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Engineering Average Salaries in Guangdong 2023

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Guangdong?

Average Monthly Salary
27,300 CNY
( 328,000 CNY yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Engineering in Guangdong typically earns around 27,300 CNY. Salaries range from 8,680 CNY (lowest average) to 57,900 CNY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Engineering domain in Guangdong exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer28,600 CNY
Assembly Engineering Technician22,200 CNY
Assistant Chief Engineer32,400 CNY
Associate Engineer25,600 CNY
Autocad Operator18,100 CNY
Automation Engineer32,300 CNY
Avionic System Support Engineer29,500 CNY
Biochemical Engineer28,700 CNY
BMS Engineer27,300 CNY
Bridge and Lock Tender16,800 CNY
Broadcast Engineer29,700 CNY
CAD Design Engineer31,100 CNY
CAD Designer19,000 CNY
CAE Engineer30,400 CNY
Ceramics Engineer26,700 CNY
Civil Engineer30,300 CNY
Commissioning Engineer29,200 CNY
Communications Engineer32,900 CNY
Condition Monitoring Engineer25,100 CNY
Contract Associate Engineer29,300 CNY
Control Systems Engineer29,300 CNY
Controls Engineer27,900 CNY
Controls Software Engineer26,400 CNY
Corrosion Engineer26,400 CNY
Design Engineer30,300 CNY
Drafter18,100 CNY
Drafting Manager33,500 CNY
Drilling Engineer28,900 CNY
Electrical Draughtsman15,000 CNY
Electrical Engineer32,900 CNY
Electrical Engineering Manager43,300 CNY
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist32,300 CNY
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler15,900 CNY
Energy Engineer30,400 CNY
Engine Assembler13,300 CNY
Engineer32,000 CNY
Engineering Account Manager32,700 CNY
Engineering Chief Designer34,900 CNY
Engineering Consultant40,600 CNY
Engineering Key Account Manager44,200 CNY
Engineering Lab Technician27,200 CNY
Engineering Planning Manager42,400 CNY
Engineering Production Manager53,600 CNY
Engineering Project Analyst34,100 CNY
Engineering Project Coordinator 34,700 CNY
Engineering Project Director60,900 CNY
Engineering Project Manager40,100 CNY
Engineering Research and Development Manager47,600 CNY
Engineering Safety Coordinator24,100 CNY
Engineering Sales Manager40,800 CNY
Engineering Technician22,200 CNY
Engineering Technologist23,700 CNY
Environmental Engineer29,900 CNY
Equipment Engineer28,000 CNY
Equipment Engineering Manager40,700 CNY
Estimator25,500 CNY
Fabrication Specialist20,600 CNY
Fabricator13,300 CNY
Facade Engineer27,700 CNY
Fiber Analyst17,900 CNY
Field Engineer32,300 CNY
Field Engineering Manager52,800 CNY
Fire Engineer31,200 CNY
Fitter and Turner10,000 CNY
Forestry Strategic Planner33,200 CNY
Generation Engineer31,000 CNY
Genetic Engineer33,300 CNY
Geological Engineer29,700 CNY
Geotechnical Engineer30,200 CNY
Heavy Equipment Mechanic15,300 CNY
Highway Engineer28,500 CNY
HSE Professional28,000 CNY
HVAC Engineer30,600 CNY
HVAC Supervisor26,400 CNY
Industrial Engineer27,900 CNY
Industrial Engineering Technologist27,600 CNY
Instrument Engineer28,000 CNY
Instrumentation and Control Engineer29,500 CNY
Instrumentation Engineer30,300 CNY
Instrumentation Manager29,900 CNY
Irrigation Engineer28,300 CNY
Licensed Aircraft Engineer31,400 CNY
Locomotive Engineer29,300 CNY
Maintenance Engineer27,500 CNY
Maintenance Fitter10,500 CNY
Maintenance Manager28,700 CNY
Manufacturing Engineer28,400 CNY
Marine Engineer29,800 CNY
Materials Engineer29,200 CNY
Materials Researcher28,300 CNY
Materials Technician22,600 CNY
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer31,900 CNY
Mechanical Design Engineer30,500 CNY
Mechanical Designer24,800 CNY
Mechanical Engineer32,000 CNY
Mechanical Engineering Manager42,400 CNY
Mechanical Inspector29,600 CNY
Mechatronics Engineer32,900 CNY
Mining Engineer29,800 CNY
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer33,300 CNY
Optical Engineer27,800 CNY
Optical Instrument Assembler14,600 CNY
PCB Assembler10,600 CNY
Photonics Engineer31,900 CNY
Photonics Technician26,100 CNY
Pipeline Engineer26,600 CNY
Piping Designer15,800 CNY
Piping Engineer26,900 CNY
Planning Engineer29,600 CNY
Pressure Vessel Inspector13,700 CNY
Principal Cost Engineer28,800 CNY
Principal Engineer28,700 CNY
Principal Support Engineer28,900 CNY
Process Engineer30,400 CNY
Process Operator17,100 CNY
Product Development Engineer32,100 CNY
Product Development Technician20,600 CNY
Product Engineer32,300 CNY
Product Safety Engineer28,700 CNY
Production Engineer29,100 CNY
Project Engineer33,000 CNY
Proposal Manager37,500 CNY
Purchasing Engineer27,200 CNY
Quality Assurance Engineer28,100 CNY
Rail Engineer28,800 CNY
Robotics Engineer33,500 CNY
Robotics Technician24,400 CNY
Safety Engineer28,700 CNY
Safety Inspector23,400 CNY
Safety Manager33,700 CNY
Safety Officer14,900 CNY
Sales Engineer31,400 CNY
Scheduling Engineer27,900 CNY
Service Engineer29,800 CNY
Solar Engineer30,700 CNY
Staff Engineer30,700 CNY
Static Equipment Engineer28,900 CNY
Stationary Engineer28,300 CNY
Stress Engineer28,400 CNY
Structural Analysis Engineer30,100 CNY
Structural Designer25,500 CNY
Structural Engineer30,300 CNY
Structural Technician20,000 CNY
Supply Chain Specialist29,500 CNY
Surveyor23,500 CNY
Technical Affairs Officer15,100 CNY
Technical Assistant15,300 CNY
Technical Engineer26,400 CNY
Technical Support Engineer25,100 CNY
Tender Engineer25,600 CNY
Test Development Engineer29,800 CNY
Transportation Engineer27,500 CNY
Validation Engineer27,600 CNY
Verification Engineer29,500 CNY
Wastewater Engineer28,900 CNY
Wind Energy Engineer31,200 CNY
Wind Energy Operations Manager41,000 CNY
Work Planner21,400 CNY

