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Nurse Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Nurse make in China?


Average Monthly Salary
23,000 CNY
( 276,000 CNY yearly)

LOW
10,800
CNY
AVERAGE
23,000
CNY
HIGH
36,400
CNY

A person working as a Nurse in China typically earns around 23,000 CNY per month. Salaries range from 10,800 CNY (lowest) to 36,400 CNY (highest).

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

Nurse Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Nurse salaries in China range from 10,800 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 36,400 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 24,400 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Nurse(s) are earning less than 24,400 CNY while the other half are earning more than 24,400 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 Nurse(s) are earning less than 15,900 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 15,900 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Nurse(s) are earning less than 32,200 CNY while 25% are earning more than 32,200 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

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

A Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximately 12,500 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 17,200 CNY per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 24,500 CNY per month, 42% 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, Nurse(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 29,900 CNY per month, 22% 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 31,500 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 34,300 CNY per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Nurse average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
12,500 CNY
2 - 5 Years+38%
17,200 CNY
5 - 10 Years+42%
24,500 CNY
10 - 15 Years+22%
29,900 CNY
15 - 20 Years+6%
31,500 CNY
20+ Years+9%
34,300 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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Nurse Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Nurse is 17,200 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 31,500 CNY per month, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Nurse average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
17,200 CNY
Master's Degree+83%
31,500 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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Nurse 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 Nurse employees in China earn 9% less than their female counterparts on average.

Male
22,000 CNY
Female+10%
24,200 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Nurse Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Nurse

Nurse(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 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

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

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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Nurse Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
34%
No Bonus
66%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Nurse Average Hourly Wage in China


130 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 130 CNY. This means that the average Nurse in China earns approximately 130 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.

Nurse VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Nurse and Health and Medical monthly China
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The average salary for Nurse is 19% less than that of Nursing. Also, Nursing salaries are 35% less than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acute Care Nurse25,200 CNY+9%
Assistant Director of Nursing43,100 CNY+87%
Case Manager32,600 CNY+42%
Company Nurse18,400 CNY-20%
Critical Care Nurse24,800 CNY+8%
District Nurse23,600 CNY+2%
Head Nurse26,600 CNY+15%
Home Nurse22,400 CNY-3%
ICU Registered Nurse25,600 CNY+11%
Informatics Nurse Specialist24,100 CNY+5%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)23,300 CNY+1%
MDS Coordinator24,700 CNY+7%
Mental Health Nurse23,500 CNY+2%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner34,500 CNY+50%
Nurse23,000 CNY-0%
Nurse Midwife26,100 CNY+13%
Nurse Practitioner28,400 CNY+23%
Nursing Assistant21,700 CNY-6%
Nursing Coordinator26,800 CNY+16%
Nursing Director56,500 CNY+150%
Nursing Services Instructor25,600 CNY+11%
Nursing Supervisor35,700 CNY+55%
Occupational Health Advisor45,700 CNY+98%
Occupational Therapist36,900 CNY+60%
Personal Support Worker18,100 CNY-21%
Psychiatric Nurse22,800 CNY-1%
Registered Nurse23,300 CNY+1%
Respiratory Manager45,300 CNY+97%
School Nurse20,200 CNY-12%
Staff Nurse22,900 CNY-1%
Theatre Manager39,300 CNY+71%
Utilization Review Nurse25,100 CNY+9%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing24,200 CNY
Changchun21,600 CNY
Changsha20,600 CNY
Chengdu23,600 CNY
Chongqing25,200 CNY
Dalian21,400 CNY
Dongguan21,800 CNY
Foshan20,900 CNY
Fuzhou20,000 CNY
Guangzhou25,000 CNY
Hangzhou24,100 CNY
Harbin24,700 CNY
Jinan24,900 CNY
Kunming21,300 CNY
Nanjing23,300 CNY
Qingdao22,900 CNY
Quanzhou19,400 CNY
Shanghai25,300 CNY
Shantou23,100 CNY
Shenyang22,900 CNY
Shenzhen24,100 CNY
Suzhou23,000 CNY
Tianjin23,800 CNY
Wenzhou22,500 CNY
Wuhan23,900 CNY
Wuxi19,100 CNY
Xi an24,900 CNY
Xiamen19,500 CNY
Zhengzhou19,400 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui25,000 CNY
Beijing19,900 CNY
Chongqing22,600 CNY
Fujian23,300 CNY
Gansu20,700 CNY
Guangdong27,300 CNY
Guangxi24,100 CNY
Guizhou21,200 CNY
Hainan20,500 CNY
Hebei25,100 CNY
Heilongjiang21,600 CNY
Henan26,500 CNY
Hubei24,300 CNY
Hunan23,900 CNY
Jiangsu25,900 CNY
Jiangxi23,300 CNY
Jilin20,500 CNY
Liaoning23,700 CNY
Nei Monggol20,700 CNY
Ningxia18,600 CNY
Qinghai19,700 CNY
Shaanxi22,100 CNY
Shandong27,200 CNY
Shanghai21,000 CNY
Shanxi21,600 CNY
Sichuan26,600 CNY
Tianjin20,200 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur19,900 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]19,800 CNY
Yunnan23,700 CNY
Zhejiang23,300 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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