A person working as a Fuel Cell Engineer in Japan typically earns around 541,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 270,000 JPY (lowest) to 838,000 JPY (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Fuel Cell Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Fuel Cell Engineer salaries in Japan range from 270,000 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 838,000 JPY per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 541,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Fuel Cell Engineer(s) are earning less than 541,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 541,000 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Fuel Cell Engineer(s) are earning less than 365,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 365,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Fuel Cell Engineer(s) are earning less than 690,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 690,000 JPY.
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
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 Fuel Cell Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Fuel Cell Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 324,000 JPY per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 429,000 JPY per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 574,000 JPY per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Fuel Cell Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 685,000 JPY per month, 19% 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 739,000 JPY per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 793,000 JPY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+32%|
|5 - 10 Years||+34%|
|10 - 15 Years||+19%|
|15 - 20 Years||+8%|
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 Fuel Cell Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Fuel Cell Engineer is 463,000 JPY per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 730,000 JPY per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Fuel Cell Engineer employees in Japan earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.
Fuel Cell Engineer(s) in Japan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Japan for the year 2020. 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.
A Fuel Cell Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.
43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Fuel Cell Engineer is 17% more than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Assistant Yard Manager||465,000 JPY||-14%|
|Associate Analyst||525,000 JPY||-3%|
|Associate Landman||221,000 JPY||-59%|
|Auxiliary Equipment Operator||194,000 JPY||-64%|
|Biomass Plant Technician||244,000 JPY||-55%|
|Biomass Power Plant Manager||704,000 JPY||+30%|
|Chemical Plant Operator||387,000 JPY||-28%|
|Chief Contract Compliance Engineer||504,000 JPY||-7%|
|Completions Engineer||469,000 JPY||-13%|
|Cost Controller||340,000 JPY||-37%|
|Crude Oil Marketing Representative||540,000 JPY||-0%|
|Distribution Manager||702,000 JPY||+30%|
|Dragline Operator||221,000 JPY||-59%|
|Driller Offsider||177,000 JPY||-67%|
|Dump Truck Driver||190,000 JPY||-65%|
|Electric and Gas Operations Manager||1,130,000 JPY||+110%|
|Energy Advisor||765,000 JPY||+41%|
|Energy Analyst||699,000 JPY||+29%|
|Energy Auditor||620,000 JPY||+15%|
|Energy Dispatch Director||854,000 JPY||+58%|
|Energy Technical Assistant||289,000 JPY||-47%|
|Energy Technical Manager||592,000 JPY||+9%|
|Energy Technical Trainer||442,000 JPY||-18%|
|Exploration Manager||872,000 JPY||+61%|
|Field Safety Auditor||557,000 JPY||+3%|
|Fluids Engineer||489,000 JPY||-10%|
|Fuel Cell Engineer||541,000 JPY||+0%|
|Fuel Cell Technician||260,000 JPY||-52%|
|Fuels Handler||234,000 JPY||-57%|
|Gas Compressor Operator||214,000 JPY||-60%|
|Gas Distribution Plant Operator||398,000 JPY||-26%|
|Gas Supply Manager||769,000 JPY||+42%|
|Geothermal Production Manager||823,000 JPY||+52%|
|Geothermal Technician||340,000 JPY||-37%|
|HSE Engineer||487,000 JPY||-10%|
|HSE Officer||298,000 JPY||-45%|
|HSEQ Administrator||354,000 JPY||-35%|
|Instrument Designer||388,000 JPY||-28%|
|Lead Technical Field Advisor||662,000 JPY||+22%|
|Logistics and Tool Coordinator||419,000 JPY||-23%|
|Maintenance Engineer||519,000 JPY||-4%|
|Maintenance Superintendent||428,000 JPY||-21%|
|Material Controller||340,000 JPY||-37%|
|Mine Engineer||496,000 JPY||-8%|
|Mine Surveyor||542,000 JPY||+0%|
|Mining Project Administrator||419,000 JPY||-23%|
|Mining Project Assistant||341,000 JPY||-37%|
|Mining Project Controls Consultant||543,000 JPY||+0%|
|Mining Project Coordinator||450,000 JPY||-17%|
|Mining Project Engineer||459,000 JPY||-15%|
|Mining Project Manager||620,000 JPY||+15%|
|Mining Site Manager||663,000 JPY||+23%|
|Mining Team Leader||528,000 JPY||-2%|
|NDT Technician||302,000 JPY||-44%|
|Oil Service Unit Operator||247,000 JPY||-54%|
|Oil Trader||638,000 JPY||+18%|
|Oilwell Pumper||176,000 JPY||-67%|
|Petroleum Engineer||547,000 JPY||+1%|
|Petroleum Geologist||846,000 JPY||+56%|
|Petroleum Pump System Operator||282,000 JPY||-48%|
|Pipeline Technician||182,000 JPY||-66%|
|Power Coordinator||313,000 JPY||-42%|
|Power Plant Operations Manager||936,000 JPY||+73%|
|Power Plant Operator||417,000 JPY||-23%|
|Radio Operator||213,000 JPY||-61%|
|Reliability Engineer||472,000 JPY||-13%|
|Reservoir Engineer||465,000 JPY||-14%|
|Risk Analyst||622,000 JPY||+15%|
|Shutdown Engineer||403,000 JPY||-25%|
|Solar Energy Installation Manager||712,000 JPY||+32%|
|Solar Energy Systems Engineer||505,000 JPY||-7%|
|Solar Photovoltaic Installer||321,000 JPY||-41%|
|Solar Thermal Technician||307,000 JPY||-43%|
|Supply Operations Manager||817,000 JPY||+51%|
|Sustainability Specialist||790,000 JPY||+46%|
|System Development Advisor||543,000 JPY||+0%|
|Tanker Truck Driver||187,000 JPY||-65%|
|Utility Operator||266,000 JPY||-51%|
|Wind Energy Project Manager||662,000 JPY||+22%|
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.