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Guangdong

Median and salary distribution Guangdong Engineering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
28,600 CNY or more
10% of people earn
23,700 to 28,600 CNY
20% of people earn
12,700 CNY or less
65% of people earn
12,700 to 23,700 CNY
Minimum Salary
8,680 CNY
24,800 CNY
57,900 CNY

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Engineering in Guangdong range from 8,680 CNY (starting average salary) to 57,900 CNY (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Engineering is 24,800 CNY, implying that half of the workforce in Guangdong earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Engineering in Guangdong earn less than 18,600 CNY, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 30,700 CNY, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Engineering in Guangdong. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 12,700 CNY to 23,700 CNY. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 12,700 CNY mark, while 10% ranged from 23,700 CNY to 28,600 CNY. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 28,600 CNY or higher.

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 in Engineering in Guangdong 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.

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.

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.
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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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Engineering in Guangdong, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 CNY to 439,000 CNY and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Engineering / Guangdong

Salary comparison by gender China Engineering monthly
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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? In the field of Engineering in China, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 6%.

25,300 CNY
24,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Engineering / China

How much are annual salary increments in China for individuals working in Engineering? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Engineering 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 Engineering
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate China
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The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2022. 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Engineering / China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Engineering
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46% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Salary Forecast and Trend / Engineering / China

How are salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
22,500 CNY
Average Salary 2020+3%
23,200 CNY
Average Salary 2021+2%
23,500 CNY
Average Salary 2022+3%
24,300 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries for individuals working in Engineering in China are rising in the year 2023 based on recently submitted salaries and reports. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from one industry to another.

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Hourly Average Wage / Engineering / Guangdong

160 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Guangdong is 160 CNY.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working in Engineering in Guangdong is 50 CNY. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

27,300 CNY
32,400 CNY
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs
Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Guangdong
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Guangdong VS China

27,300 CNY
24,700 CNY
Average Salary
Average Salary
The difference in average salary between Guangdong and China is 11%. Salary Comparison Between Guangdong and China  Engineering
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Dongguan22,300 CNY
Foshan22,000 CNY
Guangzhou27,300 CNY
Shantou24,200 CNY
Shenzhen24,400 CNY

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in China is 6% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
28,500 CNY
Public Sector+6%
30,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Engineering in Guangdong?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 24,800 CNY and 30,700 CNY. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Engineering in Guangdong ranges from 18,600 CNY to 30,700 CNY. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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