Realistic Salary Expectations for Teaching English Overseas
A leading TEFL job service, China Link ESL, sets realistic guidelines as to what teachers can expect to earn while teaching English overseas.
By: China Link ESL
A representative made the statement, "Chinese schools offer competitive salaries which provide a comfortable living standard in China. Teachers find that their salary allows them purchasing power is China far superior to their native country. A teacher can possibly live comfortably in China while saving up to half their salary."
Here's what teaching English in China with China Link ESL looks like:
Payments to teachers are usually paid on a monthly basis in local currency, Chinese RMB. Salaries can range from RMB 6,000 ($984) and RMB 15,000 ($2500) per month for teachers with less experience in smaller towns up to RMB8,000 ($1300) –RMB20,000 ($3000) for teachers with more experience in larger cities. The average salary of an experienced foreign teacher working 35-40 hours (including office hours) would be RMB14,000 ($2300) or more.
Teachers can also supplement their earnings with private teaching in which they can charge anywhere from RMB 150 ($25) to RMB 300 ($50). Working only five extra hours on the weekend would earn a teacher charging RMB 150/h, up to RMB 3,000 ($500) per month. Teachers also have the option to work during the summer and winter in summer and winter camps held in Chinese provinces. Teaching for for 14 days in a row, 4-5 classes a day and a teacher will earn between RMB 8,000 and RMB 12,000 (just for this period)
So not only can a teacher earn a very good living teaching English in China but with a little hustle teaching overseas can become a very lucrative profession.
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Page Updated Last on: Jun 11, 2019