Introducing The Average Salary in Tokyo! Also Introduces Wages for Foreigners
If you are a foreigner who has decided to live alone in Tokyo, you may be wondering how much money people working in Tokyo make. So in this article, we will explain the average income of people working in Tokyo, wages for foreigners and popular occupations.
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What is the average income of Japanese people working in Tokyo?
The table below shows the average annual salary for Tokyo and the rest of Japan from 2014 to 2020. The average annual salary in Tokyo is around 6 million yen, while the national average is around the low 4 million yen range, making Tokyo a region with a considerably higher annual salary than the national average.
[Average annual salary in Tokyo
|counter for years (following a number in the hito-futa-mi counting system)||Average annual salary in Tokyo||national average|
|2020||5.95 million yen||4.43 million yen|
|2019||6.2 million yen||4.36 million yen|
|2018||6.22 million yen||4.41 million yen|
|2017||6.16 million yen||4.32 million yen|
|2016||6.06 million yen||422,000,000 yen|
|2015||6.24 million yen||4.2 million yen|
|2014||6.13 million yen||4.15 million yen|
Average annual salary and wages of Japanese working in Tokyo by category
Next, let’s take a closer look at the average annual salary in Tokyo, broken down by gender, age and more.
The table below shows the average annual salary by gender in Tokyo from 2014 to 2020. Men will earn around the upper 6 million yen range, while women will earn around the upper 4 million yen range, with men earning around 2 million yen more.
Average annual salary by gender in Tokyo
|counter for years (following a number in the hito-futa-mi counting system)||masculine gender||woman|
|2020||6.61 million yen||4.68 million yen|
|2019||6.92 million yen||4.84 million yen|
|2018||6.95 million yen||4.77 million yen|
|2017||6.85 million yen||4.75 million yen|
|2016||6.77 million yen||4.65 million yen|
|2015||6.92 million yen||4.74 million yen|
|2014||6.78 million yen||4.7 million yen|
The table below shows the average annual salary by age in Tokyo, and while there is little difference between men and women in their twenties, the older the age, the higher the average annual salary for men. This is thought to be related to the fact that women often take time off or quit their jobs due to marriage or childbirth, and even after returning to work, there are cases where they work part-time to raise their children.
[Average annual salary by age in Tokyo
|20 years old||2.54 million yen||2.6 million yen|
|30 years old||4.95 million yen||4.31 million yen|
|40 years old||6.84 million yen||5.13 million yen|
|50 years old||8.11 million yen||5.37 million yen|
|60 years old||7.17 million yen||4.73 million yen|
by educational background
The average annual salary by educational background in Tokyo is shown in the table below. The higher the educational background, the higher the annual salary, and the average annual salary for male university graduates is 8.23 million yen.
[Average annual salary in Tokyo by educational background
|academic background||masculine gender||woman|
|university graduate||8.23 million yen||6.45 million yen|
|Technical college and junior college graduates||6.45 million yen||5.74 million yen|
|high school graduate||5.99 million yen||4.73 million yen|
Tokyo has a characteristic that the average annual salary varies greatly depending on the ward. The highest average annual salaries are in Minato and Chiyoda wards, where the average annual salary exceeds 10 million yen. On the other hand, Adachi and Katsushika wards have low annual salaries, in the 3 million yen range.
However, this does not mean that you can earn a high income if you work in Minato or Chiyoda Ward, because high-income people often live in Minato or Chiyoda Ward.
[Top 3 average annual salaries by Tokyo 23 wards
|order||district||average annual salary|
|first place||Harbour Ward (e.g. in Tokyo)||11.63 million yen|
|second place||Chiyoda Ward||10.06 million yen|
|third place||Shibuya Ward||8.86 million yen|
[The 3 worst average annual incomes by Tokyo’s 23 wards
|order||district||average annual salary|
|23rd.||Adachi Ward||3.47 million yen|
|21st place||Itabashi Ward||3.69 million yen|
The table below shows the average annual salary for major industries in Tokyo. Professional jobs such as system engineers and physical work such as civil engineering workers tend to have high annual salaries, while customer service jobs such as sales clerks tend to have low annual salaries.
Average annual salary by industry in Tokyo
|type of industry||average annual salary|
|systems engineer||5.58 million yen|
|taxi driver||4.81 million yen|
|heavy truck driver||4.44 million yen|
|Care Worker at Welfare Facilities||4.03 million yen|
|civil engineering worker||5.89 million yen|
|entertainment bureaucrat||3.72 million yen|
|salesperson||3.71 million yen|
Average Wage of Foreigners Working in Tokyo
There is no detailed information on the average annual salary of foreigners in Tokyo, but considering that the national average monthly salary for foreigners is about 210,000 yen and the average annual salary in Tokyo is about 1.4 times the national average, I guess that the monthly salary is about 290,000 yen (210,000 yen x 1.4 = 290,000 yen). Then the annual income would be 290,000 yen x 12 = 3,480,000 yen, and if you add bonuses, it might be about 4 million yen.
However, there are many foreigners who work in special ways, such as technical interns, and their annual income can vary greatly depending on their status of residence classification.
Source: 2020 Basic Survey on Wage Structure, Wages by Status of Residence https://www.mhlw.go.jp/toukei/itiran/roudou/chingin/kouzou/z2020/dl/08.pdf
Professions with many foreigners working in Tokyo
Foreigners can work in a variety of occupations in Tokyo, but engineers, language school teachers, and the restaurant and service industry are popular with many foreigners.
Programmers and engineers are popular job opportunities for foreigners, as they are industries where it is often possible to work even if your Japanese language skills are not that high. Another reason for their popularity is that they tend to have a high annual salary. However, programmers and engineers are often busy with their work, and they also need motivation to keep studying the latest programming languages.
Language School Teachers
Teaching at a language school is a very popular job opportunity for foreigners. Since you are teaching your own language to Japanese students, the biggest advantage is that you have the skills right from the start. However, it is important to note that employment opportunities may be limited for minor languages, and that university degrees are often a requirement for employment.
Restaurant and service industry
There are many restaurants and entertainment facilities in Tokyo, so there are many foreigners working there. Japanese language skills are required to serve customers, but you don’t need to be perfect at Japanese to work if you just want to ask for orders. In Tokyo, there are restaurants of various countries such as Italian and Indian cuisine, so it will be easy to work in restaurants of your own country with many people of the same country.
Tokyo is Japan’s capital and has the largest population, and the average annual salary tends to be higher than in other parts of Japan. It is also a great place for foreigners to find high-paying jobs.
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