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Average Salary in Japan 2020

How much money does a person working in Japan make?


Average Monthly Salary
515,000 JPY
( 6,170,000 JPY yearly)

LOW
130,000
JPY
AVERAGE
515,000
JPY
HIGH
2,300,000
JPY

A person working in Japan typically earns around 515,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 130,000 JPY (lowest average) to 2,300,000 JPY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Japan

Median and salary distribution monthly Japan
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Japan range from 130,000 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 2,300,000 JPY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 545,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 545,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 545,000 JPY. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 304,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 304,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 1,510,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 1,510,000 JPY.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Japan costs anywhere from 2,570,000 Yen(s) to 7,720,000 Yen(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.



Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Japan
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Japan earn 6% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Male
531,000 JPY
Female-6%
500,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Japan

How much are annual salary increments in Japan? How often do employees get salary raises?

Japan

Employees in Japan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Japan
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Japan is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Japan for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
Mid-Career
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Japan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Japan
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42% of surveyed staff in Japan reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 58% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
58%
No Bonus
42%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant381,000 JPY
Accounting Assistant300,000 JPY
Accounting Manager766,000 JPY
Bookkeeper242,000 JPY
Chartered Accountant489,000 JPY
Corporate Treasurer686,000 JPY
Financial Analyst708,000 JPY
Financial Manager1,050,000 JPY
Internal Auditor485,000 JPY

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant291,000 JPY
Office Manager479,000 JPY
Receptionist244,000 JPY
Secretary230,000 JPY

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director551,000 JPY
Creative Director524,000 JPY
Graphic Designer345,000 JPY
Photographer308,000 JPY

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer669,000 JPY
Air Traffic Controller579,000 JPY
Flight Attendant359,000 JPY
Pilot929,000 JPY

Architecture
Architect609,000 JPY
CAD Drafter267,000 JPY

Automotive
Mechanic203,000 JPY
Service Advisor378,000 JPY

Banking
Bank Branch Manager988,000 JPY
Teller206,000 JPY

Bilingual
Teacher411,000 JPY
Translator489,000 JPY

Business Planning
Business Analyst642,000 JPY
Business Development Manager834,000 JPY
Project Manager700,000 JPY

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny224,000 JPY
Nursery Teacher203,000 JPY

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer505,000 JPY
Construction Project Manager856,000 JPY
Health and Safety Officer247,000 JPY

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative207,000 JPY
Customer Service Manager718,000 JPY
Customer Service Representative201,000 JPY

Engineering
Civil Engineer508,000 JPY
Electrical Engineer501,000 JPY
Engineer489,000 JPY
Mechanical Engineer495,000 JPY

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer1,220,000 JPY
Chief Financial Officer1,150,000 JPY
General Manager931,000 JPY
Project Manager619,000 JPY

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef325,000 JPY
Executive Chef382,000 JPY
Hotel Manager946,000 JPY
Receptionist192,000 JPY
Travel Agent323,000 JPY
Waiter / Waitress163,000 JPY

Health and Medical
Dentist1,290,000 JPY
Dietitian1,020,000 JPY
Laboratory Technician393,000 JPY
Nurse418,000 JPY

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager806,000 JPY
Human Resources Officer331,000 JPY

Information Technology
Computer Technician404,000 JPY
Database Administrator548,000 JPY
Developer / Programmer536,000 JPY
Information Technology Manager841,000 JPY
Network Engineer467,000 JPY

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer313,000 JPY

Legal
Attorney1,080,000 JPY
Legal Assistant293,000 JPY

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist626,000 JPY

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer464,000 JPY
Pharmacist681,000 JPY

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier207,000 JPY
Sales Manager891,000 JPY
Sales Representative338,000 JPY

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher379,000 JPY
Secondary School Teacher412,000 JPY

Average Hourly Wage in Japan


2,970 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan is 2,970 JPY. This means that the average person in Japan earns approximately 2,970 JPY for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka526,000 JPY
Hiroshima476,000 JPY
Kawasaki495,000 JPY
Kobe515,000 JPY
Kyoto505,000 JPY
Nagoya545,000 JPY
Osaka555,000 JPY
Saitama486,000 JPY
Sapporo535,000 JPY
Sendai466,000 JPY
Tokyo574,000 JPY
Yokohama564,000 JPY

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Japan earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
504,000 JPY
Public Sector+4%
525,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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