A person working as an ESL Teacher in Japan typically earns around 439,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 215,000 JPY (lowest) to 685,000 JPY (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. ESL Teacher salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
ESL Teacher salaries in Japan range from 215,000 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 685,000 JPY per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 448,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as ESL Teacher(s) are earning less than 448,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 448,000 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 ESL Teacher(s) are earning less than 299,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 299,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of ESL Teacher(s) are earning less than 578,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 578,000 JPY.
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
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down ESL Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
An ESL Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 255,000 JPY per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 328,000 JPY per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 453,000 JPY per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, ESL Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 561,000 JPY per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 601,000 JPY per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 641,000 JPY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+29%|
|5 - 10 Years||+38%|
|10 - 15 Years||+24%|
|15 - 20 Years||+7%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down ESL Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an ESL Teacher is 319,000 JPY per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 511,000 JPY per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male ESL Teacher employees in Japan earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.
ESL Teacher(s) in Japan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Japan for the year 2021. 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.
An ESL Teacher is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for ESL Teacher is 20% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Academic Advisor||559,000 JPY||+27%|
|Academic Coach||566,000 JPY||+29%|
|Academic Manager||670,000 JPY||+53%|
|Academic Specialist||509,000 JPY||+16%|
|Academic Staff||443,000 JPY||+1%|
|Achievement Coach||586,000 JPY||+33%|
|Admissions Specialist||512,000 JPY||+17%|
|Agricultural Sciences Teacher||439,000 JPY||-0%|
|Anthropology Teacher||444,000 JPY||+1%|
|Arabic Language Teacher||411,000 JPY||-6%|
|Archeology Teacher||464,000 JPY||+6%|
|Architecture Teacher||508,000 JPY||+16%|
|Art Teacher||414,000 JPY||-6%|
|Assistant School Principal||589,000 JPY||+34%|
|Assistant Teacher||369,000 JPY||-16%|
|Biochemistry Professor||822,000 JPY||+87%|
|Biology Teacher||463,000 JPY||+5%|
|Bursary Scheme Manager||542,000 JPY||+23%|
|Business Teacher||446,000 JPY||+2%|
|Chemistry Teacher||446,000 JPY||+2%|
|Child Care Coordinator||463,000 JPY||+5%|
|Child Care Worker||375,000 JPY||-15%|
|Clinical School Psychologist||680,000 JPY||+55%|
|College Aide||547,000 JPY||+25%|
|College and Career Readiness Specialist||583,000 JPY||+33%|
|College President||988,000 JPY||+120%|
|Communications Teacher||455,000 JPY||+4%|
|Community Education Officer||388,000 JPY||-12%|
|Computer Science Teacher||413,000 JPY||-6%|
|Computer Teacher||408,000 JPY||-7%|
|Creative Writing Trainer||518,000 JPY||+18%|
|Credit Counselor||566,000 JPY||+29%|
|Cultural Studies Teacher||420,000 JPY||-4%|
|Curriculum Developer||594,000 JPY||+35%|
|Curriculum Specialist||560,000 JPY||+27%|
|Deputy Controller of Examinations||539,000 JPY||+23%|
|Director of Learning Technology||581,000 JPY||+32%|
|Distance Learning Coordinator||487,000 JPY||+11%|
|Economics Lecturer||780,000 JPY||+78%|
|Education Administrator||524,000 JPY||+19%|
|Education Assistant Director||585,000 JPY||+33%|
|Education Assistant Principal||477,000 JPY||+9%|
|Education Assistant Professor||652,000 JPY||+48%|
|Education Consultant||610,000 JPY||+39%|
|Education Coordinator||491,000 JPY||+12%|
|Education Counselor||543,000 JPY||+24%|
|Education Director||749,000 JPY||+70%|
|Education Program Specialist||546,000 JPY||+24%|
|Education Researcher||621,000 JPY||+41%|
|Education Resource Specialist||476,000 JPY||+8%|
|Education Services Facilitator||506,000 JPY||+15%|
