iOS Developers in China: Average Salary and Job Description

Apple iOS Developer in China - Average Salary and JD - TeamedUp China

Today we’re going through a great set of nearly 305,000 job data points on roles for iOS Developers in China!

Our data today comes from two of the largest Chinese Job Boards. That’s BOSS Zhipin (BOSS直聘) and Zhilian Zhaopin (智联招聘).

These large platforms seem to have the most relevant and abundant data points when it comes to the modern Chinese job markets. We’ll be sure to include the number of data points we have for each statistic we pull out. We’ll also be updating this annually to keep up with the newest salary data out there – this data was last checked (by a real human) in April 2024.

So let’s dive into some neat data on iOS in China! First, we’ll look at a standard Job Description, then on to average salary data coverage.

Common Items on an iOS Developer Job Description

Among our data, an iOS Developer JD most often has these responsibilities listed in China. These are based on commonalities of the actual job listings from the sources and are translated from Chinese, but not auto-generated.

Top 3 Job Responsibilities:

1. iOS development engineers are responsible for the design, development, testing and maintenance of ios client products;

2. Based on the company’s product design and the requirements put forward by planning operations, implement iOS version applications;

3. Independently complete iOS software – Develop, validate, and fix issues found during testing.

Average Salary Data on iOS Developers in China

iOS Developers

Nationwide in China, April 2024

Average Salary: ¥27,728 RMB ($3,830 USD) per month

Median Salary: ¥27,432 RMB ($3,789 USD) per month

Job Data Points: 304,500

In a sample size of 304,500 jobs, the average salary for an iOS Developer in China was ¥27,728 RMB ($3,830 USD) per month. The median salary from this set was ¥27,432 RMB ($3,789 USD) per month. 

This is a nationwide data set and it’s important to note that different cities in China command different levels of compensation. For more on that, check out our breakdown of the Top 10 Highest-Paying Cities in China.

We also like to point out that salary data from local job sites is mostly for Chinese-speaking positions. developer salaries in China with English or other foreign language requirements are often firmly higher than the average. 

More Salary Data on iOS Developer Talent in China!

Average Salary by Location for iOS Developers in China
iOS Developers in China - Salary by Region - TeamedUp China

A who’s-who of China’s main business-hub mega-cities fill out the list here: Hongkong, Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou are all familiar hubs.

Sanya wayyy up at #2 continues the trend we’re seeing – a lot of tech work migrating to and building up around this tropical island beach city. 

Demand by City for iOS Developers in China
iOS Developers in China - Demand by Region - TeamedUp China

This chart takes BOSS Zhipin’s recent amount of iOS Developer jobs posted by city in China. It’s no surprise to see most of China’s large business hubs – Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hangzhou,  Guangzhou, Chengdu, etc – at the top. Top graduates originate from the massive University ecosystems here. The competition for great talent is also centered around these megacities.

Since iOS development is needed in many enterprises, job openings trend with the overall city populations of China.

Educational Requirements for iOS Developers in China
iOS Developers in China - Education Requirements - TeamedUp China

Here we’ve got a distribution of the education requirements for positions across China.

74.2% of positions required an undergraduate degree. Another 17.9% required a two-year technical degree or above, and 0.7% of positions in the data set required a master’s degree.

Experience Requirements for iOS Developers in China

And here we have a breakdown of the experience required for iOS Developer positions.

48% of jobs listed have 3-5 years of experience required. Another 22.3% and 14.8% of positions required 1-3 and 5-10 years of experience, respectively. Only 1.8% of jobs posted accepted less than 1 year of experience. 

It is also important to note that these requirements are the ones advertised by companies on BOSS Zhipin’s platforms. We don’t have the data to extract exactly how closely hiring managers stick to these requirements when assessing candidates. Simply put – jobs listing a 3-5 years of experience requirement may, in reality, consider candidates with less experience. 


The two main sources of data for this series on individual job salaries in China are local HR companies BOSS Zhipin and Zhilian Zhaopin. They are both among China’s biggest job portals and have some of the largest amounts of local, first-hand, public data points. It’s important to note that the data most often reflects recruited salaries, or the publicly listed salary information that companies advertise on their platforms. 

Data sets used in this article can be found here. More coverage and further sources can be found in the Salary Guides section of our Resources area.

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