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Guide to Japan and Teaching English in Japan

Michael Chan Former ELT News editor Michael Chan wrote this comprehensive guide to teaching English in Japan. It covers just about any question you might have, from the kind of qualifications you need to the differences between the different kinds of schools.

This resource is aimed at those interested in pursuing a teaching career in Japan. We welcome further additions and comments to this page. If there is information you cannot find in this guide - post your query on the Message Board or contact ELT News using our contact form

January 04, 2009

Salary Expectations

According to Japanese government figures for 1999, the average salary for a male worker is 450,000 yen per month. It is 250,000 for female workers.

These figures were complied from teaching job classifieds in Japan from various sources such as the Internet and newspapers. The numbers are intended only to give a general indication of the range of salaries that are being offered:

Hours / Week

Monthly Salary (Yen)

Hourly Rate (Yen)

The 'Big 3' Conversation Schools

35 - 40

290,000 - 320,000

2,000 - 3,000

Small/medium-sized conversational schools

20 - 25

240,000 - 270,000

2,000 - 3,000

Company classes

15 - 25

300,000 - 350,000

3,500 - 5,500

High school classes

20 - 30

250,000 - 400,000

3,000 - 6,000

Further Reference
Check the Lloyds TSB Bank site to see current yen rates.

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