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Librarian Average Salary in Japan 2020

How much money does a Librarian make in Japan?


Average Monthly Salary
361,000 JPY
( 4,330,000 JPY yearly)

LOW
177,000
JPY
AVERAGE
361,000
JPY
HIGH
563,000
JPY

A person working as a Librarian in Japan typically earns around 361,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 177,000 JPY (lowest) to 563,000 JPY (highest).

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

Librarian Salary Distribution in Japan

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

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in Japan range from 177,000 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 563,000 JPY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 368,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 368,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 368,000 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 Librarian(s) are earning less than 245,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 245,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 475,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 475,000 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

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

A Librarian with less than two years of experience makes approximately 210,000 JPY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 270,000 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 372,000 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, Librarian(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 461,000 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 494,000 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 527,000 JPY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Librarian average salary change by experience in Japan

0 - 2 Years
210,000 JPY
2 - 5 Years+29%
270,000 JPY
5 - 10 Years+38%
372,000 JPY
10 - 15 Years+24%
461,000 JPY
15 - 20 Years+7%
494,000 JPY
20+ Years+7%
527,000 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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Librarian Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Librarian(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 Librarian salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Librarian is 297,000 JPY per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 455,000 JPY per month, 53% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.


Librarian average salary difference by education level in Japan

Certificate or Diploma
297,000 JPY
Bachelor's Degree+53%
455,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Librarian 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 Librarian employees in Japan earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

Male
350,000 JPY
Female+6%
370,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Japan for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Japan

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

Librarian

Librarian(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.

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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 2019

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Japan for the year 2019. 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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Librarian Bonus and Incentive Rates in Japan

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

Received Bonus
33%
No Bonus
67%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Librarian Average Hourly Wage in Japan


2,080 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan is 2,080 JPY. This means that the average Librarian in Japan earns approximately 2,080 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.

Librarian VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Librarian is 34% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

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Chemistry Teacher446,000 JPY+23%
Child Care Coordinator463,000 JPY+28%
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Education Assistant Professor652,000 JPY+81%
Education Consultant610,000 JPY+69%
Education Coordinator491,000 JPY+36%
Education Counselor543,000 JPY+50%
Education Director749,000 JPY+110%
Education Program Specialist546,000 JPY+51%
Education Researcher621,000 JPY+72%
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Education Services Facilitator506,000 JPY+40%
Educational Psychologist688,000 JPY+91%
EFL Teacher435,000 JPY+20%
eLearning Trainer423,000 JPY+17%
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Engineering Teacher642,000 JPY+78%
English Teacher431,000 JPY+19%
ESL Teacher439,000 JPY+22%
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Foreign Language Teacher392,000 JPY+9%
GED Teacher401,000 JPY+11%
Geography Teacher411,000 JPY+14%
Head of Mathematics Department628,000 JPY+74%
Head of School712,000 JPY+97%
High School Teacher503,000 JPY+39%
History Teacher443,000 JPY+23%
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Instructional Assistant469,000 JPY+30%
Instructor496,000 JPY+37%
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Library Director526,000 JPY+46%
Library Specialist373,000 JPY+3%
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Math Lecturer826,000 JPY+130%
Mathematics Teacher521,000 JPY+44%
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Music Teacher422,000 JPY+17%
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Physical Education Teacher384,000 JPY+6%
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Political Science Teacher467,000 JPY+29%
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Preschool Education Administrator482,000 JPY+33%
Preschool Teacher351,000 JPY-3%
Primary School Teacher381,000 JPY+5%
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Professor - Accounting794,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Architecture813,000 JPY+130%
Professor - Biology791,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Business Administration777,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Chemical Engineering857,000 JPY+140%
Professor - Chemistry849,000 JPY+140%
Professor - Civil Engineering793,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Communication791,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Computer Science838,000 JPY+130%
Professor - Dentistry796,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Drama738,000 JPY+100%
Professor - Economics801,000 JPY+120%
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Professor - English759,000 JPY+110%
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Professor - Foreign Languages763,000 JPY+110%
Professor - Geological Sciences795,000 JPY+120%
Professor - History808,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Industrial Engineering806,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Law881,000 JPY+140%
Professor - Legal Support790,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Liberal Arts830,000 JPY+130%
Professor - Marketing836,000 JPY+130%
Professor - Mathematics826,000 JPY+130%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering813,000 JPY+130%
Professor - Medical Administration825,000 JPY+130%
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Professor - Nursing744,000 JPY+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences789,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Philosophy802,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy848,000 JPY+130%
Professor - Physics881,000 JPY+140%
Professor - Psychology805,000 JPY+120%
Professor - Rehabilitation755,000 JPY+110%
Professor - Social Work747,000 JPY+110%
Professor - Sociology821,000 JPY+130%
Professor - Special Education761,000 JPY+110%
Psychology Teacher663,000 JPY+84%
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CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka387,000 JPY
Hiroshima320,000 JPY
Kawasaki331,000 JPY
Kobe376,000 JPY
Kyoto370,000 JPY
Nagoya395,000 JPY
Osaka400,000 JPY
Saitama326,000 JPY
Sapporo389,000 JPY
Sendai315,000 JPY
Tokyo411,000 JPY
Yokohama406,000 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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