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Teaching English abroad: Salaries

The Middle East

Step into a lifestyle of luxury with sparkling salaries, cosmopolitan cities, and a rich culture in the Middle East. While the promise of high TEFL salaries may have drawn your eye to the Middle East, the amazing scenery, lavish lifestyle, and mouth-watering food will definitely keep you there. Generally speaking, when looking for jobs in the Middle East, you’ll have the most luck in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE where the demand for TEFL teachers is at an all-time high.

The UAE

The UAE, particularly Dubai is a super popular destination for TEFLers all year round and we’re really not surprised! With very high, tax-free salaries, free accommodation, and free flights with most teaching positions it sounds like the dream TEFL destination. Think Palm Islands, pool parties, the Burj Khalifa, breath-taking mosques and long coastlines – we’re sold!

Average salary: US$3,500 – $5,000 per month.

Qualifications needed: Generally speaking, to land a good TEFL job in the UAE, teachers will need a bachelor’s degree in any subject, previous teaching experience and a TEFL qualification.

Job types: Jobs in the UAE can be found in public schools, private language centres and vocational colleges.

Saudi Arabia

While Saudi Arabia might not be the first place you think of when it comes to teaching English abroad, it has a lot to offer to qualified TEFL teachers. Much like the UAE, salaries are high and tax-free (if you commit to more than a year), but unlike the UAE, the cost of living is much lower in Saudi Arabia, so it’s a great opportunity to boost your TEFL career and save money at the same time – win, win!

Average salary: US$3,000 – $4,000 per month.

Qualifications needed: Much like the UAE, to land a TEFL job in Saudi Arabia you’ll generally need a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certificate, experience is preferred but not required for all jobs.

Job types: Jobs in Saudi Arabia can be found in public schools, private language schools, universities and within business classes for companies.

Qatar

While Qatar might not provide the flashy lifestyle some of its other Middle Eastern neighbours do, it does still have a lot to offer. Teaching in Qatar will give you the opportunity to gain valuable international teaching experience whilst earning a high salary. Plus, it’s a safe and comfortable destination to live and work in, with plenty of culture to enjoy – not to mention the time you can spend outside the classroom lazing around on the Qatari sands – sounds dreamy to us!

Average salary: US$2,400 – $4,000 per month

Qualifications needed: To land a TEFL job in Qatar, you’ll need to have a teaching degree, a TEFL certificate and preferably 2-3 years relevant teaching experience.

Job types: Jobs in Qatar can be found in private international schools, private tutoring and English language schools.

Kuwait

Kuwait is one of the richest countries in the Middle East, so although it might not be at the top of your TEFL destination list, we think you should definitely consider it. Dominated by its capital, Kuwait City, this super cool metropolis offers all the comforts and conveniences of a modern city while also providing a view into Arab culture and society.

Average salary: US$2,600 – $4,000 per month

Qualifications needed: If Kuwait sounds like the dream location for you, you’ll need to make sure you have a TEFL qualification and some relevant teaching experience to land a job. A degree isn’t always required, but often for visa purposes, you may still need to have one.

Job types: You’ll be able to find jobs in preschools, international schools, and universities across Kuwait.

Oman

Oman is one of the lesser-known states in the Middle East, but it offers amazing opportunities for international teachers, super easy transport links to everywhere in the Middle East and a stunning landscape for you to discover. As a teacher in Oman, you’ll have the opportunity to travel around all of the Middle East whilst also fully immersing yourself in Arab culture. Plus, unlike many other regions in the Gulf, English speakers are much rarer in Oman so the demand for TEFL teachers is super high!

Average salary: US$2,600 – $4,000 per month

Qualifications needed: TEFL teachers in Oman are required to have a degree in any subject, a TEFL qualification and at least 2 years of relevant experience.

Job types: If you’re thinking Oman is the TEFL destination for you, you’ll be able to find lots of work in preschools, elementary and secondary schools, universities and as a private tutor.

