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What kind of wages can you expect in China?
The Chinese salary level is very intransparent and heterogeneous when compared with other labor markets, such as Germany's. In metro areas like Shanghai, wages above the European and American levels are paid to successful talent. This is more the exception than the rule, although it is regional and the differences between companies invested abroad and domestically can be significant.
You should have an idea of your realistic desired salary both for private life planning as well as the job interview. But what type of salary would be appropriate?
Become clear about your value in the Chinese labor market
It is important to first get an overview of how local and expat wages are determined in the respective industry and position. To this end, many recruitment agencies release detailed wage comparison reports for the Chinese market every year.
The following recruitment agencies regularly publish salary comparisons:
- Gemini.com.hk (recruitment agency):www.gemini-global.com/china/candidate_services/gemini-salary-survey/
- Michael Page Salary Center:www.michaelpage.com.cn/salary-centre.html
- Hays Recruiting: www.hays.cn/en/salary-guide/index.htm