Have you ever wondered what Japan's minimum wage is? Is it higher than the Brazilian salary? How does the Japanese salary work? Which job or job pays the most? In this article, we will see everything about Japan's salary.
How does the minimum wage in Japan work?
Unlike Brazil, the Japanese minimum wage is calculated by the hour. This value can vary from 600 to 1500 yen per hour, it all depends on the service, region, province, time and even sex.
In Japan the workload is 8 or 9 hours a day, and the worker receives 25% more than the overtime worked, for this reason many like to work overtime called zangyo [残業].
Thinking that way, what is Japan's average salary? If we take the average of 850 yen per hour, working about 8 hours a day, 22 days a month, we will arrive at an approximate value of 150,000 yen, equivalent to 5,000 reais.
It is worth making it clear that this value is quite relative and should not be defined in this way. Take Brazil as an example, although the minimum wage is less than 1,000 reais, many earn 1,500, 2,000 and even 5,000 and are still classified as middle class. Likewise, Japanese people earn 150,000, 200,000 and even more than 300,000 yen.
To reach an average of 250,000 yen a month is not that difficult, there are many jobs that pay around 1,200 an hour, but most of them are heavy. Many believe that the ideal salary is at least 200,000 yen.
Which regions have the best salary in Japan?
Most provinces leave between 700 and 900 yen as average wages. 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, while the rest is between 700 yen per hour.
City halls stipulate an average minimum wage to be paid for any job. If the employer is paying less, you can appeal your rights and the employer can be fined. For a better comparison, see the table below:
|Kanji||Province||Average in Yen|
Table updated in 2019/2020;
Is the Japanese salary enough to live in Japan?
It is noticeable that the highest salary is located in provinces with many industries, metropolises and a large population. Although the salary is high in these places, as a result the rent and cost of living is usually higher.
Don't worry, rent will never cost a minimum wage like in Brazil, you can find good apartments up to 30,000 yen a month. And if you have a large family, it will not exceed 75,000.
If you are unsure whether the Japanese salary is enough for the cost of living, read some articles we wrote below:
- What is really expensive for the Japanese?
- Is it true that Japanese people work hard?
- Is the cost of living in Japan expensive? Should I complain and compare?
Which job pays the highest salary in Japan?
We cannot talk about minimum wages without mentioning the highest paying jobs in Japan. Nor do we need to mention that actresses, executives and famous people can make even 10 million yen a year. Still, some mangakas, animators, directors and other important media positions end up receiving little or even less than an ordinary worker.
Doctors, teachers and lawyers have a great salary and are jobs that many young Japanese people look for when attending college. It is worth remembering that all this is quite relative. Below we will leave a table with ranking of jobs that pay the highest salary. In the table below you can find the average annual salary and also the number of hours worked in the month with this service.
|Work / Employment / Occupation||Average hours per month||Annual Salary (Yen)|
|College and university professor||159||8.334.000|
|Real Estate Appraiser||168||7.089.000|
|High school teacher||165||7.064.000|
|First class architect||177||6,375.000|
|Generation or transformation of the electricity worker||178||5.195.000|
|Ticket seller and ticket examiner (train)||179||5.166.000|
|Social Security Consultant||170||5.085.000|
|Semiconductor chip manufacturer||176||4.890.000|
|Clinical examination technician||173||4 684.000|
|Casting of non-ferrous metals||185||4,673.000|
|Spinning of chemical fibers||169||4 640.000|
|Iron and steel tempering worker||185||4.398.000|
|Large truck driver, business||216||4.242.000|
|Wood Pattern Maker||181||4.234.000|
|Worker inspecting machine||185||4.106.000|
|Construction machine operator||188||4.057.000|
|Milling machine operator||203||4.034.000|
|Assembler of heavy electrical equipment||184||4,002.000|
|Machine Builder||185||3 983.000|
|School tutor or speaker||178||3.964.000|
|Sheet metal worker||203||3.960.000|
|Metal Press Machine Operator||192||3,906.000|
|Physiotherapist or occupational therapist||166||3 897.000|
|Plastic mold worker||189||3.874.000|
|Internal Truck Driver||201||3.849.000|
|Electronic computer operator||169||3.838.000|
|Small or regular size truck driver||215||3,787.000|
|Manufacturer of paper containers||188||3 688.000|
|Metal materials inspecting the worker||179||3.620.000|
|Word processor operator||172||3.618.000|
|Household Goods Seller||166||3.606.000|
|Ceramics, ceramics and porcelain||182||3.494.000|
|Assembly of communication equipment||181||3,252.000|
|Waiter and waitress||187||2.780.000|
|Barber and Hairdresser||185||2.627.000|
|Clothes maker, sewing||178||1.990.000|