According to Ta Kung Pao, the book titled “Reports from the Frontline of Media” published by the Guangming Daily Press, “tomorrow will be even better for the reporters.” As examples, it was reported that a special page editor for Shanghai’s Xinmin Wanbao makes more than 13,000 RMB per month, while the average salary of Shenzhen Special Zone Press reporters is 6,000 RMB. From this, it is not hard to see that the editors and reporters of the major urban media in mainland China earn salaries that would place them in the standard Chinese middle-class.
A Beijing colleague described the salaries of media workers as follows: “5,000 to 6,000 RMB is no problem. Television show hosts and producers can even fight for more. The newest trend is that certain financial media big shots are talking about annual salaries of 300,000 to 500,000 RMB and the employees are not scared. The key is whether you have the right stuff.”
The original Chinese report is here.