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Developers and Programmers Average Salaries in China 2024

How much money does a person working in Developers and Programmers make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
28,300 CNY
( 339,000 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 Developers and Programmers in China typically earns around 28,300 CNY. Salaries range from 20,900 CNY (lowest average) to 37,100 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 Developers and Programmers 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
Information Technology
ABAP Developer24,600 CNY
Android Developer28,700 CNY
Angular Developer24,800 CNY
Angular JS Programmer26,600 CNY
Application Developer27,300 CNY
AS400 Programmer28,200 CNY
Assembly Developer31,100 CNY
Avaloq Developer25,800 CNY
Back End Developer27,500 CNY
BizTalk Developer 29,900 CNY
Build and Release Engineer24,800 CNY
Business Intelligence Developer29,800 CNY
Business Objects Developer25,900 CNY
C Developer31,800 CNY
C# Developer30,900 CNY
C++ Developer29,400 CNY
Chatbot Developer25,900 CNY
Clojure Developer34,200 CNY
CMS Developer22,700 CNY
Computer Programmer28,400 CNY
Curam Developer24,500 CNY
Dart Developer21,900 CNY
Delphi Developer31,000 CNY
Developer / Programmer28,600 CNY
Developer Evangelist28,800 CNY
DevOps Engineer29,800 CNY
Django Specialist27,900 CNY
Driver Developer28,700 CNY
Elixir Developer34,900 CNY
Embedded Software Developer28,500 CNY
Erlang Developer34,600 CNY
Flash Developer25,600 CNY
Front End Developer24,400 CNY
Front End Web Developer24,600 CNY
Full Stack Developer29,500 CNY
Game Developer25,500 CNY
GIS Developer27,600 CNY
Go Developer34,900 CNY
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer24,600 CNY
Graphics Programmer25,000 CNY
Groovy Developer31,900 CNY
Haskell Developer31,400 CNY
Imaging Programmer25,700 CNY
Information Systems Developer25,400 CNY
IOS Developer30,100 CNY
Java Developer30,000 CNY
Javascript Developer27,700 CNY
jQuery Specialist27,200 CNY
Kotlin Developer32,700 CNY
Laravel Specialist28,000 CNY
Lead Developer32,600 CNY
Lisp Developer37,800 CNY
Lua Developer32,300 CNY
MATLAB Developer31,200 CNY
Mobile Developer29,000 CNY
Multimedia Developer25,400 CNY
NextJs Specialist25,900 CNY
Nodejs Developer28,800 CNY
Objective-C Developer33,700 CNY
Oracle Developer30,600 CNY
Perl Developer23,300 CNY
PHP Developer25,500 CNY
PowerShell Developer27,500 CNY
Python Developer28,700 CNY
R Language Developer33,700 CNY
React Specialist30,400 CNY
Remedy Developer23,700 CNY
Robotic Process Automation Developer22,400 CNY
Ruby Developer25,200 CNY
Rust Developer33,700 CNY
Salesforce Developer22,500 CNY
SAS Programmer26,700 CNY
Scala Developer37,000 CNY
Sharepoint Developer31,100 CNY
Software Developer27,400 CNY
Software Development Manager36,600 CNY
Software QA Engineer26,600 CNY
Software Test Engineer23,700 CNY
Swift Developer32,100 CNY
Teradata Developer23,200 CNY
TIBCO Developer24,000 CNY
TypeScript Developer31,900 CNY
UI Engineer26,400 CNY
User Experience Designer24,900 CNY
VB Developer20,900 CNY
VB.NET Developer28,900 CNY
Visual Basic Developer22,800 CNY
VueJs Specialist28,800 CNY
WordPress Specialist28,100 CNY
Zig Developer38,100 CNY

Developers and Programmers Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in China

Median and salary distribution China Developers and Programmers monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
27,600 CNY or more
10% of people earn
26,000 to 27,600 CNY
20% of people earn
22,400 CNY or less
65% of people earn
22,400 to 26,000 CNY
Minimum Salary
20,900 CNY
27,400 CNY
37,100 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 Developers and Programmers in China range from 20,900 CNY (starting average salary) to 37,100 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 Developers and Programmers is 27,400 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 Developers and Programmers in China earn less than 25,000 CNY, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 29,400 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 Developers and Programmers in China. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 22,400 CNY to 26,000 CNY. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 22,400 CNY mark, while 10% ranged from 26,000 CNY to 27,600 CNY. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 27,600 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 Developers and Programmers 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 and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Developers and Programmers / China

Salary comparison by gender China Developers and Programmers 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 Developers and Programmers in China, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 9%.

29,200 CNY
26,900 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly China
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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Developers and Programmers / China

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

Professionals working in Developers and Programmers in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China Developers and Programmers
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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%.

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 / Developers and Programmers / China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Developers and Programmers
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45% of surveyed staff in Developers and Programmers reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% 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.

Hourly Average Wage / Developers and Programmers / China

160 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Developers and Programmers in China 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 Developers and Programmers in China is 120 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
Beijing32,400 CNY
Changchun27,000 CNY
Changsha25,700 CNY
Chengdu29,600 CNY
Chongqing32,800 CNY
Dalian26,700 CNY
Dongguan25,400 CNY
Foshan25,200 CNY
Fuzhou26,900 CNY
Guangzhou31,200 CNY
Hangzhou31,400 CNY
Harbin30,000 CNY
Jinan31,400 CNY
Kunming25,500 CNY
Nanjing28,300 CNY
Qingdao29,100 CNY
Quanzhou26,500 CNY
Shanghai30,600 CNY
Shantou27,600 CNY
Shenyang29,300 CNY
Shenzhen27,900 CNY
Suzhou27,200 CNY
Tianjin29,700 CNY
Wenzhou27,900 CNY
Wuhan32,400 CNY
Wuxi24,300 CNY
Xi an30,900 CNY
Xiamen25,900 CNY
Zhengzhou25,100 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui29,200 CNY
Beijing24,100 CNY
Chongqing25,700 CNY
Fujian27,400 CNY
Gansu25,200 CNY
Guangdong31,300 CNY
Guangxi28,600 CNY
Guizhou26,100 CNY
Hainan23,700 CNY
Hebei30,000 CNY
Heilongjiang26,800 CNY
Henan30,900 CNY
Hubei29,300 CNY
Hunan29,900 CNY
Jiangsu30,500 CNY
Jiangxi28,300 CNY
Jilin25,800 CNY
Liaoning28,100 CNY
Nei Monggol25,300 CNY
Ningxia23,700 CNY
Qinghai23,500 CNY
Shaanxi27,400 CNY
Shandong31,500 CNY
Shanghai25,200 CNY
Shanxi26,900 CNY
Sichuan31,100 CNY
Tianjin24,400 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur25,000 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]23,400 CNY
Yunnan29,000 CNY
Zhejiang29,600 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 Developers and Programmers in China?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 27,400 CNY and 29,400 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 Developers and Programmers in China ranges from 20,900 CNY to 25,000 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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