Salary Variation between National Civil Servant and Company Employee

In Japan, salary of national civil servants has been catching attention of people as a part of civil servant system reform.  So, I would like to introduce an interesting article about payment to Japanese civil servants, today!

National civil servants and local government officials are often criticised due to favourable treatment to them (To be more specific, national civil servants are basically public officers who passed national exam and who is now working in central government or its regional offices).  But, how much are they actually earning?


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Unlike local government officers, annual income of national civil servant has not been disclosed with some reason, but National Personnel Authority discloses example of their typical annual income.  According to the data, a 25 year-old, single officer can receive approx. 2.81 million yen per year (US$ 34,250), a 35 year-old assistant manager with a spouse and a child may be entitled to receive 4.56 million yen per year (US$55,420), and a 50 year-old local office manager with a spouse and 2 children may receive 7 million yen (US$85,860).  When it comes to a top-level bureaucrat aged 45 with a spouse and 2 children, he/she will be able to receive about 12million yen per year! (US$144,851)

Ok, important thing here is that whether these are actually extremely higher than others or not, isn’t it?  According to the article, average annual income of company employees are as follows; those aged 25~29 typically receives 3.66million yen (US$44,498); 30~34 years old is 4.32million yen; 35~39 years old is 5.05million yen (US$61,398); 40~44 years old is 5.77million yen (US$69,922); 45~49 years old is 6.32 million yen (US$76,587) (based on the result of investigation by the National Tax Agency).

Wow, so this means that there is not very significant difference between national civil servants and company employees apart from (well, of course!) those top-level bureaucrats.  When you come right down to it, national civil servants have some advantages as they are more secure from salary cut due to downturn in business or redundancy…  And to addition to these, there may be some officers who receives more than these ‘example’ income disclosed_(_^_)_

What do you think about today’s article?  Please send me your opinion anytime 🙂


Source: web R25


This is JAPAN Style!