Tokyo topped the average monthly salary rankings among the nation's 47 prefectures for the 20th consecutive year with 372,900 yen ($4,848), up 8,100 yen from last year.
Preliminary figures from the Basic Survey on Wage Structure were released Jan. 11 by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Aomori Prefecture came in last with 222,200 yen, down 4,300 yen from a year ago.
The 150,700 yen gap between Tokyo and Aomori further widened compared to last year’s 140,900-yen disparity between Tokyo and Okinawa.
The survey obtained responses from 45,818 companies out of 62,000 firms with at least 10 full-time employees randomly selected nationwide. Calculations were based on employees' salaries for June 2011.
The salaries calculated, which comprise base pay and dependency allowance, did not include bonuses or payments for overtime. Twenty-four prefectures recorded an increase from last year, while the rest registered a decrease.
Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, all located in the Tokyo metropolitan area with high wage levels, saw the number rise, benefiting from the recent economic upward trend. The three prefectures hardest hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake had the following numbers: Iwate, (234,600 yen, down 2,200 yen from a year ago); Miyagi, (279,600 yen, up 15,800 yen); and Fukushima, (261,600 yen, up 6,500 yen).
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