How Much Can You Make Teaching English Abroad?

Here’s a guide for ESL teachers around the world.

Teaching English abroad salary varies depending on where you teach.

Apart from that, you also want to dig into the cost of living of each country, whether housing is provided in your teaching package, in order to truly understand “how much you actually get paid”.

We’ve done thorough research and present you with the clear details below (by regions):

ESL teacher salary around the world

Europe  

ESL teacher salary in Europe

Czech Republic:

Average Salary: $1,000 – $1,300 per month

Cost of living for a single person: $350 – $750

Housing is provided sometimes

Spain:

Average Salary: $750-$2000 per month

Cost of living for a single person: $1,000

Housing is not provided

Italy:

Average Salary: $1,000 – $1,700

Cost of living for a single person: $1,000

Housing is not provided

East Asia  

ESL teacher salary in east Asia

China:

Average Salary: $1,500 – $3,500

Cost of living for a single person: $750 – $1,000

Housing is provided sometimes

Japan:

Average Salary: $1,700 – $5,000

Cost of living for a single person: $1,500 ~ $1,800

Housing is provided sometimes

South Korea:

Average Salary: $1,600~$5,000

Cost of living for a single person: $1,200 ~ $1,800

Housing is provided 

Southeast Asia

ESL teacher salary in south east Asia

Cambodia:

Average Salary: $700 – $900

Cost of living for a single person: $200 ~ $500

Housing is not provided

Vietnam:

Average Salary: $1,000 – $1,800

Cost of living for a single person: $700 ~ $1,000

Housing is provided sometimes

Thailand:

Average Salary: $1,000 – $2,500

Cost of living for a single person: $600 ~ $1,000

Housing is provided sometimes

Indonesia:

Average Salary: $1,000-1,500

Cost of living for a single person: $600 ~ $1,000

Housing is provided sometimes

Middle East

United Arab Emirates:

Average Salary: $2,800-$5,500

Cost of living for a single person: $1,200 ~ $1,500

Housing is provided

ESL Teacher Salary Across Different Countries 

CountrySalaryCost of LivingHousing
Czech Republic$1,000~$1,300$350~$750Sometimes
Spain$750~$2000~$1,000No
Italy$1,000~$1,700~$1,000No
China$1,500~$3,500$750~$1000Sometimes
Japan$1,700~$5,000$1,500~$1,800Sometimes
South Korea$1,600~$5,000$1,200~$1,800Yes
Cambodia$700~$900$200 ~$500No
Vietnam$1,000~$1,800$700~$1,000Sometimes
Thailand$1,000~$2,500$600~$1,000Sometimes
Indonesia$1,000~1,500$600~$1,000Sometimes
United Arab Emirates$2,800~5,500$800~$1,800Yes

The lower range of every spectrum of the salary will normally be the starting point of your salary, and if you are looking at the higher range, you either have to have a few years teaching experiences, or jump to a new position after you’ve been teaching in the country for a while.

Which Countries Pay The Most For English Teachers?

As you can see, every area of the world has their own pay rate, some places pay more than others.

It is possible for some teachers to earn enough between their pay, free rent, and other benefits that they can save hundreds of dollars each month depending on where they are teaching.

To briefly summarise, Teachers in China can earn anywhere from $1,200 per month up to $2,500 per month with their rent normally included. That allows them to pay only for their food and necessities, which means that they can save the remainder of what they earn.

The same holds true in countries like Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, as teachers earn far more than that of what they spend each month.

It is slightly different over in Cambodia, where teachers earn up to $1,000 per month, but those teachers need to pay their own rent and tend to break even once they have purchased what they need each month.

Other countries that teachers will find themselves breaking even in include SpainThailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Are ESL Teachers In Demand?

English is one of the most important languages in the world with more than 1.5 billion people speaking English and a further billion or so are trying to learn.

That’s why, teaching language in any non-English speaking country right now is on a massive popularity streak and is in high demand. It is even listed as the number one option for getting paid to travel on Business Insider!

teaching abroad jobs

Which Countries Have The Highest Demand?

Top 1: China

China is now one of the leading countries that offer teaching jobs, with so much demand for English language teachers, the openings are massive, and you can earn well just by teaching. China offers you different settings for life, from cities to quiet towns.

The country is rich with heritage and culture, there is so much to explore and learn when you live in China. The country’s governments are sponsoring several programs to introduce more teachers from abroad, a huge opportunity indeed.

China is Now The Best Teaching Destination. But Why?

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Top 2: Japan

In 2018 Japan started a program that allows foreign teachers to come in and train for teaching jobs, with even more programs planned and sponsored, it has become a top destination for people who what to teach abroad.

Japan is a place bubbling with life, from its very busy cities to very innovative business areas and schools. It bundles up a whole new experience for anyone. It is a great place to live.

Comparing Japan and China

Top 3: South Korea

South Korea is countries that have taken development seriously in recent times and there has been so much demand for foreign teachers, mostly for the English language. You’ll find that language schools in this country really are in need of foreign English teachers.

Thies country is one of those places you should consider if you are in need of a total brand new start. It is a peaceful and quiet country with a very rich culture and homely people.

Comparing South Korea and China

Japan, South Korea and China, Which country to teach?

Top 4: United Arab Emirates

The UAE is one of the top places you should want to teach abroad, they have lots of opportunities for teachers and are also open to teachers for a whole range of other subjects. Countries that have opportunities for other subjects (besides English) are actually few.

Top 5: Czech Republic

This is a great place to teach, with so many options of subjects available. The Czech Republic is a great city with so much life and fun-filled activities.  There are lots of available teaching jobs in this country for foreigners.

Top 6:  Cambodia

Cambodia offers teaching opportunities for different subjects. Colombia is rich in cultural heritage and is a place bubbling with diversity; you would learn a lot as you mingle and get to know people.

Top 7: Vietnam

This is a great country to consider teaching in; they are rich in history and have in recent times opened more doors for growth and diversity, making the demand for teaching jobs on the increase.

Top 8: Thailand

Opportunities for teaching jobs have exceptionally grown in Thailand in recent times and have become one of the top countries that offer to teach jobs to foreigners. Thailand is more than that vacation destination when you think of it.

Now you can do more than just work there, you can actually have a beautiful life there with so much to do, coupled with its very welcoming people. Thailand offers a variety of living to explore.

If there are other countries you’d like to know the salary for ESL teachers and cost of living, leave a comment below and we’ll research and add them!

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