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Human Resources Average Salaries in China 2021

How much money does a person working in Human Resources make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
27,700 CNY
( 333,000 CNY yearly)


A person working in Human Resources in China typically earns around 27,700 CNY per month. Salaries range from 11,800 CNY (lowest average) to 47,900 CNY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Human Resources careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Benefits Administrator18,900 CNY
Benefits Analyst23,600 CNY
Benefits Manager37,800 CNY
Chief People Officer46,800 CNY
Compensation Analyst23,400 CNY
Compensation and Benefits Manager39,400 CNY
Compensation and Benefits Officer16,000 CNY
Compensation Manager37,300 CNY
Corporate Director of Human Resources49,100 CNY
Corporate Trainer22,500 CNY
Employee Benefits Administrator28,100 CNY
Employee Communications Manager31,800 CNY
Employee Development Specialist31,700 CNY
Employee Engagement Specialist31,100 CNY
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator30,300 CNY
Employee Performance Specialist22,400 CNY
Employee Relations Manager32,800 CNY
Employee Relations Practitioner34,000 CNY
Employee Services Manager34,300 CNY
Employment Advice Worker15,100 CNY
Employment Interviewer23,300 CNY
Employment Service Specialist18,200 CNY
Employment Services Coordinator21,000 CNY
Enrollment Counselor29,500 CNY
Equal Opportunity Representative23,300 CNY
Executive Human Capital Management45,200 CNY
Executive Recruiter32,100 CNY
Expatriate Administration Manager31,400 CNY
Expatriate Administration Supervisor22,300 CNY
Global Mobility Manager39,300 CNY
Headhunter31,700 CNY
Health Benefits Coordinator19,600 CNY
HRIS Analyst16,400 CNY
HRIS Manager26,800 CNY
HRIS Supervisor16,100 CNY
Human Resources Administration Specialist19,100 CNY
Human Resources Administrator20,000 CNY
Human Resources Advisor30,000 CNY
Human Resources Analyst27,400 CNY
Human Resources Assessor16,900 CNY
Human Resources Assistant Manager33,300 CNY
Human Resources Associate12,000 CNY
Human Resources Consultant36,900 CNY
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager28,200 CNY
Human Resources Generalist24,000 CNY
Human Resources Manager43,600 CNY
Human Resources Officer17,000 CNY
Human Resources Representative17,700 CNY
Human Resources Section Head29,500 CNY
Human Resources Superintendent16,500 CNY
Human Resources Training Executive32,900 CNY
Industrial Organizational Psychologist41,500 CNY
Job Evaluation Specialist31,200 CNY
Labor Relations Director38,000 CNY
Labor Relations Manager36,000 CNY
Labor Relations Specialist17,300 CNY
Learning and Development Manager38,100 CNY
Occupational Health and Safety Officer17,100 CNY
Organizational Development Consultant36,700 CNY
Organizational Development Manager38,300 CNY
Organizational Development Specialist19,500 CNY
Payroll Assistant15,200 CNY
Payroll Supervisor18,700 CNY
People Development Officer23,600 CNY
Personnel Officer13,600 CNY
Records Clerk11,300 CNY
Records Manager19,300 CNY
Recruiter33,400 CNY
Recruiting Coordinator16,000 CNY
Recruiting Manager45,000 CNY
Recruitment Consultant29,900 CNY
Recruitment Officer18,200 CNY
Recruitment Supervisor26,300 CNY
Research Associate14,800 CNY
SAP Resource Manager32,800 CNY
Talent Acquisition Specialist25,200 CNY
Talent Management Officer19,600 CNY
Training and Development Section Head31,400 CNY
Training Executive35,300 CNY
Training Officer15,400 CNY

Human Resources Jobs Salary Distribution in China

Median and salary distribution monthly China Human Resources
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources salaries in China range from 11,800 CNY per month (minimum average salary) to 47,900 CNY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 27,700 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 27,700 CNY while the other half are earning more than 27,700 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 people working in Human Resources are earning less than 17,800 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 17,800 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 37,800 CNY while 25% are earning more than 37,800 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

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 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.

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.

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.

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 Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education 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 multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Human Resources Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Human Resources
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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 employees in China who work in Human Resources earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

28,400 CNY
26,900 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Human Resources Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

How much are annual salary increments in China for Human Resources professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Human Resources

Human Resources professionals in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate China Human Resources
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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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Human Resources Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Human Resources
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Human Resources is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

46% of surveyed staff in Human Resources reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% 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.

Human Resources Hourly Average Wage in China

160 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 160 CNY. This means that the average person 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.

Human Resources VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Human Resources and Human Resources monthly China
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The average salary for Human Resources is 5% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing31,800 CNY
Changchun26,500 CNY
Changsha25,200 CNY
Chengdu29,000 CNY
Chongqing32,100 CNY
Dalian26,200 CNY
Dongguan24,900 CNY
Foshan24,700 CNY
Fuzhou26,400 CNY
Guangzhou30,600 CNY
Hangzhou30,800 CNY
Harbin29,500 CNY
Jinan30,800 CNY
Kunming25,000 CNY
Nanjing27,700 CNY
Qingdao28,500 CNY
Quanzhou26,000 CNY
Shanghai30,000 CNY
Shantou27,100 CNY
Shenyang28,700 CNY
Shenzhen27,400 CNY
Suzhou26,700 CNY
Tianjin29,100 CNY
Wenzhou27,300 CNY
Wuhan31,700 CNY
Wuxi23,800 CNY
Xi an30,300 CNY
Xiamen25,400 CNY
Zhengzhou24,600 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui28,600 CNY
Beijing23,600 CNY
Chongqing25,200 CNY
Fujian26,900 CNY
Gansu24,800 CNY
Guangdong30,600 CNY
Guangxi28,000 CNY
Guizhou25,600 CNY
Hainan23,300 CNY
Hebei29,400 CNY
Heilongjiang26,300 CNY
Henan30,300 CNY
Hubei28,700 CNY
Hunan29,300 CNY
Jiangsu29,900 CNY
Jiangxi27,700 CNY
Jilin25,300 CNY
Liaoning27,500 CNY
Nei Monggol24,900 CNY
Ningxia23,300 CNY
Qinghai23,000 CNY
Shaanxi26,800 CNY
Shandong30,900 CNY
Shanghai24,700 CNY
Shanxi26,400 CNY
Sichuan30,500 CNY
Tianjin24,000 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur24,500 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]22,900 CNY
Yunnan28,400 CNY
Zhejiang29,000 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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