Dreaming of teaching English abroad but worried you might not be able to earn a good salary? Don’t be!
Teaching English is one of the most rewarding careers, not just for the amazing salary but for the opportunity to travel, grow your career and the satisfaction you get from sharing your knowledge with your students. However, teaching English in another country will never place you on the list of global billionaires, it may provide a decent salary—one that will put money in your savings account.
It is completely fair and attainable to earn a respectable income as a teacher abroad—in top-paying nations, this can range from $2,000 to over $6,000 per month! —depending on the country, region, level of experience, and credentials. It’s also crucial to remember that high pay isn’t the main factor in finding a financially satisfying career teaching overseas. Although some countries and regions continue to pay very little, for instance, teaching jobs in Thailand or Central America, other countries, particularly teaching jobs in the Middle East and Asia, pay English teachers surprisingly well.
The highest-paid ESL teaching jobs can often be found in these countries:
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Average Salaries: 3,500-5,500 USD per month (Approx 180,800 to 280,300 PHP)
In general, the highest-paid ESL teaching wages in the world may be found in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the UAE’s two largest cities. Teachers’ monthly salaries in the UAE can range from $3,500 to $5,500 (12,300-22,000 AED), depending on experience. However, like in the rest of the Middle East, the standards are high, and most jobs need instructors to be qualified to teach in their native countries or to have at least several years of teaching experience. Furthermore, while highly experienced teachers can earn up to or even more than USD 6,000 per month, the average teacher earns much less than USD 4,350 (AED 16,000) per month.
Along with a high salary, ESL teachers in the UAE may anticipate a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a housing allowance, relocation allowance, flights home, and government health care. Furthermore, your pay will most likely be tax-free! Also, the cost of living in the UAE is lower than in the United States. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are two of the most popular tourist attractions in the UAE.
Average Salary: 2,200-5,000 USD per month (Approx 110,900-260,100 PHP)
Not only does Japan pay extremely well for ESL teachers, but it is also one of the most beautiful countries in the world to teach with a fantastic culture. If you choose to teach in Japan, you may expect to enjoy the stunning environment, cherry blossoms, a plethora of events, and delectable food. It also doesn’t hurt that income in Japan ranges from $2,200 to $5,000 (220,000-540,000 JPY) per month, depending on your credentials and experience as a teacher. Some professions even include perks like housing aid and free flights for the appropriate candidate.
However, Japan has a high cost of living relative to the U.S., which should be considered when evaluating potential destinations to teach English abroad. ESL teachers participating in the JET program average a monthly wage of USD 2550 (280,000 JPY). An individual living in Japan should expect to pay at least USD 1,500 a month. Most less experienced teachers opt to participate in the JET Programme, but be sure to consider the alternatives.
Average Salary: 2,400-4,500 USD per month (Approx 120,300-230,000 PHP)
If a dry, desert environment sounds like a reasonable trade-off for a high ESL teaching pay, Qatar could be worth considering. Even thousands of miles away from home, with Qatar’s vibrant ex-pat community to join, this tax-free teaching destination is deemed highly safe for professionals.
TEFL certifications are normally required, and experience is always good. Salaries in Qatar generally vary from $2,400 to $4,500 per month (9,000 to 16,300 QAR). ESL teachers in Qatar may anticipate generous benefits packages, which frequently include lodging, flights, and the possibility of a transportation stipend. Because the cost of living in Qatar is cheaper than in the United States, an ESL teaching wage may go a long way.
Average Salary: 2,600-4,000 USD per month (Approx 135,000-208,900 PHP)
Because of its large number of international schools, career possibilities for English teachers are abundant. Kuwait City may be bordered by desert, yet it is a bustling metropolis. With skyscrapers, verdant parks, clubs, shops, and a thriving ex-pat community, it is clean and contemporary. Kuwaiti ESL teacher salary are tax-free and vary from $2,600 to $4,000 per month (785-1,200 KWD). Most businesses, especially at higher salaries in this area, need teacher certification and experience.
