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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Japan 2024

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in Japan?

Average Monthly Salary
539,000 JPY
( 6,470,000 JPY yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
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 salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Teaching / Education in Japan typically earns around 539,000 JPY. Salaries range from 262,000 JPY (lowest average) to 995,000 JPY (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Teaching / Education domain in Japan exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Teaching / Education
Academic Advisor559,000 JPY
Academic Assistant405,000 JPY
Academic Coach566,000 JPY
Academic Librarian383,000 JPY
Academic Manager670,000 JPY
Academic Specialist509,000 JPY
Academic Staff443,000 JPY
Accompanist475,000 JPY
Achievement Coach586,000 JPY
Admissions Specialist512,000 JPY
Agricultural Sciences Teacher439,000 JPY
Anthropology Teacher444,000 JPY
Arabic Language Teacher411,000 JPY
Archeology Teacher464,000 JPY
Architecture Teacher508,000 JPY
Archivist363,000 JPY
Art Teacher414,000 JPY
Assistant School Principal589,000 JPY
Assistant Teacher369,000 JPY
Biochemistry Professor 822,000 JPY
Biology Teacher463,000 JPY
Blended Learning Specialist561,000 JPY
Bursary Scheme Manager542,000 JPY
Business Teacher446,000 JPY
Careers Advisor545,000 JPY
Careers Consultant546,000 JPY
Chemistry Teacher446,000 JPY
Chief Remote Learning Officer689,000 JPY
Child Care Coordinator463,000 JPY
Child Care Worker375,000 JPY
Childcare Worker350,000 JPY
Classroom Assistant360,000 JPY
Clinical School Psychologist680,000 JPY
Coding Coach502,000 JPY
College Aide547,000 JPY
College and Career Readiness Specialist583,000 JPY
College Dean1,050,000 JPY
College President988,000 JPY
Communications Teacher455,000 JPY
Community Education Officer388,000 JPY
Computer Science Teacher413,000 JPY
Computer Teacher408,000 JPY
Creative Writing Trainer518,000 JPY
Credit Counselor566,000 JPY
Cultural Studies Teacher420,000 JPY
Curriculum Coordinator544,000 JPY
Curriculum Developer594,000 JPY
Curriculum Specialist560,000 JPY
Dean of Faculty965,000 JPY
Demonstrator382,000 JPY
Deputy Controller of Examinations539,000 JPY
Digital Citizenship Educator453,000 JPY
Digital Literacy Instructor465,000 JPY
Director of Learning Technology581,000 JPY
Distance Learning Coordinator487,000 JPY
E-Learning Consultant629,000 JPY
E-learning Content Developer609,000 JPY
E-Learning Designer589,000 JPY
Economics Lecturer780,000 JPY
Economics Teacher457,000 JPY
EdTech Compliance Manager465,000 JPY
EdTech Consultant483,000 JPY
EdTech Content Creator456,000 JPY
Education Administrator524,000 JPY
Education Assistant405,000 JPY
Education Assistant Director585,000 JPY
Education Assistant Librarian349,000 JPY
Education Assistant Principal477,000 JPY
Education Assistant Professor652,000 JPY
Education Associate415,000 JPY
Education Consultant610,000 JPY
Education Consultant539,000 JPY
Education Coordinator491,000 JPY
Education Counselor543,000 JPY
Education Director749,000 JPY
Education Policy Analyst607,000 JPY
Education Program Specialist546,000 JPY
Education Researcher621,000 JPY
Education Resource Specialist476,000 JPY
Education Services Facilitator506,000 JPY
Education Technology Specialist494,000 JPY
Educational Content Writer553,000 JPY
Educational Data Privacy Officer533,000 JPY
Educational Psychologist688,000 JPY
EFL Teacher435,000 JPY
eLearning Trainer423,000 JPY
Elementary School Teacher379,000 JPY
Engineering Lecturer723,000 JPY
Engineering Teacher642,000 JPY
English Teacher431,000 JPY
ESL Teacher439,000 JPY
Faculty Assistant577,000 JPY
Foreign Language Teacher392,000 JPY
GED Teacher401,000 JPY
Geography Teacher411,000 JPY
Head of Mathematics Department628,000 JPY
Head of School712,000 JPY
High School Teacher503,000 JPY
History Teacher443,000 JPY
Infant Teacher329,000 JPY
Instructional Assistant469,000 JPY
Instructional Coach506,000 JPY
Instructor496,000 JPY
Kindergarten Teacher351,000 JPY
Language Instructor For Expatriate361,000 JPY
Law Teacher657,000 JPY
Learning Designer509,000 JPY
Learning Experience Designer608,000 JPY
Learning Management System Administrator481,000 JPY
Lecturer732,000 JPY
Librarian361,000 JPY
Library Assistant293,000 JPY
Library Director526,000 JPY
Library Specialist373,000 JPY
Library Technician331,000 JPY
Life Sciences Teacher431,000 JPY
Makerspace Coordinator and Facilitator397,000 JPY
Math Lecturer826,000 JPY
Math Teacher483,000 JPY
Mathematics Teacher521,000 JPY
Mentor511,000 JPY
Middle School Teacher475,000 JPY
Music Teacher422,000 JPY
Nursery Manager651,000 JPY
Nursery Worker271,000 JPY
Online Course Developer516,000 JPY
Online Course Instructor488,000 JPY
Online Learning Facilitator460,000 JPY
Online Tutor400,000 JPY
Paraprofessional629,000 JPY
Personalized Learning Specialist585,000 JPY
Physical Education Specialist474,000 JPY
Physical Education Teacher384,000 JPY
Physics Teacher 455,000 JPY
Political Science Teacher467,000 JPY
Post Doctoral Researcher711,000 JPY
Preschool Education Administrator482,000 JPY
Preschool Teacher351,000 JPY
Primary School Teacher381,000 JPY
Principal631,000 JPY
Product Specialist488,000 JPY
Professor - Accounting794,000 JPY
Professor - Architecture813,000 JPY
Professor - Biology791,000 JPY
Professor - Business Administration777,000 JPY
Professor - Chemical Engineering857,000 JPY
Professor - Chemistry849,000 JPY
Professor - Civil Engineering793,000 JPY
Professor - Communication791,000 JPY
Professor - Computer Science838,000 JPY
Professor - Dentistry796,000 JPY
Professor - Drama738,000 JPY
Professor - Economics801,000 JPY
Professor - Education794,000 JPY
Professor - Electrical Engineering832,000 JPY
Professor - English759,000 JPY
Professor - Environmental Engineering818,000 JPY
Professor - Foreign Languages763,000 JPY
Professor - Geological Sciences795,000 JPY
Professor - History808,000 JPY
Professor - Industrial Engineering806,000 JPY
Professor - Law881,000 JPY
Professor - Legal Support790,000 JPY
Professor - Liberal Arts830,000 JPY
Professor - Marketing836,000 JPY
Professor - Mathematics826,000 JPY
Professor - Mechanical Engineering813,000 JPY
Professor - Medical Administration825,000 JPY
Professor - Medicine935,000 JPY
Professor - Music719,000 JPY
Professor - Nursing744,000 JPY
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences789,000 JPY
Professor - Philosophy802,000 JPY
Professor - Physical Therapy848,000 JPY
Professor - Physics881,000 JPY
Professor - Psychology805,000 JPY
Professor - Rehabilitation755,000 JPY
Professor - Social Work747,000 JPY
Professor - Sociology821,000 JPY
Professor - Special Education761,000 JPY
Psychology Teacher663,000 JPY
Public Management Assistant Professor687,000 JPY
School Counselor628,000 JPY
Science Educator443,000 JPY
Science Laboratory Assistant383,000 JPY
Science Teacher431,000 JPY
Secondary Mathematics Teacher453,000 JPY
Secondary School Teacher412,000 JPY
Special Education Advocate594,000 JPY
Special Education Teacher469,000 JPY
Special Needs Assistant366,000 JPY
Statistics Lecturer787,000 JPY
STEAM Educator416,000 JPY
STEM Educator411,000 JPY
Student Accounts Coordinator440,000 JPY
Student Development Specialist499,000 JPY
Student Employment Specialist477,000 JPY
Student Services411,000 JPY
Student Services Coordinator415,000 JPY
Student Support Manager557,000 JPY
Substitute Teacher382,000 JPY
Teacher394,000 JPY
Teacher Aide341,000 JPY
Teacher Trainer508,000 JPY
Teaching Assistant333,000 JPY
TEFL Teacher449,000 JPY
Training and Development Specialist570,000 JPY
Training Coordinator400,000 JPY
Tutor452,000 JPY
University Teacher755,000 JPY
Virtual Teacher396,000 JPY
Vocational Education Teacher429,000 JPY

