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Petroleum Engineer Average Salary in China 2020

How much money does a Petroleum Engineer make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
31,000 CNY
( 372,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Petroleum Engineer in China typically earns around 31,000 CNY per month. Salaries range from 14,900 CNY (lowest) to 48,700 CNY (highest).

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

Petroleum Engineer Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Petroleum Engineer salaries in China range from 14,900 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 48,700 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 32,200 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Petroleum Engineer (s) are earning less than 32,200 CNY while the other half are earning more than 32,200 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 Petroleum Engineer (s) are earning less than 21,200 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 21,200 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Petroleum Engineer (s) are earning less than 42,100 CNY while 25% are earning more than 42,100 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

Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Petroleum Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 17,400 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 24,700 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 32,500 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, Petroleum Engineer (s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 39,900 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 42,400 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 46,500 CNY per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Petroleum Engineer average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
17,400 CNY
2 - 5 Years+42%
24,700 CNY
5 - 10 Years+31%
32,500 CNY
10 - 15 Years+23%
39,900 CNY
15 - 20 Years+6%
42,400 CNY
20+ Years+10%
46,500 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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Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Petroleum Engineer is 27,400 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 39,200 CNY per month, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Petroleum Engineer average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
27,400 CNY
Master's Degree+43%
39,200 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 148,000 Yuan Renminbi(s) to 443,000 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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Petroleum Engineer
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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 Petroleum Engineer employees in China earn 9% more than their female counterparts.

30,100 CNY
32,800 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Petroleum Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineer (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

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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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Petroleum Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Petroleum Engineer employees in China earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
28,800 CNY
Public Sector+6%
30,400 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Petroleum Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in China

How are Petroleum Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly China Petroleum Engineer
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Average Salary 2016
27,800 CNY
Average Salary 2017+4%
28,800 CNY
Average Salary 2018+3%
29,700 CNY
Average Salary 2019+3%
30,400 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Petroleum Engineer salaries in China are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Petroleum Engineer Average Hourly Wage in China

180 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 180 CNY. This means that the average Petroleum Engineer in China earns approximately 180 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.

