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.

The "Land of the Crescent Moon", Teaching English Abroad in Turkey

Bridging Asia and Europe both literally and figuratively, Turkey is the most oriental of the western nations and the most occidental of eastern nations. Once a centerpiece of the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, it has been a crossroads of civilizations traveled by great figures in history from the Homeric heroes of Troy and Alexander the Great to Suleiman the Magnificent and Winston Churchill. Bordered by eight countries -  Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Azerbaijan - and easily accessible by many others, it is easy to comprehend how Turkey has become such a fantastic melting pot of cultures, traditions and cuisines. If you are looking for the beautiful beaches and grand Classical monuments of a nation like Greece or Italy, you will find it in Turkey. 

Teaching English in Turkey & TEFL Certification in Istanbul

Discover Turkey - One of the Best Job Markets for English Teachers in the World


  • Would you like to live and work in a land once traversed by Alexander the Great, Byzantine Emperors and Ottoman sultans like Suleiman the Magnificent?

  • Do you want to teach English in a country boasting more Greco-Roman ruins than Greece and some of the most spectacular beaches in the Mediterranean?

  • Can you see yourself living in a city that Lonely Planet noted is the most "Hippest" in the world?

Top 10 Biggest Job Markets for Teaching English Abroad

What are the biggest job markets for teaching English abroad?


With more than a billion and a half people taking some form of English course each year in nearly every country on earth, the world is in a sense one big job market for qualified English teachers.  Realistically, a native English speaker with a college degree and an accredited TEFL certification can teach English abroad professionally in 80 countries or more and even those without a degree who do get TEFL certified can teach in up to 50 countries.  That said, certain countries have higher demand and offer more opportunities than others.