TEFL in the Middle East

Asia

Asia has the world’s largest TEFL market, in fact, around half of all English teaching opportunities globally (if not more) are based in Asia. This makes Asia a great TEFL destination for all walks of TEFLers, from newly qualified teachers to advanced long term teachers – there’s a job for everyone here. While salaries can vary massively throughout Asia from high paid positions in China and Japan to lower paid positions in Cambodia and Thailand, the salaries generally go hand in hand with the cost of living. This means no matter where you end up, you’ll always have enough to live on.

Japan

Experience a unique mix of uber-modern cities, beautifully serene landscapes, and a unique culture in Japan. At the top of many TEFLers bucket-list, this enchanting country has everything you could ever possibly want from a TEFL destination – high teaching salaries, mouth-watering local cuisine, and a wonderfully rich and exciting culture to explore. Japan offers some of the highest salaries in Asia, but with that comes some fierce competition from other English teachers.

Average salary: US$2,200 – $5,000 per month

Qualifications needed: To bag yourself a job in Japan you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject and a TEFL qualification. Teaching experience is preferred, but not essential.

Job types: Jobs in Japan can be found in public schools and private institutes.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong boasts some of the highest paying TEFL jobs in the world, but with that comes a super high cost of living. In fact, Hong Kong has been named the most expensive city in the world! So, although it seems like you’re getting paid a lot, if you have a contract that doesn’t include accommodation, you could find that a significant portion of your salary will be going on rent and other bills. Don’t let that put you off though – Hong Kong is an amazing place to live and work, with an extremely fascinating culture, fast-paced, uber-modern cities, and super friendly citizens.

Average salary: US$2,200 – $5,000 per month

Qualifications needed: TEFL jobs are in high demand in Hong Kong. To become an English teacher, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, TEFL certificate, and at least 1 year’s teaching experience.

Job types: Jobs in Hong Kong can be found in language centres, private schools, and public schools. Plus, you can do private tutoring teaching Business English.

South Korea

From bibimbap to bulgogi and kimbap to kimchi, South Korea plays host to some of the most exciting cuisine in Asia. In recent years, South Korea has become a popular TEFL destination due to its high demand for TEFL teachers and generous wages. Steeped in thousands of years of history, South Korea’s transformed into an ultra-modern country. Check it out if you haven’t already!

Average Salary:US$1,818 – $1,948 per month

Qualifications needed: If you’re looking for a TEFL job in South Korea, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in any subject and a TEFL certification. Although experience is not essential, it may be preferred by some employers.

Job types: Jobs in South Korea can be found in public and private schools.

China

The demand for TEFL teachers in China is at an all-time high, so if you choose to teach here you won’t struggle to find work! With the promise of high salaries and low-cost living, China has become a popular destination for TEFLers young and old. Surrounded by ancient traditions, contemporary architecture, stunning scenery and a fast-paced way of life, there’s never a dull moment in this epic country!

Average salary: US$844 -$3,117 per month

Qualifications needed: If you want to head over to China, you’ll need an accredited TEFL certificate and a bachelor’s degree.

Job types: Generally speaking, jobs in China can be found in private language centres (academies) and public schools. However, you can also find teaching positions in international schools and universities.

Vietnam

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, there’s heaps of TEFL opportunities in Vietnam. Teaching salaries tend to be pretty high in comparison to the cost of living in this breath-taking country which means you’ll have plenty of money left over for travelling- winner!

Average salary: $1,302- $2,084

Qualifications needed: To land yourself a job in Vietnam you’ll need a TEFL certificate and bachelor’s degree, however, no experience is needed.

Job types: You can find work in private language academies and public schools.

Thailand

Thailand’s a top destination for TEFLers who are wanting to teach and beach as it offers clear blue water, sunny skies, and a whole lot of happiness. TEFL salaries tend to be pretty high while the cost of living remains pretty low- yes please! There’s plenty to do on your days off and loads of amazing places you can explore, such as cascading waterfalls, sandy white beaches, and ornate temples- sign us up!

