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Human Resources Manager Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Human Resources Manager make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
43,600 CNY
( 523,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Human Resources Manager in China typically earns around 43,600 CNY per month. Salaries range from 20,500 CNY (lowest) to 68,900 CNY (highest).

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

Human Resources Manager Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources Manager salaries in China range from 20,500 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 68,900 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 46,200 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 46,200 CNY while the other half are earning more than 46,200 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 Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 30,000 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 30,000 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 61,000 CNY while 25% are earning more than 61,000 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

Human Resources Manager 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 Human Resources Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Human Resources Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 23,600 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 32,600 CNY per month, 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 46,400 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, Human Resources Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 56,500 CNY per month, 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 59,700 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 65,000 CNY per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Human Resources Manager average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
23,600 CNY
2 - 5 Years+38%
32,600 CNY
5 - 10 Years+42%
46,400 CNY
10 - 15 Years+22%
56,500 CNY
15 - 20 Years+6%
59,700 CNY
20+ Years+9%
65,000 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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Human Resources Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Human Resources Manager(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 Human Resources Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Human Resources Manager is 32,600 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 59,700 CNY per month, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Human Resources Manager average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
32,600 CNY
Master's Degree+83%
59,700 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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Human Resources Manager 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 Human Resources Manager employees in China earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

45,900 CNY
41,700 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Human Resources Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% 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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Human Resources Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Human Resources Manager
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A Human Resources Manager is considered to be a high 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.

15% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 85% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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 Manager Average Hourly Wage in China

250 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 250 CNY. This means that the average Human Resources Manager in China earns approximately 250 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 Manager VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Human Resources Manager is 57% more than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Benefits Administrator18,900 CNY-57%
Benefits Analyst23,600 CNY-46%
Benefits Manager37,800 CNY-13%
Chief People Officer46,800 CNY+7%
Compensation Analyst23,400 CNY-46%
Compensation and Benefits Manager39,400 CNY-10%
Compensation and Benefits Officer16,000 CNY-63%
Compensation Manager37,300 CNY-14%
Corporate Director of Human Resources49,100 CNY+13%
Corporate Trainer22,500 CNY-48%
Employee Benefits Administrator28,100 CNY-36%
Employee Communications Manager31,800 CNY-27%
Employee Development Specialist31,700 CNY-27%
Employee Engagement Specialist31,100 CNY-29%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator30,300 CNY-30%
Employee Performance Specialist22,400 CNY-49%
Employee Relations Manager32,800 CNY-25%
Employee Relations Practitioner34,000 CNY-22%
Employee Services Manager34,300 CNY-21%
Employment Advice Worker15,100 CNY-65%
Employment Interviewer23,300 CNY-47%
Employment Service Specialist18,200 CNY-58%
Employment Services Coordinator21,000 CNY-52%
Enrollment Counselor29,500 CNY-32%
Equal Opportunity Representative23,300 CNY-47%
Executive Human Capital Management45,200 CNY+4%
Executive Recruiter32,100 CNY-26%
Expatriate Administration Manager31,400 CNY-28%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor22,300 CNY-49%
Global Mobility Manager39,300 CNY-10%
Headhunter31,700 CNY-27%
Health Benefits Coordinator19,600 CNY-55%
HRIS Analyst16,400 CNY-62%
HRIS Manager26,800 CNY-39%
HRIS Supervisor16,100 CNY-63%
Human Resources Administration Specialist19,100 CNY-56%
Human Resources Administrator20,000 CNY-54%
Human Resources Advisor30,000 CNY-31%
Human Resources Analyst27,400 CNY-37%
Human Resources Assessor16,900 CNY-61%
Human Resources Assistant Manager33,300 CNY-24%
Human Resources Associate12,000 CNY-72%
Human Resources Consultant36,900 CNY-15%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager28,200 CNY-35%
Human Resources Generalist24,000 CNY-45%
Human Resources Manager43,600 CNY+0%
Human Resources Officer17,000 CNY-61%
Human Resources Representative17,700 CNY-59%
Human Resources Section Head29,500 CNY-32%
Human Resources Superintendent16,500 CNY-62%
Human Resources Training Executive32,900 CNY-25%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist41,500 CNY-5%
Job Evaluation Specialist31,200 CNY-28%
Labor Relations Director38,000 CNY-13%
Labor Relations Manager36,000 CNY-17%
Labor Relations Specialist17,300 CNY-60%
Learning and Development Manager38,100 CNY-13%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer17,100 CNY-61%
Organizational Development Consultant36,700 CNY-16%
Organizational Development Manager38,300 CNY-12%
Organizational Development Specialist19,500 CNY-55%
Payroll Assistant15,200 CNY-65%
Payroll Supervisor18,700 CNY-57%
People Development Officer23,600 CNY-46%
Personnel Officer13,600 CNY-69%
Records Clerk11,300 CNY-74%
Records Manager19,300 CNY-56%
Recruiter33,400 CNY-23%
Recruiting Coordinator16,000 CNY-63%
Recruiting Manager45,000 CNY+3%
Recruitment Consultant29,900 CNY-31%
Recruitment Officer18,200 CNY-58%
Recruitment Supervisor26,300 CNY-40%
Research Associate14,800 CNY-66%
SAP Resource Manager32,800 CNY-25%
Talent Acquisition Specialist25,200 CNY-42%
Talent Management Officer19,600 CNY-55%
Training and Development Section Head31,400 CNY-28%
Training Executive35,300 CNY-19%
Training Officer15,400 CNY-65%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing47,600 CNY
Changchun43,700 CNY
Changsha39,600 CNY
Chengdu45,700 CNY
Chongqing48,100 CNY
Dalian41,200 CNY
Dongguan39,200 CNY
Foshan40,900 CNY
Fuzhou39,500 CNY
Guangzhou48,200 CNY
Hangzhou48,400 CNY
Harbin46,300 CNY
Jinan48,400 CNY
Kunming39,300 CNY
Nanjing43,600 CNY
Qingdao42,800 CNY
Quanzhou38,900 CNY
Shanghai47,200 CNY
Shantou44,800 CNY
Shenyang42,900 CNY
Shenzhen45,300 CNY
Suzhou42,000 CNY
Tianjin48,100 CNY
Wenzhou40,900 CNY
Wuhan49,900 CNY
Wuxi37,400 CNY
Xi an47,700 CNY
Xiamen38,100 CNY
Zhengzhou38,700 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui47,400 CNY
Beijing37,200 CNY
Chongqing41,800 CNY
Fujian42,300 CNY
Gansu41,000 CNY
Guangdong48,200 CNY
Guangxi46,400 CNY
Guizhou40,300 CNY
Hainan38,500 CNY
Hebei46,300 CNY
Heilongjiang43,400 CNY
Henan47,700 CNY
Hubei47,500 CNY
Hunan46,100 CNY
Jiangsu49,400 CNY
Jiangxi43,600 CNY
Jilin41,900 CNY
Liaoning43,300 CNY
Nei Monggol41,100 CNY
Ningxia36,600 CNY
Qinghai38,100 CNY
Shaanxi42,200 CNY
Shandong51,100 CNY
Shanghai38,900 CNY
Shanxi43,600 CNY
Sichuan47,900 CNY
Tianjin39,600 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur38,600 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]37,900 CNY
Yunnan44,700 CNY
Zhejiang47,900 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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