J.C. Staff’s New Artist Position Pays Only 50,000 Yen to New Hires

You read that right… 50,000 yen. $467.60 US dollars.

This week, anime studio J.C. Staff posted a new listing on their career portal for a digital artist. The position is seeking four to five people who have a high school diploma or better, with preference toward people with experience.

Hires will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Character Design
  • General Art Director / Art Director
  • Key Animation / Second Pass Key
  • Video checks

The listing notes that the position is for those who “want to build up as animation creators.”

On hire, employees will be granted a 50,000 yen ($467.60 USD) guaranteed monthly salary. After six months, pay increases to 80,000 yen ($748.15 USD). On the first anniversary year, the figure rises to 100,000 – 130,000 yen ($935.19 – $1,215.75 USD), with pay being dictated by assignment and overall skill.

Benefits include insurance, holidays, and 10,000 in monthly travel reimbursement.

For as long as many can remember, animator pay has been positively dreadful. Assuming a (generous) 40 hours per week, we’re looking at $2.92 per hour in total compensation. This is actually far below the expections found by a 2016 government-funded study, which discovered that average hourly animator pay is roughly $3.20 per hour.

Source: Otakomu

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