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IT Security Average Salaries in China 2020

How much money does a person working in IT Security make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
35,300 CNY
( 423,000 CNY yearly)


A person working in IT Security in China typically earns around 35,300 CNY per month. Salaries range from 27,900 CNY (lowest average) to 41,400 CNY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different IT Security careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Chief Information Security Officer40,100 CNY
Cross Platform Security Manager38,800 CNY
Data Security Manager37,500 CNY
Information Security Administrator31,800 CNY
Information Security Analyst35,100 CNY
Information Security Engineer28,100 CNY
Information Security Manager43,200 CNY
Information Security Specialist33,600 CNY

IT Security Jobs Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    IT Security salaries in China range from 27,900 CNY per month (minimum average salary) to 41,400 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 32,500 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in IT Security are earning less than 32,500 CNY while the other half are earning more than 32,500 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 people working in IT Security are earning less than 27,200 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 27,200 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in IT Security are earning less than 34,000 CNY while 25% are earning more than 34,000 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

IT Security Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China IT Security
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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 employees in China who work in IT Security earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

36,300 CNY
33,900 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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IT Security Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for IT Security professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

IT Security

IT Security professionals in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China IT Security
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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 2019

Information Technology

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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IT Security Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China IT Security
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IT Security is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

50% of surveyed staff in IT Security reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% 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.

IT Security Hourly Average Wage in China

200 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 200 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximately 200 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.

IT Security VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between IT Security and Information Technology monthly China
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The average salary for IT Security is 20% more than that of Information Technology. Also, Information Technology salaries are 0% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing40,500 CNY
Changchun33,700 CNY
Changsha32,000 CNY
Chengdu36,900 CNY
Chongqing40,900 CNY
Dalian33,400 CNY
Dongguan31,800 CNY
Foshan31,400 CNY
Fuzhou33,600 CNY
Guangzhou39,000 CNY
Hangzhou39,200 CNY
Harbin37,500 CNY
Jinan39,200 CNY
Kunming31,800 CNY
Nanjing35,300 CNY
Qingdao36,300 CNY
Quanzhou33,100 CNY
Shanghai38,200 CNY
Shantou34,500 CNY
Shenyang36,500 CNY
Shenzhen34,900 CNY
Suzhou34,000 CNY
Tianjin37,000 CNY
Wenzhou34,800 CNY
Wuhan40,400 CNY
Wuxi30,300 CNY
Xi an38,600 CNY
Xiamen32,400 CNY
Zhengzhou31,300 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui36,500 CNY
Beijing30,100 CNY
Chongqing32,100 CNY
Fujian34,200 CNY
Gansu31,500 CNY
Guangdong39,000 CNY
Guangxi35,700 CNY
Guizhou32,600 CNY
Hainan29,600 CNY
Hebei37,500 CNY
Heilongjiang33,400 CNY
Henan38,600 CNY
Hubei36,600 CNY
Hunan37,300 CNY
Jiangsu38,000 CNY
Jiangxi35,300 CNY
Jilin32,300 CNY
Liaoning35,000 CNY
Nei Monggol31,600 CNY
Ningxia29,600 CNY
Qinghai29,300 CNY
Shaanxi34,200 CNY
Shandong39,400 CNY
Shanghai31,500 CNY
Shanxi33,600 CNY
Sichuan38,800 CNY
Tianjin30,500 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur31,200 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]29,200 CNY
Yunnan36,200 CNY
Zhejiang36,900 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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