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Average Salary in Japan 2019

How much money does a person working in Japan make?

498,469 JPY per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Japan typically earns around 498,469 JPY per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Japan | All Jobs

25% of people earn
250,000 JPY
or less
50% of people earn
450,000 JPY
or less
75% of people earn
666,667 JPY
or less

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Japan range between 22,000 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 1,666,667 JPY per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 450,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 450,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 450,000 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.

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 250,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 250,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 666,667 JPY while 25% are earning more than 666,667 JPY.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salaries for specific job categories

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Construction / Building / InstallationEngineeringExecutive and ManagementInformation Technology

Salary Trend and Forecast in Japan

How are Japan salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Average Salary 2016    =  
461,527 JPY
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
474,450 JPY
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
486,786 JPY
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
498,469 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Japan are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Average Hourly Wage in Japan | All Jobs

2,556 JPY per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan | All Jobs is 2,556 JPY. This means that the average person in Japan earns approximatly 2,556 JPY for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kawasaki375,000 JPY
Kobe1,000,000 JPY
Kyoto197,500 JPY
Osaka352,292 JPY
Tokyo538,550 JPY
Yokohama464,424 JPY
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