What Are Salaries for English Teachers in the Middle East?

By Michael Kunik

Stretching from the western shores of North Africa across the Sahara to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and into the heart of Central Asia, the Middle East is a vast and diverse region not only from the standpoint of its cultures and geography, but in terms of the opportunities it offers certified English teachers as well.

In the wealthy Arab nations of the Persian Gulf region, English teachers can command some of the highest salaries and finest benefit packages in the world and must compete in a competitive job market. Often schools in this region of the Middle East will require English teaches to have a Master’s Degree (sometimes in education) and previous teaching experience, on top of their TEFL certification. That's not to say it's impossible for first-time teachers to get a job in this region (especially in Saudi Arabia), but you will need to be persistent, patient and flexible in your job search. Those who qualify for such positions will enjoy some of the highest salaries in the field as pay can range from $2,500 - $6,000 a month, plus free housing and flights to and from the teacher’s home country.

Top 5 Countries to Make the Most Money Teaching English Abroad

Everybody is familiar with the saying “you don’t become a teacher for the money,” and while going to teach English abroad will almost certainly be one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences you will ever undertake, you probably don’t want to count on it to buy that tropical island you fantasize about for your retirement. 

That said, there are thousands of opportunities around the world for TEFL certified English teachers teaching English abroad that do pay well and offer exceptional benefits. 

7 Tips for Saving Money While Teaching English Abroad

 

The rewards of living, traveling and teaching English overseas cannot be measured in dollars, cents, euros or yen, but for most of us, financial concerns are a reality and we want and need to save money to pay bills, reach goals and to make the most of our lives.  Here are 7 great tips for how you can make the make the most financially out of your experience teaching English overseas.

Want a Job Teaching English Abroad Waiting For You After College?

 

Everyone knows the overall job market isn’t looking too bright at the moment, and it looks even worse for those that are just graduating from college. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the unemployment rate for people under 25 in the United States is twice the national average.

Why face a domestic labor market full of uncertainty when you can enjoy the international adventure of a lifetime teaching English overseas, and gain marketable job skills and international experience for your resume?  

With nearly 100,000 new job openings every year for English teachers, this is your best option for finding a great job and adventure immediately out of college.  Sure beats moving back home with mom and dad and working part-time as a barista, doesn’t it?