What are the minimum wages of Japan? What jobs worth more?

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Different from Brazil, or your country, the minimum Japanese wage is calculated per hour. This salary can be between 600 to 1500 yen per hour, it will depend on your work, region, province, schedule and even gender. In Japan, the workload is 8/9 hours per day, and the worker can receive 25% more working on an extra hour, that is why a lot of Japanese like that (zangyo).

So, what is the minimum wage monthly in Japan? If we take the average of 850 yen per hour, working 8 hours a day, 22 days for a month, we will have 150.000 yen per month.
Be aware that this value is relative, and it can not be defined this way. Brazil for example, although the minimum salary is less than 1.000 real, a lot of people have a 1.500, 2.000 even 5.000 real and they are considered media class. In the same way, Japanese receive 150.000, 200.000 and even more than 300.000 yen.

To have an average salary of 250.000 yen is not difficult, there are a lot of jobs that pay 1.200 yen, but they are heavy works.

What are the minimum wages of Japan? What jobs worth more?

Which regions of Japan has the best salary?

Most provinces have the minimum wage between 700 and 900 yen. Provinces like Tokyo and Kagawa pay more than 900 yen per hour, while provinces like Chiba, Saitama, Aichi, Osaka, and Hyogo pay an average of 850 yen, and the rest 700 yen per hour.
Prefectures stipulate an average salary for any job. If the employer is paying less, you may have recourse to your rights and the employer may take a fine. To compare better, see the table below:

Province Minimum salary per hour (Yen)
Tokyo
932.00
Kagawa
930.00
Osaka
883.00
Aichi
845.00
Saitama
845.00
Chiba
842.00
Kyoto
831.00
Hyogo
819.00
Shizuoka
807.00
Mie
795.00
Hiroshima
793.00
Shiga
788.00
Hokkaido
786.00
Gifu
776.00
Tochigi
775.00
Ibaraki
771.00
Toyama
770.00
Nagano
770.00
Fukuoka
765.00
Nara
762.00
Yamanashi
759.00
Gunma
759.00
Ishikawa
757.00
Okayama
757.00
Fukui
754.00
Wakayama
753.00
Yamaguchi
753.00
Niigata
753.00
Miyagi
748.00
Kagawa
742.00
Fukushima
726.00
Shimane
718.00
Yamagata
717.00
Ehime
717.00
Akita
716.00
Aomori
716.00
Tokushima
716.00
Iwate
716.00
Kagoshima
715.00
Oita
715.00
Kumamoto
715.00
Nagasaki
715.00
Saga
715.00
Kochi
715.00
Tottori
715.00
Miyazaki
714.00
Okinawa
714.00

Is the Japanese salary enough to live in Japan?
Is easy to see that the high salary is paid on cities with a big industrial environment and population. Although the high salary, the cost of living in these cities is high too. Do not worry, the rent is not a minimum salary like Brazil, it is possible to find good places with 30.000 yen monthly, and if you have a big family, 75.000 yen is enough.

What kind of job pay more in Japan?

We cannot talk about minimum salary without mentioning the jobs that pay more in Japan. We do not need to say that actress, executives and famous people can make 10 million yen per year. But, some mangakas, animators, directors, and others important positions in the media end up getting a little salary or even less than a normal worker.
Doctors, professors, and lawyers have a good salary and are the most wanted job for students in College. Remember that is relative. Bellow, we have a table showing the ranking of jobs that pay the higher salary, and you will find the annual average salary and how much hours the workes worked.

Work / Job / Ocupation Average hours per month  Annual salary (Yen)
Aircraft pilot 138 17.121.000
Doctor 174 11.540.000
Lawyer 178 10.359.000
College and university professor 159 8.334.000
Journalist 182 8.137.000
Dentist 172 7.343.000
Public accountant 179 7.163.000
Real Estate Appraiser 168 7.089.000
High-School Professor 165 7.064.000
Driver (train) 159 6.557.000
First Class Architect 177 6,375.000
Train driver 157 6.068.000
Vet 184 6.058.000
Scientific researcher 165 5.998.000
System engineer 178 5.419.000
Professional Engineer 184 5.412.000
Pharmaceutical 171 5.312.000
X-Ray Clinic 174 5.262.000
Generation and transformation of the electricity worker 178 5.195.000
Ticket seller and ticket examiner (train) 179 5.166.000
Chemical Analyst 167 5.159.000
Car maker 180 5.088.000
Social Security Consultant 170 5.085.000
School teacher 171 4.987.000
Stevedore 202 4.967.000
Manufacturer of semiconductor chips 176 4.890.000
Crane 199 4.860.000
Flight attendant 151 4.780.000
Mechanical designer 192 4.761.000
Motor Vehicle Dealer 179 4.760.000
Professional Nurse 164 4.730.000
Clinical examination technician 173 4 684.000
Casting of non-ferrous metals 185 4,673.000
Train driver 185 4.645.000
Chemical fiber spinning 169 4 640.000
Drilling Worker 170 4.608.000
Driver, business 208 4,551.000
General chemistry 175 4,506.000
Electrician 189 4.401.000
Iron and steel quenching worker 185 4.398.000
Glass extractor 182 4.372.000
Dental technician 191 4.317.000
Insurance insurer 143 4.315.000
Engineer 184 4.305.000
Welder 198 4 299.000
Metal Forming Machine 196 4,261.000
Computer programmer 181 4.256.000
Large truck driver, business 216 4.242.000
Manufacturer of wood pattern 181 4.234.000
Plumber 195 4 208.000
Lathe Machine operator 203 4.176.000
Machine inspecting 185 4.106.000
Nurse Assistant 165 4.088.000
Iron Worker 195 4,079.000
Construction machinery operator 188 4.057.000
Car mechanic 187 4,050.000
Boiler operator 178 4.036.000
Milling Machine Operator 203 4.034.000
Electroplating Worker 199 4.030.000
Assembler of heavy electrical equipment 184 4,002.000
Designer 175 3 988.000
Machine Builder 185 3 983.000
Tutor or school speaker 178 3.964.000
Sheet Metal Worker 203 3.960.000
Carpenter 177 3.940.000
Metal press machine operator 192 3,906.000
Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist 166 3 897.000
Plastic Mold Worker 189 3.874.000
Scaffold Worker 186 3,851.000
Internal truck driver 201 3.849.000
Electronic computer operator 169 3.838.000
Forms Builder 178 3.822.000
Small or regular truck driver 215 3,787.000
Polisher 186 3.741.000
Care manager 170 3.723.000
Manufacturer of paper containers 188 3 688.000
Weaver 190 3,661.000
Metal materials inspecting 179 3.620.000
Word Processor Operator 172 3.618.000
Household goods seller 166 3.606.000
Steel worker 185 3,584.000
Kindergarten teacher 173 3.471.000
Ceramics, ceramics and porcelain 182 3.494.000
Guard 175 3,443.000
Receptionist 175 3.371.000
Handyman 186 3 294.000
Assembly of communication equipment 181 3,252.000
Salesman 168 3.221.000
Baker, confectioner 194 3,108.000
Cabby 192 3,012.000
Nursing Assistance 162 2.903.000
Caretaker 171 2.903.000
Waiter and waitress 187 2.780.000
Barber and Hairdresser 185 2.627.000
Cashier, supermarket 177 2.493.000
Laundry 184 2.389.000
Cooker 186 2.380.000
Office Cleaning 175 2.347.000
Clothing manufacturer, sewing 178 1.990.000
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