William – Which Country Pays TEFL Teachers the Most


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.
Taiwan: $900–$1000.
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’re just working to live in a lot of them. Plus 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.


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