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Automotive Average Salaries in China 2024

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

Average Monthly Salary
21,900 CNY
( 263,000 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 Automotive in China typically earns around 21,900 CNY. Salaries range from 8,720 CNY (lowest average) to 54,500 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 Automotive domain in China 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
After Sales Automotive Manager29,900 CNY
Alignment Technician10,000 CNY
Auto Damage Adjuster12,200 CNY
Auto Detailer11,300 CNY
Auto Parts Manager36,300 CNY
Automotive Assembler10,900 CNY
Automotive Assembly Manager35,200 CNY
Automotive Assembly Operator11,300 CNY
Automotive Body Repairer10,300 CNY
Automotive Branch Manager43,900 CNY
Automotive Central Planner15,600 CNY
Automotive Electrician12,900 CNY
Automotive Engineering Technician15,700 CNY
Automotive Estimating Manager27,300 CNY
Automotive Estimator24,100 CNY
Automotive General Manager53,800 CNY
Automotive Inventory Officer10,100 CNY
Automotive Machine Learning Engineer30,500 CNY
Automotive Manager48,900 CNY
Automotive Master Mechanic15,700 CNY
Automotive Parts Supplier17,100 CNY
Automotive Project Engineer19,600 CNY
Automotive Project Manager37,100 CNY
Automotive Purchase Manager39,600 CNY
Automotive Sales21,300 CNY
Automotive Service Technician11,100 CNY
Automotive Technician11,200 CNY
Automotive Technician11,200 CNY
Automotive Test Engineer18,400 CNY
Automotive Warranty Administrator18,300 CNY
Automotive Warranty Clerk12,500 CNY
Autonomous / Driverless Vehicle Engineer31,000 CNY
Autonomous Vehicle Fleet Manager36,400 CNY
Autonomous Vehicle Technician19,100 CNY
Car Parts and Accessories Fitter10,200 CNY
Car Salesman22,800 CNY
Charging Infrastructure Specialist38,500 CNY
Clean-Car Engineer28,200 CNY
Connected Car App Developer29,900 CNY
Connected Car Engineer29,700 CNY
Damage Appraiser15,600 CNY
Diesel Engine Specialist15,400 CNY
Electric Vehicle Battery Technician13,700 CNY
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Specialist25,500 CNY
Electric Vehicle Charging Network Analyst28,600 CNY
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Manager27,300 CNY
Electric Vehicle Engineer31,100 CNY
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Manager40,100 CNY
Electric Vehicle Sales Consultant28,200 CNY
Electric Vehicle Technician18,300 CNY
Infotainment System Developer31,800 CNY
Job Card Opener9,820 CNY
Light Detection and Ranging Engineer28,500 CNY
Lube Technician8,790 CNY
Master File Maintenance14,500 CNY
Materials Planner16,100 CNY
Mechanic11,500 CNY
Motor Vehicle Inspector16,800 CNY
Motorcycle Mechanic11,600 CNY
Self-driving Car Tester21,400 CNY
Service Advisor20,900 CNY
Service Manager32,200 CNY
Smart Mobility Engineer26,900 CNY
Stock Controller13,800 CNY
Technical Advisor21,300 CNY
Telematics Analyst25,600 CNY
Telematics Specialist24,200 CNY
Telematics Technician19,100 CNY
Tire Retreader9,740 CNY
Used Car Manager29,700 CNY
Vehicle Body Maker13,000 CNY
Vehicle Connectivity Engineer25,900 CNY
Vehicle Examiner14,800 CNY
Vehicle Painter9,190 CNY
Vehicle Trimmer10,700 CNY
Vehicle User Experience Designer31,900 CNY
Welder9,080 CNY

Automotive Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in China

Median and salary distribution China Automotive monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
27,800 CNY or more
10% of people earn
23,100 to 27,800 CNY
20% of people earn
12,800 CNY or less
65% of people earn
12,800 to 23,100 CNY
Minimum Salary
8,720 CNY
20,500 CNY
54,500 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 Automotive in China range from 8,720 CNY (starting average salary) to 54,500 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 Automotive is 20,500 CNY, implying that half of the workforce in China 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 Automotive in China earn less than 16,000 CNY, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 25,900 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 Automotive in China. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 12,800 CNY to 23,100 CNY. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 12,800 CNY mark, while 10% ranged from 23,100 CNY to 27,800 CNY. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 27,800 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 Automotive in China 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 Automotive in China, 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 147,000 CNY to 441,000 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 / Automotive / China

Salary comparison by gender China Automotive 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 Automotive in China, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 10%.

23,000 CNY
21,000 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 / Automotive / China

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

Professionals working in Automotive in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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 Automotive
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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

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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%.

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 / Automotive / China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Automotive
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43% of surveyed staff in Automotive reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Hourly Average Wage / Automotive / China

130 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Automotive in China is 130 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 Automotive in China is 50 CNY. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing25,100 CNY
Changchun20,900 CNY
Changsha19,900 CNY
Chengdu23,000 CNY
Chongqing25,400 CNY
Dalian20,700 CNY
Dongguan19,700 CNY
Foshan19,500 CNY
Fuzhou20,900 CNY
Guangzhou24,200 CNY
Hangzhou24,300 CNY
Harbin23,300 CNY
Jinan24,300 CNY
Kunming19,800 CNY
Nanjing21,900 CNY
Qingdao22,600 CNY
Quanzhou20,500 CNY
Shanghai23,700 CNY
Shantou21,400 CNY
Shenyang22,700 CNY
Shenzhen21,700 CNY
Suzhou21,100 CNY
Tianjin23,000 CNY
Wenzhou21,600 CNY
Wuhan25,100 CNY
Wuxi18,800 CNY
Xi an24,000 CNY
Xiamen20,100 CNY
Zhengzhou19,500 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui22,600 CNY
Beijing18,700 CNY
Chongqing20,000 CNY
Fujian21,200 CNY
Gansu19,600 CNY
Guangdong24,200 CNY
Guangxi22,200 CNY
Guizhou20,300 CNY
Hainan18,400 CNY
Hebei23,300 CNY
Heilongjiang20,800 CNY
Henan24,000 CNY
Hubei22,700 CNY
Hunan23,200 CNY
Jiangsu23,600 CNY
Jiangxi21,900 CNY
Jilin20,000 CNY
Liaoning21,800 CNY
Nei Monggol19,700 CNY
Ningxia18,400 CNY
Qinghai18,200 CNY
Shaanxi21,200 CNY
Shandong24,500 CNY
Shanghai19,500 CNY
Shanxi20,800 CNY
Sichuan24,100 CNY
Tianjin19,000 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur19,400 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]18,100 CNY
Yunnan22,500 CNY
Zhejiang22,900 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
28,600 CNY
Public Sector+6%
30,300 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 Automotive in China?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 20,500 CNY and 25,900 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 Automotive in China ranges from 8,720 CNY to 16,000 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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