This Is How Much You Can Earn in Japan Compared to Other Countries in Asia

Plus a comparison of minimum wages.


For anyone planning to work overseas, one of the major factors to be considered is how much you can earn compared to working in other countries. If you’re thinking of moving to Japan for work, you can see a comparison of how much you can earn depending on the type of work and industry versus other countries in Asia such as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore.


Here is the list of countries and average monthly income in different jobs, across different types of industry.

Job | City

Tokyo, Japan

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia*

Hong Kong

Seoul, Korea

Taipei, Taiwan

Singapore

Manufacturing industry

Factory worker (staff)

2,578

747-

1,680

2,212

2,208

1,097

1,946

Engineer (middle class)

3,491

827-

3,467

2,707

2,702

1,428

3,064

Middle manager (section chief)

4,864

2,347-

19,333

4,162

3,562

2,254

4,490

Non-manufacturing industry

Office worker (staff)

2,595

1,142-

5,413

2,389

2,501

1,419

2,548

Manager (section chief)

4,960

7,610-

8,707

4,219

3,833

2,377

4,468

Sales associate 

2,984

n.a.

1,611

2,659

932

1,148

Restaurant waiter

1,159

n.a.

1,793

1,829

683

1,032

(In USD, per month, survey period from December 2018 to February 2019)
*In Saudi Arabia, the number differs whether you are Saudi Arabian nationality or not. In this case, the foreign worker’s salary is mentioned.

Minimum wage

Tokyo, Japan

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hong Kong

Seoul, Korea

Taipei, Taiwan

Singapore

9.15/ hour

800/ month

4.40/ hour

1,558/ month

752/ month

no regulation

(In USD, survey period from December 2018 to February 2019)


Source: Reports from Japan External Trade Organization


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 (29 July 2019)

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