2017 Industrial & Automotive Salary Guide

Bruce Zhou February 17, 2017 6 mins read

Check out expected salaries in 2017 for related positions in industrial & automotive sector

Contents: Commentary on Industrial & Automotive Roles and Remuneration in China for 2017

 

Automotive Parts Sales & Marketing | Basic Salary Per Month
Role Years' Experience RMB Per Month
BD Manager 12+ ¥30k - ¥50k
Sales Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥120k
Sales & Programme Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥120k
BD Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥100k
IAM Sales Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥120k
Programme Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥90k
Marketing Director 15+ ¥45k - ¥70k
Sales VP 20+ ¥80k - ¥170k
Sales Engineer 3+ ¥8k - ¥15k
Account Manager 5+ ¥16k - ¥21k
Product Manager 5+ ¥18k - ¥28k
IAM Channel Sale Manager 5+ ¥15k - ¥28k
IAM Product Manager 5+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Application Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥20k
Key Account Manager 8+ ¥25k - ¥35k
OES Sales Manager 8+ ¥25k - ¥35k
IAM Regional Sales Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Programme Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Application Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥30k
Customer Service Manager 8+ ¥18k - ¥25k
Field Technical Service Manager 8+ ¥18k - ¥25k
Marketing Communication Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥35k
Marketing Intelligence Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Digital Marketing Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥40k
Dealer Marketing Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Pricing Manager 8+ ¥26k - ¥50k
PR Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥30k
Automotive Parts Research & Development | Basic Salary Per Month
Role Years' Experience RMB Per Month
R&D Vp / Engineering Vp 20+ ¥90k - ¥160k
R&D Director / Engineering Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥890k
R&D Manager / Engineering Manager 10+ ¥30k - ¥55k
Product Development Manager 8+ ¥25k - ¥40k
Chief Engineer 10+ ¥40k - ¥110k
Senior Product Engineer 8+ ¥21k - ¥35k
Product Engineer 5+ ¥12k - ¥20k
Project Director 12+ ¥35k - ¥55k
Project Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥30k
Advanced Engineering Manager 8+ ¥23k - ¥35k
Advanced Quality Manager 8+ ¥23k - ¥38k
Advanced Quality Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥22k
Advanced Manufacturing Manager 8+ ¥23k - ¥35k
Advanced Manufacturing Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥22k
Application Director 15+ ¥30k - ¥45k
Application Manager 8+ ¥18k - ¥29k
Application Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Testing Manager 10+ ¥20k - ¥33k
Lab Manager 10+ ¥20k - ¥33k
Testing Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Material Engineer 5+ ¥12k - ¥25k
Hardware Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Software Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥28k
System Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥28k
Calibration Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥25k
NVH Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥22k
Optical Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥20k
Automotive Parts Operations & Manufacturing | Basic Salary Per Month
Role Years' Experience RMB Per Month
Operation Director, HQ 15+ ¥60k - ¥120k
Engineering Director, HQ 15+ ¥60k - ¥120k
Operation Excellence Director, HQ 15+ ¥55k - ¥890k
Quality Director, HQ 15+ ¥60k - ¥130k
Supply Quality Director, HQ 15+ ¥50k - ¥890k
Lean / Six Sigma Director, HQ 15+ ¥50k - ¥100k
EHS Director, HQ 15+ ¥50k - ¥80k
Plant Manager / Plant GM 15+ ¥50k - ¥120k
Operation Director, Plant 15+ ¥40k - ¥65k
Operation Manager 12+ ¥30k - ¥50k
Production Director 15+ ¥30k - ¥45k
Production Manager 12+ ¥20k - ¥30k
VSM Manager 10+ ¥22k - ¥35k
Engineering Director, Plant 15+ ¥30k - ¥50k
Engineering Manager 12+ ¥23k - ¥35k
Process Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Manufacturing Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Industrial Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Lean / Six Sigma Manage 8+ ¥21k - ¥35k
Facility Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Equipment / Maintenance Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥33k
Mechanical Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Electrical Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥20k
Quality Director, Plant 15+ ¥35k - ¥55k
Quality Manager 10+ ¥25k - ¥40k
Process Quality Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥30k
Process Quality Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Customer Quality Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥30k
Customer Quality Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥18k
Quality System Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥33k
Quality System Engineer 5+ ¥13k - ¥20k
Supply Quality Manager 8+ ¥25k - ¥35k
Supply Quality Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥23k
EHS Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥30k
EHS Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥20k
Automotive Parts Supply Chain | Basic Salary Per Month
Role Years' Experience RMB Per Month
Supply Chain Director 15+ ¥55k - ¥120k
Supply Chain Manager 10+ ¥25k - ¥45k
Purchasing Director 15+ ¥55k - ¥120k
Purchasing Manager 10+ ¥25k - ¥40k
Commodity Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Project Purchasing Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥35k
Project Purchasing Engineer 5+ ¥18k - ¥25k
Sourcing Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Sourcing Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥22k
Cost Estimator 8+ ¥18k - ¥30k
Senior Buyer 6+ ¥13k - ¥20k
Indirector Purchasing Director 15+ ¥35k - ¥60k
Indirector Purchasing Manager 10+ ¥20k - ¥30k
Logistic Manager 10+ ¥20k - ¥30k
Logistic Supervisor 8+ ¥18k - ¥25k
Trade Compliance Manager 10+ ¥25k - ¥30k
Warehouse Manager 10+ ¥18k - ¥28k
S & OP Director 15+ ¥55k - ¥120k
Planing Manager 12+ ¥25k - ¥45k
Demand Planning Director 15+ ¥35k - ¥60k
Demand Planning Manager 10+ ¥22k - ¥30k
Supply Planning Director 15+ ¥35k - ¥60k
Supply Planning Manager 10+ ¥22k - ¥30k
Customer Service Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥890k
Customer Service Manager 10+ ¥18k - ¥30k
Chemical Sales & Marketing | Basic Salary Per Month
Role Years' Experience RMB Per Month
Sales VP 20+ 80k - ¥170k
Sales Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥120k
BD Manager 12+ ¥30k - ¥50k
Key Account Manager 8+ ¥25k - ¥35k
Account Manager 5+ ¥15k - ¥20k
Sales Engineer 3+ ¥8k - ¥15k
Marketing Director 15+ ¥45k - ¥70k
Marketing Communication Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥35k
Marketing Intelligence Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Digital Marketing Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥40k
Marketing Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥30k
Pricing Manager 8+ ¥23k - ¥60k
PR Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Chemical Research & Development | Basic Salary Per Month
Role Years' Experience RMB Per Month
R&D Manager 10+ ¥25k - ¥50k
R&D Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥890k
Product Development Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥890k
Technical Manager 10+ ¥30k - ¥55k
Technical Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥890k
Scientist (PHD) 3+ ¥25k - ¥35k
Scientist (PHD) 7+ ¥40k - ¥60k
RA Director 12+ ¥50k - ¥890k
RA Manager 8+ ¥30k - ¥50k
Lab Manager 8+ ¥35k - ¥50k
Lab Director 12+ ¥45k - ¥70k
Chemist 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
R&D Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥20k
Chemical Operations & Manufacturing | Basic Salary Per Month
Role Years' Experience RMB Per Month
Operation Director, HQ 15+ ¥55k - ¥120k
Engineering Director, HQ 15+ ¥50k - ¥100k
Quality Director, HQ 15+ ¥55k - ¥100k
EHS Director 12+ ¥40k - ¥60k
EHS Manager 8+ ¥25k - ¥40k
EHS Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥25k
EHS Director, HQ 15+ ¥50k - ¥80k
Plant Manager / Plant Gm 15+ ¥50k - ¥120k
Operation Director, Plant 15+ ¥40k - ¥65k
Operation Manager 12+ ¥30k - ¥50k
Production Director 15+ ¥30k - ¥45k
Production Manager 12+ ¥20k - ¥30k
Facility Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Equipment / Maintenance Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥33k
Chemical Supply Chain | Basic Salary Per Month
Role Years' Experience RMB Per Month
Supply Chain Director 15+ ¥55k - ¥120k
Supply Chain Manager 10+ ¥25k - ¥45k
Purchasing Director 15+ ¥55k - ¥120k
Purchasing Manager 10+ ¥25k - ¥40k
Commodity Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Project Purchasing Manager 8+ ¥22k - ¥35k
Project Purchasing Engineer 5+ ¥18k - ¥25k
Sourcing Manager 8+ ¥20k - ¥35k
Sourcing Engineer 5+ ¥15k - ¥22k
Senior Buyer 6+ ¥13k - ¥20k
Indirector Purchasing Director 15+ ¥35k - ¥60k
Indirector Purchasing Manager 10+ ¥20k - ¥30k
Logistic Manager 10+ ¥22k - ¥35k
Logistic Supervisor 8+ ¥18k - ¥25k
Trade Compliance Manager 10+ ¥25k - ¥30k
Warehouse Manager 10+ ¥20k - ¥28k
S & OP Director 15+ ¥55k - ¥120k
Planning Manager 12+ ¥25k - ¥55k
Demand Planning Director 15+ ¥35k - ¥60k
Demand Planning Manager 10+ ¥22k - ¥30k
Supply Planning Director 15+ ¥35k - ¥60k
Supply Planning Manager 10+ ¥22k - ¥30k
Customer Service Director 15+ ¥50k - ¥890k
Customer Service Manager 10+ ¥18k - ¥30k

