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Industrial Engineer Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does an Industrial Engineer make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
27,100 CNY
( 325,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as an Industrial Engineer in China typically earns around 27,100 CNY per month. Salaries range from 13,600 CNY (lowest) to 42,000 CNY (highest).

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

Industrial Engineer Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Industrial Engineer salaries in China range from 13,600 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 42,000 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 27,100 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Industrial Engineer(s) are earning less than 27,100 CNY while the other half are earning more than 27,100 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 Industrial Engineer(s) are earning less than 18,300 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 18,300 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Industrial Engineer(s) are earning less than 34,600 CNY while 25% are earning more than 34,600 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

Industrial Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

An Industrial Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 16,300 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 21,500 CNY per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 28,800 CNY per month, 34% 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, Industrial Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 34,400 CNY per month, 19% 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 37,100 CNY per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 39,800 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Industrial Engineer average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
16,300 CNY
2 - 5 Years+32%
21,500 CNY
5 - 10 Years+34%
28,800 CNY
10 - 15 Years+19%
34,400 CNY
15 - 20 Years+8%
37,100 CNY
20+ Years+7%
39,800 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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Industrial Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Industrial Engineer is 23,200 CNY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 36,600 CNY per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Industrial Engineer average salary difference by education level in China

Bachelor's Degree
23,200 CNY
Master's Degree+58%
36,600 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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Industrial Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly China Industrial 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 Industrial Engineer employees in China earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

27,800 CNY
26,300 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Industrial Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

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Industrial Engineer(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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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Industrial Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Industrial Engineer
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An Industrial 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.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% 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.

Industrial 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 Industrial 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.

