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

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



Mario wears his business clothes when he's recruiting for Nintendo.

  • On a company recruitment page, Nintendo revealed workforce statistics for its employees in Japan.
  • According to its website, Nintendo of Japan employs 2,271 employees, with an average salary of $80,000 and an average work day of 7 hours and 45 minutes.
  • The company says it plans to hire 81 new college graduates in Japan this year, a sharp increase in recruiting.

Nintendo of Japan recently revealed the work conditions of more than 2,000 employees on a company recruitment website, detailing their average salary, work hours, and benefits. The video game giant's impressive games and innovative hardware make it an industry trend setter, and if the recruitment page is any indication, the company is ahead of the curve in its treatment of employees.

According to the recruitment page spotted by Daniel Ahmad of Niko Partners, Nintendo employs 2,271 workers in Japan as of September 2018, with an average salary of about $80,600. In addition to their salary, Nintendo offers employees commuter benefits, twice yearly bonuses, and an annual pay raise.

Nintendo plans to recruit 81 new college graduates in 2019, a significant increase from the 59 hired in 2018. The average employee age is 38.6, and the average tenure with the company is 13.5 years.



The average work day at Nintendo of Japan is 7 hours and 45 minutes, with an hour break for each shift. Employees in the main office get to work around 8:45, while developers start their day closer to 9:30. Nintendo's headquarters are based in Kyoto, but there's also a company office in Tokyo.

Originally founded in 1889, Nintendo began as a playing card company. Nintendo explored several different businesses in the 1950s and 1960s, but eventually found its niche in the electronic toy market. The company started with home video game hardware like the Color TV-Game and Game & Watch handhelds prior to the global success of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.

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These days Nintendo is synonymous with video games; hundreds of millions of players around the world have adopted its consoles. Six of the top 20 best-selling games of 2018 were Nintendo titles, while the Nintendo Switch became the fastest-selling video game console of the current generation.

Nintendo's success has helped the company maintain a healthy work environment for its employees, as other video game makers struggle with mass layoffs, toxic working conditions, and crunch culture.