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Dentist Average Salary in China 2022

How much money does a Dentist make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
69,800 CNY
( 838,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Dentist in China typically earns around 69,800 CNY per month. Salaries range from 36,300 CNY (lowest) to 107,000 CNY (highest).

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

Dentist Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Dentist salaries in China range from 36,300 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 107,000 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 67,100 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Dentist(s) are earning less than 67,100 CNY while the other half are earning more than 67,100 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 Dentist(s) are earning less than 46,500 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 46,500 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Dentist(s) are earning less than 83,500 CNY while 25% are earning more than 83,500 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

Dentist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Dentist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 41,300 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 55,400 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 71,900 CNY per month, 30% 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, Dentist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 87,100 CNY per month, 21% 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 95,200 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 100,000 CNY per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Dentist average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
41,300 CNY
2 - 5 Years+34%
55,400 CNY
5 - 10 Years+30%
71,900 CNY
10 - 15 Years+21%
87,100 CNY
15 - 20 Years+9%
95,200 CNY
20+ Years+5%
100,000 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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Dentist 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 Dentist employees in China earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

73,200 CNY
67,500 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Dentist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Dentist(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 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2021. 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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Dentist Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

18% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 82% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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.

Dentist Average Hourly Wage in China

400 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 400 CNY. This means that the average Dentist in China earns approximately 400 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.

Dentist VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Dentist is 55% more than that of Dental. Also, Dental salaries are 3% more than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Dental Assistant19,900 CNY-72%
Dental Hygienist17,700 CNY-75%
Dental Laboratory Technician19,100 CNY-73%
Dental Receptionist15,600 CNY-78%
Dental Technician18,500 CNY-74%
Dental Therapist26,600 CNY-62%
Dentist69,800 CNY-0%
Endodontist86,600 CNY+24%
Orthodontic Assistant19,000 CNY-73%
Orthodontist81,900 CNY+17%
Periodontist78,800 CNY+13%
Prosthodontist86,600 CNY+24%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing76,900 CNY
Changchun65,700 CNY
Changsha62,700 CNY
Chengdu73,900 CNY
Chongqing81,300 CNY
Dalian62,000 CNY
Dongguan67,000 CNY
Foshan61,400 CNY
Fuzhou65,300 CNY
Guangzhou78,000 CNY
Hangzhou79,900 CNY
Harbin74,700 CNY
Jinan70,500 CNY
Kunming59,600 CNY
Nanjing73,900 CNY
Qingdao70,100 CNY
Quanzhou60,400 CNY
Shanghai78,300 CNY
Shantou66,200 CNY
Shenyang68,400 CNY
Shenzhen70,300 CNY
Suzhou67,500 CNY
Tianjin70,600 CNY
Wenzhou68,300 CNY
Wuhan76,100 CNY
Wuxi62,900 CNY
Xi an73,900 CNY
Xiamen62,000 CNY
Zhengzhou58,200 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui73,000 CNY
Beijing61,700 CNY
Chongqing67,400 CNY
Fujian73,400 CNY
Gansu62,600 CNY
Guangdong79,400 CNY
Guangxi74,200 CNY
Guizhou69,500 CNY
Hainan58,400 CNY
Hebei75,600 CNY
Heilongjiang69,000 CNY
Henan81,400 CNY
Hubei71,500 CNY
Hunan74,600 CNY
Jiangsu77,800 CNY
Jiangxi73,900 CNY
Jilin62,500 CNY
Liaoning69,500 CNY
Nei Monggol64,300 CNY
Ningxia61,500 CNY
Qinghai56,300 CNY
Shaanxi67,200 CNY
Shandong79,300 CNY
Shanghai64,800 CNY
Shanxi64,000 CNY
Sichuan75,700 CNY
Tianjin61,000 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur63,900 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]61,000 CNY
Yunnan70,000 CNY
Zhejiang73,200 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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