Commentary on Industrial & Automotive Roles and Remuneration in China for 2017

Hiring trends

As a sector, industry and automotive is changing fast. Heavyweight Chinese technology businesses, such as Alibaba, Baidu, Letv and Tencent, are beginning to penetrate the automotive industry. Meanwhile, some local new energy and telematics start-ups are appearing, backed by private equity firms and government sponsorship. The Chinese government strongly supports the development of new energy vehicles.

Encouragingly, the arrival of the start-ups is giving mid- to senior-level professionals the opportunity to break the career ceiling that they may have encountered while working for a multinational. They also see working for a local company as a way to further their personal development and get more decision-making powers.

Talent supply

Local candidates fill over 80% of the roles that are listed. Demand is highest for professionals with expertise in new energy vehicle engineering, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and automotive aftermarket manufacturing.

Since the local talent pool is deep, multinationals would rather make local hires than commit to expensive expatriate pay packages. They do offer some rotation opportunities to Chinese professionals, however. On the other hand, Chinese automotive companies like to supplement their skills base with technical experts from overseas, particularly those who have knowledge of telematics and ADAS. Often these experts come from Germany or North America.

Research and development is the main area where a talent shortage exists. There are not enough experienced candidates who possess the requisite combination of technical and language skills. Both multinationals and local companies are being affected by the shortage, which is likely to continue throughout 2017.

Salary & compensation trends

Multinational companies are likely to maintain a normal merit pay increase of around 5-8% in 2017, but local companies will pay an above-average salary increment to attract the best candidates.

Typically, this will be an increase in the region of 20-30%. Yet they may pay 50% or even more to attract external candidates with sought-after skills in new energy vehicle development. These skills relate to ADAS, battery management systems, chargers, DCDC automotive converters, embedded software, inverters, telematics and variable cylinder management.

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Senior Manager | Industrial & Life Science Recruitment
bzhou@morganmckinley.com

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