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Go to China - How Much Can You Make Teaching English in China?


 

As the world's most populous country, and one that recognizes its rather large footprint in the global economy, China is bursting at the seams with opportunities for ESL teachers. China's youth are raised with an understanding of the importance of learning English, and it's a widely accepted notion that the ability to speak fluent English can largely increase students' chances of earning a higher paying job or perhaps open opportunities to travel abroad.

 

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How Much Can You Make Teaching English in China?


English teachers in China can expect to make between 6,000 - 16,000 RMB ($942 - $2,500 USD). Those teaching at an international school, however, can make up to 30,000 RMB ($4,700 USD) Keep in mind, the lower end is usually reserved for smaller locations in the middle of the country, including the Henan and Sichuan provinces, and the higher salaries are comparative to the higher cost of living in the most populated provinces: Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangdong.

On top of a yearly salary, many places also give out benefits like flight reimbursement or allowance, furnished local apartments, paid holidays and sick leaves, legal 'Z' work visas, health insurance (after a required medical check), and free Mandarin Chinese lessons.

 

Public Schools: 6,000 - 10,000 RMB per month

As a public school employee in China, you'll be working for the Chinese government. Public schools tend to require between 16 and 25 hours/week, though you could be teaching at multiple skill levels and possibly even bouncing between schools. Typically, you'll earn between 6,000 - 10,000 RMB ($942 - 1,570 USD)

Private Language Institutes: 6,000 - 16,000 RMB per month

Teachers at private language institutes in China can make anywhere from 6,000 to 16,000 RMB ($942 - $2,500 USD). The rather large jump in scale is due to differing requirements to work at various language institutions (private learning centers, which are scattered throughout China), level of education, type of education/certificates, years of experience, and prestige.

Universities: 7,500 - 10,000 RMB per month

Universities, both public and private, offer a decent salary of 7,500 - 10,000 RMB ($1,200 - 1,600 USD), a light workload, lots of free time, and all the usual benefits of airfare, housing, and time off.


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As an ESL teacher, you'll be required to work a maximum of 20 teaching hours, plus 3-5 hours of preparation time, and like a typical professor, you aren't required to stay at the school during your off hours.

International Schools: 12,000 - 30,000 RMB per month

International schools are often geared toward teaching the children of expats living in China, as well as Chinese children whose parents want them to travel and/or work abroad. Salaries at these schools are competitvely high -- ranging from 12,000 - 30,000 RMB ($1,900 - 4,700 USD).

 

How Much Does it Cost to Live in China?

So, how far exactly will your salary go in China? Most teachers put away a good amount of their salaries, but how much should you expect to spend while teaching in China?

Rent: ranges from 1,000 - 3,500 RMB per month, but it's usually included in salary.(It's always increasing in Shanghai)
Utilities (electricity, gas, water): 250 RMB per month
Phone & Internet: 300 RMB per month
Food: 1500 RMB per month


The Cost of Daily Items

Dinner at a mid-range restaurant: 80 RMB
Rice or noodle dish at a restaurant: 25 RMB
Most street food items: 6-10 RMB
Beer: 5 RMB
1 night in a mid-range hotel: 350 RMB
While some sources say you can get by on $400 per month, most people spend around $1,000 per month while living in China. It mostly just depends on your lifestyle and location!

 

Ready to Negotiate Your Salary in China?

 

 

Teaching English in China is a great way to get your feet wet if you're a first time teacher, and it can provide a comfortable lifestyle for those hoping to make it a career. Either way, it's a splendid opportunity to study China's fascinating history, speak with the locals and witness the rapid changes that are happening every day in this powerful economy.

Published on GoOverseas.com by Jessica Hill Click to read original article

 

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