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Chief Executive Officer Average Salary in Japan 2023

How much money does a person working as Chief Executive Officer make in Japan?

Average Monthly Salary
1,220,000 JPY
( 14,600,000 JPY yearly)


A person working as Chief Executive Officer in Japan typically earns around 1,220,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 596,000 JPY (lowest) to 1,900,000 JPY (highest).

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

Chief Executive Officer Pay Scale and Salaries in Japan

Median and salary distribution Japan Chief Executive Officer monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
1,130,000 JPY or more
10% of people earn
996,000 to 1,130,000 JPY
20% of people earn
707,000 JPY or less
65% of people earn
707,000 to 996,000 JPY
Minimum Salary

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Chief Executive Officer salaries in Japan range from 596,000 JPY per month (starting salary) to 1,900,000 JPY per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,130,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Chief Executive Officer(s) are earning less than 1,130,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 1,130,000 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Chief Executive Officer(s) are earning less than 927,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 927,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Chief Executive Officer(s) are earning less than 1,300,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 1,300,000 JPY.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 707,000 JPY to 996,000 JPY. Approximatly 20% fall under the 707,000 JPY cap. Ten percent of wages are from 996,000 JPY to 1,130,000 JPY. Only 5% of people grossed 1,130,000 JPY or more.

Chief Executive Officer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Chief Executive Officer average salary change by experience in Japan

0 - 2 Years
706,000 JPY
2 - 5 Years+29%
908,000 JPY
5 - 10 Years+38%
1,250,000 JPY
10 - 15 Years+24%
1,550,000 JPY
15 - 20 Years+7%
1,660,000 JPY
20+ Years+7%
1,770,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Japan Chief Executive Officer
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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 Chief Executive Officer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 706,000 JPY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 908,000 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 1,250,000 JPY per month, 38% 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, Chief Executive Officer whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 1,550,000 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 1,660,000 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 1,770,000 JPY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Chief Executive Officer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Chief Executive Officer average salary difference by education level in Japan

High School
687,000 JPY
Certificate or Diploma+19%
817,000 JPY
Bachelor's Degree+27%
1,040,000 JPY
Master's Degree+53%
1,580,000 JPY
1,880,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 Chief Executive Officer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary is 687,000 JPY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 817,000 JPY per month, 19% more than someone having a High School degree.

People with Bachelor's Degree have an average salary of 1,040,000 JPY per month, 27% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 1,580,000 JPY per month, 53% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

PhD holders are compensated with wage equivelant to 1,880,000 JPY per month, 19% more than someone with Master's Degree.

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 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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Chief Executive Officer

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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 Chief Executive Officer employees in Japan earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,250,000 JPY
1,180,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Japan for all Careers

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Chief Executive Officer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Japan

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

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer(s) in Japan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 14% 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.

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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 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Japan for the year 2022. 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Chief Executive Officer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Japan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Japan Chief Executive Officer
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"Chief Executive Officer" is considered to be a high bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

14% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 86% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Chief Executive Officer Salary Trend and Forecast in Japan

How are Chief Executive Officer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
1,080,000 JPY
Average Salary 2020+4%
1,120,000 JPY
Average Salary 2021+3%
1,150,000 JPY
Average Salary 2022+2%
1,170,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Chief Executive Officer salaries in Japan are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 2% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Chief Executive Officer Average Hourly Wage in Japan

7,010 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan is 7,010 JPY. This means that the average Chief Executive Officer in Japan earns approximately 7,010 JPY for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Chief Executive Officer' in Japan is 3,440 JPY. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Chief Executive Officer VS Other Jobs

