A recent survey conducted by the National Tax Agency in Japan revealed that about 5 percent of Japanese salary earners make at least 10 million yen (just over $90,000) per year and that far more of those high earners are men than women.
Altogether, those making between 10 and 15 million yen annually constitute 3.6 percent of Japanese salary earners. However, while 5.6 percent of males fall into that earnings range, only 0.8 percent of women do.
Moving up a tier, 0.8 percent of salary earners make between 15 and 20 million yen. While 1.2 percent of male earners fall into the category, just 0.2 percent of female earners do.
Looking at even higher earners, about 0.3 percent of respondents said they make between 20 and 25 million yen, and another 0.3 percent earn more than 25 million yen per year.
For men, the percentages of earners in those categories are 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, only 0.1 percent of women fall into either group.
The survey didn’t just reveal an imbalance between genders, but also between industries.
Based on its results, the highest-salary industry in Japan seems to be the electricity/gas/heat supply/water service sector, where some 40 percent of salary earners said they earn over 8 million yen annually.
Other top-earning industries include the finance/insurance sector, where about 25 percent make over 8 million yen, and the information and communications industry, where about 20 percent do.