Xebec Animator Posts Monthly Paystub of 131,330 Yen/US$1,103
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The actual working hours were set as "as much as you can in 24 hours." He was required to turn in a timecard filled out by hand at the end of each month.
The low pay is comparable to public job listings in the anime industry at other studios, too. Animation studio ARMS posted an entry-level position for a production assistant with a starting pay of 145,000 yen (about US$1,150) a month. The job entailed an 8.5-hour work day for six days a week with possible overtime.
Diomedéa posted a job listing for the same full-time production assistant position offering a 1,800,000 yen yearly salary (US$14,500).
The Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) published a study last year of the working conditions, average income, and working hours of animators in the Japanese animation industry. The study surveyed 759 animators.
The study reports that animators earned an average of 3.3283 million yen (about US$27,689) in Japan in 2013.