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Database Administrator Average Salary in China 2021

How much money does a Database Administrator make in China?

Average Monthly Salary
29,500 CNY
( 354,000 CNY yearly)


A person working as a Database Administrator in China typically earns around 29,500 CNY per month. Salaries range from 14,500 CNY (lowest) to 46,000 CNY (highest).

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

Database Administrator Salary Distribution in China

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

  • Salary Range

    Database Administrator salaries in China range from 14,500 CNY per month (minimum salary) to 46,000 CNY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 30,100 CNY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Database Administrator(s) are earning less than 30,100 CNY while the other half are earning more than 30,100 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 Database Administrator(s) are earning less than 20,000 CNY while 75% of them are earning more than 20,000 CNY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Database Administrator(s) are earning less than 38,800 CNY while 25% are earning more than 38,800 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

Database Administrator 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 Database Administrator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Database Administrator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 17,100 CNY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 22,000 CNY per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 30,400 CNY per month, 38% 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, Database Administrator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 37,700 CNY per month, 24% 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 40,300 CNY per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 43,000 CNY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Database Administrator average salary change by experience in China

0 - 2 Years
17,100 CNY
2 - 5 Years+29%
22,000 CNY
5 - 10 Years+38%
30,400 CNY
10 - 15 Years+24%
37,700 CNY
15 - 20 Years+7%
40,300 CNY
20+ Years+7%
43,000 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Database Administrator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Database Administrator is 22,000 CNY per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 29,600 CNY per month, 34% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 45,400 CNY per month, 53% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Database Administrator average salary difference by education level in China

Certificate or Diploma
22,000 CNY
Bachelor's Degree+34%
29,600 CNY
Master's Degree+53%
45,400 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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Database Administrator 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 Database Administrator employees in China earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

30,500 CNY
28,100 CNY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in China for all Careers

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Database Administrator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in China

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

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Database Administrator(s) in China are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% 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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Database Administrator Bonus and Incentive Rates in China

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate China Database Administrator
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A Database Administrator is considered to be a low 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.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Database Administrator Average Hourly Wage in China

170 CNY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in China is 170 CNY. This means that the average Database Administrator in China earns approximately 170 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.

Database Administrator VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Database Administrator is 7% more than that of Database Administration. Also, Database Administration salaries are 6% less than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Data Analyst25,900 CNY-12%
Data Architect28,900 CNY-2%
Data Entry Supervisor17,600 CNY-40%
Data Manager38,800 CNY+32%
Data Modeling Analyst28,600 CNY-3%
Data Security Analyst29,400 CNY-0%
Data Warehousing Manager38,500 CNY+30%
Data Warehousing Specialist26,800 CNY-9%
Database Administration Manager34,300 CNY+16%
Database Administrator29,500 CNY-0%
Database Analyst28,900 CNY-2%
Database Developer29,500 CNY-0%
Database Report Writer25,800 CNY-13%
Lotus Notes Developer29,600 CNY+0%
Oracle Database Administrator26,000 CNY-12%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Beijing30,500 CNY
Changchun26,500 CNY
Changsha26,100 CNY
Chengdu32,200 CNY
Chongqing31,600 CNY
Dalian27,100 CNY
Dongguan27,000 CNY
Foshan27,100 CNY
Fuzhou27,100 CNY
Guangzhou34,000 CNY
Hangzhou30,200 CNY
Harbin30,300 CNY
Jinan32,000 CNY
Kunming27,200 CNY
Nanjing28,500 CNY
Qingdao27,900 CNY
Quanzhou26,000 CNY
Shanghai31,800 CNY
Shantou29,500 CNY
Shenyang29,900 CNY
Shenzhen30,600 CNY
Suzhou28,100 CNY
Tianjin30,100 CNY
Wenzhou29,200 CNY
Wuhan30,600 CNY
Wuxi25,700 CNY
Xi an29,300 CNY
Xiamen26,000 CNY
Zhengzhou25,800 CNY

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Anhui30,000 CNY
Beijing25,100 CNY
Chongqing27,100 CNY
Fujian29,200 CNY
Gansu27,300 CNY
Guangdong34,100 CNY
Guangxi31,600 CNY
Guizhou26,400 CNY
Hainan24,300 CNY
Hebei31,100 CNY
Heilongjiang28,100 CNY
Henan32,800 CNY
Hubei31,500 CNY
Hunan32,500 CNY
Jiangsu33,500 CNY
Jiangxi28,500 CNY
Jilin26,300 CNY
Liaoning29,000 CNY
Nei Monggol26,500 CNY
Ningxia25,100 CNY
Qinghai25,100 CNY
Shaanxi29,600 CNY
Shandong34,500 CNY
Shanghai25,300 CNY
Shanxi27,300 CNY
Sichuan31,900 CNY
Tianjin25,400 CNY
Xinjiang Uygur26,300 CNY
Xizang [Tibet]24,900 CNY
Yunnan31,200 CNY
Zhejiang29,200 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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