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Product Development Engineer Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Product Development Engineer make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
27,300 CNY
( 328,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Product Development Engineer in China typically earns around 27,300 CNY per month. Salaries range from 13,100 CNY (lowest) to 42,900 CNY (highest).

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

Product Development Engineer Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Product Development Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Product Development Engineer salaries in China range from 13,100 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 42,900 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 28,400 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Product Development Engineer(s) are earning less than 28,400 CNY while the other half are earning more than 28,400 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 Product Development Engineer(s) are earning less than 18,700 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 18,700 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Product Development Engineer(s) are earning less than 37,100 CNY while 25% are earning more than 37,100 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

Product Development Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly China Product Development Engineer
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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 Product Development Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Product Development Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 15,400 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 21,800 CNY per month, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 28,600 CNY per month, 31% 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, Product Development Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 35,200 CNY per month, 23% 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 37,400 CNY per month, 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 41,000 CNY per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Product Development Engineer average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
15,400 CNY
2 - 5 Years+42%
21,800 CNY
5 - 10 Years+31%
28,600 CNY
10 - 15 Years+23%
35,200 CNY
15 - 20 Years+6%
37,400 CNY
20+ Years+10%
41,000 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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Product Development Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly China Product Development Engineer
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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 Product Development Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Product Development Engineer is 24,200 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 34,600 CNY per month, 43% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Product Development Engineer average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
24,200 CNY
Master's Degree+43%
34,600 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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Product Development Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Product Development Engineer
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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 Product Development Engineer employees in China earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

28,500 CNY
26,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Product Development Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Product Development Engineer

Product Development Engineer(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 15 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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Product Development Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Product Development Engineer
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A Product Development Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.

42% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% 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.

Product Development Engineer Average Hourly Wage in China

160 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 160 CNY. This means that the average Product Development Engineer in China earns approximately 160 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.

