ESL Jobs in China

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ESL Jobs In China

Apply for ESL jobs in China with Panda Buddy: connecting you with reputable employers that provide you with great salary package, trainings, and local support.

Teaching ESL in China is a great way to immerse yourself in the Chinese culture and exchange your knowledge with locals. Your students and colleges will willingly teach you their traditions, cultures, and even language in return for you spending time teaching them what they need to know in the English language.

Popular Cities Hiring ESL Jobs

There are a lot of cities offering ESL jobs in China, below are the most popular ones, offering you different local experiences with a mixture of varied economical development, cultures and customs. 


Shenzhen only recently exploded in growth, largely due to its proximity to Guangzhou and Hong Kong. It’s known for great industrial output and high-tech products.

Teach ESL in Shenzhen


A beautiful city on the Pearl River, Guangzhou is another major manufacturing base where much of the world’s clothing, toys, and electronics are created.

Teach ESL in Guangzhou


Nearly 19 million people call Beijing home. It’s the capital, and is larger than Shanghai in terms of area. This is the political center of the country and has the largest airport.

Teach ESL in Beijing


The city of Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan province and it happens to be one of the three most populated cities within western China. Chengdu is a large city like New York City or Paris, but it offers a unique perspective on life in China.

Teach ESL in Chengdu


Chongqing is a major city that can be found in southwestern China and it is considered one of the four municipalities that fall under the central government. There are mountains in every direction, providing extraordinary views.

Teach ESL in Chongqing


As the capital of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou is known for local politics as well as being an epicenter of culture and economy. It’s a popular place to visit year-round, never getting too extreme in hot or cold.

Teach ESL in Hangzhou

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Are You Qualified For An ESL Job in China?

  • Have obtained Bachelor degree or about to graduate (no specific field required);
  • Native speaker in English from United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or South Africa in order to meet China’s visa regulations;
  • Able to obtain clean police check;
  • Able to work and live in China for at least one year.

Explore ESL Teaching in China

Each year, there’s a huge demand for ESL teachers to come teach in China. These English teaching jobs offer a great opportunity for you to work, live and travel in one of China’s big cities for one year. Most teaching jobs provide great benefits that allows you to have a comfortable lifestyle in China. The basic package usually includes below:

  • Accommodation: fully furnished/housing allowances
  • Monthly salary: ranging from RMB 10,000 – RMB 20,000, depending on the qualification and experiences.
  • Flight: usually will be reimbursed
  • Vacation: depending on the school type, usually will have 10 – 30 days’ vacation (besides weekends)
  • Insurance: health/accident insurance
  • Bonus: free Chinese lessons, teaching training, extra-hour or performance bonuses

Living in China as an ESL teacher

The salary for ESL teachers is ranging from RMB 10,000 ~ RMB 20,000  (1,500 USD ~ 2,890 USD) per month, plus accommodation allowances. 

Depending on which cities you live in, Chinese locals live off an average 2,500 RMB ~ 5,000 RMB per month, that includes grocery shopping, dinning out a few times a week, drinking and KTV sessions with friends, transportation to work and taking taxi or Didi (the Chinese version of Uber) here and there, going for a spa or massage once a week, etc. 

The average foreigner can live a comfortable life with 5,000 ~ 6,000 RMB, and in cities that are not Beijing, Shanghai, or Shenzhen, the money can go much further.

Types of ESL Jobs we offer

Public Schools

Mostly are positions from primary schools and high schools. the teaching hours usually are around 20 hours/week, Monday to Friday. You will be able to teach students from multiple English level, and generally a medium to large class (35 – 60) size.


Pre-school education for Chinese kids before they attend the school at the age of 7 or 6. This type of position is suitable for people who are comfortable with younger kids, able to present 100% energy to make the class live.

Private Institutions

Caters to students who want to learn the English language after their normal school hours. In these institutions, teaching performance expectation for teachers is generally higher which results in more working hours. Class size is usually smaller (up to 30).

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Featured ESL Employers

Opportunities ranging from primary schools, kindergartens high schools and language training institutions. Our partners provide you with great support from work visa, arrival and local support, to your personal development such as teaching training and Chinese lessons.


Dedicated to international education.Locations across 27 cities in China, focuses on older students, Meten provide education for both studnets and adults.



Owen foreign language school is located in Chongqing, Chengdu and Kunming cities, China and has over 5000 students and a renowned foreign staff of over 100 foreign teachers. We encourage both staff and students alike to grow, learn and create each passing day.



Fantastic support from starting out to the whole journey.Amazing opportunities in Hangzhou, Ningbo and Suzhou, and strictly select positions in Kindergartens, Primary Schools, Middle Schools (and above) and Training Centers.



Specialising in English education for 3 – 15 years old. Cathy Subject now has over 20 branches across multiple districts in Beijing, and also has partnership with other institutions across China.



FESCO EDU provides foreign companies, state-owned companies, private enterprises and employees working in these companies with professional language training service through integrated global education resources.



SDE’s mission is to create a conducive environment that inspires growth and learning by providing exceptional service and support for our staff and schools.​Positions available in public schools, kindergartens, and language institutions.


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