Although the salaries are often enticing, you’re not going to get rich as an EFL teacher. However, many positions pay well and allow for a decent standard of living while abroad and the opportunity to save money and travel.
How much you earn depends on your qualifications, experience and where you teach. To give you an idea, these are average starting salaries (in USD) from highest to lowest:
- Middle East and Japan USD2000 – USD4 000 p/m
- South Korea, China, Europe USD1 500 – USD3 000 p/m
- South America USD800 – USD 2000 p/m
Keep in mind that the cost of living is cheaper in countries that pay lower salaries. Many jobs also offer package deals that include flights and accommodation, but this is not a requirement.
In South Africa, you can earn from R175 p/h to around R18 000 p/m. In most countries, university positions pay better and offer more job security, but they demand higher qualifications and more experience.