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Salary & Benefits

ASIJ seeks to recruit and retain a world-class faculty who are well-trained, possess deep experience, and who will serve as collaborative partners to make our Strategic Design Framework a reality.

Understanding Employment

ASIJ’s employees fall into several categories that include foreign-hire and local-hire faculty, teaching assistants, and other support positions in our divisions, administrative and professional staff, and school leadership. Compensation packages for each of these groups are different and details for non-faculty positions will be provided during the application process.

Local-Hire Faculty
Local-hire faculty are those who already reside in Japan, without regard to passport, and were subsequently hired by the school. Their decision for coming to Japan may be to accompany a spouse or partner who has accepted work in Tokyo, or any other circumstances that would cause them to be here prior to applying for a job at ASIJ.

Foreign-hired Faculty
Foreign-hire teachers are those recruited from overseas by ASIJ for the sole purpose of working at the School.

* Note: While base salary is the same for local-hire and foreign-hire faculty, some benefits differ. The details that follow below are provided with a foreign-hire compensation package only.

Initial contracts for foreign-hire faculty are for three years. After a teacher’s initial 3-year period, contracts are subject to an annual renewal process.

Starting Salary
ASIJ regularly benchmarks its salary and benefits against other international schools, both in Japan and across Asia. ASIJ’s starting base salary for new teachers is highly competitive among international schools. ASIJ has 19 steps on its salary scale. All compensation is paid in Japanese Yen.

An annual Housing Allowance is paid depending on family size and marital status. A one-time Relocation Allowance of ¥500,000 is paid upon arrival. Both allowances are on a one-per-family basis.

Housing Assistance
In addition to the Housing Allowance above, the school provides assistance in locating and contracting housing near the school. Apartments or houses are small by American standards, and a mix of Japanese and western-style rooms is common. The houses/apartments available for rent are unfurnished.

Transportation & Baggage
Initial travel is provided for a foreign-hire teacher and accompanying dependents from their home of record to Tokyo. For each year of employment, an annual home leave allowance between Tokyo and the home of record is provided to foreign-hire teachers, their spouses, and up to two children who reside with them in Japan. In the final year of employment, ASIJ provides the employee and their eligible dependents a one-way travel allowance between Tokyo and the home of record. 

Shipment of household goods is provided for foreign-hire teachers at the beginning of employment in the amount of 1,000 pounds per full-time teacher, 750 pounds for a non-teaching spouse, and 250 pounds for up to two children who will reside with the teacher in Japan. Upon termination of employment these weights are increased based upon the number of years of service. Packing and unpacking service costs are also borne by the school.

Medical Benefits
Japan has an excellent national healthcare system with clean and modern facilities. Shigaku Kyosai or PMAC, which stands for Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation, is Japan’s pension and medical system for the employees of private schools. ASIJ employees are enrolled in Shigaku Kyosai effective August 1, 2021. Both employee and employer contribute to Shigaku Kyosai based on the employee’s Base Salary. The contribution is deducted on a monthly basis as part of payroll.

By reimbursing employees for 50% of their deductible (between $400 and $1,000), ASIJ subsidizes employees’ medical expenses. Hospital and major medical coverage is also provided by ASIJ for care outside of Japan. $1,000 deductible per individual, capped at $3,000 for family.

Long-term disability insurance is also provided by the school. Life and personal liability insurance policies are arranged for purchase at a reasonable cost.

New teachers should maintain their own coverage through July 31 of the year in which they start employment at ASIJ.

The school provides a retirement plan and contributes 9% of base salary in each of the first three years, 11% in years 4-7, and 14% thereafter. The retirement age at ASIJ is 65 years old.

Faculty receive the following leave.
- Sick Leave (10 days/year, may accumulate up to a max. of 60 days)
- Professional Development Leave
- Personal Leave (2 days, may accumulate up to a max. of 5 days)
- Leave of Absence / Maternity Leave / Paternity Leave / Terminal Illness / Bereavement Leave

*Note: The information above is provided as a summary. More detailed personnel policies will be shared with candidates after an offer of employment is extended by the school.