Nintendo Reveals How Much Its Employees Make In Japan And Other Key Statistics

The average Nintendo of Japan employee makes $80,000 a year.

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Nintendo has shared some intriguing new information about its workforce in Japan. As spotted by analyst Daniel Ahmad, the Nintendo of Japan recruitment page contains some statistics about the people who work for Nintendo of Japan, including their average age, salary, length of employment, and more.

Nintendo of Japan employees more than 2,000 people, and their average age is 38.6. On average, a Nintendo of Japan employee makes $80,000 per year, and has worked at Nintendo for 13.5 years. Also notable is 7hrs, 45mins, which is the average length of a work day for a Nintendo of Japan employee.

As mentioned, this information only pertains to Nintendo of Japan. The Mario maker has subsidiaries in other places around the world, including Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe, among other locations. Recruitment statistics do not appear to be available for those places.

In other Nintendo corporate news, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime recently announced that he is retiring in April.

"Thank you for your never-ending support, and for your passionate love of Nintendo. And personally, for giving me a Mushroom Kingdom full of incredible memories that I will never forget, ever.

In another piece of news, the Nintendo Switch was released two years ago today, on March 3, 2017. The console has been a huge success; Nintendo has sold more than 32 million Switch units as of December 31, 2018, which is a massive improvement over the Wii U.

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Xristophoros

you think sakurai would go on record to discuss how poor the working conditions are if they weren't? you better believe this stuff happens at "nintendo" offices as well. more good news about sakurai if you wish to read it:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-03-05/nintendo-game-director-masahiro-sakurai-continues-working-while-sick-hooks-up-to-iv-drip/.144207

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nintendians

for making games, that's seem pretty good paid to work there.

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Moonco

My chances working at Nintendo are very slim because I refuse to work more than 1hr 45 min per day.

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bagobonez

Goes to show you that a solid work ethic, dedication and remaining with a company for a few years can make you successful. Cry babies in America want $15/hr for working fast food where they get your order wrong more times than not, show up late, leave early, etc.

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gamer_joe

@bagobonez: Both of my parents were born in Japan and I have visited the country many times. In general, Japanese people work much harder. Their whole work ethics (dedications and focus), no many countries can come close apart from South Korea.

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SaikoWaifu2003

@fildosaggins: It's the kind of self-loathing scabs who multiply like rabbids (yes the spelling is deliberate) and make employees such pushovers. Frankly a highly skilled employee working for that number of years in the same company, in a highly developed country, deserves at least a six digit annual salary.

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Mech_Battalion

@bagobonez: You have to realize that is the AVERAGE. That is including the salary of people like Miyamoto and Furukawa. Take away the executive roles and most employees make about 40-50k.

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SaikoWaifu2003

@Mech_Battalion: And really 80,000 USD a year for a highly skilled employee that has worked with the company for that long is a bit low for a highly developed country.

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Externalpower43

@bagobonez: They get your order wrong because for $7.25 an hour they don't give a crap about you or your taco. If fast food restaurants paid better they could have a team that actually cares about their job. Fast food and all crap companies that pay minimum wage have to hire more people than they need because no one wants to work a job that hardly pays for gas to get there. For $7.25 an hour customers and employers get exactly what they deserve.

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bagobonez

@externalpower43: I worked at the busiest Pizza Hut in the tri-state area as my first job. Making $4.25 an hour which was minimum wage at the time. I didn't bitch and moan, I did my best to get the orders out correctly and in a timely manner. It's called taking pride in your work. Guess what, I'm not still at that job begging for $15 an hour. So miss me with that.

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gamer_joe

@externalpower43: Sure customers get what they pay for, also customers have a CHOICE whether to pay for a service. That's why McDonald installs the self-service ordering system to replace them. Customers touch the screen for their own orders, the computer doesn't get it wrong and doesn't put up a grumpy face to the customers (not to mention pension, healthcare, insurance, strike, sick leaves).

In the old days, jobs in fast food chain supposed to be first step into the career, then people explore for better jobs or fill the gaps in between jobs, basically a temporary role. Unfortunately, the down spiral economy means these kind of temporary jobs becoming more the main job for people to bring up the family. The basic function of the jobs haven't changed throughout the years. It's the people expectations changed.

Travel to Japan, South Korea and China and see what's the work ethics like in the other side of globe, it will give you a lot of perspectives.

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s0ldier69

@externalpower43: And they will behave exactly the same at 15 an hour and cry that it should be 20. Those jobs were never meant to be lifetime family supporter jobs. they are for kids getting their first job and learning basic skills in the workplace and getting their first taste of income. When the minimum wage goes up to 15 then the prices all go up with it. Thus, nothing has changed except the prices of food and services for the rest of us, making our own income less. I know your liberal teachers have brainwashed you to think otherwise but basic economics will be a hard teacher for you socialist types.

