The average salary of different occupations and industries in Japan

The average salary of different occupations and industries in Japan

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Do you know the average salary of each occupation in Japan? How much can you earn if you work in Japan? As a foreigner, how can we choose a job with which we can support ourselves? In this article, we are going to talk about the average salary in Japan by each occupation, industry and age group. The data in this article is based on research conducted by Doda, a Japanese website that conducts job-related research. The research duration was from September, 2018 to August, 2019.

If you're a person looking for the information needed to negotiate your salary with your boss, or you're simply curious about the salary ranges of various industries in Japan, then you've come to the right place. In addition, as many of our readers may be those who have or are interested in pursuing IT-related jobs in Japan, we will later introduce the salary range of IT-related jobs.


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The average annual salary of 2019 was ¥4,080,000(JPY).In more detail, the investment/intvestment advisor industry gained first place with an average of ¥6,480,000, the medical and pharmaceutical production industry came second with an average of  ¥6,000,000, and in third place came the tabaco industry, at an average of ¥5,910,000. In the table below, we will list the average yearly salaries per other common industries in Japan.Interestingly enough, the average salary of all 10 industries has actually decreased from the previous years' results. Next, we would like to introduce the average salary earned per common occupations in Japan.

 

The average salary per occupation

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In the survey conducted last year, 50 job types were listed in the original ranking, but here we will only pick up the top 25 job types. In this survey, we can see how Finance and IT/Telecommunications dominate the job industry. IT-related jobs such as project manager, IT consultant and etc. take up high ranks, thus indicating a strong need for human resources related to the IT industry.

Therefore, considering that many of the viewers of our website may be those people who have or are pursuing IT-related jobs, here is an extra breakdown of the annual salaries of such jobs. The following is the results of research conducted by Rikunabi in 2015, so keep in mind that this data may be dated and the figures may have changed within the span of 5 years. However, as it was research conducted over 832 people in their 30s, it is fairly reliable and will be useful to refer to.

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In addition, here is information updated in 2020 regarding the annual salary of IT-related jobs in Japan, separated via age groups in the table below. This data has also been taken from Rikunabi, so for more detail, please refer to this link.

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With that said, let's take a look at the average salary per age group and gender in Japan, regardless of occupation. 

The average salary per age group and gender

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From both this table above, and the one regarding salaries per age group for IT workers, we can see that salary rises the older you get. This most likely to do with the system of 年功序列 (ねんこうじょれつ=nenkoujoretsu) in Japan where in many companies, the more years you work the higher your salary gets. The salary gap between men and women also increases significantly as their age group goes higher. According to the table, the salary gap between men and women was 0.5million yen in their 20s, 1.06million yen in their 30s, 1.66million yen in their 40s and 2.43million yen in their 50s.

Finally, to those interested in working in Japan, or simply those who are curious about the earnings of people in Japan who work in these different industries and occupations, we hoped this article helped! Feel free to check out the other articles we have here on Mixess in your free time.

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