Average salary: $779-$1,168 per month

Qualifications needed: You’ll need a TEFL certificate with a minimum of 120 hours and a bachelor’s degree to teach in Thailand.

Job types: You can work in public, private, and international schools as well as universities.

Cambodia

Homeplace to the UNESCO world heritage site, Angkor Wat, and thousands of religious temples, Cambodia is the perfect destination for culture vultures. Finding a TEFL job here is a lot easier than in other Asian countries, as competition is less fierce. Slap bang in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a great destination for anyone wanting to travel after they’ve completed their TEFL placement – bring it on!

Average salary: $1,000 – $1,200 per month

Qualifications needed: All you need is an accredited TEFL certification from a reputable company like us!

Job types: You can typically find work in private language schools, academies, and public schools.

Indonesia

Palm-fringed beaches, a tropical climate, and vibrant wildlife make Indonesia a dreamy TEFL destination. Packed full of awesome teaching opportunities and an extremely cheap lifestyle, Indonesia is a great place to start your TEFL adventure.

Average salary: $ 1,039- $1,753 per month

Qualifications needed: If you’re dreaming of living in paradise then you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in any subject and a TEFL certificate.

Job types: You can find all types of TEFL work in public schools, private schools, private language centres, and private tutoring.

TEFL in Japan

Europe

If you’re looking for a captivating cultural scene, amazing architecture, and ultra-modern metropolises, then head over to Europe! With high TEFL salaries, plenty of teaching opportunities, and heaps of chances to travel, Europe has become the ultimate crowd pleaser for all types of TEFLers. Check out what it has to offer!

Spain

Dreaming of fiestas and siestas, sangria in the sun and tapas on top? We’ve got the destination for you! Spain is a hotspot for TEFL teachers thanks to its low-cost living. From Madrid to Malaga, Barcelona to Bilbao and San Sebastian to Seville, you’ll easily find a TEFL job in this charming country.

Average salary: $1,168 – $1,688 per month

Qualifications needed: The best part about teaching in Spain is that you don’t need a degree or any previous teaching experience. All you need to get started is a TEFL certificate – yay!

Job types: You can find teaching positions in public and private schools, academies, and universities. Plus, you can earn extra cash through private tutoring.

Italy

Flamboyant, fun, and full of culture Italy is an incredible place to kickstart your TEFL career. It boasts some of the best (and most well-loved) cuisine in the world and is home to some amazing architecture. Whether you’re a skier, swimmer, or city lover there’s something for everyone in Italy thanks to its stunning scenery and landscapes. The demand for TEFL teachers is pretty high which makes it a competitive market to work in, so make sure you stand out from the crowd!

Average salary: $1,103 – $ 2,207 per month

Qualifications needed: The TEFL jobs market in Italy is extremely competitive which is why having a degree comes in handy. Combine that with a TEFL certificate and some teaching experience and you’re on to a winner!

Job types: You can find work in private language centres, summer schools, and private tutoring.

France

Nothing says sophistication quite like France, which is why it’s become a top TEFL destination. The TEFL jobs market is pretty competitive here due to the high demand for English teachers and the attractive salaries that are on offer. Bordering with Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Spain, France is the perfect place to teach if you’re up for an adventure!

Average salary: $1,948 + per month

Qualifications needed: To work in France you’ll need a TEFL certificate and bachelor’s degree. The TEFL jobs market in France is pretty competitive so you may need some teaching experience too!

Job types: You can find work in private language schools, summer camps, universities and through private tutoring.

Greece

If you’re looking for your very own slice of paradise, then head on over to Greece. With stunning cities, captivating coastlines, and mouth-watering cuisine, you’re in for a treat! TEFL teachers can live a pretty comfortable lifestyle here as the cost of living remains fairly moderate in comparison to the wage you’ll be earning- count us in!

