How much can you earn while teaching English in China?

Here at China Link ESL, we set realistic guidelines as to what teachers can expect to earn while teaching English overseas.


China Link ESL, China’s #1 TEFL Job Service, with nearly a decade of ESL industry experience connecting teachers with the top schools and universities across China recently released detail figures on what an English teacher teaching English in China can expect to earn on both the high and low end.

There is a healthy demand for native English speakers with TEFL certification to each English to students in Chinese schools. One of the primary concerns teachers have prior to making the decision to teach abroad is if their earnings will be sufficient to support a good quality standard of living.

Chinese schools offer competitive salaries which provide a comfortable living standard in China. Teachers find that their salary allows them purchasing power is China far superior to their native country. A teacher can possibly live comfortably teaching English in China while saving up to half their salary.

How much do English teachers make in China?

Payments to teachers are usually paid on a monthly basis in local currency, Chinese RMB. Salaries can range from RMB 14,000 ($2,300usd) and RMB 16,000 ($2700) per month, for teachers with less experience in smaller towns.  For teachers with more experience in larger cities they may earn up to RMB 30,000 ($3000). The average median salary of an experienced native English speaking foreign teacher working 35-40 hours (including office hours) would be RMB 20,000 ($3,300) or more.

Earning More Through Private Teaching

Teachers can also supplement their earnings with private teaching in which they can charge anywhere from RMB 150 ($25) to RMB 300 ($50).Working only five extra hours on the weekend would earn a teacher charging RMB 150/h, up to RMB 3,000 ($500) per month.

Teachers also have the option to work during the summer and winter in summer and winter camps held in Chinese provinces. Teaching for for 14 days in a row, 4-5 classes a day and a teacher will earn between RMB 10,500 and RMB 21,000. (just for this period)

The process to teach abroad has never been simpler.

China Link ESL helps teachers organize all the necessary paperwork needed to obtain a legal work (Z) visa, travel and housing accommodations. We help facilitate paid training for all positions.

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The company is very in touch with the community and the teachers feel like family. This is especially apparent on their Facebook page with numerous photos and videos of happy children and teachers.

Our Facebook Page has over (60) public reviews. One teacher left a recent review saying, “I always knew I wanted to work abroad but put it off for so long, and then I got a message about teaching English in China and I thought, what an amazing opportunity. I spoke with Brian first who was so informative and helpful with details about the job. Anita and Brian were so helpful, patient and considerate about me every step of the way. Now I’ve just moved to Xuzhou. Thank you to both of you for helping me achieve this, it’s a brilliant opportunity and I would recommend anyone to join and use China Link ESL.”

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