Contributor: William Moore, Former Instructor at Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications (2015-2017)
Technically Japan and South Korea.
But I actually found I had more spare money in China.
Yes I got paid $2500 in Japan. but my Apartment cost me $1500.
At the end of the month I had about $500 in Japan. (I don’t drink / eat out a whole lot mind you)
In China. I got paid $980.
But My Apartment was free.
I lived on about $200 a month. And actually lived better then in Japan, from the perspective of I purchased more clothing, ate out more, had nor drinks with friends. Traveled around more. So on.
So I had about $700 on Average at the end of the month.
South Korea seams to be a better blend of the two.
My Experience. (After ‘living costs’) And this is based on my / my Cousins experience. So when I give a answer its based on how much we had.
South Korea: $1000–$1200.
China: $700–$1000. (Salary varies more)
Japan: $500–$1200. (Again a lot of variation)
Other Asian Nations: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Thailand, Indonesia.
You Will make a good few hundred bucks a month after living, and you can spend money pretty well on food/drink/clothing/travel.
There are some European nations where you can make money. but in general you just working to live in a lot of them. Pluse a few hundred bucks at the end of the month.
Czech Republic and Poland are quite good.
Americans: Peru / Chili You can make some extra money at the end of the month. The rest of South America / Middle America and the Islands. Your more or less working to live.
Now to make money?
The Middle east….
Saudis Arabia. Kuwait. UAE. Qatar.
You will bring home $2000–$2500 a month EASY.
The thing is they are not hiring TESL Teachers.
They are hiring TEACHERS.
You will for the most part need.
#1: A masters in Education or Teaching.
#2: Be a certified Teacher in a English Speaking Nation.
#3: Have YEARS Of experience, a four year degree and a TEFL cert.
And that third one is less likely now.
(Credit: Quora, source: https://www.quora.com/Which-country-pays-TEFL-teachers-the-most)