For you anime lovers, do you know what the salaries of Japanese anime voice actors are that you can watch often? If you want to know the approximate salary of these voice actors, let’s look at the following article.
Many anime voice actors or better known as seiyuu have made their mark in the Japanese television industry and are widely regarded as stars. All of this is possible thanks to some very successful anime films/series.
Because of their abilities as voice actors, many seiyuu have careers spanning decades. From there they managed to accumulate a large amount of wealth.
But basically the amount of salary they can receive is based on a ranking system for seiyuu. The pay depends solely on the rank, and the increase in rank depends on experience and popularity.
According to the Toko news page, these seiyuu are ranked from A to F, with A being the highest.
Junior voice actors at rank F are expected to take home around 15,000 Yen per 30-minute anime. On the other hand, veteran voice actors at rank A can earn around 45,000 Yen per 30 minute episode.
So, who is the highest paid seiyuu in Japan? Here’s the latest list of the highest-paid anime voice actors in Japan:
1. Megumi Hayashibara
The top figure on this list of the highest paid voice actors in Japan is Megumi. Megumi is the highest paid voice actor in Japan.
Apart from that he is also a singer, lyricist and radio announcer. Known as the woman of a thousand voices, she often performs the theme song for the anime that she follows.
It is estimated that she can earn around US$630,000 annually, and she is one of the best-selling voice actors in the country. However, details about his net worth have been kept secret.
2. Masako Nozawa
Masako Nozawa is a Japanese actress, voice actor, and narrator. He is one of the famous anime voice actors.
So far he has often played male roles which earned him the nickname “The Eternal Boy”. Currently, he is the narrator of the Digimon Adventure 2020 remake.
He has also voiced video games with his last role being in Jump Force, a fighting game featuring characters from Shonen Jump magazine.
It is estimated that this 84-year-old man earns about US$ 360,000 per year. His net worth is currently estimated at US$ 20 million.
3. Ryo Horikawa
Ryo started his acting career while still in elementary school, and he made his voice acting career as Kenta Hirono, a protagonist in the 1984 anime Dream Soldier Wing Man.
The 62-year-old actor is one of the highest paid voice actors as he has done many famous works, including the Dragon Ball series where he voiced Vegeta.
He earns a total of US$270,000 per year. His net worth is estimated at US$ 18 million.
4. Yuki Kaji
This voice actor and singer is affiliated with the VIMS agency and is one of the most famous male anime voice actors in Japan.
He has voiced many important roles and made himself one of the best voice actors of this generation. He is best known as the voice of Eren Yeager in the Anime Attack on Titan.
In general he has kept details about the salary he earns per year a secret. But his net worth is estimated at US$ 4.5 million.
5. Hiroshi Kamiya
Hiroshi is a Japanese voice actor who has been in the industry since 1994.
He has played many protagonist roles and has starred in many animations including Natsumes Book of Friends where he is the voice actor for Natsume. It is known that he is currently working for Aoni Production.
He has won several awards including best lead actor and best personality at the Third Voice Voice Awards. Hiroshi is currently one of the most popular voice actors in Japan with a net worth of around US$ 40 million.
6. Mamoru Miyano
Mamoru is a Japanese actor, voice actor and singer. He has done many great works including Death Note, Soul Eater, and Wolf Rain.
Apart from acting, he has also released several albums. He was nominated for a Voice Voice award in 2007 for his role in Death Note.
In addition, Mamori won the 2008 best voice actor award at the Tokyo International Anime Fair. His net worth is estimated at around US$1.3 million.
7. Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Tatsuhisa Suzuki is one of the oldest voice actors in Japan. He has played voice roles in many animations including Kurokos Basketball, High speed free, and Gintama.
Apart from being a voice actor, Suzuki is also a singer, and he is the vocalist of a Japanese band. His net worth is estimated at around US$ 3 million.
8. Kana Hanazawa
Kana Hanazawa is a multi-talented actress. He has been in the acting industry for many years.
Hanazawa started his acting career as a voice actor while still in college and continues to be a voice actor in the industry until now. She won the award for Best Actress at the Newtype Anime Awards.
His notable works include Kanande Tachibana in Angel Beats, Akane Tsunemori in Psycho Pass, and Rize Hamashiro in Tokyo Ghoul. She is one of the highest paid voice actresses where her net worth is estimated to be between US$1 Million – US$ 5 million.
9. Takahiro Sakurai
The 46-year-old actor has been active in acting since 1996, and this makes him one of the oldest and most famous actors of this generation.
Apart from being a voice actor, Takahiro is also a great narrator. His notable works include the voice of Kabuto Hanadori in A Destructive God Sits Next To Me, Tentomon in Digimon Adventure, and Niko in Drifting Dragons.
His net worth is estimated at US$ 19 million.
10. Jun Fukuyama
Jun Fukuyama is a Japanese voice actor and singer. He is currently represented by the production of Axl One.
Jun was also on the cover for the October 28, 2008 issue of Voice Newtype magazine. He has played several voices including Yuuta in Love, Chunibiyo & Other Delusions and Ichimatsu in Osomatsu San.
His net worth in 2020 is estimated at US$3 million