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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in Japan 2022

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in Japan?

Average Monthly Salary
343,000 JPY
( 4,120,000 JPY yearly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in Japan typically earns around 343,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 130,000 JPY (lowest average) to 957,000 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 Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder224,000 JPY
Assistant Executive Housekeeper161,000 JPY
Assistant Food and Beverage Director686,000 JPY
Assistant Hospitality Manager714,000 JPY
Assistant Storekeeper143,000 JPY
Assistant Tour Manager337,000 JPY
Baker and Pastrycook185,000 JPY
Bakery Manager408,000 JPY
Bakery Superintendent267,000 JPY
Banquet Manager285,000 JPY
Banquet Server167,000 JPY
Bar Attendant180,000 JPY
Bar Manager343,000 JPY
Bar Supervisor238,000 JPY
Barista205,000 JPY
Bartender214,000 JPY
Bellman164,000 JPY
Beverage Manager440,000 JPY
Bistro Attendant188,000 JPY
Buffet Chef316,000 JPY
Buffet Host180,000 JPY
Buffet Manager366,000 JPY
Butcher and Slaughterer138,000 JPY
Cafeteria Manager317,000 JPY
Cake Decorator201,000 JPY
Casino Shift Manager584,000 JPY
Chain Store Customer Support284,000 JPY
Chef325,000 JPY
Club Manager637,000 JPY
Cluster Director778,000 JPY
Cluster Revenue Manager614,000 JPY
Cocktail Server184,000 JPY
Coffee Shop Manager592,000 JPY
Concierge160,000 JPY
Confectionery Baker209,000 JPY
Conference Services Manager369,000 JPY
Cook292,000 JPY
Corporate Sous Chef468,000 JPY
Corporate Travel Consultant483,000 JPY
Croupier236,000 JPY
Culinary Assistant145,000 JPY
Culinary Associate146,000 JPY
Dietary Aide334,000 JPY
Dining Room Supervisor315,000 JPY
Dishwasher142,000 JPY
Duty Manager401,000 JPY
Events Coordinator252,000 JPY
Executive Chef382,000 JPY
Executive Pastry Chef304,000 JPY
Fast Food Cook278,000 JPY
Fast Food Shift Supervisor284,000 JPY
Fine Dining Cook494,000 JPY
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef480,000 JPY
Fleet Manager863,000 JPY
Food and Beverage Manager625,000 JPY
Food Consultant518,000 JPY
Food Safety Coordinator385,000 JPY
Food Server161,000 JPY
Food Service Director609,000 JPY
Food Service Manager696,000 JPY
Food Service Sales396,000 JPY
Food Service Worker171,000 JPY
Front Desk Agent209,000 JPY
Front Office Manager370,000 JPY
Guest Service Executive533,000 JPY
Guest Service Representative219,000 JPY
Head Concierge266,000 JPY
Hospitality Director991,000 JPY
Hostess / Host192,000 JPY
Hotel Desk Clerk195,000 JPY
Hotel Maid140,000 JPY
Hotel Manager946,000 JPY
Hotel Sales Manager687,000 JPY
Hotel Service Supervisor536,000 JPY
Hotel Staff171,000 JPY
Inventory Coordinator208,000 JPY
Kitchen Manager328,000 JPY
Kitchen Staff181,000 JPY
Kitchen Supervisor285,000 JPY
Line Cook301,000 JPY
Luggage Porter141,000 JPY
Motel Manager547,000 JPY
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant188,000 JPY
Production Operator283,000 JPY
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator316,000 JPY
Receptionist192,000 JPY
Regional Restaurant Manager781,000 JPY
Restaurant Manager670,000 JPY
Room Reservations Manager666,000 JPY
Room Service Manager637,000 JPY
Sous Chef368,000 JPY
Supervisor of Food Services428,000 JPY
Tour Consultant488,000 JPY
Travel Agent323,000 JPY
Travel Consultant501,000 JPY
Waiter / Waitress163,000 JPY

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in Japan

Median and salary distribution monthly Japan Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in Japan range from 130,000 JPY per month (minimum average salary) to 957,000 JPY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 364,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 364,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 364,000 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 people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 222,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 222,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 700,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 700,000 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Japan Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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 who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

354,000 JPY
333,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Japan for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Japan

How much are annual salary increments in Japan for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in Japan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Japan Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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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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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Japan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Japan Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is considered to be a low bonus-based field 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 in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering 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.

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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in Japan

1,980 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan is 1,980 JPY. This means that the average person in Japan earns approximately 1,980 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.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering monthly Japan
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 33% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka351,000 JPY
Hiroshima317,000 JPY
Kawasaki330,000 JPY
Kobe343,000 JPY
Kyoto337,000 JPY
Nagoya363,000 JPY
Osaka370,000 JPY
Saitama324,000 JPY
Sapporo357,000 JPY
Sendai310,000 JPY
Tokyo383,000 JPY
Yokohama376,000 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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