Teaching / Education Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Japan

Median and salary distribution Japan Teaching / Education monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
550,000 JPY or more
10% of people earn
477,000 to 550,000 JPY
20% of people earn
317,000 JPY or less
65% of people earn
317,000 to 477,000 JPY
Minimum Salary
262,000 JPY
492,000 JPY
995,000 JPY

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

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Teaching / Education in Japan range from 262,000 JPY (starting average salary) to 995,000 JPY (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Teaching / Education is 492,000 JPY, implying that half of the workforce in Japan earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Teaching / Education in Japan earn less than 402,000 JPY, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 579,000 JPY, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Teaching / Education in Japan. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 317,000 JPY to 477,000 JPY. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 317,000 JPY mark, while 10% ranged from 477,000 JPY to 550,000 JPY. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 550,000 JPY or higher.

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 in Teaching / Education in Japan 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.

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.

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.
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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Teaching / Education in Japan, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 2,580,000 JPY to 7,750,000 JPY and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Teaching / Education / Japan

Salary comparison by gender Japan Teaching / Education monthly
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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? In the field of Teaching / Education in Japan, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 7%.

557,000 JPY
522,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Japan for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Japan
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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Teaching / Education / Japan

How much are annual salary increments in Japan for individuals working in Teaching / Education? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Teaching / Education 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 Teaching / Education
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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

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The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

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.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Teaching / Education / Japan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Japan Teaching / Education
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46% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Hourly Average Wage / Teaching / Education / Japan

3,110 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Teaching / Education in Japan is 3,110 JPY.This is the rate they get paid 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 fixed 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 people working in Teaching / Education in Japan is 1,510 JPY. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka551,000 JPY
Hiroshima498,000 JPY
Kawasaki519,000 JPY
Kobe539,000 JPY
Kyoto529,000 JPY
Nagoya571,000 JPY
Osaka581,000 JPY
Saitama509,000 JPY
Sapporo560,000 JPY
Sendai488,000 JPY
Tokyo601,000 JPY
Yokohama591,000 JPY

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Japan is 4% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
506,000 JPY
Public Sector+4%
527,000 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 in Teaching / Education in Japan?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 492,000 JPY and 579,000 JPY. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the 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 salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Teaching / Education in Japan ranges from 262,000 JPY to 402,000 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 with 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 the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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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