Average Salary in China – Local Data Q2 2023

Zhilian Zhaopin, one of China’s biggest job portals, has recently released their data on average monthly salaries in China. It’s important to note that the data reflects recruited salaries, or the publicly listed salary information that companies advertise on the Zhaopin platform. Let’s dive in!

Average Salary in China, Country-wide

China Average Salary Country-wide

In the second quarter of 2023, the average recruitment salary of enterprises in 38 Chinese cities was ¥10,266 RMB ($1,430 USD) per month. This average is up 1.6% since Q1 2023, but still down around 0.7% compared to the same time period last year Q2 2022.

Breaking it down a bit further:

  • The 25th percentile of recruitment salaries is ¥6,001 RMB ($836 USD)/month,
  • The median is ¥8,001 RMB ($1,115 USD)/month,
  • The 75th percentile is ¥12,001 RMB ($1,672 USD)/month.

Average Salary in China by City

Salary in Shanghai continues to top the list
China Average Salary by City

Zhaopin monitored 38 core cities across China. Shanghai has held the top spot on this list for quite some time, and comes in at the #1 spot again with an average monthly salary of ¥13,486 RMB ($1,879 USD)/month.

Beijing followed with an average monthly salary of ¥13,438 RMB ($1,872 USD)/month.

Shenzhen ranked third with an average monthly salary of ¥12,774 RMB ($1,780 USD)/month.

Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Guangzhou, and Ningbo round out the top 8.

We also have median salary data here and can see the median salary of the top 3 cities – Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen – exceeded ¥10,000 RMB ($1,393 USD)/month.

It’s also interesting to note that there is a 59% difference in the median salary between the first (Shanghai) and last (Harbin) cities on this list.

Fastest Growing Wages in china By City

The rapid development of smart manufacturing in Wuxi, Suzhou, and Ningbo drives up wages
China Fastest Growing Wages by City

Here we have the year-on-year salary growth rankings of the 38 Chinese cities. Wuxi ranked first, with salary increasing by 6.1% year-on-year. Lanzhou and Xiamen rounded out the top 3.

Suzhou and Ningbo had year-on-year growth rates of 2.1% and 1.6%, respectively, ranking fourth and ninth. 

The salary of the Intelligent Manufacturing industry led to the rise in some key cities of the Yangtze River Delta.

The monthly salary of enterprises in the electronic technology/semiconductor/integrated circuit industries in Wuxi, Suzhou, and Ningbo increased by 8.6%, 5.8% and 10.7% respectively compared with the same period last year. The instrumentation and industrial automation industries increased by 7.1%, 6.9%, and 15.3% respectively. This points to strong development in the regional Intelligent Manufacturing industry.

In addition, cities such as Lanzhou, Xiamen, Kunming, Changchun, and Shijiazhuang also experienced relatively obvious growth rates in this quarter, mainly driven by the recovery of the consumer industry. The average recruitment salary in the fast-moving consumer goods industry increased by 18.3%, 5.8%, 17.7%, 8.8%, and 14.2% respectively compared with the same period last year.

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