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Mechanic Average Salary in Japan 2022

How much money does a Mechanic make in Japan?

Average Monthly Salary
203,000 JPY
( 2,430,000 JPY yearly)


A person working as a Mechanic in Japan typically earns around 203,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 95,200 JPY (lowest) to 320,000 JPY (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Mechanic salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Mechanic Salary Distribution in Japan

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Mechanic salaries in Japan range from 95,200 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 320,000 JPY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 215,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mechanic(s) are earning less than 215,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 215,000 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 Mechanic(s) are earning less than 139,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 139,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mechanic(s) are earning less than 283,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 283,000 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

Mechanic Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Mechanic salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Mechanic with less than two years of experience makes approximately 110,000 JPY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 151,000 JPY per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 216,000 JPY per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Mechanic(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 263,000 JPY per month, 22% 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 277,000 JPY per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 302,000 JPY per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Mechanic average salary change by experience in Japan

0 - 2 Years
110,000 JPY
2 - 5 Years+38%
151,000 JPY
5 - 10 Years+42%
216,000 JPY
10 - 15 Years+22%
263,000 JPY
15 - 20 Years+6%
277,000 JPY
20+ Years+9%
302,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Mechanic Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Mechanic(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Mechanic salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Mechanic is 131,000 JPY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 199,000 JPY per month, 51% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 298,000 JPY per month, 50% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Mechanic average salary difference by education level in Japan

High School
131,000 JPY
Certificate or Diploma+51%
199,000 JPY
Bachelor's Degree+50%
298,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Mechanic Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Mechanic employees in Japan earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

209,000 JPY
197,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Japan for all Careers

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Mechanic Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Japan

How much are annual salary increments in Japan for Mechanic(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Mechanic(s) in Japan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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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.

Japan / All Professions

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 2021

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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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Mechanic Bonus and Incentive Rates in Japan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Japan Mechanic
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A Mechanic 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.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% 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.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Mechanic Average Hourly Wage in Japan

1,170 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan is 1,170 JPY. This means that the average Mechanic in Japan earns approximately 1,170 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.

Mechanic VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Mechanic is 40% less than that of Automotive. Also, Automotive salaries are 35% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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After Sales Automotive Manager572,000 JPY+180%
Alignment Technician176,000 JPY-13%
Auto Damage Adjuster222,000 JPY+10%
Auto Detailer202,000 JPY-0%
Auto Parts Manager678,000 JPY+230%
Automotive Assembler204,000 JPY+1%
Automotive Assembly Manager602,000 JPY+200%
Automotive Body Repairer199,000 JPY-2%
Automotive Branch Manager871,000 JPY+330%
Automotive Central Planner276,000 JPY+36%
Automotive Electrician233,000 JPY+15%
Automotive Estimating Manager519,000 JPY+160%
Automotive Estimator409,000 JPY+100%
Automotive General Manager971,000 JPY+380%
Automotive Inventory Officer189,000 JPY-7%
Automotive Parts Supplier297,000 JPY+47%
Automotive Project Engineer363,000 JPY+79%
Automotive Project Manager676,000 JPY+230%
Automotive Purchase Manager760,000 JPY+280%
Automotive Sales394,000 JPY+94%
Automotive Technician208,000 JPY+3%
Automotive Test Engineer360,000 JPY+78%
Automotive Warranty Administrator347,000 JPY+71%
Automotive Warranty Clerk229,000 JPY+13%
Car Parts and Accessories Fitter183,000 JPY-10%
Damage Appraiser284,000 JPY+40%
Diesel Engine Specialist289,000 JPY+43%
Job Card Opener193,000 JPY-5%
Lube Technician161,000 JPY-21%
Master File Maintenance275,000 JPY+36%
Materials Planner303,000 JPY+50%
Mechanic203,000 JPY+0%
Motor Vehicle Inspector308,000 JPY+52%
Service Advisor378,000 JPY+87%
Service Manager620,000 JPY+210%
Stock Controller264,000 JPY+30%
Technical Advisor396,000 JPY+95%
Tire Retreader193,000 JPY-5%
Used Car Manager512,000 JPY+150%
Vehicle Body Maker239,000 JPY+18%
Vehicle Examiner275,000 JPY+36%
Vehicle Painter163,000 JPY-20%
Vehicle Trimmer183,000 JPY-10%
Welder165,000 JPY-19%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka206,000 JPY
Hiroshima191,000 JPY
Kawasaki196,000 JPY
Kobe199,000 JPY
Kyoto196,000 JPY
Nagoya207,000 JPY
Osaka209,000 JPY
Saitama193,000 JPY
Sapporo205,000 JPY
Sendai170,000 JPY
Tokyo213,000 JPY
Yokohama211,000 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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