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Petroleum Engineer Average Salary in China 2019

How much money does a Petroleum Engineer make in China?

31,000 CNY per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Petroleum Engineer in China typically earns around 31,000 CNY per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Petroleum Engineer salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Petroleum Engineer Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Petroleum Engineer

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Petroleum Engineer salaries in China range between 13,330 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 47,120 CNY per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 31,620 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Petroleum Engineer are earning less than 31,620 CNY while the other half are earning more than 31,620 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.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Petroleum Engineer are earning less than 20,228 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 20,228 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Petroleum Engineer are earning less than 40,945 CNY while 25% are earning more than 40,945 CNY.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
15,864 CNY
2 - 5 Years    +46%  
23,129 CNY
5 - 10 Years    +15%  
26,508 CNY
10 - 15 Years    +24%  
32,928 CNY
15 - 20 Years    +10%  
36,307 CNY
20+ Years    +24%  
44,924 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Petroleum Engineer salaries by experience level. A Petroleum Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 15,864 CNY per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 23,129 CNY per month, 46% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 26,508 CNY per month, 15% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Petroleum Engineer (s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 32,928 CNY per month, 24% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 36,307 CNY per month, 10% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 44,924 CNY per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
20,933 CNY
Bachelor's Degree    +56%  
32,759 CNY
Master's Degree    +18%  
38,673 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Petroleum Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Petroleum Engineer is 20,933 CNY per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 32,759 CNY per month, 56% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 38,673 CNY per month, 18% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly China Petroleum Engineer


Petroleum Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
29,295 CNY
Male    +14%  
33,325 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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 14% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Petroleum Engineer

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
27,745 CNY
Public Sector    +26%  
34,875 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Petroleum Engineer employees in China earn 26% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly China Petroleum Engineer

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
Average Salary 2016    =  
28,288 CNY
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
29,335 CNY
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
30,244 CNY
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
31,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Petroleum Engineer salaries in China are on the rise in the year 2019 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 continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Petroleum Engineer Average Hourly Wage in China

