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Director of Graphic Design Average Salary in Japan 2021

How much money does a Director of Graphic Design make in Japan?


Average Monthly Salary
504,000 JPY
( 6,050,000 JPY yearly)

LOW
257,000
JPY
AVERAGE
504,000
JPY
HIGH
776,000
JPY

A person working as a Director of Graphic Design in Japan typically earns around 504,000 JPY per month. Salaries range from 257,000 JPY (lowest) to 776,000 JPY (highest).

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

Director of Graphic Design Salary Distribution in Japan

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

  • Salary Range

    Director of Graphic Design salaries in Japan range from 257,000 JPY per month (minimum salary) to 776,000 JPY per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 494,000 JPY per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Director of Graphic Design(s) are earning less than 494,000 JPY while the other half are earning more than 494,000 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 Director of Graphic Design(s) are earning less than 338,000 JPY while 75% of them are earning more than 338,000 JPY. Also from the diagram, 75% of Director of Graphic Design(s) are earning less than 622,000 JPY while 25% are earning more than 622,000 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

Director of Graphic Design 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 Director of Graphic Design salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Director of Graphic Design with less than two years of experience makes approximately 288,000 JPY per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 376,000 JPY per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 527,000 JPY per month, 40% 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, Director of Graphic Design(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 633,000 JPY per month, 20% 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 688,000 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 742,000 JPY per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Director of Graphic Design average salary change by experience in Japan

0 - 2 Years
288,000 JPY
2 - 5 Years+31%
376,000 JPY
5 - 10 Years+40%
527,000 JPY
10 - 15 Years+20%
633,000 JPY
15 - 20 Years+9%
688,000 JPY
20+ Years+8%
742,000 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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Director of Graphic Design Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Director of Graphic Design is 345,000 JPY per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 397,000 JPY per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 558,000 JPY per month, 41% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 719,000 JPY per month, 29% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Director of Graphic Design average salary difference by education level in Japan

High School
345,000 JPY
Certificate or Diploma+15%
397,000 JPY
Bachelor's Degree+41%
558,000 JPY
Master's Degree+29%
719,000 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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Director of Graphic Design 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 Director of Graphic Design employees in Japan earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
521,000 JPY
Female-6%
488,000 JPY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Japan for all Careers

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Director of Graphic Design Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Japan

How much are annual salary increments in Japan for Director of Graphic Design(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Director of Graphic Design

Director of Graphic Design(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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Japan Director of Graphic Design
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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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Director of Graphic Design Bonus and Incentive Rates in Japan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Japan Director of Graphic Design
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A Director of Graphic Design 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.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% 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
56%
No Bonus
44%

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.

Director of Graphic Design Average Hourly Wage in Japan


2,910 JPY per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Japan is 2,910 JPY. This means that the average Director of Graphic Design in Japan earns approximately 2,910 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.

Director of Graphic Design VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Director of Graphic Design and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly Japan
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The average salary for Director of Graphic Design is 4% more than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive588,000 JPY+17%
Advertising Account Manager672,000 JPY+33%
Advertising Account Planner323,000 JPY-36%
Advertising Coordinator431,000 JPY-14%
Advertising Manager876,000 JPY+74%
Advertising Operations Manager921,000 JPY+83%
Advertising Strategic Planner566,000 JPY+12%
Advertising Team Leader494,000 JPY-2%
Animator398,000 JPY-21%
Art Director551,000 JPY+9%
Artist425,000 JPY-16%
Artworker322,000 JPY-36%
Assistant Art Director396,000 JPY-21%
Audiosual Technician303,000 JPY-40%
Broadcast Administrator548,000 JPY+9%
Catering Sales357,000 JPY-29%
Catering Trainer418,000 JPY-17%
Commercial and Industrial Designer317,000 JPY-37%
Conference Organiser395,000 JPY-22%
Content and Media Production Lead609,000 JPY+21%
CopyWriter355,000 JPY-30%
Creative Designer397,000 JPY-21%
Creative Director524,000 JPY+4%
Designer 292,000 JPY-42%
Desktop Publisher248,000 JPY-51%
Director of Graphic Design504,000 JPY=
Events and Promotions Manager870,000 JPY+73%
Exhibit Display Coordinator414,000 JPY-18%
Exhibit Display Manager555,000 JPY+10%
Finisher266,000 JPY-47%
Graphic Artist327,000 JPY-35%
Graphic Designer345,000 JPY-32%
Graphics Design Supervisor445,000 JPY-12%
Imagery Analyst324,000 JPY-36%
Imaging Technologist326,000 JPY-35%
Interaction Designer272,000 JPY-46%
Media Planner455,000 JPY-10%
Media Production Coordinator385,000 JPY-24%
Media Production Manager698,000 JPY+38%
Media Project Manager728,000 JPY+44%
Media Relations Representative573,000 JPY+14%
Media Sales Executive718,000 JPY+42%
Multimedia Specialist326,000 JPY-35%
Photographer308,000 JPY-39%
PPC Campaign Manager568,000 JPY+13%
Print Production Manager613,000 JPY+22%
Product and Brand Manager803,000 JPY+59%
Sales Promotion Manager813,000 JPY+61%
Sketch Artist388,000 JPY-23%
Social Media Executive710,000 JPY+41%
Technical Typist230,000 JPY-54%
User Experience UX Designer365,000 JPY-28%
UX Designer326,000 JPY-35%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Fukuoka509,000 JPY
Hiroshima436,000 JPY
Kawasaki455,000 JPY
Kobe499,000 JPY
Kyoto464,000 JPY
Nagoya529,000 JPY
Osaka512,000 JPY
Saitama469,000 JPY
Sapporo493,000 JPY
Sendai449,000 JPY
Tokyo531,000 JPY
Yokohama549,000 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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