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Administrative Assistant Average Salary in Japan 2021

How much money does an Administrative Assistant make in Japan?

Average Monthly Salary
291,000 JPY
( 3,500,000 JPY yearly)


A person working as an Administrative Assistant in Japan typically earns around 291,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 146,000 JPY (lowest) to 452,000 JPY (highest).

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

Administrative Assistant Salary Distribution in Japan

Median and salary distribution monthly Japan Administrative Assistant
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Administrative Assistant salaries in Japan range from 146,000 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 452,000 JPY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 291,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 291,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 291,000 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 Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 197,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 197,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Administrative Assistant(s) are earning less than 372,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 372,000 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

Administrative Assistant 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 Administrative Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Administrative Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 175,000 JPY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 231,000 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 309,000 JPY per month, 34% 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, Administrative Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 369,000 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 398,000 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 427,000 JPY per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Administrative Assistant average salary change by experience in Japan

0 - 2 Years
175,000 JPY
2 - 5 Years+32%
231,000 JPY
5 - 10 Years+34%
309,000 JPY
10 - 15 Years+19%
369,000 JPY
15 - 20 Years+8%
398,000 JPY
20+ Years+7%
427,000 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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Administrative Assistant Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly Japan Administrative Assistant
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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 Administrative Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Administrative Assistant is 231,000 JPY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 323,000 JPY per month, 40% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 403,000 JPY per month, 25% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Administrative Assistant average salary difference by education level in Japan

High School
231,000 JPY
Certificate or Diploma+40%
323,000 JPY
Bachelor's Degree+25%
403,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Administrative Assistant 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 Administrative Assistant employees in Japan earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

285,000 JPY
298,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Japan for all Careers

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Administrative Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Japan

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

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Administrative Assistant(s) in Japan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 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 2020

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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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Administrative Assistant Bonus and Incentive Rates in Japan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Japan Administrative Assistant
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An Administrative Assistant 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.

69% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% 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.

Administrative Assistant Average Hourly Wage in Japan

1,680 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan is 1,680 JPY. This means that the average Administrative Assistant in Japan earns approximately 1,680 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.

Administrative Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Administrative Assistant and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Japan
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The average salary for Administrative Assistant is 5% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist581,000 JPY+99%
Administrative Aide211,000 JPY-28%
Administrative Analyst398,000 JPY+37%
Administrative Assistant291,000 JPY-0%
Administrative Associate274,000 JPY-6%
Administrative Manager444,000 JPY+52%
Administrative Receptionist256,000 JPY-12%
Board Secretary260,000 JPY-11%
Central Office Operator272,000 JPY-7%
Clerk176,000 JPY-40%
Commercial Administrator398,000 JPY+37%
Commissions Processor325,000 JPY+11%
Conveyancing Secretary230,000 JPY-21%
Document Controller224,000 JPY-23%
Document Management Specialist350,000 JPY+20%
Executive Assistant301,000 JPY+3%
Executive Personal Assistant352,000 JPY+21%
Executive Secretary283,000 JPY-3%
Front Desk Attendant275,000 JPY-6%
Front Desk Coordinator331,000 JPY+14%
Front Desk Manager406,000 JPY+39%
Group Services Manager755,000 JPY+160%
Head Receptionist305,000 JPY+5%
Key Account Assistant317,000 JPY+9%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator175,000 JPY-40%
Leasing Administrator323,000 JPY+11%
Legal Secretary277,000 JPY-5%
Librarian332,000 JPY+14%
Mailroom Manager301,000 JPY+3%
Management Support Secretary271,000 JPY-7%
Master Programme Coordinator536,000 JPY+84%
Medical Receptionist276,000 JPY-5%
Meeting and Event Assistant307,000 JPY+5%
Meeting and Event Manager676,000 JPY+130%
Night Manager406,000 JPY+39%
Office Administrator405,000 JPY+39%
Office Assistant179,000 JPY-39%
Office Manager479,000 JPY+64%
Office Services Coordinator357,000 JPY+22%
Operations Analyst575,000 JPY+97%
Operations Manager694,000 JPY+140%
Personal Assistant283,000 JPY-3%
Planning Assistant335,000 JPY+15%
Process Expert425,000 JPY+46%
Program Coordinator370,000 JPY+27%
Programme Assistant341,000 JPY+17%
Project Administrator437,000 JPY+50%
Project Coordinator612,000 JPY+110%
Reception Team Lead333,000 JPY+14%
Receptionist244,000 JPY-16%
Records Officer216,000 JPY-26%
Schedule Officer187,000 JPY-36%
School Secretary267,000 JPY-8%
Secretary230,000 JPY-21%
Switchboard Operator224,000 JPY-23%
Technical Program Manager618,000 JPY+110%
Technical Project Manager646,000 JPY+120%
Typist215,000 JPY-26%
Wayleave Officer179,000 JPY-39%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka282,000 JPY
Hiroshima264,000 JPY
Kawasaki269,000 JPY
Kobe269,000 JPY
Kyoto267,000 JPY
Nagoya307,000 JPY
Osaka309,000 JPY
Saitama266,000 JPY
Sapporo276,000 JPY
Sendai261,000 JPY
Tokyo313,000 JPY
Yokohama311,000 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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