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Hourly manufacturing labor rates in China


China is not only one of the largest trading partners with the United States it is also a manufacturing destination with one of the lowest hourly manufacturing labor rate costs.

Information below is for calendar years 2002 through 2004. Readers are reminded it can prove difficult to source reliable and comprehensive data from China, at times, due to some Chinese government limitations.

On the above note, compensation costs presented for China may not be directly comparable with hourly compensation information found on for other countries.


China hourly manufacturing rates, 2002 – 2004
Year Basis
(U.S. Dollar)
(U.S. = 100)
2002 4.73 0.57 3
2003 5.17 0.62 3
2004 5.50 0.67 3

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor,, February 2008

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  1. Sue Esen
    Posted at 10:53 pm on March 3, 2009

    Are there more up to date manufacturing rates for China, 2006, 2007 and perhaps 2008? Do you have 2007 or more current rates for other countries as well?

  2. admin
    Posted at 6:42 am on March 4, 2009

    Hi Sue,

    The information posted is from readily available sources / contacts in industry.

    Many times, when this type of information becomes easily available its because it isn’t fresh off the press as some companies want. There are a number of independent research firms that can provide your company with more detailed, current information. can also produce these reports for you.

    Others firms whose work we feel offers good value include:

    Electronics Trend Publications
    Reed Electronics Research

    Hope this helps.

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