Nintendo Workers In Japan Earn $80,000 And Work Less Than 8 Hours A Day

by : Charlie Cocksedge on : 02 Mar 2019 14:10
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In a recent update to their recruitment page, Nintendo of Japan revealed the average working hours, benefits and salaries of its 2,271 employees.

As of September 2018, the average salary of a Nintendo employee is roughly $80,600 (£61,000), and the average working day is seven hours 45 minutes long. In addition, the company offers its employees commuter benefits, bonuses twice a year, and annual pay rises.

If this sounds like it’s the place for you and, y’know, you want to work for the video game giant, the good news is they’re planning to recruit 81 new college graduates throughout 2019, a decent increase from the 59 they hired last year.


The games giant also revealed the average employee age is 38.6, with individuals serving an average of 13.5 years at the company, Business Insider points out.

With shorter working days, healthy salaries and benefits, it’s no wonder employees at Nintendo stay for over 13 years, compared to the fast turnover of staff similar companies experience.


For those less interested in working for Nintendo but simply want to enjoy their creations instead, the ‘Super Nintendo World’ at Universal Studios Japan is set to be open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with plans to build more Nintendo theme parks around the world.

Although it’s not been revealed what the Nintendo world will encompass exactly, there’ll certainly be a Mario Kart ride, while attractions based on The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Pokemon are also expected to make an appearance.

Construction on the Japanese park began in October last year, while it’s also been reported a Super Nintendo World will arrive in the US sometime after the 2020 launch in Japan – but it doesn’t look as though construction has begun on this park just yet.


Six of the 20 best-selling games of 2018 were Nintendo titles and their Nintendo Switch became the fastest-selling video game console of the current generation. Now, with the theme parks on the horizon – not to mention the company’s employee benefits – it’s no wonder Nintendo is such an attractive place to work.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist and sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.


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    Nintendo employees in Japan earn an average salary of $80,653 and work less than 8 hours a day