Salaries Posted Publicly in Job Ads

I’ve noticed around Shanghai that certain places of businesses sometimes put up big ads announcing they are hiring which also list specific jobs and their respective salaries. Below are three examples I’ve seen in the past few months.

1. A Restaurant

Restaurant Employees Needed


Waitress: 2800-3300 RMB/month

Food Server: 2800-3300 RMB/month

Hostess: 2800-3500 RMB/month

Shift manager: 3300-3800 RMB/month

Food Prep: 2700-3200 RMB/month

Note: The original Chinese job titles are actually gender neutral, but I added gender into some of my translations for ease of translation. Also, 打荷 is not a word you’re going to find in your dictionary.

2. A Hair Salon

Hair Salon Employees Needed


Hair Stylist’s Assistant (5 people) 2000-3000 RMB

Barber’s Apprentice (5 people) 1000-2000 RMB

3. A Massage Center

Foot Massage Employees Needed


Store Manager 3500-4500 RMB

Store Manager’s Assistant 2600-3000 RMB

Customer Service Manager 2300-2600 RMB

Cashier 2000-2500 RMB

Foot Bath Masseuse 3500 and up

Trainer 4000-5000 RMB

Masseuse 5000-8000 RMB

Service Staff 2000-3000 RMB

Sanitation Staff 1800-2600 RMB

Keep in mind that in China salaries are normally given as monthly pay, rather than yearly pay. (So, for example, a salary of 2000 RMB per month would be roughly 320 USD per month, or $3,840 yearly.)

I find this kind of peek into workers’ wages interesting, because China’s economy is changing fast, and not at all uniformly. As an employer in Shanghai I’m acutely aware that salaries are steadily rising, although clearly there are many industries and sectors of the workforce where the wages here are still relatively low.

Are these the real wages you get if you apply? Does pay really range from the low end to the high end of the ranges given? Sorry, I can’t help you there.

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