Here Is a List of Minimum Wages in Japan by Region

Something to consider if you're thinking of working in Japan.


Your salary is probably one of the most important factors you consider when you are looking for possible job opportunities. 


We’ve already shown you a
wage comparison between Japan and other neighboring countries. This time, we will compare the hourly minimum wage between the 47 prefectures of Japan, hopefully, to give you an idea of how much salary you deserve.


Japan's average minimum wage in 2019 is ¥901 per hour, up by about ¥27 compared to the previous year. Tokyo has the highest minimum wage in Japan, which is ¥1,013 per hour. It was followed by Kanagawa with a minimum wage of ¥1,011 and Osaka ¥964. While the lowest is in Kagoshima, Okinawa, Miyazaki etc, with a minimum wage of ¥790.


The following table compares the hourly minimum wage amount for each prefecture in Japan in 2019.

Prefecture

Hourly Minimum Wage

Date of Revision

2019

2018

Hokkaido

¥861

¥835

3 October 2019

Aomori

¥790

¥762

4 October 2019

Iwate

¥790

¥762

4 October 2019

Miyagi

¥824

¥798

1 October 2019

Akita

¥790

¥762

3 October 2019

Yamagata

¥790

¥763

1 October 2019

Fukushima

¥798

¥772

1 October 2019

Ibaraki

¥849

¥822

1 October 2019

Tochigi

¥853

¥826

1 October 2019

Gunma

¥835

¥809

6 October 2019

Saitama

¥926

¥898

1 October 2019

Chiba

¥923

¥895

1 October 2019

Tokyo

¥1,013

¥985

1 October 2019

Kanagawa

¥1,011 

¥983

1 October 2019

Niigata

¥830

¥803

6 October 2019

Toyama

¥848

¥821

1 October 2019

Ishikawa

¥832

¥806

2 October 2019

Fukui

¥829

¥803

3 October 2019

Yamanashi

¥837

¥810

1 October 2019

Nagano

¥848

¥821

4 October 2019

Gifu

¥851

¥825

1 October 2019

Shizuoka

¥885

¥858

4 October 2019

Aichi

¥926

¥898

1 October 2019

Mie

¥873

¥846

1 October 2019

Shiga

¥866

¥839

3 October 2019

Kyoto

¥909

¥882

1 October 2019

Osaka

¥964

¥936

1 October 2019

Hyogo

¥899 

¥871

1 October 2019

Nara

¥837

¥811

5 October 2019

Wakayama

¥830

¥803

1 October 2019

Tottori

¥790

¥762

5 October 2019

Shimane

¥790

¥764

1 October 2019

Okayama

¥833

¥807

2 October 2019

Hiroshima

¥871

¥844

1 October 2019

Yamaguchi

¥829

¥802

5 October 2019

Tokushima

¥793

¥766

1 October 2019

Kagawa

¥818

¥792

1 October 2019

Ehime

¥790

¥764

1 October 2019

Kochi

¥790 

¥762

5 October 2019

Fukuoka

¥841 

¥814

1 October 2019

Saga

¥790

¥762

4 October 2019

Nagasaki

¥790

¥762

3 October 2019

Kumamoto

¥790

¥762

1 October 2019

Oita

¥790

¥762

1 October 2019

Miyazaki

¥790

¥762

4 October 2019

Kagoshima

¥790

¥761

3 October 2019

Okinawa

¥790

¥762

3 October 2019

Average

¥901

¥874


You might think it would be more profitable to work in urban areas like Tokyo or Kanagawa because you could get a higher salary. But remember, although you might be able to get a higher salary, the cost of living is also higher than in the other regions. So think wisely before deciding where you will work.


Source: Revised Prefectural Minimum Wages in FY2019 (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare)


See also:
Thinking of Working in Japan? This Might Help You Decide Between the City or Countryside


 (21 August 2019)

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