNY-22%
3D Designer25,300 CNY-24%
3D Generalist22,800 CNY-31%
3D Visualization Specialist27,100 CNY-18%
Acrobatic Rigger17,400 CNY-47%
Actor36,600 CNY+11%
Associate Media Director28,700 CNY-13%
Associate Producer35,900 CNY+9%
Broadcast Associate18,300 CNY-45%
Broadcast News Analyst27,000 CNY-18%
Broadcast Technician16,700 CNY-50%
Broadcasting Journalist32,600 CNY-1%
Broadcasting Presenter33,900 CNY+2%
Camera Equipment Repairer18,900 CNY-43%
Cartoonist / Animator24,600 CNY-26%
CAS Engineer29,200 CNY-12%
Censorship Executive32,000 CNY-3%
Choreographer23,900 CNY-28%
Colorist13,700 CNY-59%
Communications Manager38,300 CNY+16%
Correspondent29,400 CNY-11%
Dance Director25,800 CNY-22%
Dancer24,000 CNY-27%
Director of Photography27,500 CNY-17%
Disc Jockey17,900 CNY-46%
Editorial Assistant14,900 CNY-55%
Events Manager26,000 CNY-21%
Graphic Designer18,900 CNY-43%
Illustrator19,900 CNY-40%
Instructional Designer16,600 CNY-50%
Journalist33,100 CNY+0%
Makeup Artist17,700 CNY-47%
Media Design Manager47,200 CNY+43%
Media Equipment Operator14,600 CNY-56%
Media Operations Manager36,300 CNY+10%
Media Producer33,400 CNY+1%
Media Product Development Manager47,200 CNY+43%
Media Program Director51,100 CNY+54%
Media Relations Manager45,600 CNY+38%
Media Sales Manager51,600 CNY+56%
Movement and Dance Coordinator27,200 CNY-18%
Multimedia Coordinator18,500 CNY-44%
Multimedia Designer19,300 CNY-42%
Music Consultant23,500 CNY-29%
Musician20,700 CNY-37%
News Associate24,500 CNY-26%
News Reporter33,900 CNY+2%
Producer45,200 CNY+37%
Product Designer18,300 CNY-45%
Production Artist23,200 CNY-30%
Production Assistant16,500 CNY-50%
Production Director39,700 CNY+20%
Production Technician15,400 CNY-53%
Program Researcher28,800 CNY-13%
Promotion Coordinator22,900 CNY-31%
Sound Engineer23,600 CNY-29%
Stage Technician13,400 CNY-60%
Sub Editor16,300 CNY-51%
Television Executive Producer52,500 CNY+59%
Transmission Engineer25,400 CNY-23%
Video Editor21,500 CNY-35%
Video Producer26,900 CNY-19%
Videographer23,300 CNY-30%
Visual Designer24,000 CNY-27%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing35,500 CNY
Changchun31,900 CNY
Changsha29,700 CNY
Chengdu36,800 CNY
Chongqing35,800 CNY
Dalian30,900 CNY
Dongguan31,700 CNY
Foshan31,400 CNY
Fuzhou28,700 CNY
Guangzhou38,800 CNY
Hangzhou36,000 CNY
Harbin33,700 CNY
Jinan33,400 CNY
Kunming29,700 CNY
Nanjing35,000 CNY
Qingdao30,800 CNY
Quanzhou27,900 CNY
Shanghai38,900 CNY
Shantou33,800 CNY
Shenyang33,200 CNY
Shenzhen34,100 CNY
Suzhou33,600 CNY
Tianjin36,100 CNY
Wenzhou31,600 CNY
Wuhan34,300 CNY
Wuxi29,800 CNY
Xi an33,300 CNY
Xiamen27,200 CNY
Zhengzhou27,500 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui37,300 CNY
Beijing30,700 CNY
Chongqing32,700 CNY
Fujian34,700 CNY
Gansu32,000 CNY
Guangdong39,500 CNY
Guangxi36,000 CNY
Guizhou32,900 CNY
Hainan29,800 CNY
Hebei37,600 CNY
Heilongjiang33,500 CNY
Henan38,600 CNY
Hubei36,500 CNY
Hunan37,100 CNY
Jiangsu37,800 CNY
Jiangxi35,000 CNY
Jilin31,900 CNY
Liaoning34,600 CNY
Nei Monggol31,200 CNY
Ningxia29,100 CNY
Qinghai28,800 CNY
Shaanxi33,500 CNY
Shandong38,500 CNY
Shanghai30,700 CNY
Shanxi32,700 CNY
Sichuan37,700 CNY
Tianjin29,600 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur30,300 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]28,200 CNY
Yunnan34,900 CNY
Zhejiang35,500 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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