By looking at job counts on JobsDB, one of Hong Kong’s top job search sites, I found that 70% of job openings have a salary less than HK$30,000.

Relatively speaking, not taking into account lifestyle, anything over HK$30,000 would be good compared to the overall population. However, many Hong Kongers still live with their parents so are able to save more.

Realistically, considering astronomical property prices which affect not just the cost of rent but everything in the city, you should aim for higher.

Salary distribution of jobs in Hong Kong

Salary Range Jobs % of Total
$0 – $11,000 5,531 7%
$11,000 – $15,000 16,770 21%
$15,000 – $20,000 16,332 21%
$20,000 – $30,000 16,232 20%
$30,000 – $40,000 9,034 11%
$40,000 – $50,000 6,601 8%
$50,000 – $60,000 4,444 6%
$60,000 – $80,000 2,841 4%
$80,000 – $120,000 1,446 2%
$120,000+ 330 0.4%

Source: JobsDB data on Jan. 14, 2017

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