Average salary: $844 – $1,428 per month

Qualifications needed: TEFL teachers in Greece are required to have a TEFL certificate and bachelor’s degree.

Job types: You can find work in private language centres, public schools, and private tutoring.

Poland

As one of the cheaper European countries, Poland is becoming a popular TEFL destination. With a great ex-pat community, a high demand for TEFL teachers, and an exciting social scene, you’d be mad to miss it!

Average salary: $779 – $974 per month

Qualifications needed: If Poland sounds like the place for you, then you’ll need a bachelor’s degree and TEFL certificate.

Job types: You can find jobs through private tuition and in private language schools throughout the country.

Hungary

Although it may not have crossed your mind, Hungary is an awesome place to aim for on your TEFL journey. From Lake Balaton to Budapest, and its budget-friendly lifestyle, there’s lots of advantages to this charming central European country.

Average salary: $610 – $1,233 per month

Qualifications needed: Most employers in Hungary require a bachelor’s degree and TEFL as a minimum however, larger schools will require a CELTA/ Trinity TESOL.

Job types: You can find work through private tutoring and in private language schools.

Czech Republic

With the promise of low-cost living and a laid-back lifestyle, the Czech Republic is the ideal TEFL destination. Nestled in the heart of Europe, it’s the perfect place to start exploring as it neighbours Poland, Germany, Austria, and Slovakia. Weekends away have never been easier so make sure you create a bucket list- we just know you’re going to love it!

Average salary: $844 – $1,298 per month

Qualifications needed: To kickstart your teaching career in the Czech Republic, you’ll need a TEFL certificate and a bachelor’s degree.

Job types: You’ll be able to find jobs in summer schools, public schools, and private schools.

TEFL in Europe

Latin America

If you’ve not got a degree but are itching to be a TEFL teacher, then Latin America is the perfect place for you! The TEFL jobs market is far less competitive here than in Asia and Europe, but you’ll still get to try out your new-found teaching techniques and earn money too! Life in Latin America is all about fun, festivals, and fantastic food so be prepared to have the time of your life!

Brazil

Waterfalls, waves, and one of the seven wonders of the world, Brazil really does have it all! As the largest country in South America, it has an extremely diverse culture, landscape, and society. You’ll instantly fall in love with your new host country as Brazilians are incredibly welcoming, friendly, and super keen to learn English- amazing!

Average salary: $844 – $1,298 per month

Qualifications needed: You don’t need a degree to work in Brazil. All you need to start your teaching adventure is a TEFL certificate- winner!

Job types: You can find jobs in international schools and through private tuition.

Argentina

From gorgeous glaciers and magnificent mountains to breath-taking national parks, Argentina boasts some of the best views in South America. Its TEFL jobs market is bursting at the seams so make sure you check it out!

Average salary: $610 – $1,220 per month

Qualifications needed: To land your dream job in Argentina, you’ll need a TEFL certificate.  Some employers require a bachelor’s degree; however, this can vary from company to company.

Job types: You can find work as a private tutor or be a TEFL teacher in public and private schools.

Colombia

Despite being known for its dangerous past, Colombia has really mellowed over the past few decades and become a hotspot for foreign travel. Although TEFL salaries are slightly lower here, so is the cost of living in comparison to other South American countries. With so many incredible cities to check out and such lovely people to meet, you’re guaranteed an authentic South American experience – count us in!

Average salary: $700- $1,000

Qualifications needed: No degree is required to teach in Colombia, but you’ll need an internationally recognised TEFL certificate.

Job types: You can find work in public, private, and international schools.

Chile

Patagonia, Easter Island, and the Atacama Desert are just a selection of fantastic places Chile has to offer- we can just imagine the Instagram Pics! Combined with a warm welcome, lovely locals, and a high demand for TEFL teachers, Chile is definitely the place to be!

