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TEFL Teachers Salary

How Much Can TEFL Teachers Earn?

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Every area of the world has their own pay rate and 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. 

Teachers in China can earn anywhere from $1,200 per month up to $2,500 per month and their rent is normally included as well.  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, the United Arab Emirates, and Taiwan, as teachers earn far more than that of what they spend each month. 

It is slightly different over in Cambodia, where teachers earn an average of $1,000 per month. 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 Spain and Thailand. 

Once the door in the TEFL world is open for you, your possibilities are endless!

TEFL Teacher Salary Around the World:

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.

Country Salary Cost of Living Housing
Czech Republic
$1,000 ~ $1,300
$350 ~ $750
Sometimes
Spain
$750 ~ $2,000
~ $1,000
No
Italy
$1,000 ~ $1,700
~$1,000
No
China
$1,500 ~ $4,000
$750 ~ $1,000
Sometimes
Japan
$1,700 ~ $5,000
$1,500 ~ $1,800
Sometimes
South Korea
$1,600 ~ $5,000
$1,200 ~ $1,800
Yes
Cambodia
$700 ~ $900
$200 ~ $500
No
Vietname
$1,000 ~ $2,500
$700 ~ $1,000
Sometimes
Thailand
$1,000 ~ $1,500
$600 ~ $1,000
Sometimes
Indonesia
$1,000 ~ $15,00
$600 ~ $1,000
Sometimes
United Arab Emirates
$2,800 ~ $5,500
$800 ~ $1,800
Yes

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. So much so, that you could get paid whilst travelling by teaching English. Teaching English is even listed as the number one option for getting paid to travel on Business Insider!

Once you get your TEFL certificate, you are closer to start getting paid while experiencing another culture and travel the world!

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