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Train Driver Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Train Driver make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
9,650 CNY
( 116,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Train Driver in China typically earns around 9,650 CNY per month. Salaries range from 4,730 CNY (lowest) to 15,100 CNY (highest).

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

Train Driver Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Train Driver salaries in China range from 4,730 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 15,100 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,840 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Train Driver(s) are earning less than 9,840 CNY while the other half are earning more than 9,840 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 Train Driver(s) are earning less than 6,560 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 6,560 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Train Driver(s) are earning less than 12,700 CNY while 25% are earning more than 12,700 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

Train Driver Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Train Driver
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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 Train Driver salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Train Driver with less than two years of experience makes approximately 5,610 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 7,210 CNY per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 9,940 CNY per month, 38% 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, Train Driver(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 12,300 CNY per month, 24% 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 13,200 CNY per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 14,100 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Train Driver average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
5,610 CNY
2 - 5 Years+29%
7,210 CNY
5 - 10 Years+38%
9,940 CNY
10 - 15 Years+24%
12,300 CNY
15 - 20 Years+7%
13,200 CNY
20+ Years+7%
14,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Train Driver Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly China Train Driver
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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 Train Driver salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Train Driver is 7,210 CNY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 10,300 CNY per month, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 14,200 CNY per month, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Train Driver average salary difference by education level in China

High School
7,210 CNY
Certificate or Diploma+43%
10,300 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+38%
14,200 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Train Driver 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 Train Driver employees in China earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

9,980 CNY
9,190 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Train Driver Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

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Train Driver(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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

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

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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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Train Driver Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Train Driver
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A Train Driver 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.

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% 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.

Train Driver Average Hourly Wage in China

56 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 56 CNY. This means that the average Train Driver in China earns approximately 56 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.

Train Driver VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Train Driver and Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers monthly China
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The average salary for Train Driver is 16% less than that of Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers. Also, Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers salaries are 61% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bus Driver9,150 CNY-5%
CDL Driver10,800 CNY+12%
CDL Truck Driver10,300 CNY+7%
Chauffeur11,400 CNY+18%
Courier Coordinator14,500 CNY+50%
Courier Sales Manager22,200 CNY+130%
Deck Officer10,100 CNY+5%
Delivery Driver8,550 CNY-11%
Delivery Specialist11,300 CNY+17%
Delivery Supervisor12,300 CNY+27%
Dispatcher8,000 CNY-17%
Driver8,400 CNY-13%
Driving Instructor11,400 CNY+18%
Goods Receiving Expediter8,650 CNY-10%
Limousine Driver11,000 CNY+14%
Parking Inspector11,200 CNY+16%
School Bus Driver9,990 CNY+4%
Shuttle Driver8,900 CNY-8%
Taxi Driver9,520 CNY-1%
Third Officer8,330 CNY-14%
Train Driver9,650 CNY=
Tram Driver8,960 CNY-7%
Transport Officer8,860 CNY-8%
Transportation and Shipping Supervisor13,900 CNY+44%
Transportation Manager35,300 CNY+270%
Truck Driver8,900 CNY-8%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing10,900 CNY
Changchun9,410 CNY
Changsha8,900 CNY
Chengdu10,300 CNY
Chongqing10,800 CNY
Dalian9,270 CNY
Dongguan9,120 CNY
Foshan9,360 CNY
Fuzhou9,130 CNY
Guangzhou10,900 CNY
Hangzhou11,400 CNY
Harbin10,200 CNY
Jinan9,980 CNY
Kunming8,450 CNY
Nanjing10,600 CNY
Qingdao9,330 CNY
Quanzhou9,120 CNY
Shanghai11,400 CNY
Shantou10,100 CNY
Shenyang10,400 CNY
Shenzhen9,980 CNY
Suzhou9,920 CNY
Tianjin10,300 CNY
Wenzhou9,640 CNY
Wuhan11,100 CNY
Wuxi8,600 CNY
Xi an10,700 CNY
Xiamen8,700 CNY
Zhengzhou8,160 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui10,500 CNY
Beijing8,990 CNY
Chongqing9,010 CNY
Fujian9,950 CNY
Gansu9,500 CNY
Guangdong11,000 CNY
Guangxi10,500 CNY
Guizhou9,910 CNY
Hainan8,440 CNY
Hebei11,100 CNY
Heilongjiang9,250 CNY
Henan11,100 CNY
Hubei10,900 CNY
Hunan10,400 CNY
Jiangsu11,000 CNY
Jiangxi10,600 CNY
Jilin9,080 CNY
Liaoning10,200 CNY
Nei Monggol8,650 CNY
Ningxia8,400 CNY
Qinghai8,610 CNY
Shaanxi9,420 CNY
Shandong11,300 CNY
Shanghai9,320 CNY
Shanxi9,330 CNY
Sichuan11,200 CNY
Tianjin9,110 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur8,760 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]8,480 CNY
Yunnan9,850 CNY
Zhejiang10,400 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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