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Sales Manager Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Sales Manager make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
50,700 CNY
( 609,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Sales Manager in China typically earns around 50,700 CNY per month. Salaries range from 27,400 CNY (lowest) to 76,600 CNY (highest).

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

Sales Manager Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Sales Manager salaries in China range from 27,400 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 76,600 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 46,700 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Sales Manager(s) are earning less than 46,700 CNY while the other half are earning more than 46,700 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 Sales Manager(s) are earning less than 33,300 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 33,300 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Sales Manager(s) are earning less than 56,700 CNY while 25% are earning more than 56,700 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

Sales Manager 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 Sales Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Sales Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 31,800 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 40,200 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 53,000 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, Sales Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 62,300 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 69,000 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 73,400 CNY per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Sales Manager average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
31,800 CNY
2 - 5 Years+26%
40,200 CNY
5 - 10 Years+32%
53,000 CNY
10 - 15 Years+18%
62,300 CNY
15 - 20 Years+11%
69,000 CNY
20+ Years+6%
73,400 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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Sales Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Sales Manager is 38,700 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 43,600 CNY per month, 13% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 57,400 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 71,200 CNY per month, 24% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Sales Manager average salary difference by education level in China

High School
38,700 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+13%
43,600 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+32%
57,400 CNY
Master's Degree+24%
71,200 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 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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Sales Manager 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 Sales Manager employees in China earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

52,200 CNY
48,800 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Sales Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

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Sales Manager(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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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Sales Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Sales Manager
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A Sales Manager is considered to be a high 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.

21% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 79% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 7% 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.

Sales Manager Average Hourly Wage in China

290 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 290 CNY. This means that the average Sales Manager in China earns approximately 290 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.

Sales Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Sales Manager and Sales Retail and Wholesale monthly China
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The average salary for Sales Manager is 59% more than that of Sales Retail and Wholesale. Also, Sales Retail and Wholesale salaries are 9% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Officer18,400 CNY-64%
Area Sales Manager47,900 CNY-6%
Assistant Department Manager23,900 CNY-53%
Assistant Retail Store Manager26,600 CNY-48%
Branch Manager38,100 CNY-25%
Cashier10,800 CNY-79%
Cashier Manager24,300 CNY-52%
Depot Manager32,900 CNY-35%
Deputy Sales Manager34,100 CNY-33%
Distribution Director40,800 CNY-20%
Global Wholesale Manager65,000 CNY+28%
Head Cashier22,600 CNY-55%
Head of Retail41,700 CNY-18%
Head Teller23,600 CNY-53%
Inside Sales Executive32,400 CNY-36%
Inside Sales Representative20,200 CNY-60%
Inventory Manager32,700 CNY-36%
Key Account Manager33,300 CNY-34%
Medical Device Sales25,400 CNY-50%
National Customer Solution Specialist37,600 CNY-26%
Parts Salesperson18,700 CNY-63%
Project Development Manager36,400 CNY-28%
Project Manager36,700 CNY-28%
Purchasing and Sales Executive55,000 CNY+8%
Quotation Engineer18,100 CNY-64%
Relationship Manager40,500 CNY-20%
Retail Operations Manager36,400 CNY-28%
Retail Sales Associate25,400 CNY-50%
Retail Store Manager37,900 CNY-25%
Revenue Manager35,500 CNY-30%
Sales Account Manager39,800 CNY-22%
Sales Admin Executive43,900 CNY-13%
Sales Assistant14,300 CNY-72%
Sales Associate18,900 CNY-63%
Sales Consultant26,200 CNY-48%
Sales Coordinator20,200 CNY-60%
Sales Development Representative24,500 CNY-52%
Sales Engineer21,500 CNY-58%
Sales Executive39,000 CNY-23%
Sales Manager50,700 CNY-0%
Sales Officer19,500 CNY-62%
Sales Planning Analyst31,100 CNY-39%
Sales Representative18,100 CNY-64%
Sales Specialist29,200 CNY-42%
Sales Support14,500 CNY-71%
Sales Team Leader30,000 CNY-41%
Sales Trainer34,100 CNY-33%
Securities Sales Agent31,400 CNY-38%
Shipper / Receiver14,800 CNY-71%
Shop Manager31,500 CNY-38%
Store Development Administrator22,900 CNY-55%
Trade Marketing Officer34,000 CNY-33%
Treasury Officer30,000 CNY-41%
Vice President Sales46,000 CNY-9%
Visual Merchandiser16,200 CNY-68%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing58,700 CNY
Changchun50,200 CNY
Changsha45,500 CNY
Chengdu53,700 CNY
Chongqing56,300 CNY
Dalian45,000 CNY
Dongguan48,700 CNY
Foshan47,000 CNY
Fuzhou45,200 CNY
Guangzhou56,700 CNY
Hangzhou58,000 CNY
Harbin54,200 CNY
Jinan51,200 CNY
Kunming43,300 CNY
Nanjing53,700 CNY
Qingdao48,400 CNY
Quanzhou46,100 CNY
Shanghai56,900 CNY
Shantou50,600 CNY
Shenyang52,300 CNY
Shenzhen48,500 CNY
Suzhou49,000 CNY
Tianjin54,000 CNY
Wenzhou47,200 CNY
Wuhan55,300 CNY
Wuxi45,700 CNY
Xi an53,700 CNY
Xiamen42,800 CNY
Zhengzhou42,200 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui55,800 CNY
Beijing44,800 CNY
Chongqing46,600 CNY
Fujian53,300 CNY
Gansu47,800 CNY
Guangdong57,600 CNY
Guangxi51,300 CNY
Guizhou50,400 CNY
Hainan44,600 CNY
Hebei54,900 CNY
Heilongjiang47,600 CNY
Henan59,200 CNY
Hubei54,600 CNY
Hunan54,200 CNY
Jiangsu53,700 CNY
Jiangxi53,700 CNY
Jilin47,800 CNY
Liaoning50,500 CNY
Nei Monggol44,400 CNY
Ningxia44,700 CNY
Qinghai43,000 CNY
Shaanxi48,800 CNY
Shandong54,700 CNY
Shanghai47,100 CNY
Shanxi48,900 CNY
Sichuan55,000 CNY
Tianjin46,500 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur46,400 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]42,200 CNY
Yunnan50,900 CNY
Zhejiang55,800 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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