Teaching English is one of the most rewarding careers, if not for the salary but the opportunity for career growth and development, and the satisfaction you get from teaching your students.
English teachers abroad are definitely not among the list of millionaires but salary is quite reasonable. Some countries pay teachers at a premium of $2,000 to $4,000 per month. Again, this depends on the country and region.
High salary is not always everything. You need to consider other factors such as cost of living and other benefits. However, here’s a list of the top-paying countries for ESL teachers:
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It’s no surprise that the highest paid ESL jobs in the world can be found in the UAE, with salaries ranging from $2,400 and $4,000 a month. Typical requirements include experience in teaching and certification to teach in their home country.
Most teachers flock Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Teachers working in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will find plenty of activities and cultural experiences for their enjoyment.
One of the most developed countries in the Arab world is Oman, which gained a lot of advancements in education in the past years. As an English teacher in Oman, you will be one of the pioneers. Salaries can reach from $1,000 to $3,500 per month, featuring a low cost of living.
If you want to teach English in Saudi Arabia, you need to have an ESL certification and a teaching certificate. Although in some positions, you don’t need a certification but experience is essential.
For teachers in Japan, TEFL is desirable but not required. Japan is one of the most beautiful places to work at. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery, cherry blossoms, festivals, and superb food. On top of that, expect to be paid around $3,000 a month with other benefits such as flight and accommodation.
Note that the job market in Japan is extremely competitive. The JET Programme is an option for less experienced teachers to help them sharpen their skills and find a job eventually.
There are a lot of international schools in Kuwait. With this, plenty of job opportunities are available for teachers. The city is highly modernized and teachers earn up to $2,600 per month. As with all other GCC countries, teachers are required to have certification and experience.
South Korea has a similar package offered to English teachers in Japan. South Korea has fewer tourists than Japan. ESL teachers in Korea can earn a salary of around $2,000 a month, and often includes housing and airfare.
You will need a TEFL certificate and bachelor’s degree to be able to teach English in Korea.
If you don’t have previous teaching experience but holds a bachelor’s degree and TEFL certificate, you can teach English in Vietnam. The country has witnessed huge demand in ESL teachers over the last couple of years
The salary is not too high compared to other countries in this list but the cost of living is cheap. Teachers will find it very affordable to live in Vietnam.
Salaries in Taiwan are much like Korea where teachers can earn $2,000 a month. Cost of living in Taiwan is lower compared to Korea, which makes saving money a breeze. You can land a job from kindergarten to university, public and private schools.
You don’t need a TEFL certificate to teach in Taiwan. You just need a university degree. However, you can have an advantage over other applicants if you have experience teaching before.
China is the largest employer of ESL teachers in the world. The low cost of living and salary range of $1,000 to $2,000 per month makes it one of the ideal locations for English teachers.
An English teacher in China can work for a private company or in a public school. Students hoping to pursue higher education in China can use some English skills.
Apart from all the countries listed above, there are also other great destinations for ESL teachers such as the United States. ESL teachers there make on average $40,000 – 75,000 USD per year.
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Teaching English as a foreign language is a job that is often viewed as a temporary international job than a long-term career choice. However, this should not be the case as teaching abroad is also a good career to pursue. It is also as rewarding as other careers with many great opportunities for teachers to grow professionally.
Being a teacher in a foreign country has its perks and benefits. Teacher salaries depend on various factors such as position, qualification, and the country where they teach. Their salaries are usually paid in the local currency –value of which depends on the cost of living.
Here are some common destinations for English teachers abroad and how much teachers earn in each country.
Expat teachers in Europe and Latin America earn enough to cover basic needs such as apartment, public transportation and extra money for leisure. It is good to note that both Europe and Latin America have high demand for excellent opportunities for English teachers to earn additional income.
Teaching in Asia is a good opportunity because the cost of living is relatively inexpensive compared to Europe and Latin America. Expect that the salary is around $200-$300 a month (Thailand). In South Korea, you can earn a minimum of $ 1,000.
Teachers in the UAE and other GCC countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman are some of the highest paid in the world. Teachers salary can range from $1,500 – $4,000 a month along with other benefits like free housing, paid vacation, health insurance and flights.
If you want to work in this region, you should have extra experience and education (Bachelor’s Degree in Education), teaching certification and a TEFL certification.
For example, Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan teachers are able to support themselves given the low cost of living.
Apart from the salary, teachers are also provided with health insurance and paid leave. Free accommodation can also be provided to teachers, as well as airfare. Remember that these benefits vary from one region to another.
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