Japan Digital Salary Benchmark 2022

Many Japanese companies are riding the wave of digital transformation but what other businesses and roles are thriving?

Japan Salary Benchmark 2022

Japan sees acceleration in digital transformation in times of Covid

Among the companies that have been thriving are consultancy firms that offer consulting on digital transformation, experience design and new product development. As well as marketing services agencies like integrated ad agencies, creative agencies, digital agencies, Ad/MarTech, and many more. They support their clients through rapid transformation to adapt to new markets and opportunities. They also help to develop and sell new products in those markets. Others are big tech, e-commerce and software companies. 

日本語版はこちら (For the Japanese version, click here:) 国内給与水準2022デジタルポジション.

Recent developments in the market

Traditionally, Japan tends to have a highly loyal workforce and some people will remain in a job even if there are far better opportunities in the market. Labor mobility remains lower when compared to other countries, but that is slowly changing with younger people more open to changing jobs and pushing for higher compensation. Strong loyalty in the workforce stems from Japan’s traditional way of thinking whereby dedicating oneself to a company is seen as a virtue.However, the job market has been changing recently. Internationally minded job seekers, old and young, are constantly looking for better opportunities and they’re not interested in staying with the same employer indefinitely”, says Yukino Osawa, Consultant at Cogs Japan.

Cogs Japan largely focuses on bilingual talent and we have seen the demand for such talent grow in the past years. “This includes foreign firms operating in Japan who need managers that can communicate with HQ and with expat staff in-country. It also includes Japanese firms that are pushing to increase international sales as they face a shrinking market in Japan due to changing demographics that slows down demand”, says Gary Bremermann, Partner Cogs Tokyo.

Many Japanese companies are riding the wave of digital transformation pushed by flexible working arrangements, cloud tools for efficient collaboration and new demands from clients. Companies in the tech space that offer payment solutions have seen a boost along with software companies that offer SaaS products for a transformative solution. The same counts for MarTech companies that enable their clients (especially those in e-commerce) more efficient marketing efforts (SEO, data dashboarding, data analytics etc.).

Also companies in the D2C e-commerce space are seeing big growth, either by improving their own digital platform or by more efficient use of existing platforms like Rakuten and Amazon. “The majority of these companies have bilingual requirements, while the market in our experience offers around 10-15% of professionals that have a high level of business English”, says Chris Frost, Founder of Cogs Agency and CEO of Cogs Asia.

Opportunities

There is a strong demand and increased compensation for people that can develop creative and innovative ideas, strategies, and tactics based on their understanding of data. Creative ideas that lack a strong validation by data carry risk. Companies are looking for advertising and marketing professionals who can work with data and come up with creative solutions based on data and not just propose creative work based on a “gut feeling” or an outlier idea.

In digital marketing and e-commerce there is a demand for people that know how to run programmatic campaigns and that can utilize social media to drive growth for e-commerce businesses.

Other opportunities lie in the experience design space, incl. service, product and UX/UI design especially when connected to digital transformation. According to Chris, there is a strong difference in demand for digitally focused skills vs traditional skills. For example, a product designer who started in graphics and grew into UX design to product design could be on 40-50% more than their peer who worked in graphic design 5-7 years ago. That means progressive digital skills are on a higher pay scale than colleagues in traditional roles. And the same counts for other roles like analytics, where professionals in digital analytics and marketing science that know more about channels and tools, could earn significantly more than their peers in business analytics on customer experience, even though they were both in business analytics before.

Gary adds: “ ’Non-digital’ people, those who haven’t kept up with the pace of technological change, are being left behind in terms of job opportunities and compensation. No matter how senior you are in an organization, it’s essential to keep up-to-date with your skills and these days digital is fundamental.”

Another opportunity is visible for sales roles, particularly in the AdTech/MarTech sector where there is a robust demand for “hunter” type salespeople who can acquire new clients. Especially for mid-level roles that require some level of bilingual capabilities because there is a small supply of successful salespeople available in the market. Responsibility and revenue are the two key drivers of value and are rewarded accordingly.

Attain the right talent

“Workplace flexibility is something that has emerged due to COVID and is becoming an important differentiator among companies”, Gary says.  “We’re seeing a spectrum of post-COVID plans emerging from 100% back-to-the-office to 100% fully remote.  The bulk of companies looking to implement some kind of hybrid plan with 2-3 days/week in the office. The more flexibility offered, the more attractive a company is for some top talent.”

Yukino adds “Even a very traditional company like NTT, a telecommunications company, decided to let employees work anywhere in Japan allows their employees to avoid notorious rush-hours. And those who needed to take up a post away from their home are now able to live with their families. We’re expecting more traditional companies to follow this new trend.” 

Salary benchmark

When studying our salary benchmark, keep in mind that we are mainly covering international roles, meaning intl. companies originating from Japan and foreign companies like agencies, consulting firms, big brands or tech companies.

