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Average Salary in Japan 2020

How much money does a person working in Japan make?

684,471 JPY per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Japan typically earns around 684,471 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

Median and salary distribution monthly Japan

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Japan range between 92,646 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 3,030,940 JPY per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 705,005 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 705,005 JPY while the other half are earning more than 705,005 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 358,943 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 358,943 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 1,980,051 JPY while 25% are earning more than 1,980,051 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

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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Japan
Average Salary 2017    =  
624,573 JPY
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
645,808 JPY
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
665,828 JPY
Average Salary 2020    +3%  
684,471 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Japan are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 3% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant492,172 JPY
Administrative Assistant384,648 JPY
Architect603,021 JPY
Attorney1,053,165 JPY
Biomedical Engineer612,629 JPY
CAD Drafter517,297 JPY
Cashier408,955 JPY
Chartered Accountant617,959 JPY
Chef560,440 JPY
Chief Executive Officer1,604,150 JPY
Chief Financial Officer1,512,567 JPY
Civil Engineer660,029 JPY
Civil Engineer645,460 JPY
Computer Technician532,861 JPY
Creative Director707,615 JPY
Dentist1,701,591 JPY
Developer / Programmer634,885 JPY
Electrical Engineer660,821 JPY
Elementary School Teacher500,282 JPY
Engineer618,857 JPY
Executive Chef612,100 JPY
Flight Attendant591,857 JPY
General Manager1,228,001 JPY
Graphic Designer497,379 JPY
Hotel Manager1,022,507 JPY
Human Resources Manager974,543 JPY
Internal Auditor693,954 JPY
Journalist715,718 JPY
Legal Assistant525,532 JPY
Mechanical Engineer673,859 JPY
Nurse557,018 JPY
Pharmacist792,573 JPY
Photographer495,022 JPY
Pilot844,163 JPY
Police Officer542,054 JPY
Project Manager817,119 JPY
Receptionist490,325 JPY
Receptionist368,933 JPY
Sales Manager1,064,541 JPY
Sales Representative446,003 JPY
Secondary School Teacher543,856 JPY
Secretary363,130 JPY
Teacher542,520 JPY
Teller490,271 JPY
Travel Agent550,146 JPY
Waiter / Waitress409,193 JPY

Average Hourly Wage in Japan | All Jobs

3,949 JPY per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan | All Jobs is 3,949 JPY. This means that the average person in Japan earns approximatly 3,949 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
Fukuoka699,984 JPY
Hiroshima632,632 JPY
Kawasaki659,081 JPY
Kobe684,707 JPY
Kyoto671,568 JPY
Nagoya724,703 JPY
Osaka737,741 JPY
Saitama645,870 JPY
Sapporo711,635 JPY
Sendai619,364 JPY
Tokyo763,732 JPY
Yokohama750,751 JPY
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