Industrial Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Industrial Engineer and Factory and Manufacturing monthly China
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The average salary for Industrial Engineer is 36% more than that of Factory and Manufacturing. Also, Factory and Manufacturing salaries are 32% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assembly Foreman8,320 CNY-69%
Assembly Line Worker7,690 CNY-72%
Assembly Supervisor11,900 CNY-56%
Assistance Maintenance Manager29,500 CNY+9%
Assistant Shipping Manager25,500 CNY-6%
Chemical Equipment Controller18,400 CNY-32%
Chemical Technican Apprentice15,200 CNY-44%
CNC Machinist18,300 CNY-33%
CNC Operator18,200 CNY-33%
CNC Programmer20,000 CNY-26%
Colour Technologist9,740 CNY-64%
Contracts Manager35,000 CNY+29%
Data Collection Coordinator14,200 CNY-48%
Demand Planner11,800 CNY-56%
Derrick Operator8,550 CNY-68%
Director of Manufacturing47,200 CNY+74%
Dock Worker7,690 CNY-72%
Drying Technician7,850 CNY-71%
Equipment Operator7,710 CNY-72%
Export Sales Coordinator24,900 CNY-8%
Factory Superintendent12,300 CNY-55%
Factory Worker8,370 CNY-69%
Failure Analysis Technician12,700 CNY-53%
Fiberglass Laminator8,810 CNY-68%
Food Technologist14,600 CNY-46%
Forklift Driver8,250 CNY-70%
Forming Machine Operator8,960 CNY-67%
Furnace Operator7,800 CNY-71%
Gas Appliance Repairer8,280 CNY-69%
General Warehouse Associate13,700 CNY-49%
Heavy Equipment Operator10,900 CNY-60%
HSE Manager34,700 CNY+28%
Industrial Engineer27,100 CNY-0%
Industrial Machinery Mechanic17,200 CNY-37%
Industrial Production Manager46,300 CNY+71%
Industrial Safety and Health Engineer26,400 CNY-3%
Intake Operator10,400 CNY-62%
Key Account Manager38,300 CNY+41%
Lift Truck Operator8,150 CNY-70%
Loading Supervisor15,200 CNY-44%
Logistic Coordinator20,800 CNY-23%
Logistics Clerk10,600 CNY-61%
Machine Operator7,840 CNY-71%
Machinist8,330 CNY-69%
Maintenance Manager30,500 CNY+12%
Maintenance Store Clerk9,030 CNY-67%
Manufacturing Engineer24,800 CNY-9%
Manufacturing Engineering Manager40,300 CNY+49%
Manufacturing Engineering Technologist30,000 CNY+11%
Manufacturing Manager45,300 CNY+67%
Manufacturing Operative13,900 CNY-49%
Manufacturing Production Technician10,100 CNY-63%
Manufacturing Supervisor23,400 CNY-14%
Manufacturing Technician9,320 CNY-66%
Materials Supervisor24,300 CNY-10%
Mechanical Fitter Engineer26,700 CNY-2%
Mechanical Foreman8,450 CNY-69%
Merchandise Planner13,800 CNY-49%
Metrology Engineer24,100 CNY-11%
Operations Engineer25,100 CNY-7%
Operations Manager40,200 CNY+48%
Order Management Coordinator20,600 CNY-24%
Order Processing Manager34,600 CNY+28%
Order Selector10,500 CNY-61%
Package Handler8,100 CNY-70%
Packaging Manager28,300 CNY+4%
Packer8,080 CNY-70%
Packing Deputy Supervisor21,300 CNY-21%
Planning Manager38,700 CNY+43%
Plant Manager44,500 CNY+64%
Precision Instrument Repairer12,400 CNY-54%
Process Technician10,400 CNY-62%
Product Manager41,700 CNY+54%
Production Analyst37,500 CNY+38%
Production Director50,700 CNY+87%
Production Engineer26,700 CNY-2%
Production Engineering Supervisor40,800 CNY+50%
Production Inspector27,500 CNY+1%
Production Laborer7,530 CNY-72%
Production Manager47,200 CNY+74%
Production Scheduler20,200 CNY-26%
Production Supervisor26,400 CNY-3%
Quality Control Analyst35,000 CNY+29%
Quality Control Inspector27,900 CNY+3%
Quality Control Manager36,900 CNY+36%
Service Technician10,000 CNY-63%
SHEQ Officer11,900 CNY-56%
Shipping Manager41,400 CNY+53%
Small Engine Mechanic13,900 CNY-49%
Spray Painter8,520 CNY-69%
Sterile Processing Technician9,550 CNY-65%
Structural Welder7,290 CNY-73%
Supply Chain Operative24,100 CNY-11%
Technical Operator10,900 CNY-60%
Technology Development Manager45,000 CNY+66%
Testing Technician18,000 CNY-34%
Toolmaker13,500 CNY-50%
Warehouse Operative9,040 CNY-67%
Warehouse Worker8,540 CNY-69%
Warranty Handler15,100 CNY-44%
Welder8,000 CNY-71%
Workshop Manager31,200 CNY+15%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing29,300 CNY
Changchun25,900 CNY
Changsha24,100 CNY
Chengdu28,400 CNY
Chongqing31,400 CNY
Dalian25,100 CNY
Dongguan25,400 CNY
Foshan24,700 CNY
Fuzhou24,900 CNY
Guangzhou30,000 CNY
Hangzhou30,100 CNY
Harbin27,700 CNY
Jinan28,400 CNY
Kunming23,500 CNY
Nanjing28,800 CNY
Qingdao27,400 CNY
Quanzhou24,000 CNY
Shanghai30,600 CNY
Shantou25,400 CNY
Shenyang28,100 CNY
Shenzhen27,400 CNY
Suzhou26,700 CNY
Tianjin27,900 CNY
Wenzhou25,700 CNY
Wuhan28,100 CNY
Wuxi22,800 CNY
Xi an28,500 CNY
Xiamen22,600 CNY
Zhengzhou23,100 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui29,800 CNY
Beijing24,100 CNY
Chongqing25,200 CNY
Fujian26,300 CNY
Gansu23,800 CNY
Guangdong31,900 CNY
Guangxi28,600 CNY
Guizhou25,600 CNY
Hainan22,800 CNY
Hebei28,200 CNY
Heilongjiang27,300 CNY
Henan30,900 CNY
Hubei28,700 CNY
Hunan28,700 CNY
Jiangsu28,700 CNY
Jiangxi28,800 CNY
Jilin25,800 CNY
Liaoning27,500 CNY
Nei Monggol24,300 CNY
Ningxia22,300 CNY
Qinghai21,600 CNY
Shaanxi27,300 CNY
Shandong30,900 CNY
Shanghai24,200 CNY
Shanxi25,300 CNY
Sichuan28,600 CNY
Tianjin24,400 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur24,500 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]22,400 CNY
Yunnan27,300 CNY
Zhejiang27,200 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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