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NattyDaddy604

@s0ldier69: Ah, how refreshing it is to see someone with a basic understanding of economics. Kudos!

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gamer_joe

@s0ldier69is dead right. A good teacher teaches you there is between right and wrong. A bad teacher teaches you there is only right or wrong.

I was in trouble arguing a lot with my teachers back at school but I am so glad I did. My career and what I learn from working in society proves that I am right.

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Terrorantula

A lot more than I make lol

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BongaConga

Holy crap that is nothing for such an expensive country. That is like someone making 20k a year in the US

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SaikoWaifu2003

@bongaconga: It isn't so much that it's low for the country as opposed to it being a bit low for a highly skilled employee working that number of years for the same company in a highly developed country.

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T_He

@bongaconga: The average annual salary in Japan in 2016 was 4,420,000 yen which is equivalent to $39,488.28 USD. Please don't misinform people my dude.

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BongaConga

@t_he: like I said, that is nothing. There is a reason Japan has such a high suicide rate. To live OK in Japan you need at least 120k a year

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timothySS10

@bongaconga: that, like allot of places, is widely dependent on the area u are in. Tokyo's prices are kind of out of hand, agreed. but for at least the headquarters, they are placed in Kyoto, which in the imitate area is pricey, but the commute from where i was staying did not seem that bad, and i'm sure allot of their employees live in the areas around it, not in it, putting them well above thats needed to live "OK"

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BongaConga

@timothyss10: Dude, do you have an idea of healthcare costs there, food, dining out from time to time and other services? Rent? Gas, Etc. it is so much more expensive than the US. You need to earn over100k there or you live only to work and die without the tiniest bit of good quality freetime.

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Ultima_Dragoon

Yeah, 7 hours 45 minutes for their shift (plus "voluntary" 4 hours staying after to show the boss their dedication)

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GusBR

@Ultima_Dragoon: What you're saying sounds more like China (I work in china, in a mobile game company).

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NSA_Protocol44

@gusbr: Milking them Whales i see lol.

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Thanatos2k

Yeah, what's the median salary. We all know that work week stat is also a lie.

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sakaiXx

If this excludes millionaires who can easily skew the results like the CEO, Producer, Directors and other key position who earns few millions per year then this is really great news. I always support rank and file employees getting paid well for good job they do.

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Vodoo

@sakaixx: I don't see why it would exclude executives. They're still employees of the company.

I would imagine it's the average salary between the CEO and the almost-homeless guy wearing a Mario costume out on the sidewalk in front of the building.

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Xristophoros

sakurai would beg to differ. the man almost died... twice... while making smash bros. games. why would anyone trust such statistics from the employer itself?

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sakaiXx

@Xristophoros: Sakurai is not with nintendo. He is contracted to make the games.

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Xristophoros

@sakaixx: his studio is 72% owned by nintendo. he works exclusively with nintendo on first party games. he is a nintendo employee.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sora_Ltd.

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Jach

@Xristophoros: Yeah, according to that article, he is NOT a Nintendo employee, he's an employee of Sora Ltd. which is a subsidiary of Nintendo, but still its own company.

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Xristophoros

@jach: you think sakurai would go on record to discuss how poor the working conditions are if they weren't? you better believe this stuff happens at "nintendo" offices as well. more good news about sakurai if you wish to read it:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-03-05/nintendo-game-director-masahiro-sakurai-continues-working-while-sick-hooks-up-to-iv-drip/.144207

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Jach

@Xristophoros: Not disputing that.

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gargungulunk

8 hour days, no wonder it takes so long for a game to come out.

JK

That's pretty cool. Interesting how the average age is in the 30s...they always show the 80yo dudes

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Jigen32

I have a feeling the few that are making millions are using their outlier to raise that average.

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IcelandicHossi

lol average devs in Nintendo USA do not make that on average. I wonder if now that the figures of Japan are in the news if ex Nintendo devs in the USA will come out and start stuff

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Jach

@icelandichossi: Well it's apples and oranges. You can't compare without taking their living expenses into account.

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NSA_Protocol44

Not bad. Here a doctor earns that much.

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NSA_Protocol44

@fildosaggins: Well a starting doctor does and of course if its a surgeon then it goes above the 10K a month

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cff3

doesn't sound like a bad gig. I was thinking these guy's were working 12+ hrs a day

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angrycreep

@cff3: I was thinking they make way more than that. that seems to be low for a corporate of this size and fame. But then again Shigeru Miyamoto net worth is $40 million, I actually thought this guy net worth was into the 100 millions. It is very evidence that video game makers don't make as much money as we all thought