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Nurse Average Salary in China 2024

How much money does a person working as Nurse make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
23,000 CNY
( 276,000 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 as Nurse in China typically earns around 23,000 CNY. Salaries range from 10,800 CNY (lowest) to 36,400 CNY (highest).

Salary Variance

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

Nurse Pay Scale and Salaries in China

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

5% of people earn
21,700 CNY or more
10% of people earn
19,000 to 21,700 CNY
20% of people earn
13,300 CNY or less
65% of people earn
13,300 to 19,000 CNY
Minimum Salary
10,800 CNY
21,800 CNY
36,400 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 for the position Nurse in China range from 10,800 CNY (starting salary) to 36,400 CNY (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 21,800 CNY, half of the professionals who work as Nurse in China earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Nurse in China earn less than 17,700 CNY, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 25,100 CNY while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Nurse in China compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 13,300 CNY to 19,000 CNY. About 20% of salaries are below the 13,300 CNY mark, while 10% fall within the range of 19,000 CNY to 21,700 CNY. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 21,700 CNY.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Nurse / China

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
12,500 CNY
2 - 5 Years+38%
17,200 CNY
5 - 10 Years+42%
24,500 CNY
10 - 15 Years+22%
29,900 CNY
15 - 20 Years+6%
31,500 CNY
20+ Years+9%
34,300 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Nurse
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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. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Nurse and this is what we found.

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 12,500 CNY.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 17,200 CNY, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 24,500 CNY, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 29,900 CNY, 22% 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 31,500 CNY, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 34,300 CNY, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty 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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary Comparison By Education / Nurse / China

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Nurse.

Bachelor's Degree
17,200 CNY
Master's Degree+83%
31,500 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down salaries by education level for the position Nurse in order to make a comparison.

Level 1: Bachelor's Degree

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 17,200 CNY.

Level 2: Master's Degree

At this level, the average salary becomes 31,500 CNY, 83% more than the previous level.

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.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you 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 the theory. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Nurse / China

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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? For the people who work as Nurse in China, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 9%.

22,000 CNY
24,200 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 / Nurse / China

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

Individuals working as Nurse in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 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

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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 / Nurse / China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Nurse
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66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Average Hourly Wage / Nurse / China

130 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Nurse 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 as Nurse in China is 62 CNY. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Health and Medical-100%
Acute Care Nurse25,200 CNY+9%
Adult Nurse22,100 CNY-4%
Assistant Director of Nursing43,100 CNY+87%
Case Manager32,600 CNY+42%
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA20,300 CNY-12%
Company Nurse18,400 CNY-20%
Critical Care Nurse24,800 CNY+8%
District Nurse23,600 CNY+2%
Head Nurse26,600 CNY+15%
Home Nurse22,400 CNY-3%
ICU Registered Nurse25,600 CNY+11%
Informatics Nurse Specialist24,100 CNY+5%
Intensive Care Registered Nurse23,700 CNY+3%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)23,300 CNY+1%
Licensed Vocational Nurse LVN24,100 CNY+5%
MDS Coordinator24,700 CNY+7%
Mental Health Nurse23,500 CNY+2%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner34,500 CNY+50%
Nurse23,000 CNY-0%
Nurse Anesthetist23,900 CNY+4%
Nurse Manager43,900 CNY+91%
Nurse Midwife26,100 CNY+13%
Nurse Practitioner28,400 CNY+23%
Nursing Assistant21,700 CNY-6%
Nursing Coordinator26,800 CNY+16%
Nursing Director56,500 CNY+150%
Nursing Services Instructor25,600 CNY+11%
Nursing Supervisor35,700 CNY+55%
Occupational Health Advisor45,700 CNY+98%
Occupational Therapist36,900 CNY+60%
Perioperative Nurse22,100 CNY-4%
Personal Support Worker18,100 CNY-21%
Psychiatric Nurse22,800 CNY-1%
Registered Nurse23,300 CNY+1%
Respiratory Manager45,300 CNY+97%
School Nurse20,200 CNY-12%
Staff Nurse22,900 CNY-1%
Telehealth Nurse21,400 CNY-7%
Theatre Manager39,300 CNY+71%
Utilization Review Nurse25,100 CNY+9%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing24,200 CNY
Guangzhou25,000 CNY
Shanghai25,300 CNY
Shenzhen24,100 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 for the job title Nurse in China?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 21,800 CNY and 25,100 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 a careers like Nurse in China ranges from 10,800 CNY to 17,700 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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