|Educational Psychologist||688,000 JPY||+57%|
|EFL Teacher||435,000 JPY||-1%|
|eLearning Trainer||423,000 JPY||-4%|
|Elementary School Teacher||379,000 JPY||-14%|
|Engineering Lecturer||723,000 JPY||+65%|
|Engineering Teacher||642,000 JPY||+46%|
|English Teacher||431,000 JPY||-2%|
|ESL Teacher||439,000 JPY||-0%|
|Faculty Assistant||577,000 JPY||+31%|
|Foreign Language Teacher||392,000 JPY||-11%|
|GED Teacher||401,000 JPY||-9%|
|Geography Teacher||411,000 JPY||-6%|
|Head of Mathematics Department||628,000 JPY||+43%|
|Head of School||712,000 JPY||+62%|
|High School Teacher||503,000 JPY||+14%|
|History Teacher||443,000 JPY||+1%|
|Infant Teacher||329,000 JPY||-25%|
|Instructional Assistant||469,000 JPY||+7%|
|Kindergarten Teacher||351,000 JPY||-20%|
|Language Instructor For Expatriate||361,000 JPY||-18%|
|Law Teacher||657,000 JPY||+50%|
|Learning Designer||509,000 JPY||+16%|
|Library Assistant||293,000 JPY||-33%|
|Library Director||526,000 JPY||+20%|
|Library Specialist||373,000 JPY||-15%|
|Life Sciences Teacher||431,000 JPY||-2%|
|Math Lecturer||826,000 JPY||+88%|
|Mathematics Teacher||521,000 JPY||+19%|
|Middle School Teacher||475,000 JPY||+8%|
|Music Teacher||422,000 JPY||-4%|
|Nursery Manager||651,000 JPY||+48%|
|Nursery Worker||271,000 JPY||-38%|
|Physical Education Specialist||474,000 JPY||+8%|
|Physical Education Teacher||384,000 JPY||-13%|
|Physics Teacher||455,000 JPY||+4%|
|Political Science Teacher||467,000 JPY||+6%|
|Post Doctoral Researcher||711,000 JPY||+62%|
|Preschool Education Administrator||482,000 JPY||+10%|
|Preschool Teacher||351,000 JPY||-20%|
|Primary School Teacher||381,000 JPY||-13%|
|Product Specialist||488,000 JPY||+11%|
|Professor - Accounting||794,000 JPY||+81%|
|Professor - Architecture||813,000 JPY||+85%|
|Professor - Biology||791,000 JPY||+80%|
|Professor - Business Administration||777,000 JPY||+77%|
|Professor - Chemical Engineering||857,000 JPY||+95%|
|Professor - Chemistry||849,000 JPY||+93%|
|Professor - Civil Engineering||793,000 JPY||+81%|
|Professor - Communication||791,000 JPY||+80%|
|Professor - Computer Science||838,000 JPY||+91%|
|Professor - Dentistry||796,000 JPY||+81%|
|Professor - Drama||738,000 JPY||+68%|
|Professor - Economics||801,000 JPY||+82%|
|Professor - Education||794,000 JPY||+81%|
|Professor - Electrical Engineering||832,000 JPY||+89%|
|Professor - English||759,000 JPY||+73%|
|Professor - Environmental Engineering||818,000 JPY||+86%|
|Professor - Foreign Languages||763,000 JPY||+74%|
|Professor - Geological Sciences||795,000 JPY||+81%|
|Professor - History||808,000 JPY||+84%|
|Professor - Industrial Engineering||806,000 JPY||+83%|
|Professor - Law||881,000 JPY||+100%|
|Professor - Legal Support||790,000 JPY||+80%|
|Professor - Liberal Arts||830,000 JPY||+89%|
|Professor - Marketing||836,000 JPY||+90%|
|Professor - Mathematics||826,000 JPY||+88%|
|Professor - Mechanical Engineering||813,000 JPY||+85%|
|Professor - Medical Administration||825,000 JPY||+88%|
|Professor - Medicine||935,000 JPY||+110%|
|Professor - Music||719,000 JPY||+64%|
|Professor - Nursing||744,000 JPY||+69%|
|Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences||789,000 JPY||+80%|
|Professor - Philosophy||802,000 JPY||+83%|
|Professor - Physical Therapy||848,000 JPY||+93%|
|Professor - Physics||881,000 JPY||+100%|
|Professor - Psychology||805,000 JPY||+83%|
|Professor - Rehabilitation||755,000 JPY||+72%|
|Professor - Social Work||747,000 JPY||+70%|
|Professor - Sociology||821,000 JPY||+87%|
|Professor - Special Education||761,000 JPY||+73%|
|Psychology Teacher||663,000 JPY||+51%|
|Public Management Assistant Professor||687,000 JPY||+56%|
|School Counselor||628,000 JPY||+43%|
|Science Educator||443,000 JPY||+1%|
|Science Laboratory Assistant||383,000 JPY||-13%|
|Science Teacher||431,000 JPY||-2%|
|Secondary Mathematics Teacher||453,000 JPY||+3%|
|Secondary School Teacher||412,000 JPY||-6%|
|Special Education Teacher||469,000 JPY||+7%|
|Special Needs Assistant||366,000 JPY||-17%|
|Statistics Lecturer||787,000 JPY||+79%|
|Student Accounts Coordinator||440,000 JPY||+0%|
|Student Development Specialist||499,000 JPY||+14%|
|Student Employment Specialist||477,000 JPY||+9%|
|Student Services||411,000 JPY||-6%|
|Student Support Manager||557,000 JPY||+27%|
|Substitute Teacher||382,000 JPY||-13%|
|Teacher Aide||341,000 JPY||-22%|
|Teacher Trainer||508,000 JPY||+16%|
|Training and Development Specialist||570,000 JPY||+30%|
|Training Coordinator||400,000 JPY||-9%|
|University Teacher||755,000 JPY||+72%|
|Vocational Education Teacher||429,000 JPY||-2%|
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.