Rise in Private-Sector Salaries: Average Pay for Women Tops ¥3 Million for First TimeEconomy Society
A survey of private-sector salaries conducted by the National Tax Agency found that the average salary earned by private-sector workers increased in 2021 by 2.4% year on year to ¥4,443,000, marking the first increase in three years. The average salary includes an average bonus of ¥666,000, a 3.1% year-on-year increase.
After falling sharply in 2009, salaries recovered moderately, and by 2018 had returned to the level prior to the 2008 financial crisis. However, in 2020, the first year of the global pandemic, the overall level of salaries fell again as bonuses declined in a wide range of industries, particularly hospitality, where businesses were forced to close down or shorten business hours. This slowed the pace of increase in salaries, which have yet to reach the level of the late 1990s.
Looking at pay by gender, the average salary for women reached ¥3.02 million, a 3.2% year-on-year increase and the first time to exceed ¥3 million. However, it remains ¥2.43 million less than the median annual salary for men, which increased 2.5% year on year to ¥5.45 million, illustrating the size of Japan’s gender pay gap. The disparity in pay between regular employees (excluding executives) and nonregular employees (including part-time workers) was also large at ¥3.11 million.
Salary Differences by Gender or Employment Status
|Regular employees||¥5.08 million|
|Nonregular employees||¥1.98 million|
Created by Nippon.com based on data from the National Tax Agency.
(Original article in Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)