Starting Salaries of 2006 Graduates Mark First Positive Growth in Three Years
Friday, December 15, 2006 Posted: 05:19 PM JST
According to the 2006 Basic Survey on Wage Structure published in November by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the average starting salary for new university graduates this year increased to 196,200 yen, 1.2 percentage points above the previous year. The average salary for male graduates was 199,800 yen (an increase of 1.6 percentage points) and for female graduates 190,600 yen (an increase of 0.7 percentage points). All the figures showed positive growth for the first time in three years.
By industry, the highest average starting salaries were paid in the service sector for male university graduates (207,000 yen); in the finance and insurance sector for graduates from technical and two-year colleges (184,900 yen); and in the construction sector for high school graduates (162,100 yen).
For female workers, the highest average starting salaries were paid in the information and communication sector for university graduates (207,100 yen) and graduates of technical and two-year colleges (173,600 yen); in the construction sector, the average salary of high school graduates was 153,500 yen.
The lowest average starting salaries were 182,900 yen in the medical and welfare sector for male university graduates; 159,800 yen in the food service and hotel business sector for male graduates from technical and two-year colleges; and 143,900 yen in the education sector for male high school graduates.
For their female counterparts, the lowest starting salaries for university graduates, graduates of technical and two-year colleges, and high school graduates - 179,400 yen, 154,300 yen, and 138,900 yen, respectively - were all found in the finance and insurance sector.
USD 1 = JPY 117 (December 15, 2006)
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