1,220,000 JPY
696,000 JPY
515,000 JPY
Average Salary
Chief Executive Officer
Average Salary
Executive and Management
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Chief Executive Officer is 75% more than that of Executive and Management. Also, Executive and Management salaries are 35% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Chief Executive Officer and Executive and Management monthly Japan
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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Coordinator487,000 JPY-60%
Administration Manager577,000 JPY-53%
Area Manager535,000 JPY-56%
Asset Protection Associate683,000 JPY-44%
Assistant Director604,000 JPY-50%
Assistant Manager628,000 JPY-48%
Assistant Operations Manager694,000 JPY-43%
Assistant Project Manager654,000 JPY-46%
Assistant Section Head498,000 JPY-59%
Assistant to CEO579,000 JPY-52%
Assistant Vice President642,000 JPY-47%
Associate Director637,000 JPY-48%
Bid Manager701,000 JPY-42%
Branch Manager691,000 JPY-43%
Business Development Manager754,000 JPY-38%
Business Operations Associate649,000 JPY-47%
Business Operations Lead674,000 JPY-45%
Campaign Manager701,000 JPY-42%
Chairman of The Board1,190,000 JPY-2%
Chairman Office Manager788,000 JPY-35%
Chief Corporate Officer958,000 JPY-21%
Chief Executive Officer1,220,000 JPY+0%
Chief Financial Officer1,150,000 JPY-5%
Chief of Staff550,000 JPY-55%
Chief Operating Officer918,000 JPY-24%
Chief Risk Officer793,000 JPY-35%
Client Services Manager790,000 JPY-35%
Commercial Project Manager668,000 JPY-45%
Commodity Broker504,000 JPY-59%
Corporate Affairs Executive708,000 JPY-42%
Corporate Compliance Director801,000 JPY-34%
Corporate Director848,000 JPY-30%
Corporate Officer579,000 JPY-52%
Corporate Partnerships Officer580,000 JPY-52%
Country Manager953,000 JPY-22%
Deputy Director881,000 JPY-28%
Director910,000 JPY-25%
Director of Accreditation831,000 JPY-32%
Director of Catering Services681,000 JPY-44%
Director of Client Services770,000 JPY-37%
Director of Facilities Management629,000 JPY-48%
Director of Operations792,000 JPY-35%
Director of Process Simplification631,000 JPY-48%
Director of Project Management868,000 JPY-29%
Director of Revenue Management754,000 JPY-38%
Director of Training and Development748,000 JPY-38%
Distribution Manager806,000 JPY-34%
Division Manager699,000 JPY-42%
Duty Manager684,000 JPY-44%
Engagement Manager871,000 JPY-28%
Executive Director1,170,000 JPY-4%
Executive Manager1,010,000 JPY-17%
Franchise Manager966,000 JPY-21%
General Manager931,000 JPY-23%
Global Master Data Manager813,000 JPY-33%
Head of Middle Office731,000 JPY-40%
Head of Projects834,000 JPY-31%
Head of Sustainability653,000 JPY-46%
Housing Manager628,000 JPY-48%
HSE Manager665,000 JPY-45%
Key Account Manager636,000 JPY-48%
Knowledge Manager793,000 JPY-35%
Location Manager722,000 JPY-41%
Logistics Manager640,000 JPY-47%
Management Consultant636,000 JPY-48%
Management Executive866,000 JPY-29%
Manager770,000 JPY-37%
Managing Director971,000 JPY-20%
MIS Executive807,000 JPY-34%
Ocean Services Manager798,000 JPY-34%
Operations Assistant579,000 JPY-52%
Operations Director899,000 JPY-26%
Operations Executive871,000 JPY-28%
Operations Manager867,000 JPY-29%
Operations Supervisor715,000 JPY-41%
Policy Administration Executive677,000 JPY-44%
Private Sector Executive701,000 JPY-42%
Product Development Manager804,000 JPY-34%
Product Executive733,000 JPY-40%
Production Executive827,000 JPY-32%
Production Manager806,000 JPY-34%
Production Supervisor653,000 JPY-46%
Program Manager844,000 JPY-31%
Programme Coordinator586,000 JPY-52%
Project Control Manager804,000 JPY-34%
Project Coordinator507,000 JPY-58%
Project Management Officer552,000 JPY-55%
Project Manager619,000 JPY-49%
Project Portfolio Manager628,000 JPY-48%
Quality Manager672,000 JPY-45%
R/D Director735,000 JPY-40%
Regional Director1,150,000 JPY-5%
Regional Manager797,000 JPY-34%
Relationship Manager756,000 JPY-38%
Retail District Manager551,000 JPY-55%
Revenue Manager639,000 JPY-47%
Risk and Capital Manager947,000 JPY-22%
Risk Officer577,000 JPY-53%
Safety Manager596,000 JPY-51%
Section Head613,000 JPY-50%
Service Manager616,000 JPY-49%
Shift Supervisor476,000 JPY-61%
Solutions Manager586,000 JPY-52%
Supervisor474,000 JPY-61%
Supply Chain Manager852,000 JPY-30%
Surveyor557,000 JPY-54%
Technical Manager751,000 JPY-38%
Territory Manager813,000 JPY-33%
Validation Manager647,000 JPY-47%
Vice President935,000 JPY-23%
Zone Manager812,000 JPY-33%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka1,240,000 JPY
Hiroshima1,140,000 JPY
Kawasaki1,170,000 JPY
Kobe1,190,000 JPY
Kyoto1,180,000 JPY
Nagoya1,240,000 JPY
Osaka1,250,000 JPY
Saitama1,160,000 JPY
Sapporo1,230,000 JPY
Sendai1,020,000 JPY
Tokyo1,280,000 JPY
Yokohama1,260,000 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

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Chief Executive Officer in Japan?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 1,130,000 JPY and 1,300,000 JPY. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Chief Executive Officer in Japan is ranges from 927,000 JPY to 1,300,000 JPY. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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