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Translator Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Translator make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
26,500 CNY
( 318,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Translator in China typically earns around 26,500 CNY per month. Salaries range from 14,000 CNY (lowest) to 40,200 CNY (highest).

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

Translator Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Translator salaries in China range from 14,000 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 40,200 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 24,900 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Translator(s) are earning less than 24,900 CNY while the other half are earning more than 24,900 CNY. 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 Translator(s) are earning less than 17,500 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 17,500 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Translator(s) are earning less than 30,600 CNY while 25% are earning more than 30,600 CNY.

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 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

Translator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Translator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Translator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 16,100 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 19,800 CNY per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 28,000 CNY per month, 42% more than someone with two to five 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.

Additionally, Translator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 32,800 CNY per month, 17% 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 36,000 CNY per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 38,100 CNY per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Translator average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
16,100 CNY
2 - 5 Years+23%
19,800 CNY
5 - 10 Years+42%
28,000 CNY
10 - 15 Years+17%
32,800 CNY
15 - 20 Years+10%
36,000 CNY
20+ Years+6%
38,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Translator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Translator(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Translator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Translator is 19,500 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 22,200 CNY per month, 13% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 29,000 CNY per month, 31% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 38,100 CNY per month, 32% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Translator average salary difference by education level in China

High School
19,500 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+13%
22,200 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+31%
29,000 CNY
Master's Degree+32%
38,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 Yuan Renminbi(s) to 439,000 Yuan Renminbi(s) 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 into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. 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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Translator Salary Comparison By Gender

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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? Male Translator employees in China earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

27,500 CNY
25,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Translator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for Translator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Translator(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 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

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely 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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in China for the year 2020. 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

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Translator Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Translator
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A Translator is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Translator Average Hourly Wage in China

150 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 150 CNY. This means that the average Translator in China earns approximately 150 CNY for every worked hour.

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

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 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 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.

Translator VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Translator is 11% less than that of Bilingual. Also, Bilingual salaries are 1% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bilingual Paraprofessional30,100 CNY+14%
Interpreter25,600 CNY-3%
Language Specialist37,300 CNY+41%
Linguist38,800 CNY+47%
Multilingual Host29,000 CNY+10%
Teacher21,400 CNY-19%
Translator26,500 CNY+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing29,100 CNY
Changchun24,900 CNY
Changsha23,700 CNY
Chengdu28,000 CNY
Chongqing30,800 CNY
Dalian23,500 CNY
Dongguan25,400 CNY
Foshan23,300 CNY
Fuzhou24,800 CNY
Guangzhou29,600 CNY
Hangzhou30,300 CNY
Harbin28,300 CNY
Jinan26,700 CNY
Kunming22,600 CNY
Nanjing28,000 CNY
Qingdao26,600 CNY
Quanzhou22,900 CNY
Shanghai29,700 CNY
Shantou25,100 CNY
Shenyang25,900 CNY
Shenzhen26,600 CNY
Suzhou25,600 CNY
Tianjin26,700 CNY
Wenzhou25,900 CNY
Wuhan28,900 CNY
Wuxi23,800 CNY
Xi an28,000 CNY
Xiamen23,500 CNY
Zhengzhou22,000 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui27,700 CNY
Beijing23,400 CNY
Chongqing25,500 CNY
Fujian27,800 CNY
Gansu23,700 CNY
Guangdong30,100 CNY
Guangxi28,100 CNY
Guizhou26,300 CNY
Hainan22,100 CNY
Hebei28,700 CNY
Heilongjiang26,100 CNY
Henan30,900 CNY
Hubei27,100 CNY
Hunan28,300 CNY
Jiangsu29,500 CNY
Jiangxi28,000 CNY
Jilin23,700 CNY
Liaoning26,400 CNY
Nei Monggol24,400 CNY
Ningxia23,300 CNY
Qinghai21,300 CNY
Shaanxi25,500 CNY
Shandong30,100 CNY
Shanghai24,600 CNY
Shanxi24,200 CNY
Sichuan28,700 CNY
Tianjin23,100 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur24,200 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]23,100 CNY
Yunnan26,500 CNY
Zhejiang27,700 CNY

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in China earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

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

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