Average salary: $970 – $1,000 per month

Qualifications needed: You’ll need a TEFL certificate to get started, plus some teaching experience.

Job types: The majority of jobs can be found in private language schools, preparing students for exams. There’s also the opportunity to work in public and international schools, as well as do private tutoring.

Ecuador

Squeezed into this compact country is an array of dazzling wonders. From Iguana spotting in the Galapagos to hiking in the Cotopaxi National Park, there’s always time for adventure. Whether you’re discovering the Amazonian rainforest or the Andes for the first time, there’s heaps of opportunities to explore! And the best part? You don’t need a degree to teach here!

Average salary: $974 – $1,000 per month

Qualifications needed: No experience is needed to work as a TEFL teacher in Ecuador and you don’t need a degree. Just make sure you have a TEFL certificate and you’re good to go!

Job types: You can bag an amazing teaching position in private, public, and international schools.

Costa Rica

If snorkelling, sunsets, and surfing sound like heaven to you, then Costa Rica would be the ideal place to start your TEFL career. Jam-packed with natural wonders, incredible wildlife, and white-water rafting, Costa Rica is the perfect destination for adrenaline junkies and animal lovers alike. Plus, with a high demand for TEFL teachers, you’ll easily find work in this breath-taking country.

Average salary: $616 – $1,039 per month

Qualifications needed: Although a bachelor’s degree is preferred, it is not essential for teaching English in Costa Rica. However, you’ll need to be TEFL certified. To stand out from the crowd, make sure you already have a bit of teaching experience.

Job types: There are heaps of awesome TEFL jobs in private schools, public schools, and universities.

Nicaragua

Although Nicaragua might not be your top TEFL destination, it definitely should be. Check out the dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanos, and beaches in this hidden gem! Despite being less well-known, there are some fantastic teaching opportunities in Nicaragua. So why not give it a go?

Average salary: $649 – $909 per month

Qualifications needed: To teach in Nicaragua, you’ll need a TEFL certificate. No experience is needed, and neither is a bachelor’s degree- yay!

Job types: You can find work in private schools, academies, and public school. Plus, you can earn a bit extra through private tuition.

TEFL in South America

Africa

Vibrant, colourful, and exotic Africa is the ultimate destination for thrill-seeking TEFLers. Dive headfirst into action, adventure, and eye-opening experiences as you discover one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Competition for TEFL jobs is still pretty fierce so make sure you bring your A-game!

South Africa

Enriched with a unique and diverse culture, South Africa is an incredible country to move to as a TEFL teacher. It boasts spectacular mountain ranges, stunning national parks, and impressive eco-systems. Add it to your bucket list- we know you want to!

Average salary: $1,168 – $1,948 per month

Qualifications needed: You need to be fluent in English and have a TEFL certificate. You don’t need a degree or any teaching experience.

Job types: You can find work in private language centres and public schools.

Morocco

Morocco is a majestic, magical, and marvellous TEFL destination. As one of the most popular African countries, it’s an incredible place to explore. The TEFL jobs market is quite strict in comparison to its neighbouring countries which makes it slightly trickier to find work. Don’t be put off though- there’s still plenty of teaching opportunities to be found!

Average salary: $714 – $909 per month

Qualifications needed: You’ll need a bachelor’s degree (or higher!) and a TEFL certification. Some jobs also require you to have a teaching qualification from a university.

Job types: TEFL jobs can be found in private language centres, international schools, and universities.

Egypt

Although it may not be a top TEFL destination, Egypt is an extremely exciting place to discover! You can earn a pretty high salary in comparison to the cost of living as a TEFL teacher. This means that you can put aside some of your hard-earned cash ready for your post-teaching adventures- awesome!

Average salary: $649- $1,298 per month

Qualifications needed: To secure a stable TEFL job in Egypt you’ll need a TEFL certificate.

Job types: You can find fantastic teaching jobs in private language centres, international schools, and national institutions.

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