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What is the average salary for teaching English in Japan? (2016)

The average salary for teaching English in Japan is between 240,000 - 260,000 JPY per month ($2,337 to $2,531). The top end of that - 340,000 JPY, is typically for positions at a University teaching English. Location also made a large difference in salary, the smaller salaries below 200,000 JPY are generally for positions out in rural Japan in places like Hyogo or small towns like Yanai.

We also looked at housing benefits as getting housing provided or an accommodation allowance is the single largest benefit and found roughly 13% of jobs provided an apartment, 33% provided an apartment, but paid nothing or only a small stipend and the rest didn't pay (although they did typically help people find an apartment).

To calculate these numbers we examined all the jobs posted on teflSearch from the past year for Japan. You can see the full percentage breakdown and a lovely graph below.

If you want to know how that salary actually breaks down in practice and what you're have left over each month, we put together a full breakdown of the costs including tax, housing, airfare etc. in our Japanese cost of living calculator.

Average monthly teaching salary (JPY) Percentage of jobs (%)
0 - 160,000 1.50
160,000 - 180,000 1.86
180,000 - 200,000 1.49
200,000 - 220,000 2.97
220,000 - 240,000 10.78
240,000 - 260,000 50.93
260,000 - 280,000 18.59
280,000 - 300,000 3.72
300,000 - 320,000 3.72
320,000 - 340,000 1.12
340,000+ 3.30
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