Income development in China – additional information Annual per capita income in Chinese urban areas has seen a significant rise over the last two decades. Between 1995 and 2013, the annual income of urban households had increased from 4,279 to 29,547 yuan. Being an emerging economy, China faces a large number of development challenges. One of the most pressing issues is income inequality, especially income disparities between the country’s urban and rural areas. In 2013, annual per capita disposable income of urban households had been nearly three times as high as in rural areas.
Besides inequalities between rural and urban areas, a large income gap still exists between eastern coastal provinces and central regions of China. In economically advanced cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, the average per capita annual income had reached over 45,000 yuan in 2013, almost twice the average income of most cities in central and western regions of China.
Moreover, there is also a considerable pay gap between different occupational groups) in China. Topping the list were people working in financial intermediation, with an average wage of approximately 100,000 yuan in 2013. People employed in the agricultural sector had earned the least, with an average income of 25,820 yuan.