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.
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)|
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)|
|College and university professor||159||8.334.000|
|Real Estate Appraiser||168||7.089.000|
|First Class Architect||177||6,375.000|
|Generation and 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|
|Manufacturer of semiconductor chips||176||4.890.000|
|Motor Vehicle Dealer||179||4.760.000|
|Clinical examination technician||173||4 684.000|
|Casting of non-ferrous metals||185||4,673.000|
|Chemical fiber spinning||169||4 640.000|
|Iron and steel quenching worker||185||4.398.000|
|Metal Forming Machine||196||4,261.000|
|Large truck driver, business||216||4.242.000|
|Manufacturer of wood pattern||181||4.234.000|
|Lathe Machine operator||203||4.176.000|
|Construction machinery 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|
|Tutor or school 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 truck driver||215||3,787.000|
|Manufacturer of paper containers||188||3 688.000|
|Metal materials inspecting||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|
|Clothing manufacturer, sewing||178||1.990.000|