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How Much Money Can I Earn Teaching English Abroad?


How much money can I make teaching English abroad? 

What are salaries for English teachers overseas?

Salaries for Teaching English AbroadEnglish teacher salaries abroad depend on the teacher’s position, qualifications and the country where they teach. Foreign English teacher salaries are typically, though not always, paid in local currency and should be viewed through the prism of the local cost of living. This means than an English teachers earning $1,000 a month in Peru will enjoy the same standard of living as a teacher in Madrid earning 2000 Euro because while the teacher in Madrid earns more in absolute terms, the cost of living is higher in Spain.

Europe and Latin America - English teacher salaries abroad in these regions typically allow expatriate English teachers to live comfortably in an apartment, cover basic expenses, dine out, travel by public transportation and have some extra money to travel and pursue other interests. In most cases, first-time English teacher salaries will not enable you to save extensive sums, but in both regions, private lessons are in high demand and provide excellent opportunities for English teachers to earn additional income.

Asia - English teacher salaries will typically enable you to save between 30%-50% of your salary after expenses, which can range from $200-$300 a month in a country like Thailand to $ 1,000 or more a month in South Korea.  The range in savings will be determined in part by your salary compared to the local cost of living and by the exchange rate between US Dollars or (whatever your native currency is) and the local currency in which you will be paid.

Middle East - English teacher salaries abroad in the UAE, and other Persian Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain are some of the highest in the world as pay can range from $1,500 - $4,000 a month, with benefits including free housing, paid vacation, health insurance and flights to and from the teacher’s home country.  It must be noted that these job markets are smaller and more competitive than those in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Many language schools in the UAE and other Gulf countries will only hire teachers with extra experience and qualifications (educSalaries for Teaching English Abroadation degree, a national or state teaching certification and/or some professional background in education) in addition to an accredited TEFL certification.

In less developed countries like Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Turkey, English teacher salaries will typically enable a first-time teacher to earn enough to support themselves comfortably, but should not expect to save much, if at all. In such countries, the cost of living is usually low and advanced teaching credentials are not required.In Turkey, some teachers may even receive a stipend for airfare or housing.

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Schools in some countries provide n ational health insurance and paid vacation time.  In other cases, employers provide free accommodation and utilities to help teachers with living expenses. Another perk could include the reimbursement of airfare.  Such benefits will vary from region to region and job to job.

To learn more about where English teacher salaries are highest, check out Top 5 Countries to Make the Most Money Teaching English Overseas.

For your reference this link to our Country Chart provides basic information about working and getting hired in approximately 50 countries around the world, including information on ESL hiring seasons, foreign English teacher salaries, extra benefits and the interview process.



I am interested in teaching abroad. I have BA in biology from Indiana University, done outside sales worked in medical laboratories and been in the restaurant business for the 30 years. I want to teach. 
I'm now 61 years old, want to travel and looking for a new career. 
How do I proceed.
Posted @ Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:36 PM by Gregory W. Prosser
Hi Gregory, 
1) Please read this article about teaching in countries by age: 
2) To proceed you take a TEFL certification class and interview for jobs. Give us a call at 7730-634-9900 and request a free brochure about teaching abroad and TEFL certification.
Posted @ Friday, April 26, 2013 9:17 AM by International TEFL Academy
how can I apply and be one of those teachers who can work abroad as ESL teacher? 
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 4:52 PM by Mohamed Ali
hi,i am a current grade school teacher here in the philippines,,i am 26 and want to teach abroad how will i find teaching job out there that fits my qualification.i am BEed graduate,.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:15 PM by julie ann rosal
Hi, i was wandering if there are academies or organisations in Spain which would be able to fund or provide TEFL certification?
Posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 3:53 AM by Gurpreet
Language schools look to hire teachers that are TEFL certified prior to hiring. We offer TEFL training courses in Spain, as well as online, but a language school will want to see that you are certified before they hire you. They will not pay for the certification on your behalf. 
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Posted @ Tuesday, November 05, 2013 8:22 AM by secondary application
I am a 61 year old teacher with 31 years teaching ESL (now known as ELD). I hold an MA in TESOL from a state university. I am close to retirement (5 more semesters by 2016). I am interested in teaching abroad. Would I need a to hold a TESL certificate if I have already a MA in TESOL?
Posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:36 PM by Jaime Pimienta
Contact the schools that train teachers. I would start with the International House network- contact the schools that train CELTA students. Make sure your school is a good place to work or else your reputation will be ruined really quickly! Everyone in the ESL world knows which schools have bad working conditions and bad salaries.
Posted @ Monday, November 18, 2013 1:50 AM by seo services
hi.. I am a freshman in college I want to become a teacher but I am afraid If im going to regret it in the long run 
Posted @ Friday, May 02, 2014 2:08 PM by janet
Hi Janet, 
You will learn you will regret the things in life you don't do more than those you do. You will change and grow throughout your life, change jobs and careers a half dozen times so follow your passions and don't let fear hold you back. 
It's best if you contact our admission department as they can help give you some things to think about and some advice.  
Please fill out a contact form for information and to be assigned an advisor:
Posted @ Friday, May 02, 2014 2:49 PM by International TEFL Academy
I'm curious about information in regards to the difference in pay for english teachers in South Korea that only have a bachelors/TESOL certified and those teachers that also have a masters in TESOL 
I am considering getting my masters in TESOL but only if the pay is considerably higher since that's the only way to it would be worth it because of the extra student loans i would take on in order to pay for graduate school.  
I know having more training as an educator is always beneficial and i understand that with a masters, i could teach at the university level.. but is there a considerable upgrade in pay? i'm wondering if it's really worth it (salary wise) getting my masters before i relocate .. Thanks in advance!
Posted @ Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2:22 AM by maria
Hi Maria, 
The pay for a MA in TESOL may be the same or could be a few hundred dollars more a month in Korea so spending 2 years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars financially isn't worth it.  
We suggest getting your TEFL certification and go and teach abroad for a year or two and then see if you want to invest into a MA.  
Contact us and speak with an advisor for more advice at
Posted @ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:14 AM by International TEFL Academy
Holding Masters in English and have 4 yrs of experience in teaching english at higher secondary level in India, makes me to venture some new locations for my career boost. I'm looking for job placement overseas in europe and gulf countries. please guide me how to go about...
Posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:24 PM by Victor
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