If you have found a job through any of these recruitment methods at an Eikawa, a public school, or a kindergarten, you can expect your wages to start around 200,000-250,000 Yen per month, with opportunities for enterprising teachers to organize private lessons to augment salary (3,000 yen per hour). While base salaries tend to be very similar, working conditions and lifestyle may differ dramatically among these options and between cities and more remote towns.
International Schools may offer higher salaries to those with some experience or a teaching credential. The most highly sought-after jobs in the country are university teaching positions, which often pay very generous salaries. Most of these will be a reward for those willing to earn a master’s degree and gain competency in speaking advanced-level Japanese, or of marrying a local with some family connections.
Overall, Japan offers some of the most competitive wages in the region, and despite high cost of living in the cities, most teachers are still able to save several hundred of dollars per month. On top of the good salaries, the quality of life is also a huge advantage, with Japan having famously good transport, a clean environment and great public services.