Salary for Teaching English Abroad

Finding a job teaching English abroad is easy, and you don't even need to have any qualifications to apply. Depending on the country you choose to go to, you will be more likely to find a placement if you have a degree or a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification. Even if it isn't a requirement, being in possession of one of these qualifications is likely to earn you a higher salary, particularly as you will be able to teach the higher classes, such as those learning advanced or business English.

If you are looking to teach English in a European country, then it is more likely that you will need a TEFL qualification in order to secure a job. The main requirement, however, is that you are a native English speaker.

Japan, Taiwan and South Korea are the countries that offer the highest salaries to English teachers, offering over $1500 a month. However, the cost of living in Japan and Taiwan is relatively high, which is something you need to take into consideration when choosing your placement. In South Korea, the cost of living is much lower, and as your flights and accommodation are often included within the package, you will be able to save a large proportion of your income, possibly up to 75%. Schools in South Korea are also quite likely to offer a bonus at the end of your twelve-month contract, all of which makes the country a very attractive place for people looking to teach English abroad.

Something you may not have considered is taking on private students as well as your classroom teaching. This will help to supplement your income, and will allow you to gain even more experience of teaching, which will also benefit you in your job. Taking on private students will also give you experience in teaching higher level English, as these one-to-one sessions allow your pupils to progress more quickly and achieve a higher standard.

One of the main things you must consider when looking at the salary offered is how it compares to the cost of living in the country. Although the salary may seem low when you convert it into your own currency, the cost of living in many of the countries you will be looking at is far lower. This means you should easily be able to afford your accommodation, transport, food and more on what you will be paid, even if you are living in the capital city, which is nearly always the most expensive place to be.

Article Source: Saidur Rahman Hira


  1. English teachers are valued for the efforts they have to describe the difference between the words and spellings used in the different parts of world. Remember, there is a clear difference between American and British English.

  2. Schools in some countries provide n ational health insurance and paid vacation time. In other cases, employers provide free accommodation and utilities to help teachers with living expenses. Another perk could include the reimbursement of airfare. Such benefits will vary from region to region and job to job.

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