179 CNY per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China for Petroleum Engineer is 179 CNY. This means that the average Petroleum Engineer in China earns approximatly 179 CNY for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Petroleum Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Petroleum Engineer  and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly ChinaWe compared China salaries for Petroleum Engineer , Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining, and All Jobs and we found that Petroleum Engineer salaries are 11% more than those of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. We also found out that Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Yard Manager24,962 CNY-19%
Associate Analyst28,359 CNY-9%
Associate Landman19,495 CNY-37%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator15,318 CNY-51%
Biomass Plant Technician18,299 CNY-41%
Biomass Power Plant Manager28,946 CNY-7%
Chemical Plant Operator35,293 CNY+14%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer27,877 CNY-10%
Completions Engineer25,630 CNY-17%
Cost Controller23,069 CNY-26%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative30,081 CNY-3%
Dispatcher15,744 CNY-49%
Distribution Manager34,510 CNY+11%
Dragline Operator17,111 CNY-45%
Driller Offsider14,762 CNY-52%
Dump Truck Driver15,674 CNY-49%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager40,602 CNY+31%
Energy Advisor37,427 CNY+21%
Energy Analyst36,459 CNY+18%
Energy Auditor32,344 CNY+4%
Energy Dispatch Director35,560 CNY+15%
Energy Technical Assistant24,753 CNY-20%
Energy Technical Manager29,880 CNY-4%
Energy Technical Trainer25,199 CNY-19%
Exploration Manager41,940 CNY+35%
Field Safety Auditor30,151 CNY-3%
Fluids Engineer25,792 CNY-17%
Fuel Cell Engineer29,359 CNY-5%
Fuel Cell Technician19,221 CNY-38%
Fuels Handler19,420 CNY-37%
Gas Compressor Operator16,692 CNY-46%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator21,889 CNY-29%
Gas Supply Manager35,313 CNY+14%
Geologist40,651 CNY+31%
Geophysicist41,131 CNY+33%
Geothermal Production Manager42,444 CNY+37%
Geothermal Technician21,964 CNY-29%
HSE Engineer25,800 CNY-17%
HSE Officer20,788 CNY-33%
HSEQ Administrator24,264 CNY-22%
Inspector26,347 CNY-15%
Instructor27,792 CNY-10%
Instrument Designer21,798 CNY-30%
Lead Technical Field Advisor33,954 CNY+10%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator28,288 CNY-9%
Maintenance Engineer26,147 CNY-16%
Maintenance Superintendent27,763 CNY-10%
Material Controller24,082 CNY-22%
Mine Engineer25,273 CNY-18%
Mine Surveyor30,133 CNY-3%
Mining Project Administrator24,404 CNY-21%
Mining Project Assistant23,714 CNY-24%
Mining Project Controls Consultant26,257 CNY-15%
Mining Project Coordinator26,518 CNY-14%
Mining Project Engineer25,896 CNY-16%
Mining Project Manager35,380 CNY+14%
Mining Site Manager30,361 CNY-2%
Mining Team Leader29,131 CNY-6%
NDT Technician23,802 CNY-23%
Oil Service Unit Operator22,169 CNY-28%
Oil Trader34,510 CNY+11%
Oilwell Pumper15,254 CNY-51%
Petroleum Engineer 31,000 CNY=
Petroleum Geologist40,427 CNY+30%
Petroleum Pump System Operator22,935 CNY-26%
Pipeline Technician20,218 CNY-35%
Power Coordinator22,146 CNY-29%
Power Plant Operations Manager41,660 CNY+34%
Power Plant Operator30,881 CNY-0%
Radio Operator18,078 CNY-42%
Reliability Engineer25,943 CNY-16%
Reservoir Engineer25,895 CNY-16%
Risk Analyst31,376 CNY+1%
Roughneck28,230 CNY-9%
Scaffolder21,619 CNY-30%
Shutdown Engineer24,848 CNY-20%
Solar Energy Installation Manager37,553 CNY+21%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer27,272 CNY-12%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer25,119 CNY-19%
Solar Thermal Technician23,748 CNY-23%
Supply Operations Manager42,706 CNY+38%
Sustainability Specialist37,834 CNY+22%
System Development Advisor30,635 CNY-1%
Tanker Truck Driver16,945 CNY-45%
Utility Operator21,236 CNY-31%
Wind Energy Project Manager28,706 CNY-7%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing33,703 CNY
Changchun29,323 CNY
Changsha27,375 CNY
Chengdu33,808 CNY
Chongqing34,890 CNY
Dalian28,513 CNY
Dongguan28,379 CNY
Foshan27,041 CNY
Fuzhou27,134 CNY
Guangzhou35,686 CNY
Hangzhou31,764 CNY
Harbin31,798 CNY
Jinan33,632 CNY
Kunming28,610 CNY
Nanjing29,931 CNY
Qingdao30,767 CNY
Quanzhou25,943 CNY
Shanghai33,453 CNY
Shantou29,514 CNY
Shenyang29,918 CNY
Shenzhen30,605 CNY
Suzhou29,549 CNY
Tianjin33,267 CNY
Wenzhou29,217 CNY
Wuhan32,137 CNY
Wuxi26,960 CNY
Xi an30,830 CNY
Xiamen26,046 CNY
Zhengzhou27,077 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui33,185 CNY
Beijing26,348 CNY
Chongqing29,940 CNY
Fujian30,697 CNY
Gansu27,222 CNY
Guangdong35,859 CNY
Guangxi31,563 CNY
Guizhou27,780 CNY
Hainan26,838 CNY
Hebei32,699 CNY
Heilongjiang31,004 CNY
Henan34,482 CNY
Hubei31,450 CNY
Hunan34,121 CNY
Jiangsu33,501 CNY
Jiangxi29,931 CNY
Jilin29,112 CNY
Liaoning30,444 CNY
Nei Monggol29,218 CNY
Ningxia26,347 CNY
Qinghai25,087 CNY
Shaanxi31,111 CNY
Shandong34,545 CNY
Shanghai26,554 CNY
Shanxi30,158 CNY
Sichuan33,565 CNY
Tianjin25,385 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur27,682 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]24,894 CNY
Yunnan32,808 CNY
Zhejiang32,249 CNY
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