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No.223(2016/11/2)
Results of Survey of Private-Sector Wages in 2015

Regular workers earn average of 4.85 million yen a year, up 1.5%; nonregular workers earn average of 1.70 million yen a year, up 0.5%
According to the results of a survey of private-sector wages released by the National Tax Agency in September, the number of private-sector wage earners employed throughout the whole of 2015 was 47.94 million, up 0.8%, or 370,000, over the previous year. By gender, the number of men was 2.83 million (up 0.9%, or 264,000), and the number of women was 19.63 million (up 0.6%, or 113,000). Their average annual wage was 4.204 million yen, up 1.3%, or 54,000 yen, year-on-year. The average annual wage for men was 5.20 million yen (up 1.2%, or 93,000 yen) and for women 2.76 million yen (up 1.4%, or 38,000 yen). In terms of numbers, therefore, the rate of increase was higher for men; but in terms of average annual wage, the increase rate was higher for women.

By regular and nonregular status, the average annual wage was 4.85 million yen for regular workers (up 1.5%, or 72,000 yen) but only 1.7 million yen for nonregular workers (up 0.5%, or 8,000 yen). By gender, for regular workers, the average annual wage was 5.38 million yen for men (up 1.2%) and 3.67 million yen for women (up 2.2%), while for nonregular workers it was 2.25 million yen for men (up 1.7%) and 1.47 million yen for women (down 0.2%).

Ratio of women much higher among nonregular workers (70.3%) than regular workers (31.2%)
The total number of regular wage earners was 31.41 million (up 1.2%). By gender, there were 21.59 million men (up 1.7%) and 9.82 million women (up 0.2%), so the ratio of women was 31.2%. The total number of nonregular wage earners was 11.23 million (up 3.0%). By gender, there were 3.34 million men (up 2.6%) and 7.89 million women (up 3.1%), so the ratio of women among nonregular workers was much higher at 70.3%. The survey revealed that many women are employed as nonregular workers with low wage levels.

Average Annual Wage
  Men
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
Women
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
Total
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
2014 5,144 0.6 2,722 0.3 4,150 0.3
2015 5,205 1.2 2,760 1.4 4,204 1.3
Average Annual Wage (of Regular Workers)
  Men
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
Women
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
Total
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
2014 5,323 1.1 3,593 0.9 4,777 1.0
2015 5,385 1.2 3,672 2.2 4,849 1.5
Average Annual Wage (of Nonregular Workers)
  Men
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
Women
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
Total
(1,000 yen)
Year-on-year
change (%)
2014 2,220 -1.1 1,475 2.9 1,697 1.1
2015 2,258 1.7 1,472 -0.2 1,705 0.5

Source: Compiled from "Results of Survey on Private-Sector Wages," National Tax Agency

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