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Pilot Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Pilot make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
48,900 CNY
( 587,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Pilot in China typically earns around 48,900 CNY per month. Salaries range from 26,400 CNY (lowest) to 73,900 CNY (highest).

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

Pilot Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Pilot salaries in China range from 26,400 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 73,900 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 45,000 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pilot(s) are earning less than 45,000 CNY while the other half are earning more than 45,000 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 Pilot(s) are earning less than 32,100 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 32,100 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pilot(s) are earning less than 54,700 CNY while 25% are earning more than 54,700 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

Pilot Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Pilot with less than two years of experience makes approximately 30,700 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 38,800 CNY per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 51,100 CNY per month, 32% 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, Pilot(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 60,100 CNY per month, 18% 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 66,500 CNY per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 70,800 CNY per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pilot average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
30,700 CNY
2 - 5 Years+26%
38,800 CNY
5 - 10 Years+32%
51,100 CNY
10 - 15 Years+18%
60,100 CNY
15 - 20 Years+11%
66,500 CNY
20+ Years+6%
70,800 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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Pilot Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Pilot is 38,800 CNY per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 51,100 CNY per month, 32% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 70,100 CNY per month, 37% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Pilot average salary difference by education level in China

Certificate or Diploma
38,800 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+32%
51,100 CNY
Master's Degree+37%
70,100 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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Pilot Salary Comparison By Gender

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

50,300 CNY
47,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Pilot Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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


Pilot(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 16 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

Information Technology

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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Pilot Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

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

21% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 79% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 7% 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.

Pilot Average Hourly Wage in China

280 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 280 CNY. This means that the average Pilot in China earns approximately 280 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.

Pilot VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pilot and Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense monthly China
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The average salary for Pilot is 64% more than that of Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense. Also, Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense salaries are 2% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Aeronautical Engineer32,600 CNY-33%
Aerospace Engineer36,500 CNY-25%
Aerospace Technician27,800 CNY-43%
Air Crew Officer20,200 CNY-59%
Air Traffic Assistant17,300 CNY-65%
Air Traffic Controller32,700 CNY-33%
Aircraft Captain50,500 CNY+3%
Aircraft Electrician15,700 CNY-68%
Aircraft Engineer31,400 CNY-36%
Aircraft Fueler13,700 CNY-72%
Aircraft Maintenance Manager45,200 CNY-8%
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor31,000 CNY-37%
Aircraft Maintenance Technician14,400 CNY-71%
Aircraft Mechanic16,000 CNY-67%
Aircraft Quality Assurance39,000 CNY-20%
Airfield Management Specialist45,100 CNY-8%
Airfield Operations Specialist35,400 CNY-28%
Airline Cabin Crew28,700 CNY-41%
Airline Copilot32,400 CNY-34%
Airlines Sales Manager53,600 CNY+10%
Airlines Structural Assembler13,800 CNY-72%
Airport Services Agent18,800 CNY-62%
Airport Services Manager61,100 CNY+25%
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic13,000 CNY-73%
Aviation Analyst40,700 CNY-17%
Aviation Inspector33,700 CNY-31%
Aviation Manager59,800 CNY+22%
Aviation Operations Controller32,200 CNY-34%
Aviation Resources Manager54,200 CNY+11%
Aviation Safety Manager55,100 CNY+13%
Aviation Safety Officer31,000 CNY-37%
Aviation Technician14,300 CNY-71%
Cargo Executive27,900 CNY-43%
Chief Pilot52,900 CNY+8%
First Officer20,900 CNY-57%
Fleet Management Officer20,500 CNY-58%
Flight Attendant19,200 CNY-61%
Flight Scheduler24,400 CNY-50%
Flight Simulation Engineer26,200 CNY-46%
Freight and Cargo Inspector21,900 CNY-55%
Helicopter Pilot34,100 CNY-30%
Loading Bridge Operator12,500 CNY-74%
Pilot48,900 CNY-0%
Ramp Agent12,600 CNY-74%
Reservations Sales Agent16,700 CNY-66%
Safety and Quality Specialist30,800 CNY-37%
Test Pilot35,600 CNY-27%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing56,500 CNY
Changchun47,000 CNY
Changsha45,500 CNY
Chengdu52,800 CNY
Chongqing54,800 CNY
Dalian45,000 CNY
Dongguan47,400 CNY
Foshan45,900 CNY
Fuzhou47,300 CNY
Guangzhou55,800 CNY
Hangzhou53,800 CNY
Harbin54,000 CNY
Jinan54,000 CNY
Kunming46,700 CNY
Nanjing53,500 CNY
Qingdao47,000 CNY
Quanzhou45,300 CNY
Shanghai57,600 CNY
Shantou51,900 CNY
Shenyang49,900 CNY
Shenzhen50,400 CNY
Suzhou49,400 CNY
Tianjin51,300 CNY
Wenzhou50,400 CNY
Wuhan53,300 CNY
Wuxi42,200 CNY
Xi an54,500 CNY
Xiamen42,600 CNY
Zhengzhou44,700 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui56,100 CNY
Beijing45,300 CNY
Chongqing47,400 CNY
Fujian49,400 CNY
Gansu44,600 CNY
Guangdong59,700 CNY
Guangxi53,500 CNY
Guizhou47,900 CNY
Hainan42,600 CNY
Hebei52,700 CNY
Heilongjiang50,900 CNY
Henan57,600 CNY
Hubei53,400 CNY
Hunan53,300 CNY
Jiangsu53,200 CNY
Jiangxi53,500 CNY
Jilin47,900 CNY
Liaoning50,900 CNY
Nei Monggol45,000 CNY
Ningxia41,200 CNY
Qinghai44,200 CNY
Shaanxi50,400 CNY
Shandong56,900 CNY
Shanghai44,500 CNY
Shanxi46,500 CNY
Sichuan58,200 CNY
Tianjin44,800 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur44,900 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]41,100 CNY
Yunnan49,800 CNY
Zhejiang55,100 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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