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Mechanical Engineer Average Salary in Japan 2021

How much money does a Mechanical Engineer make in Japan?


Average Monthly Salary
495,000 JPY
( 5,940,000 JPY yearly)

LOW
257,000
JPY
AVERAGE
495,000
JPY
HIGH
757,000
JPY

A person working as a Mechanical Engineer in Japan typically earns around 495,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 257,000 JPY (lowest) to 757,000 JPY (highest).

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

Mechanical Engineer Salary Distribution in Japan

Median and salary distribution monthly Japan Mechanical Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Mechanical Engineer salaries in Japan range from 257,000 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 757,000 JPY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 475,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 475,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 475,000 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 Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 330,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 330,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 592,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 592,000 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

Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Japan Mechanical Engineer
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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 Mechanical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Mechanical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 292,000 JPY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 392,000 JPY per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 510,000 JPY per month, 30% 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, Mechanical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 617,000 JPY per month, 21% 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 675,000 JPY per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 710,000 JPY per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Mechanical Engineer average salary change by experience in Japan

0 - 2 Years
292,000 JPY
2 - 5 Years+34%
392,000 JPY
5 - 10 Years+30%
510,000 JPY
10 - 15 Years+21%
617,000 JPY
15 - 20 Years+9%
675,000 JPY
20+ Years+5%
710,000 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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Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Mechanical Engineer is 412,000 JPY per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 572,000 JPY per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Mechanical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Japan

Bachelor's Degree
412,000 JPY
Master's Degree+39%
572,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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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Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Japan Mechanical Engineer
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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 Mechanical Engineer employees in Japan earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
510,000 JPY
Female-5%
482,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Japan for all Careers

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Mechanical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Japan

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

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer(s) in Japan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% 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 2020

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 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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Mechanical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Japan

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

45% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
55%
No Bonus
45%

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.

Mechanical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Japan


2,860 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan is 2,860 JPY. This means that the average Mechanical Engineer in Japan earns approximately 2,860 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.

Mechanical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Mechanical Engineer and Engineering monthly Japan
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The average salary for Mechanical Engineer is 14% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

