Household annual average income Japan 2010-2019

Japanese households had an average annual income of approximately 5.17 million Japanese yen in 2019, constituting a slight increase compared to the previous year.

Stagnant wages and regional income disparities

Household income refers to the combined gross income of all household members aged 15 years and older, regardless of relation. While the average number of household members was 2.3 in 2019, there were only about 1.07 earners per household. A look at the time series reveals that the average income stagnated in the last ten years. However, there are regional disparities: people in Tokyo or Nagoya have seen their incomes rise, whereas in many other parts of Japan, such as Nara or Kagawa, they have not.

Japan’s well-being

Often cited with family income and per capita income, the annual average household income is a useful economic indicator of a country’s living standard and individual wealth. In terms of well-being, Japan’s performance is mixed compared to other OECD countries. While low labor market insecurity and a high employment rate indicate Japan is performing well relative to other OECD countries, average earnings, as well as household net adjusted disposable income were lower than the OECD average.

Average annual income of households in Japan from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Number of respondents

8,182 households

Special properties

total households including workers' and other/no occupation households

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

1 Japanese yen equals 0.0093 U.S. dollars or 0.0084 euros as of April 2020.
Figures have been rounded.
Figures prior to 2019 come from previous reporting.
Sample sizes of previous reports:
2018 n=8,319
2017 n=8,395
2016 n=8,400
2015 n=8,471
2014 n=8,467
2013 n=8,478
2012 n=8,489
2011 n=8,365
2010 n=8,526

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