Java Developers in China: Average Salary and Job Description

Java Developer in China: Average Salary and JD - TeamedUp China

So we’ve got a wealth of data on a consistently popular tech role in China – Java Developers… And by wealth, I mean nearly 3 million job data points!

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 March 2024.

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

Common Responsibilities on a Chinese Java Developer Job Description

A Java Developer JD most often has these responsibilities associated with it in China. These are based on commonalities of the actual job listings from the sources and are not auto-generated.

Job Responsibilities:

1. Responsible for the development and maintenance of the company’s website;

2. Responsible for the implementation and testing of the website;

3. Responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of the existing website;

4. Responsible for solving technical problems during the development process;

5. Responsible for website development documents Writing work;

6. Unify coding style, supervise team development, implement testing, and accept code quality;

7. Participate in software system design and be able to write code.

Average Salary Data on Java Developers in China

Java Developer

Nationwide in China, March 2024

Average Salary: ¥22,747 RMB ($3,161 USD) per month

Median Salary: ¥22,788 RMB ($3,166 USD) per month

Job Data Points: 2,913,453

Java Developer in China - Average Salary Breakdown

In a sample size of 2,913,453 jobs, the average salary for a Java Deleloper in China was ¥22,747 RMB per month. The median salary from this set was ¥22,788 RMB 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 average Chinese salaries by city

We also like to point out that salary data from local job sites is mostly for Chinese-speaking positions. Java Developer salaries in China with English or other foreign language requirements are usually at least higher than the median. 

More Salary Data on Java Developers in China!

Average Salary by City for Java Developers in China
Java Developers in China - Average Salary by City

It’s nice to see average salary data for Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan here! 

Some of China’s flagship business cities at numbers 4, 5, 6, and 8 all make sense. The island beach city Sanya at number 7 is interesting.

Demand by City for Java Developers in China
Java Developers in China - Demand by City

This chart takes the same data points and distributes by City in China. It’s no surprise to see most of China’s large business hubs – Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, etc – at the top. Top tech graduates originate from the massive technical University ecosystems here. The competition for great talent is also centered around these megacities.

Educational Requirements for Java Developers in China
Java Developers in China - Education Requirements

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

73% of positions required an undergraduate degree. On the other end, only 1.3% of jobs in the data set required a Masters degree or above. 

Experience Requirements for Java Developers in China
Java Developers in China - Experience Requirements

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

46.1% of jobs listed have a 3-5 years of experience requirement. 1-3 years and 3-5 years of experience account for around 20% each.

It is, however, important to note that these requirements are the ones advertised by companies on BOSS Zhipin’s platform. 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. 

Original article content and further sources can be found in the Salary Guides section of our Resources area.

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