Average annual salary of an employee in China 2008-2018

This statistic shows the average annual salary of an employee in non-private organizations in urban China from 2008 to 2018. In 2018, an employee in urban China had earned around 82,413 yuan on average.

Salary structure in China – additional information

Salary levels in urban China have seen a significant rise between 2008 and 2018. During that period, average annual salaries of employees in urban areas have grown from 28,898 to 82,413 yuan per year. Yet as of 2018, a large income gap still existed between coastal and western regions in China. While employees in Beijing had enjoyed the highest annual salary with about 145,766 yuan on average, Heilongjiang province in central China had displayed the lowest average annual salary with only about 60,780 yuan per year.

Moreover, a considerable salary discrepancy exists between different occupational groups in China. As of 2018, people working in financial intermediation had been atop the list earning about 130,000 yuan per year on average, whereas people in the education sector had reached approximately 92,000 yuan. Agricultural industries had ranked at the lower end with an average annual salary of below 36,000 yuan in 2018.

Average annual salary of an employee in non-private organizations in urban China from 2008 to 2018

Average annual salary in yuan
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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Note: 1 yuan equals approximately 0.13 euros and 0.14 U.S. dollars (as of November 2019).

According to the source, the data refer to employees in urban areas only.

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