According to Chris, a Tech company might pay more for a Product Manager or UX designer than a Japanese domestic focused business that is developing its first digital platform.  Also, Agencies usually offer higher basic salaries with lower benefits packages than consulting firms. Outliers are big tech companies like FAANG (Facebook/Meta, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google/Alphabet) and major software businesses (supplying enterprise software), compared to lower-paying companies with a domestic-only focused business. Also, we base our benchmark on bilingual candidates, who can command higher salaries with the same skills because they lean towards international companies and regional roles.

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Commercial

Japanese Yen (¥), Full Time Salary (calc. Annually)

    Digital analytics

  • Director of Data Analytics

    ¥14Mil - 22Mil

  • Data Analytics Lead

    ¥8Mil - 12Mil

  • Senior Data Analyst

    ¥6Mil - 8Mil

  • Data Analyst

    ¥4Mil - 6Mil

  • Junior Data Analyst

    ¥3Mil - 4Mil

    PRODUCT MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS ANALYTICS

  • Senior Product Manager

    ¥10Mil - 16Mil

  • Product Manager

    ¥6Mil - 10Mil

  • Associate Product Manager

    ¥4Mil - 6Mil

  • Senior Business Analyst

    ¥10Mil - 14Mil

  • Business Analyst

    ¥8Mil - 10Mil

  • Associate Business Analyst

    ¥4Mil - 8Mil

    MARKETING & Ecommerce

  • E-commerce Director

    ¥14Mil - 18Mil

  • E-commerce Senior Manager

    ¥10Mil - 14Mil

  • E-commerce Manager

    ¥6Mil - 8Mil

  • Digital Marketing Director

    ¥12Mil - 18Mil

  • Digital Marketing Manager

    ¥6Mil - 12Mil

  • Digital Marketing Executive

    ¥4Mil - 6Mil

  • SEO Manager

    ¥8Mil - 10Mil

  • SEO Executive

    ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    Project & Programme Management

  • Head of Production

    ¥12Mil - 15Mil

  • Project Director

    ¥10Mil - 12Mil

  • Senior Project Manager

    ¥8Mil - 10Mil

  • Project Manager

    ¥4Mil - 8Mil

    Account Management

    • Managing Director

      ¥18Mil - 30Mil

    • Client Services Director

      ¥15Mil - 18Mil

    • Group Account Director

      ¥12Mil - 14Mil

    • Account Director

      ¥8Mil - 12Mil

    • Account Manager

      ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    • Acccount Executive

      ¥4Mil - 6Mil

    Sales and customer sucess in SaaS; martech, ad tech

    • Country Manager

      ¥30Mil - 40Mil

    • Sales Director

      ¥20Mil - 30Mil

    • Sales Manager

      ¥8Mil - 15Mil

    • Sales Exec

      ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    • Customer Sucess Director

      ¥12Mil - 15Mil

    • Senior Customer Sucess Mangaer

      ¥10Mil - 12Mil

    • Customer Sucess Manager

      ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    STRATEGY

    • Head of Strategy

      ¥18Mil - 28Mil

    • Planning Director

      ¥15Mil - 18Mil

    • Senior Planner/Strategist

      ¥10Mil - 14Mil

    • Planner/Strategist

      ¥8Mil - 12Mil

    • Junior Planner/Strategist

      ¥4Mil - 8Mil

Creative

    Creative

    • Executive Creative Director

      ¥10Mil - 16Mil

    • Senior Art Director

      ¥8Mil - 10Mil

    • Art Director

      ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    • Junior Art Director

      ¥4Mil - 6Mil

    • Senior Copywriter

      ¥8Mil - 10Mil

    • Copywriter

      ¥8Mil

    • Junior Copywriter

      ¥4Mil - 6Mil

    Design

    • Design Director (visual)

      ¥12Mil - 18Mil

    • Senior Designer (visual)

      ¥8Mil - 10Mil

    • Designer (visual)

      ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    • Junior designer (visual)

      ¥4Mil - 6Mil

    • Design Director (service)

      ¥15Mil - 20Mil

    • Senior Designer (service)

      ¥8Mil - 10Mil

    • Designer (service)

      ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    • Junior designer (Service)

      ¥4Mil - 6Mil

    • Design Director (UX and Product)

      ¥12Mil - 18Mil

    • DSenior Designer (UX and Product)

      ¥8Mil - 12Mil

    • Designer (UX and Product)

      ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    • Junior designer (UX and Product)

      ¥4Mil - 6Mil

    Content & Production

    • Social Media Director

      ¥12Mil - 14Mil

    • Social Media Manager

      ¥7Mil - 10Mil

    • Senior Content Strategist

      ¥8Mil - 10Mil

    • Content Strategist

      ¥6Mil - 8Mil

    • Senior Content Producer

      ¥6Mil - 9Mil

    • Content Producer

      ¥4Mil - 6Mil

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