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Architecture Average Salaries in China 2021

How much money does a person working in Architecture make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
27,200 CNY
( 326,000 CNY yearly)


A person working in Architecture in China typically earns around 27,200 CNY per month. Salaries range from 13,100 CNY (lowest average) to 52,300 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 Architecture 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
Architect36,300 CNY
Architectural Designer32,600 CNY
Architectural Drafter14,300 CNY
Architectural Manager50,800 CNY
Architectural Technician19,300 CNY
Architecture Consultant47,900 CNY
Architecture Estimating Manager38,900 CNY
Architecture Specifications Writer13,300 CNY
Assistant Architectural Manager46,600 CNY
CAD Drafter15,100 CNY
CAD Manager31,800 CNY
Design and Decoration Assistant14,200 CNY
Design Manager45,900 CNY
Drafting Supervisor26,500 CNY
Facilities and Project Manager49,700 CNY
Facility Planner25,600 CNY
Interior Design Assistant13,200 CNY
Interior Designer29,000 CNY
Kitchen Designer17,400 CNY
Landscape Architect39,200 CNY
Landscape Artist23,600 CNY
Landscaper19,300 CNY
Mapping Technician13,200 CNY
Mechanical Drafter16,800 CNY
Photogrammetrist15,400 CNY

Architecture Jobs Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Architecture salaries in China range from 13,100 CNY per month (minimum average salary) to 52,300 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 29,400 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Architecture are earning less than 29,400 CNY while the other half are earning more than 29,400 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 people working in Architecture are earning less than 19,100 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 19,100 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Architecture are earning less than 44,100 CNY while 25% are earning more than 44,100 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

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education 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 multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Architecture Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Architecture
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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 Architecture earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.

28,900 CNY
25,500 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Architecture Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Architecture professionals in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China Architecture
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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

Information Technology

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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Architecture Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

17% of surveyed staff in Architecture reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 83% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Architecture Hourly Average Wage in China

160 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 160 CNY. This means that the average person in China earns approximately 160 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.

Architecture VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Architecture is 7% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing31,200 CNY
Changchun26,000 CNY
Changsha24,700 CNY
Chengdu28,500 CNY
Chongqing31,500 CNY
Dalian25,700 CNY
Dongguan24,500 CNY
Foshan24,200 CNY
Fuzhou25,900 CNY
Guangzhou30,100 CNY
Hangzhou30,200 CNY
Harbin28,900 CNY
Jinan30,200 CNY
Kunming24,500 CNY
Nanjing27,200 CNY
Qingdao28,000 CNY
Quanzhou25,500 CNY
Shanghai29,400 CNY
Shantou26,600 CNY
Shenyang28,200 CNY
Shenzhen26,900 CNY
Suzhou26,200 CNY
Tianjin28,600 CNY
Wenzhou26,800 CNY
Wuhan31,100 CNY
Wuxi23,400 CNY
Xi an29,800 CNY
Xiamen25,000 CNY
Zhengzhou24,200 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui28,100 CNY
Beijing23,200 CNY
Chongqing24,800 CNY
Fujian26,400 CNY
Gansu24,300 CNY
Guangdong30,100 CNY
Guangxi27,500 CNY
Guizhou25,200 CNY
Hainan22,800 CNY
Hebei28,900 CNY
Heilongjiang25,800 CNY
Henan29,800 CNY
Hubei28,200 CNY
Hunan28,800 CNY
Jiangsu29,300 CNY
Jiangxi27,200 CNY
Jilin24,900 CNY
Liaoning27,000 CNY
Nei Monggol24,400 CNY
Ningxia22,800 CNY
Qinghai22,600 CNY
Shaanxi26,300 CNY
Shandong30,400 CNY
Shanghai24,300 CNY
Shanxi25,900 CNY
Sichuan29,900 CNY
Tianjin23,500 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur24,100 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]22,500 CNY
Yunnan27,900 CNY
Zhejiang28,500 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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