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    Minimum wage in China


    • As different parts of China have very different standards of living, China does not set one minimum wage for the entire nation. Instead, the task of setting minimum wages is delegated to the local governments. Each province, municipality, or region sets its own minimum wage in accordance with its own local conditions. According to the country's Employment Promotion Plan, minimum wages are supposed to increase in accordance with local living standards by at least 13 percent through 2015 and be no less than 40 percent of the average local wages. Minimum wages under such policies increased by an average 12.6 percent rate between 2008-2012. However, the growth rate of minimum wage levels decreased in 2016, reflecting the Chinese government’s effort to reduce pressure on enterprises resulting from the uneven growth between labor costs and production rates.

      The overall trends for the change of minimum wage levels diverge across provinces, with much smaller increases in developed regions and more rapid growth in less developed regions. From June 2015 and June 2016, 22 regions made changes to their minimum wage levels. In 2016, the average growth rate dropped to 14.5 percent from 17 percent in 2015. It is noteworthy that the Guangdong provincial government announced that it would maintain 2015 minimum wage levels in 2016 and 2017, and the minimum wage growth rate in Shanghai has decreased from 12.3 in 2015 to 8.4 percent in 2016. Guizhou province stands out as the region carrying the most significant hike of minimum wage levels in 2016, 55 percent.

      The table below lists monthly and hourly minimum wages by province and wage districts. Provinces are divided into different wage districts: Guizhou, for instance, is divided up into Class A, B, and C, which each have their own minimum monthly and hourly wage. Note: these figures do not take into account deductions, such as pensions or social insurance.

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      15.6
      14.5


      Minimum Wages Across China
      Region Districts Monthly Minimum Wages (RMB¥) Hourly Minimum Wages (RMB¥) Comments
      Anhui A
      B
      C
      D
      1520
      1350
      1250
      1150
      16
      14
      13
      12
      Beijing 1720 18.7
      Chongqing A
      B
      1500
      1400
      15
      14
      Fujian A
      B
      C
      D
      1500
      1350
      1230
      1130
      16
      14.3
      13
      12
      Gansu A
      B
      C
      D
      1470
      1420
      1370
      1320
      15.5
      15

      14.4
      13.9

      Guangdong
      A
      B
      C
      D
      2030*
      1895
      1650
      1350
      1210
      18.5*
      18.3
      15.8
      13.3
      12
      *Shenzhen independently sets its own minimum wage.
      Guangxi A
      B
      C
      D
      1400
      1210
      1085
      1000
      13.5
      11.5
      10.5
      9.5
      Guizhou A
      B
      C
      1600
      1500
      1400
      17

      16

      15

      Hainan A
      B
      C
      1430
      1330
      1280
      12.6
      11.7
      11.3
      Hebei A
      B
      C
      D
      1480
      1420
      1310
      1210
      15
      14
      13
      12
      Heilongjiang A
      B
      C
      D
      1480
      1270
      1120
      1030
      14.2
      11.5
      10.8
      10
      Henan A
      B
      C
      1600
      1450
      1300
      15
      13.5
      12
      Hong Kong
      (see Minimum wage in Hong Kong)
      32.50 HKD
      (about 27-28 CNY)
      Hubei A
      B
      C
      D
      1550
      1320
      1225
      1100
      16
      15
      14
      12.5
      Hunan A
      B
      C
      D
      1390
      1250
      1130
      1030
      13.5
      11.9
      11.4
      10.7
      Inner Mongolia A
      B
      C
      D
      1640
      1540
      1440
      1340
      13.3
      12.5
      11.7
      10.9
      Jiangsu A
      B
      C
      1770
      1600
      1400
      15.5
      14
      12
      Jiangxi A
      B
      C
      D
      1530
      1430
      1340
      1180
      15.3
      14.3
      13.4
      11.8
      Jilin A
      B
      C
      1480
      1380
      1280
      13.5
      12.5
      11.5
      Liaoning A
      B
      C
      1530
      1320
      1200
      15
      13
      10.8
      Ningxia A
      B
      C
      1480
      1390
      1320
      14
      13
      12
      Qinghai A
      B
      C
      1270
      1260
      1250
      12.9
      12.8
      12.7
      Shaanxi A
      B
      C
      D
      1480
      1370
      1260
      1190
      14.8
      13.7
      12.6
      11.9
      Shandong A
      B
      C
      1600
      1450
      1300
      16
      14.5
      13
      Shanghai 2190 19
      Shanxi A
      B
      C
      D
      1620
      1520
      1420
      1320
      17.7
      16.6

      15.6
      14.5

      Sichuan A
      B
      C
      1500
      1380
      1260
      15.7
      14.4
      13.2
      Taiwan
      (see Minimum wage in Taiwan)
      22,008 TWD
      (about 4300-4350 CNY)
      120 TWD
      (about 23-24 CNY)
      Tianjin 1850 18.5
      Tibet 1400 13
      Xinjiang A
      B
      C
      D
      1670
      1470
      1390
      1310
      16.7
      14.7
      13.9
      13.1
      Yunnan A
      B
      C
      1570
      1400
      1180
      14
      13
      12
      Zhejiang A
      B
      C
      D
      1860
      1660
      1530
      1380
      17
      15.2
      13.8
      12.5

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