Kuwait also has a low cost of living, ensuring that English instructors have a decent quality of life. Kuwait is a good place for potential ESL instructors because of its inexpensive cost of living, contemporary metropolis, and wide income range.
Average Salary: 2,000-3,500 USD per month (Approx 100,400-180,800 PHP)
Oman is one of the Arab world’s most developed countries. Its educational system has advanced rapidly in recent years. The subject of English language education (ESL) provides a fantastic chance to contribute to the development of the ESL profession in Oman. Those who opt to teach in Oman will have the potential to pay a decent salary. Teacher wages in Oman may vary from $2,000 to $3,500 per month (750-1,350 OMR), and with such a cheap cost of living, you’ll be able to live comfortably and save a lot of money.
Average Salary: 1,700-2,650 USD per month (Approx 88,800-130,400 PHP)
South Korea, a place of K-pop culture, busy cities, wild nightlife, and year-round festivals, is gaining in popularity among TEFL teachers every year. We’re not shocked, however, given the promise of free housing and a high, tax-free TEFL salary.
ESL teachers are flocking to Korea, where salaries range from $1,700 to $2,650 a month (2.0 to 3.2 million KRW) and often include housing and full or partial flight reimbursement. Many teaching positions in South Korea give extra incentives such as bonuses, airline reimbursement, medical insurance, and paid holidays, in addition to free housing.
A minimum of a TEFL certificate and bachelor’s degree is generally required to teach English in Korea, especially for the EPIK, GEPIK, or SMOE programs.
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Average Salary: 2,000-3,000 USD per month (Approx 104,470-156,700 PHP)
Similar to ESL rates in Korea, salaries in Taiwan vary from $2,000 to $3,000 per month (60,000-90,000 TWD), with an even cheaper cost of living, warmer winters, and near tropical summers.
Saving money is simple, because ESL teaching positions are accessible from kindergarten to university, in public and private institutions. Many ESL teachers in Taiwan might save at least $1,000 each month! Although it is not a legal requirement in Taiwan for ESL teachers to get a TEFL certification, most schools will.
To secure a teaching position in Taiwan, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or, in certain situations, an associate’s degree) and pass a background check.
Average Salary: 1,400-2,200 USD per month (Approx 73,100-114,900 PHP)
Although Chinese salaries aren’t as high as some of the other countries on the list, at $1,400-$2,200 (10,000-15,000 RMB) per month, China is by far one of the world’s largest employers of ESL instructors. When you combine a large number of career opportunities with a cheap cost of living, the comparably “poor” wage is more than compensated for, especially with prospective benefits packages.
If you want to teach in China, you have the option of working for a private company or for a public school. A TEFL certification course is included in many of the employment packages offered in China. ESL teachers in China must have both TEFL certification and a bachelor’s degree. Students wishing to pursue higher education in China must be able to communicate in English.
Average Salary: 1,200-2,100 USD per month (Approx 62,600-109,690 PHP)
While ESL teacher salaries aren’t as high as in other countries on the list, Vietnam’s cost of living is substantially cheaper. If you don’t splurge on lavish lodging, you may save anywhere from $1,200 to $2,100 each month (27,000,000 to 48,000,000 VND). Vietnam isn’t the most popular ESL teaching destination in Asia, but it’s a stunningly beautiful and welcoming country with plenty to offer.
Ho Chi Minh City and Saigon both have a strong foreign community and numerous contemporary facilities. Because regional travel is inexpensive, instructors interested in travelling to Asia can consider making Vietnam their home base.
Why settle for less when you can have more
Teaching English in another country is an excellent opportunity to pay off student loans, travel, save money, expand your skillset, and immerse yourself in a new culture. With contracts ranging from 6 months to 2 years, you may tailor your experience to your specific requirements.
Keep in mind that the standards for teaching in various nations are always changing. With a little luck and research, you may earn a solid living while also having a memorable life experience.
While your income as an ESL teacher is an important factor in deciding where to teach overseas, there are many more!
Source: GO Overseas