Cost of living in Sendai
The decision to move abroad isn’t an easy one! There are a lot of unknowns, and a lot of questions. The good news is that unlike other English teaching programs where you’re often the only Westerner in an otherwise Japanese school and left to fend for yourself, MeySen Academy fosters a dynamic community of over 60 American-English teachers. We also have an experienced Foreign Staff Support Team to help you with everyday issues. We’ve got you covered when it comes to making an appointment with the dentist, to deciphering the electricity bill left in your mailbox.
The following information is to help applicants get a better idea of what to expect in terms of monthly expenses here in Japan. Working with Japanese yen (¥) will be a new concept for you, and we are here to walk you through it! Also, remember that the conversion rates between Japanese yen and American dollars is constantly in flux.
When the dollar and yen are equally as strong, the conversion would look like this:
¥100 = $1.00
¥500 = $5.00
¥5,000 = $50.00
¥50,000 = $500.00
¥500,000 = $5,000.00
¥5,000,000 = $50,000.00 etc.
Of course, this is just a general rule of thumb; generally, the US dollar is much stronger than the yen.
|Average Monthly Expenditures|
|¥250,000 – ¥290,000||Salary Range: First Year|
|¥8,000 - ¥12,000||Utilities (Gas, Water, Electricity)|
|¥5,000 - ¥6,000||Internet and Land-line Phone|
|¥8,000 - ¥10,000||Japanese Cell Phone (Optional Expense)|
Medical / ¥11,500 – ¥12,500
Pension / ¥20,500 – ¥22,000
|Medical & Pension Premiums – Employee Contributions (1st year)|
|Varies||Japanese Income and City Taxes|
|¥140,000 – ¥180,000||Take-Home Pay Range|