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Average Salary in Hong Kong 2020

How much money does a person working in Hong Kong make?

Average Monthly Salary
46,100 HKD
( 553,000 HKD yearly)


A person working in Hong Kong typically earns around 46,100 HKD per month. Salaries range from 6,240 HKD (lowest) to 204,000 HKD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution monthly Hong Kong

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Hong Kong range between 6,240 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 204,000 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 47,000 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 47,000 HKD while the other half are earning more than 47,000 HKD. 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 the population are earning less than 24,000 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 24,000 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 131,000 HKD while 25% are earning more than 131,000 HKD.

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Hong Kong

How are Hong Kong salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Hong Kong
Average Salary 2016
41,300 HKD
Average Salary 2017+4%
42,800 HKD
Average Salary 2018+3%
44,100 HKD
Average Salary 2019+3%
45,200 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Hong Kong are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 2% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant27,900 HKD
Accounting Assistant26,800 HKD
Accounting Manager59,500 HKD
Bookkeeper22,600 HKD
Chartered Accountant36,500 HKD
Corporate Treasurer73,000 HKD
Financial Analyst45,400 HKD
Financial Manager89,100 HKD
Internal Auditor44,500 HKD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant23,000 HKD
Office Manager28,900 HKD
Receptionist22,900 HKD
Secretary22,300 HKD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director43,200 HKD
Creative Director44,000 HKD
Graphic Designer29,400 HKD
Photographer28,700 HKD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer45,400 HKD
Air Traffic Controller42,100 HKD
Flight Attendant38,300 HKD
Pilot51,900 HKD

Architect38,700 HKD
CAD Drafter31,800 HKD

Mechanic23,300 HKD
Service Advisor34,700 HKD

Bank Branch Manager60,200 HKD
Teller28,400 HKD

Teacher32,400 HKD
Translator36,500 HKD

Business Planning
Business Analyst49,200 HKD
Business Development Manager65,200 HKD
Project Manager53,000 HKD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny27,600 HKD
Nursery Teacher30,700 HKD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer40,900 HKD
Construction Project Manager50,000 HKD
Health and Safety Officer28,400 HKD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative30,200 HKD
Customer Service Manager56,100 HKD
Customer Service Representative29,800 HKD

Civil Engineer38,300 HKD
Electrical Engineer41,100 HKD
Engineer37,700 HKD
Mechanical Engineer43,200 HKD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer99,700 HKD
Chief Financial Officer87,700 HKD
General Manager74,800 HKD
Project Manager47,400 HKD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef34,500 HKD
Executive Chef36,900 HKD
Hotel Manager66,100 HKD
Receptionist32,400 HKD
Travel Agent35,300 HKD
Waiter / Waitress26,000 HKD

Health and Medical
Dentist101,000 HKD
Dietitian97,100 HKD
Laboratory Technician33,200 HKD
Nurse32,600 HKD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager59,400 HKD
Human Resources Officer34,700 HKD

Information Technology
Computer Technician33,100 HKD
Database Administrator43,200 HKD
Developer / Programmer37,900 HKD
Information Technology Manager60,800 HKD
Network Engineer36,000 HKD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer35,400 HKD

Attorney62,900 HKD
Legal Assistant31,100 HKD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist40,200 HKD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer37,000 HKD
Pharmacist47,300 HKD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier25,400 HKD
Sales Manager69,600 HKD
Sales Representative28,900 HKD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher30,200 HKD
Secondary School Teacher35,900 HKD

Average Hourly Wage in Hong Kong

270 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 270 HKD. This means that the average person in Hong Kong earns approximatly 270 HKD for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

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