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Dietitian Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Dietitian make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
59,400 CNY
( 713,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Dietitian in China typically earns around 59,400 CNY per month. Salaries range from 27,300 CNY (lowest) to 94,500 CNY (highest).

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

Dietitian Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Dietitian salaries in China range from 27,300 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 94,500 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 64,200 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Dietitian(s) are earning less than 64,200 CNY while the other half are earning more than 64,200 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 Dietitian(s) are earning less than 41,200 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 41,200 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Dietitian(s) are earning less than 85,600 CNY while 25% are earning more than 85,600 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

Dietitian Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Dietitian
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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 Dietitian salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Dietitian with less than two years of experience makes approximately 31,000 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 41,400 CNY per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 61,200 CNY per month, 48% 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, Dietitian(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 74,600 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 81,400 CNY per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 88,100 CNY per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Dietitian average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
31,000 CNY
2 - 5 Years+34%
41,400 CNY
5 - 10 Years+48%
61,200 CNY
10 - 15 Years+22%
74,600 CNY
15 - 20 Years+9%
81,400 CNY
20+ Years+8%
88,100 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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Dietitian Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Dietitian is 35,400 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 55,500 CNY per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 93,100 CNY per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Dietitian average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
35,400 CNY
Master's Degree+57%
55,500 CNY
93,100 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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Dietitian 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 Dietitian employees in China earn 12% less than their female counterparts on average.

55,800 CNY
63,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Dietitian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Dietitian(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 14 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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Dietitian Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Dietitian
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A Dietitian 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.

12% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 88% 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.

Dietitian Average Hourly Wage in China

340 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 340 CNY. This means that the average Dietitian in China earns approximately 340 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.

Dietitian VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Dietitian and Health and Medical monthly China
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The average salary for Dietitian is 14% less than that of Doctor / Physician. Also, Doctor / Physician salaries are 57% more than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advanced Nutrition Aide42,900 CNY-28%
Advanced Practice Provider38,400 CNY-35%
Allergist55,800 CNY-6%
Behavioral Health Specialist31,900 CNY-46%
Chiropractor35,600 CNY-40%
Clinical Psychologist89,300 CNY+50%
Correctional Treatment Specialist57,100 CNY-4%
Counseling Psychologist67,600 CNY+14%
Dermatologist86,100 CNY+45%
Dietitian59,400 CNY-0%
Doctor69,700 CNY+17%
Emergency Department Physician62,500 CNY+5%
Exercise Physiologist69,000 CNY+16%
Forensic Pathologist73,500 CNY+24%
General Medical Practitioner56,200 CNY-5%
Genetic Counselor48,200 CNY-19%
Internist95,600 CNY+61%
Interventionist86,800 CNY+46%
Invasive Cardiologist121,000 CNY+100%
Mental Health Therapst49,800 CNY-16%
Naturopathic Physician86,800 CNY+46%
Neurologist90,400 CNY+52%
Neurophysiology Technologist24,900 CNY-58%
Nuclear Medicine Physician74,900 CNY+26%
Obstetrician / Gynecologist82,500 CNY+39%
Occupational Health Safety Specialist41,400 CNY-30%
Ophthalmologist63,000 CNY+6%
Optometrist65,000 CNY+9%
Pediatrician69,300 CNY+17%
Physical Therapist49,300 CNY-17%
Physical Therapy Director53,800 CNY-9%
Physician - Anesthesiology105,000 CNY+77%
Physician - Cardiology106,000 CNY+78%
Physician - CCU63,000 CNY+6%
Physician - Dermatology84,000 CNY+41%
Physician - Emergency Room65,900 CNY+11%
Physician - Endocrinology87,900 CNY+48%
Physician - Family Practice57,900 CNY-3%
Physician - Gastroenterology82,000 CNY+38%
Physician - Generalist62,200 CNY+5%
Physician - Geriatrics56,000 CNY-6%
Physician - Hematology / Oncology74,100 CNY+25%
Physician - Immunology / Allergy83,700 CNY+41%
Physician - Infectious Disease74,800 CNY+26%
Physician - Internal Medicine95,200 CNY+60%
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine72,100 CNY+21%
Physician - Nephrology92,200 CNY+55%
Physician - Neurology87,200 CNY+47%
Physician - Nuclear Medicine77,400 CNY+30%
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology77,300 CNY+30%
Physician - Occupational Medicine62,500 CNY+5%
Physician - Ophthalmology55,500 CNY-7%
Physician - Otolaryngology54,500 CNY-8%
Physician - Pain Medicine53,100 CNY-11%
Physician - Pathology63,900 CNY+8%
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology82,500 CNY+39%
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology74,400 CNY+25%
Physician - Pediatrics70,400 CNY+19%
Physician - Physiatry72,500 CNY+22%
Physician - Podiatry69,600 CNY+17%
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine57,300 CNY-4%
Physician - Radiation Therapy89,000 CNY+50%
Physician - Radiology93,000 CNY+57%
Physician - Rheumatology77,600 CNY+31%
Physician - Sports Medicine80,300 CNY+35%
Physician - Urology98,300 CNY+65%
Physician Assistant48,000 CNY-19%
Physiotherapist50,500 CNY-15%
Podiatrist54,700 CNY-8%
Preventive Medicine Physician71,200 CNY+20%
Psychiatrist77,500 CNY+30%
Psychololgist77,200 CNY+30%
Psychometrician62,500 CNY+5%
Radiologist76,700 CNY+29%
Registered Respiratory Therapist46,500 CNY-22%
Skin Care Specialist45,200 CNY-24%
Urologist103,000 CNY+73%
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist47,400 CNY-20%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing65,600 CNY
Changchun52,100 CNY
Changsha51,400 CNY
Chengdu61,700 CNY
Chongqing62,100 CNY
Dalian50,900 CNY
Dongguan51,200 CNY
Foshan51,600 CNY
Fuzhou51,300 CNY
Guangzhou65,100 CNY
Hangzhou64,100 CNY
Harbin61,500 CNY
Jinan60,800 CNY
Kunming50,200 CNY
Nanjing60,900 CNY
Qingdao53,600 CNY
Quanzhou50,500 CNY
Shanghai63,500 CNY
Shantou58,600 CNY
Shenyang58,800 CNY
Shenzhen55,500 CNY
Suzhou55,000 CNY
Tianjin61,000 CNY
Wenzhou58,000 CNY
Wuhan64,700 CNY
Wuxi50,700 CNY
Xi an59,700 CNY
Xiamen51,200 CNY
Zhengzhou49,900 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui59,600 CNY
Beijing50,000 CNY
Chongqing54,400 CNY
Fujian58,800 CNY
Gansu55,100 CNY
Guangdong62,800 CNY
Guangxi58,400 CNY
Guizhou54,400 CNY
Hainan50,200 CNY
Hebei64,600 CNY
Heilongjiang58,500 CNY
Henan62,200 CNY
Hubei60,000 CNY
Hunan62,300 CNY
Jiangsu64,500 CNY
Jiangxi60,900 CNY
Jilin51,200 CNY
Liaoning56,600 CNY
Nei Monggol52,000 CNY
Ningxia49,500 CNY
Qinghai49,800 CNY
Shaanxi59,000 CNY
Shandong62,600 CNY
Shanghai50,900 CNY
Shanxi55,300 CNY
Sichuan65,000 CNY
Tianjin52,000 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur48,900 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]46,500 CNY
Yunnan58,700 CNY
Zhejiang60,900 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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