On September 16 the National Tax Agency announced the results of its statistical survey of private-sector wages, which shows, among other things, the wage income of workers employed in private companies. The survey clarifies such things as the number of wage-earning workers, the total amount of wages paid to private-company workers, average wages by gender, the distribution of workers among wage groups, and average wages by industry.
Number of wage-earning workers
The number of wage-earning workers who had worked throughout the year was 45.52 million persons, an increase of 460,000 persons over the previous year. Of them, the number of female workers was 18.23 million persons, up 370,000 persons over the previous year.
Total wages paid to private-company workers
The total wages paid to private-company workers was 187.5455 trillion yen, an increase of 4.6710 trillion yen compared with the previous year.
Average wages by gender
By gender, the average annual wage was 5.07 million yen for men and 2.69 million yen for women.
Distribution of workers by wage group
By wage group, the highest number of workers (8.23 million persons) fell in the group receiving from 3 million yen to less than 4 million yen a year.
Average wages by industry
By industry, workers in the utility businesses (electricity, gas, heat supply, and water supply) received the highest average annual wage at 6.96 million yen.
The wage income of workers employed in private companies increased for the first time in three years, the overall average amounting to 4.12 million yen, up 60,000 yen over the previous year. Nevertheless, this average wage level remains at the 1989 level.
Main Results Relating to Income Earners Employed Throughout the Year
|(b) - (a)
||No. of income earners
||45.06 million persons
||45.52 million persons
|(Men: 27.19 million)
|(Women: 17.86 million)
||Total income paid
||182.8745 trillion yen
||187.5455 trillion yen
||4.6710 trillion yen
||Average income per person
||4.06 million yen