Japanese women’s average monthly salary reached a new high of 246,100 yen ($2,298) in 2017 while accelerating the narrowing of the gender gap, according to a labor ministry survey.

The increase in the average female worker’s full-time wage was 0.6 percent, lifting the figure to an all-time high for the fourth straight year.

The 2017 Basic Survey on Wage Structure released Feb. 28 said that the average wage for all full-time workers stood at 304,300 yen, a 0.1 percent increase from the previous year.

According to the survey, men's average wage rose 0.1 percent to 335,500 yen, meaning that women earned 73.4 percent of average men's monthly pay.

The gender pay gap reached its narrowest point since 1976, when comparable records began, for the second consecutive year partly as a result of the rise in the number of female workers in management posts.

The survey received responses from about 50,000 firms nationwide with at least 10 employees. Individual salaries excluding annual bonuses and overtime allowances for June 2017 were analyzed.