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Assembly Engineering Technician372,000 JPY-25%
Assistant Chief Engineer543,000 JPY+10%
Associate Engineer427,000 JPY-14%
Autocad Operator302,000 JPY-39%
Automation Engineer492,000 JPY-1%
Avionic System Support Engineer453,000 JPY-8%
Biochemical Engineer425,000 JPY-14%
BMS Engineer428,000 JPY-14%
Bridge and Lock Tender252,000 JPY-49%
Broadcast Engineer468,000 JPY-5%
CAD Design Engineer498,000 JPY+1%
CAD Designer304,000 JPY-39%
CAE Engineer443,000 JPY-10%
Ceramics Engineer447,000 JPY-10%
Civil Engineer508,000 JPY+3%
Commissioning Engineer460,000 JPY-7%
Communications Engineer520,000 JPY+5%
Condition Monitoring Engineer419,000 JPY-15%
Contract Associate Engineer433,000 JPY-13%
Control Systems Engineer484,000 JPY-2%
Controls Engineer458,000 JPY-7%
Controls Software Engineer396,000 JPY-20%
Corrosion Engineer441,000 JPY-11%
Design Engineer508,000 JPY+3%
Drafter308,000 JPY-38%
Drafting Manager570,000 JPY+15%
Drilling Engineer440,000 JPY-11%
Electrical Draughtsman235,000 JPY-53%
Electrical Engineer501,000 JPY+1%
Electrical Engineering Manager660,000 JPY+33%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist518,000 JPY+5%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler255,000 JPY-48%
Energy Engineer476,000 JPY-4%
Engine Assembler216,000 JPY-56%
Engineer489,000 JPY-1%
Engineering Account Manager521,000 JPY+5%
Engineering Chief Designer535,000 JPY+8%
Engineering Consultant660,000 JPY+33%
Engineering Key Account Manager700,000 JPY+41%
Engineering Lab Technician432,000 JPY-13%
Engineering Planning Manager690,000 JPY+39%
Engineering Production Manager873,000 JPY+76%
Engineering Project Analyst544,000 JPY+10%
Engineering Project Coordinator 555,000 JPY+12%
Engineering Project Director991,000 JPY+100%
Engineering Project Manager681,000 JPY+38%
Engineering Research and Development Manager774,000 JPY+56%
Engineering Safety Coordinator363,000 JPY-27%
Engineering Sales Manager632,000 JPY+28%
Engineering Technician378,000 JPY-24%
Engineering Technologist381,000 JPY-23%
Environmental Engineer457,000 JPY-8%
Equipment Engineer428,000 JPY-14%
Equipment Engineering Manager623,000 JPY+26%
Estimator420,000 JPY-15%
Fabrication Specialist339,000 JPY-32%
Fabricator219,000 JPY-56%
Facade Engineer440,000 JPY-11%
Fiber Analyst270,000 JPY-45%
Field Engineer494,000 JPY-0%
Field Engineering Manager810,000 JPY+64%
Fire Engineer478,000 JPY-3%
Fitter and Turner154,000 JPY-69%
Forestry Strategic Planner573,000 JPY+16%
Generation Engineer491,000 JPY-1%
Genetic Engineer534,000 JPY+8%
Geological Engineer465,000 JPY-6%
Geotechnical Engineer514,000 JPY+4%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic248,000 JPY-50%
Highway Engineer484,000 JPY-2%
HSE Professional440,000 JPY-11%
HVAC Engineer521,000 JPY+5%
HVAC Supervisor419,000 JPY-15%
Industrial Engineer474,000 JPY-4%
Industrial Engineering Technologist454,000 JPY-8%
Instrument Engineer468,000 JPY-5%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer480,000 JPY-3%
Instrumentation Engineer455,000 JPY-8%
Instrumentation Manager486,000 JPY-2%
Irrigation Engineer482,000 JPY-3%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer510,000 JPY+3%
Locomotive Engineer463,000 JPY-6%
Maintenance Engineer424,000 JPY-14%
Maintenance Fitter173,000 JPY-65%
Maintenance Manager473,000 JPY-4%
Manufacturing Engineer438,000 JPY-12%
Marine Engineer461,000 JPY-7%
Materials Engineer452,000 JPY-9%
Materials Researcher455,000 JPY-8%
Materials Technician346,000 JPY-30%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer501,000 JPY+1%
Mechanical Design Engineer501,000 JPY+1%
Mechanical Designer409,000 JPY-17%
Mechanical Engineer495,000 JPY+0%
Mechanical Engineering Manager657,000 JPY+33%
Mechanical Inspector475,000 JPY-4%
Mechatronics Engineer528,000 JPY+7%
Mining Engineer484,000 JPY-2%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer518,000 JPY+5%
Optical Engineer472,000 JPY-5%
Optical Instrument Assembler248,000 JPY-50%
PCB Assembler169,000 JPY-66%
Photonics Engineer499,000 JPY+1%
Photonics Technician410,000 JPY-17%
Pipeline Engineer431,000 JPY-13%
Piping Designer257,000 JPY-48%
Piping Engineer437,000 JPY-12%
Planning Engineer488,000 JPY-1%
Pressure Vessel Inspector218,000 JPY-56%
Principal Cost Engineer489,000 JPY-1%
Principal Engineer480,000 JPY-3%
Principal Support Engineer483,000 JPY-2%
Process Engineer473,000 JPY-4%
Process Operator291,000 JPY-41%
Product Development Engineer500,000 JPY+1%
Product Development Technician351,000 JPY-29%
Product Engineer504,000 JPY+2%
Product Safety Engineer460,000 JPY-7%
Production Engineer480,000 JPY-3%
Project Engineer516,000 JPY+4%
Proposal Manager618,000 JPY+25%
Purchasing Engineer427,000 JPY-14%
Quality Assurance Engineer486,000 JPY-2%
Rail Engineer497,000 JPY+0%
Robotics Engineer562,000 JPY+14%
Robotics Technician371,000 JPY-25%
Safety Engineer449,000 JPY-9%
Safety Inspector368,000 JPY-26%
Safety Manager536,000 JPY+8%
Safety Officer248,000 JPY-50%
Sales Engineer510,000 JPY+3%
Scheduling Engineer442,000 JPY-11%
Service Engineer481,000 JPY-3%
Solar Engineer512,000 JPY+3%
Staff Engineer470,000 JPY-5%
Static Equipment Engineer440,000 JPY-11%
Stationary Engineer441,000 JPY-11%
Stress Engineer441,000 JPY-11%
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Structural Designer407,000 JPY-18%
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Structural Technician311,000 JPY-37%
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Surveyor342,000 JPY-31%
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Technical Assistant230,000 JPY-54%
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Technical Support Engineer419,000 JPY-15%
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Test Development Engineer462,000 JPY-7%
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Validation Engineer444,000 JPY-10%
Verification Engineer431,000 JPY-13%
Wastewater Engineer469,000 JPY-5%
Wind Energy Engineer461,000 JPY-7%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka506,000 JPY
Hiroshima469,000 JPY
Kawasaki464,000 JPY
Kobe520,000 JPY
Kyoto498,000 JPY
Nagoya524,000 JPY
Osaka547,000 JPY
Saitama490,000 JPY
Sapporo501,000 JPY
Sendai448,000 JPY
Tokyo538,000 JPY
Yokohama570,000 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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