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Highest Paying Jobs In Japan For Foreigners

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What are the highest paying jobs in Japan for foreigners? If you’re thinking about working in Japan, this question has probably crossed your mind. In this post, we’ll tell you about some of the highest paid jobs for foreigners in Japan as well as the qualifications you’ll need to get them.

All of the salaries listed are taken from glassdoor.com surveys.

As you would expect, high paying jobs in Japan aren’t as easy to obtain for foreigners as they are for locals. Which is one of the reasons we’ve put this post together. Whether you’re already living in japan, or you’re applying from outside of Japan, we want to increase your chances of getting a high paying job.

A good salary is one that gives you financial freedom and enables you to save. As a rule of thumb, a good salary in Japan is around ¥4,000,000.


Summary Of The Highest Paying Jobs For Foreigners In Japan


Here are 11 of the highest paying jobs for foreigners in Japan, keep reading further down for more details on each one.

11. English Teacher  – Average Salary: ¥2,994K

10. Customer Service – Average Salary: ¥3,883K

9. Recruitment – Average Salary: ¥4,280K

8. Engineer – Average Salary: ¥5,095K

7. Sales & Marketing – Average Salary: ¥5,669K

6. IT Professional – Average Salary: ¥5,881K

5. Business Analyst – Average Salary: ¥6,015K

4. Risk Analyst – Average Salary: ¥6,401K

3. Mechanic – Average Salary: ¥7,119K

2. Doctor – Average Salary: ¥10,069K

1. Banker – Average Salary: ¥11,210K



11. English Teacher

Average Salary: ¥2,994K

Lowest: ¥254K

Highest: ¥3,498K

Requirements: Fluent English Speaker (native level), Bachelor’s Degree, ESL (English as a second language) Certificate & Experience Helps.

Are you a native level English speaker, fluent in Japanese, holding a bachelor’s degree and an ESL certificate?

If so, teaching is a great career in Japan for you.

There are lots of jobs available as an English teacher or as an assistant English teacher at private and public schools. They pay decent salaries too.

You could also get a job as a business English Teacher. You’re likely to make a higher salary in this job than in a school.

If you think this is right for you, take a look at our English teaching jobs page to see if there’s one you like.



10. Customer Service

Average Salary: ¥3,883K

Lowest: ¥205K

Highest: ¥5,478K

Requirements: Japanese Language Skills & A Valid Visa.

If you’re good at speaking Japanese, a customer service job can be a very rewarding career and one of the highest paying jobs in Japan for foreigners.

The country has lots of hotels, cafes, restaurants, call centres etc, so there’s no shortage of work in this industry.

And, if you have multiple languages under your belt, you’ll be able to provide great customer service to tourists as well as locals. Meaning, owners will be more inclined to hire you.

If you know anything about Japanese drinking culture, you’ll know there are plenty of jobs in bars too.

So, customer service could be a great job for you in Japan or an ideal first step on the ladder until you find something you’re really passionate about.



9. Recruitment

Average Salary: ¥4,280K

Lowest: ¥3,014K

Highest: ¥7,666K

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree, Experience Preferred, Good Japanese & English Skills.

Are you a good communicator with good listening skills and strong sales skills, as well as the requirements listed above? If so, a job in recruitment in Japan could be ideal for you.

Recruiters are experts at matchmaking job seekers with employers. It’s a good job that benefits people and the economy, and good recruiters can earn a lot of money.

If you have any experience in recruiting or HR as well as a degree and great Japanese and English language skills. This can be a very lucrative career.



8. Engineer

Average Salary: ¥5,095K

Lowest: ¥3,010K

Highest: ¥8,172K

Recruitment: Engineering Degree or Qualifications, Experience in Engineering.

If you have an engineering background, you could land yourself a great salary in Japan.

Whether you’re a software engineer, a mechanical engineer, or any other kind of engineer, it’s a highly sought after skill set that pays a good salary all over the world. You may end up working on Japan’s renowned railways.

And, Japan is no different. They’re known for their technology and machines, so you’re likely to be working on interesting projects too if you get in with the right company.



7. Marketing & Sales

Average Salary: ¥5,669K

Lowest: ¥3,507K

Highest: ¥10,140K

Requirements: Marketing Experience, Fluent in Japanese.

Marketing and sales can be a great job in Japan for foreigners. Marketing and sales involve promoting goods and services, including market research and advertising.

There are lots of marketing jobs in Japan, and If you’re good at it, you can make a lot of money. Depending on what area of marketing and sales you specialise in, it can be a very interesting and enjoyable career too.

You’ll need to be creative, a good communicator and good at speaking Japanese to do well in marketing.



6. IT Professional

Average Salary: ¥5,881K

Lowest: ¥4,064K

Highest: ¥7,070K

Requirements: Job experience, Business Level Japanese.

If you have dual language skills and experience in the IT industry, this can be one of the highest paying jobs in Japan for foreigners.

IT professionals test, build, install, repair and maintain both hardware and software on complex computer systems in one or multiple locations.

It can be very well paid if you have a high up position too. Take a look at our IT job listings if this looks right for you.



5. Business Analyst

Average Salary: ¥6,015K

Lowest: ¥3,912K

Highest: ¥9,182K

Requirements: Fluency in Japanese & English, Experience.

Another great job in Japan for foreigners is a business analyst.

Business analysts work to improve the systems and processes of business. Through research and analysis, they come up with solutions to business problems.

They effectively help make a business more competitive and find ways to cut costs.

If you already have experience in a role like this and are fluent in Japanese, you can make a great salary in Japan in this job.



4. Risk Analyst

Average Salary: ¥6,401K

Requirements: Risk Analyst Experience, Fluent in Japanese.

A risk analyst can be one of the highest paying jobs in Japan for foreigners. A risk analyst is usually a function in a large organisation (where there is no shortage of money).

Risk analysts predict trends and risks that threaten the success of an organisation. They then pass on this information to senior management, who can make data-led decisions around their risk analysis.

To land a risk analyst job, you’ll need to be excellent at speaking Japanese and have previous risk analyst experience.



3. Mechanic

Average Salary: ¥7,119K

Requirements: Mechanic Experience, Fluent in Japanese.

Are you great with machines? If so, being a mechanic can be another one of the highest paying jobs in Japan for foreigners. Mechanics maintain, repair and restore all kinds of motor vehicles.

Mechanic salaries can vary. For example, a plane mechanic will earn more than a car mechanic because there’s a higher level of responsibility involved.



2. Doctor

Average Salary: ¥10,069K

Requirements: Fluent in Japanese, Qualified to Practice Medicine.

Being a doctor is one of the highest paid jobs in Japan. Moreover, it’s a noble profession, and you will be respected by all. Doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. As you’ll already know, to be a doctor, you will need to be very highly qualified. You will likely be working long hours too.

But, if you like helping people and want to work in Japanese healthcare, you’ll find it very rewarding. You’ll be paid handsomely too.



1.  Banking

Average Salary: ¥11,210K

Requirements: Fluent in Japanese & English, Experience.

Unsurprisingly, banking is one of the highest paying jobs in Japan for foreigners.

Just like everywhere else in the world, Japanese bankers make a lot of money.

So, if you have experience in banking (especially investment banking) and are fluent in English and Japanese, you could land yourself a really well-paid job in Japan.


Interested in living and working in Japan?  Check out ALT jobs with Interac here.

About the Author

Brian McDonough is a consultant at Interac, Japan’s largest provider of ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers). Originally from the US, Brian has lived in Japan for over 25 years, giving him a unique perspective on the cultural differences and challenges people face when moving to Japan. He has first-hand experience of working in Japan as an American.