Petroleum Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Petroleum Engineer  and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly China
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The average salary for Petroleum Engineer is 11% more than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Assistant Yard Manager25,000 CNY-19%
Associate Analyst28,400 CNY-8%
Associate Landman19,500 CNY-37%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator15,300 CNY-51%
Biomass Plant Technician18,300 CNY-41%
Biomass Power Plant Manager28,900 CNY-7%
Chemical Plant Operator35,300 CNY+14%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer27,900 CNY-10%
Completions Engineer25,600 CNY-17%
Cost Controller23,100 CNY-25%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative30,100 CNY-3%
Dispatcher15,700 CNY-49%
Distribution Manager34,500 CNY+11%
Dragline Operator17,100 CNY-45%
Driller Offsider14,800 CNY-52%
Dump Truck Driver15,700 CNY-49%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager40,600 CNY+31%
Energy Advisor37,400 CNY+21%
Energy Analyst36,500 CNY+18%
Energy Auditor32,300 CNY+4%
Energy Dispatch Director35,600 CNY+15%
Energy Technical Assistant24,800 CNY-20%
Energy Technical Manager29,900 CNY-4%
Energy Technical Trainer25,200 CNY-19%
Exploration Manager41,900 CNY+35%
Field Safety Auditor30,200 CNY-3%
Fluids Engineer25,800 CNY-17%
Fuel Cell Engineer29,400 CNY-5%
Fuel Cell Technician19,200 CNY-38%
Fuels Handler19,400 CNY-37%
Gas Compressor Operator16,700 CNY-46%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator21,900 CNY-29%
Gas Supply Manager35,300 CNY+14%
Geologist40,700 CNY+31%
Geophysicist41,100 CNY+33%
Geothermal Production Manager42,400 CNY+37%
Geothermal Technician22,000 CNY-29%
HSE Engineer25,800 CNY-17%
HSE Officer20,800 CNY-33%
HSEQ Administrator24,300 CNY-22%
Inspector26,300 CNY-15%
Instructor27,800 CNY-10%
Instrument Designer21,800 CNY-30%
Lead Technical Field Advisor34,000 CNY+10%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator28,300 CNY-9%
Maintenance Engineer26,100 CNY-16%
Maintenance Superintendent27,800 CNY-10%
Material Controller24,100 CNY-22%
Mine Engineer25,300 CNY-18%
Mine Surveyor30,100 CNY-3%
Mining Project Administrator24,400 CNY-21%
Mining Project Assistant23,700 CNY-24%
Mining Project Controls Consultant26,300 CNY-15%
Mining Project Coordinator26,500 CNY-15%
Mining Project Engineer25,900 CNY-16%
Mining Project Manager35,400 CNY+14%
Mining Site Manager30,400 CNY-2%
Mining Team Leader29,100 CNY-6%
NDT Technician23,800 CNY-23%
Oil Service Unit Operator22,200 CNY-28%
Oil Trader34,500 CNY+11%
Oilwell Pumper15,300 CNY-51%
Petroleum Engineer 31,000 CNY=
Petroleum Geologist40,400 CNY+30%
Petroleum Pump System Operator22,900 CNY-26%
Pipeline Technician20,200 CNY-35%
Power Coordinator22,100 CNY-29%
Power Plant Operations Manager41,700 CNY+35%
Power Plant Operator30,900 CNY-0%
Radio Operator18,100 CNY-42%
Reliability Engineer25,900 CNY-16%
Reservoir Engineer25,900 CNY-16%
Risk Analyst31,400 CNY+1%
Roughneck28,200 CNY-9%
Scaffolder21,600 CNY-30%
Shutdown Engineer24,800 CNY-20%
Solar Energy Installation Manager37,600 CNY+21%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer27,300 CNY-12%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer25,100 CNY-19%
Solar Thermal Technician23,700 CNY-24%
Supply Operations Manager42,700 CNY+38%
Sustainability Specialist37,800 CNY+22%
System Development Advisor30,600 CNY-1%
Tanker Truck Driver16,900 CNY-45%
Utility Operator21,200 CNY-32%
Wind Energy Project Manager28,700 CNY-7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing33,700 CNY
Changchun29,300 CNY
Changsha27,400 CNY
Chengdu33,800 CNY
Chongqing34,900 CNY
Dalian28,500 CNY
Dongguan28,400 CNY
Foshan27,000 CNY
Fuzhou27,100 CNY
Guangzhou35,700 CNY
Hangzhou31,800 CNY
Harbin31,800 CNY
Jinan33,600 CNY
Kunming28,600 CNY
Nanjing29,900 CNY
Qingdao30,800 CNY
Quanzhou25,900 CNY
Shanghai33,500 CNY
Shantou29,500 CNY
Shenyang29,900 CNY
Shenzhen30,600 CNY
Suzhou29,500 CNY
Tianjin33,300 CNY
Wenzhou29,200 CNY
Wuhan32,100 CNY
Wuxi27,000 CNY
Xi an30,800 CNY
Xiamen26,000 CNY
Zhengzhou27,100 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui33,200 CNY
Beijing26,300 CNY
Chongqing29,900 CNY
Fujian30,700 CNY
Gansu27,200 CNY
Guangdong35,900 CNY
Guangxi31,600 CNY
Guizhou27,800 CNY
Hainan26,800 CNY
Hebei32,700 CNY
Heilongjiang31,000 CNY
Henan34,500 CNY
Hubei31,400 CNY
Hunan34,100 CNY
Jiangsu33,500 CNY
Jiangxi29,900 CNY
Jilin29,100 CNY
Liaoning30,400 CNY
Nei Monggol29,200 CNY
Ningxia26,300 CNY
Qinghai25,100 CNY
Shaanxi31,100 CNY
Shandong34,500 CNY
Shanghai26,600 CNY
Shanxi30,200 CNY
Sichuan33,600 CNY
Tianjin25,400 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur27,700 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]24,900 CNY
Yunnan32,800 CNY
Zhejiang32,200 CNY
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