Product Development Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Product Development Engineer and Engineering monthly China
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The average salary for Product Development Engineer is 11% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer25,900 CNY-5%
Assembly Engineering Technician19,600 CNY-28%
Assistant Chief Engineer29,700 CNY+9%
Associate Engineer23,100 CNY-16%
Autocad Operator15,900 CNY-42%
Automation Engineer28,600 CNY+5%
Avionic System Support Engineer23,400 CNY-14%
Biochemical Engineer24,500 CNY-10%
BMS Engineer23,300 CNY-15%
Bridge and Lock Tender13,500 CNY-51%
Broadcast Engineer25,100 CNY-8%
CAD Design Engineer26,500 CNY-3%
CAD Designer16,800 CNY-39%
CAE Engineer25,700 CNY-6%
Ceramics Engineer23,000 CNY-16%
Civil Engineer27,100 CNY-1%
Commissioning Engineer26,300 CNY-4%
Communications Engineer28,900 CNY+6%
Condition Monitoring Engineer22,900 CNY-16%
Contract Associate Engineer24,900 CNY-9%
Control Systems Engineer25,400 CNY-7%
Controls Engineer26,600 CNY-3%
Controls Software Engineer23,800 CNY-13%
Corrosion Engineer23,300 CNY-15%
Design Engineer25,400 CNY-7%
Drafter16,700 CNY-39%
Drafting Manager29,000 CNY+6%
Drilling Engineer25,300 CNY-7%
Electrical Draughtsman13,300 CNY-51%
Electrical Engineer29,800 CNY+9%
Electrical Engineering Manager36,900 CNY+35%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist27,600 CNY+1%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler14,100 CNY-48%
Energy Engineer26,600 CNY-3%
Engine Assembler11,700 CNY-57%
Engineer28,300 CNY+3%
Engineering Account Manager30,700 CNY+12%
Engineering Chief Designer28,400 CNY+4%
Engineering Consultant34,900 CNY+28%
Engineering Key Account Manager37,900 CNY+39%
Engineering Lab Technician25,500 CNY-7%
Engineering Planning Manager35,500 CNY+30%
Engineering Production Manager47,800 CNY+75%
Engineering Project Analyst29,400 CNY+8%
Engineering Project Coordinator 31,400 CNY+15%
Engineering Project Director52,300 CNY+91%
Engineering Project Manager37,900 CNY+39%
Engineering Research and Development Manager41,900 CNY+53%
Engineering Safety Coordinator19,400 CNY-29%
Engineering Sales Manager33,700 CNY+23%
Engineering Technician21,000 CNY-23%
Engineering Technologist19,700 CNY-28%
Environmental Engineer24,900 CNY-9%
Equipment Engineer24,200 CNY-12%
Equipment Engineering Manager33,000 CNY+21%
Estimator22,600 CNY-17%
Fabrication Specialist18,000 CNY-34%
Fabricator12,100 CNY-56%
Facade Engineer25,100 CNY-8%
Fiber Analyst15,000 CNY-45%
Field Engineer27,200 CNY-1%
Field Engineering Manager41,800 CNY+53%
Fire Engineer26,400 CNY-3%
Fitter and Turner7,950 CNY-71%
Forestry Strategic Planner31,700 CNY+16%
Generation Engineer25,600 CNY-6%
Genetic Engineer29,500 CNY+8%
Geological Engineer27,700 CNY+1%
Geotechnical Engineer27,600 CNY+1%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic13,600 CNY-50%
Highway Engineer27,000 CNY-1%
HSE Professional25,100 CNY-8%
HVAC Engineer27,200 CNY-1%
HVAC Supervisor23,300 CNY-15%
Industrial Engineer25,700 CNY-6%
Industrial Engineering Technologist24,700 CNY-10%
Instrument Engineer24,400 CNY-11%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer24,400 CNY-11%
Instrumentation Engineer25,000 CNY-9%
Instrumentation Manager26,600 CNY-3%
Irrigation Engineer24,600 CNY-10%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer28,300 CNY+3%
Locomotive Engineer25,700 CNY-6%
Maintenance Engineer24,800 CNY-9%
Maintenance Fitter9,300 CNY-66%
Maintenance Manager26,800 CNY-2%
Manufacturing Engineer24,000 CNY-12%
Marine Engineer26,200 CNY-4%
Materials Engineer24,200 CNY-12%
Materials Researcher23,600 CNY-14%
Materials Technician19,000 CNY-31%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer26,600 CNY-3%
Mechanical Design Engineer27,400 CNY+0%
Mechanical Designer23,100 CNY-16%
Mechanical Engineer27,500 CNY+1%
Mechanical Engineering Manager37,800 CNY+38%
Mechanical Inspector25,500 CNY-7%
Mechatronics Engineer26,700 CNY-2%
Mining Engineer24,600 CNY-10%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer29,000 CNY+6%
Optical Engineer26,300 CNY-4%
Optical Instrument Assembler13,000 CNY-52%
PCB Assembler9,150 CNY-67%
Photonics Engineer27,900 CNY+2%
Photonics Technician23,800 CNY-13%
Pipeline Engineer23,100 CNY-16%
Piping Designer14,300 CNY-48%
Piping Engineer22,800 CNY-17%
Planning Engineer26,900 CNY-2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector12,100 CNY-56%
Principal Cost Engineer26,300 CNY-4%
Principal Engineer25,000 CNY-9%
Principal Support Engineer26,200 CNY-4%
Process Engineer24,900 CNY-9%
Process Operator15,800 CNY-42%
Product Development Engineer27,300 CNY-0%
Product Development Technician18,800 CNY-31%
Product Engineer25,800 CNY-6%
Product Safety Engineer25,400 CNY-7%
Production Engineer26,400 CNY-3%
Project Engineer27,500 CNY+1%
Proposal Manager32,800 CNY+20%
Purchasing Engineer24,100 CNY-12%
Quality Assurance Engineer26,800 CNY-2%
Rail Engineer25,800 CNY-6%
Robotics Engineer28,100 CNY+3%
Robotics Technician21,300 CNY-22%
Safety Engineer26,800 CNY-2%
Safety Inspector21,000 CNY-23%
Safety Manager30,500 CNY+12%
Safety Officer12,900 CNY-53%
Sales Engineer26,600 CNY-3%
Scheduling Engineer23,100 CNY-16%
Service Engineer27,100 CNY-1%
Solar Engineer26,700 CNY-2%
Staff Engineer25,900 CNY-5%
Static Equipment Engineer25,300 CNY-7%
Stationary Engineer23,500 CNY-14%
Stress Engineer24,700 CNY-10%
Structural Analysis Engineer24,700 CNY-10%
Structural Designer23,400 CNY-14%
Structural Engineer25,800 CNY-6%
Structural Technician16,000 CNY-41%
Supply Chain Specialist25,200 CNY-8%
Surveyor18,600 CNY-32%
Technical Affairs Officer12,600 CNY-54%
Technical Assistant13,000 CNY-52%
Technical Engineer22,900 CNY-16%
Technical Support Engineer22,900 CNY-16%
Tender Engineer24,200 CNY-12%
Test Development Engineer25,000 CNY-9%
Transportation Engineer24,000 CNY-12%
Validation Engineer22,500 CNY-18%
Verification Engineer23,400 CNY-14%
Wastewater Engineer24,500 CNY-10%
Wind Energy Engineer25,500 CNY-7%
Wind Energy Operations Manager34,900 CNY+28%
Work Planner18,700 CNY-32%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing29,500 CNY
Changchun26,100 CNY
Changsha24,300 CNY
Chengdu28,700 CNY
Chongqing31,700 CNY
Dalian25,400 CNY
Dongguan25,600 CNY
Foshan24,900 CNY
Fuzhou25,100 CNY
Guangzhou30,300 CNY
Hangzhou30,400 CNY
Harbin27,900 CNY
Jinan28,600 CNY
Kunming23,700 CNY
Nanjing29,100 CNY
Qingdao27,600 CNY
Quanzhou24,200 CNY
Shanghai30,800 CNY
Shantou25,600 CNY
Shenyang28,300 CNY
Shenzhen27,600 CNY
Suzhou26,900 CNY
Tianjin28,100 CNY
Wenzhou25,900 CNY
Wuhan28,300 CNY
Wuxi23,000 CNY
Xi an28,800 CNY
Xiamen22,700 CNY
Zhengzhou23,300 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui30,000 CNY
Beijing24,300 CNY
Chongqing25,400 CNY
Fujian26,500 CNY
Gansu24,000 CNY
Guangdong32,100 CNY
Guangxi28,800 CNY
Guizhou25,800 CNY
Hainan23,000 CNY
Hebei28,500 CNY
Heilongjiang27,500 CNY
Henan31,100 CNY
Hubei28,900 CNY
Hunan28,900 CNY
Jiangsu28,900 CNY
Jiangxi29,100 CNY
Jilin26,000 CNY
Liaoning27,700 CNY
Nei Monggol24,500 CNY
Ningxia22,500 CNY
Qinghai21,800 CNY
Shaanxi27,600 CNY
Shandong31,100 CNY
Shanghai24,400 CNY
Shanxi25,500 CNY
Sichuan28,900 CNY
Tianjin24,600 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur24,700 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]22,600 CNY
Yunnan27,500 CNY
Zhejiang27,500 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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