Chinese Food Couriers Earned $1,140 a Month on Average in 2018


A new report indicates that food couriers in China are reaping comparatively lucrative salaries due to intense demand in major urban centres.

The “2018 Food Courier Employment Report” (2018年送餐员就业报告) released by on 21 January indicates that the national average monthly salary for Chinese food couriers in 2018 was 7750 yuan (approx. USD$1,440).

The report indicates that in 2018 the expected salary of food couriers was highest in Beijing at 8,264 yuan per month, followed by Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, at 8,214 yuan, 7,897 yuan and 7,852 yuan respectively.

Hangzhou provided the highest salary to food couriers at 9,121 yuan per month, followed by Beijing (9,072 yuan), Nanjing (8,728 yuan) and Shanghai (8,481 yuan).

Li Yan ( 李妍), head of research at, said that online food and beverage delivery has emerged as one of three main forms of food consumption in China, with increasing demand and high levels of coverage in first and second-tier cities, alongside expanding penetration in third and fourth-tier urban centres.

The ten cities with the strongest demand for food couriers in China were Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Xi’an.