Teach English in China Salary: How much can you make in 2019

Salary Expectations for Teaching in China: How Much Can You Earn?

But before you get started with your teach abroad job hunting, you want to know how much you can really make while you’re abroad.
 
For the young and uncommitted fresh (or not-so-fresh) graduate, China offers thousands of teaching opportunities to finance a grand travel adventure or even pay off that dreaded student debt.All you need is that undergrad degree, native-level English skills and a 120 hours TEFL certificate and you’re good to go.
 
And for experienced, certified teachers contemplating taking their career overseas , China offers plenty of high-paying teaching jobs and infinite opportunities to progress both professionally and personally.
 
How much to earn working as an ESL teacher in China

Salary of teaching English in China

The salary of English teachers all depends on the type of school and location. The average teaching salary in China can vary anywhere between 6,000 to 16,000 RMB ($940 to 2,500 USD). You can earn up to 30,000 RMB if you get an opportunity to teach English in an international school. If you’re teaching English in a small town or remote part of the country such as Sichuan and Henan Province, then you can expect a lower salary, but living costs will be extremely low.
 
Teaching in big cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, or Shanghai is where you will receive a higher salary along with a comparatively higher living cost. For example, you’ll be paid less in a smaller city, but you might have more money in your savings account at the end of the month versus working in a big city.
 

Public Schools Salary in China

  • Salary: 10,000 RMB - 15,000 RMB
  • Working schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m - 17:00 p.m, weekends off
  • Other perks: Free accommodation or housing allowance + flight reimbursement
  • Vacation: 1- 2.5 month paid vacation depending on the school
  • Best fit for new teachers/experienced teachers who want to teach while travel
Public schools tend to pay less than private institutions, in the range of RMB 10,000-15,000 ($1,800-$2,200) per month. If this seems low, don’t worry: there are also many benefits to complement your salary. Teachers at public schools tend to work fewer hours than those at private schools, and they also enjoy longer (often paid) vacations and more holidays. Most schools offer free lunch to teachers, which is a great way to save money and experience Chinese food culture.
 

Training centers

  • Salary: 12,000 RMB - 20,000 RMB ($1,800 -$3,000) per month
  • Working Schedule: Wednesday - Sunday 13:00 p.m - 21:00 p.m, Monday & Tuesday off
  • Other perks: Free accommodation or housing allowance + flight reimbursement
  • Vacation: 11 days public holidays + 5-15 days paid leave depending on the school
  • Best fit for new teachers/experienced teachers who want to save more money
training centers are generally more open and less restrict about candidates’ background. Candidates who have high English skills and a genuine passion for teaching in China can get a shot in winning a position there. Working hours are different from public schools where after-school hours will be your working time. Training center is a great option for new teachers as proper training are provided. Teachers tend to save more money teaching in a training center. 
 

International schools

  • Salary: 18,000 RMB - 30,000 RMB ($2,647 - $4,411) per month
  • Working schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m - 17:00 p.m, weekends off
  • Other perks: Free accommodation or housing allowance + flight reimbursement
  • Vacation: 1-2.5 paid vacation depending on the school
  • Best for licensed teachers & experienced teachers with at least two years full time teaching experience
International schools are typically attended by the children of expats and Chinese students who hope to study in a foreign country, the curriculum and teaching style is similar to what you would see at your average American school. Besides English teaching positions, there are other subjects teaching positions available, for example history, economics, business, physics, and math. Teaching a wider range of subjects requires more certifications and qualifications for teaching, typically international schools will require a teaching certificate from your home country in order to qualify.