It’s March which means lots of new AETs/ALTs are graduating college and getting jobs in Japan. You may be getting ready to fly out now! But, while there’s lots of vague information out there about the transition, specifics can be hard to come by. So, to let you know what you’re financially getting into, here’s a break down of what I make and what I pay.
I work full time hours as an ALT/AET, but my contract is for gyomu itaku; an outsourcing or dispatch contract. For this work I make full salary 8 months out of the year, and a reduced salary for four months covering winter break, spring break, and summer break.
Yearly Income: 2,600,000 yen
Rent: 62,000 yen per month
Internet: 6,000 yen per month, paid to two different companies
Smart Phone: 10,000 yen per month
Power, Water, and Gas Utilities: 30,000 per month in winter, 18,000 yen per month in summer
Health Insurance: 15,000 yen per month for 9 months each year
I have never received a raise at any of the places I have worked in Japan. In order to increase my salary, I have had to leverage my experience to get a better job at a different company. Initially, I worked multiple part time jobs to pay the bills, but I prefer one regular job to several more lucrative ones with irregular hours. Also, it is much easier to make ends meet while sharing a living space with someone else.