What is The Average Teaching Salary in Japan?
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If you’re looking to live and work in a country that oozes history, culture and eccentricity, then Japan is the country for you. But, truthfully, if you’re looking to save thousands, then you might want to consider another country. Japan is one of the most fascinating countries to live in, but teaching English abroad there is not going to get you the same kind of paycheck as the United Arab Emirates or South Korea. On the other hand, in how many other countries can you find ancient Buddhist temples, tropical beaches and cat coffee shops? Don’t get us wrong, you’re not going to starve teaching English in Japan, and you’re likely to earn well enough to live comfortably and travel and explore on your time off, but don’t expect to be able to pay off your student loan in a few months. Here’s what you need to know about the average teaching salary in Japan.
The average salary for teaching in Japan
There are a number of different teaching options in Japan and where you teach will influence how much you earn.
Teaching at an Eikaiwa, also known as a private language school, a conversation school or a cram school, you can earn from $2 200 to $2 500 a month.
If you are working as a teaching assistant (an ALT) your salary will be a bit lower, probably around $2 000 a month. The one exception is the JET program which pays about $2 500 a month, including health insurance and long, paid holidays. This increases each year you work in the programme.
Kindergarten jobs are surprisingly well-paid, earning you around $3 000 a month.
If you are qualified enough to teach at a university, salaries pay around $2 500 to $5 000 a month. What makes working at a university more appealing is that your working hours are likely to only be about 15 hours a week and you’ll get three months’ paid vacation a year.
If you decide to supplement your income with private tutoring, you can charge around $20 an hour, but this will also depend on the demand for teachers. If there are a lot of private English tutors in your area, you may not be able to charge so much. Conversely, if there aren’t many teachers around you could charge more.
The cost of living in Japan
As you can imagine, living in a city like Tokyo is going to be a lot more expensive than living in a small town. Accommodation, food, transport and entertainment will all vary in cost depending on where you live.
In general, rent will set you back about $800 a month, while utility bills will come to about $100 a month. At this cost, housing in bigger cities is likely to be a small apartment while in smaller towns it could mean a two-bedroom house.
If you prefer to eat and go out in the more touristy parts of town – no matter which town it is – you are guaranteed to pay more than if you are happy to eat like a local. Foreign-friendly establishments are likely to charge inflated rates as they are aimed more at tourists than locals. Luckily for you, as is usually the case, the food at authentic Japanese restaurants is even better than at tourist restaurants.
Contract benefits in Japan
Teaching jobs in Japan are a bit of a mixed bag. Some employers will offer flights, health insurance and accommodation, while others will offer you nothing more than your paycheck. If your school doesn’t offer any financial help with accommodation, they should still help you find and secure housing. Your employer should also give you help securing a work visa.
In a nutshell, teaching in Japan is what-you-see-is-what-you-get. Your teaching job won’t ask for crazy hours or surprise you with hidden extras but you shouldn’t expect more in return than your paycheck.
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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