How much can you make teaching in China

China has a history of 5,000 years and is also the country with the largest population. With the development of the economy, people pay more and more attention to education. There are many schools that need foreign teachers. For fresh graduates who are looking for freshness, if you want to explore Asia and maintain your living expenses through fun and well-paid job, teaching in China is definitely the best choice!

The cost of living here is low while with a high salary. In addition to the necessary expenses, you can save money for traveling or paying off the terrible student debt. How to qualify as a teacher in China? It's simple since you just need a bachelor's degree, native level English skills, and a TEFL certificate. You can start at any time!

Before you start your adventure, this information can help you have a better idea of the salary of each position!

Your salary could be varied depends on where you teach in China. However, a place with a low salary does not mean that is a worse place to live than a place with a high salary. For example, your salary in Shanghai will be a little higher than in Guilin. But your cost of living in Shanghai is also relatively higher than in Guilin. In Guilin, you only need to spend 1500RMB-2000RMB to rent a good one-bed apartment. Therefore, although the salary is not consistent everywhere, it does not affect the happiness of living in China.

Requirements for Degree:

The basic requirement of coming to China to be a teacher is a BA degree. Generally speaking, a fresh graduate can get a minimum basic salary of 10k plus 2-3k housing allowance or accommodation. But if you have a master's degree or a higher degree, you can get a relatively higher salary. Although a bachelor's degree is sufficient to teach in China, the school will favor teachers with a higher degree.

Your Certificate:

Teaching license and/or degree in education: If you have a teacher qualification certificate in your country, this will definitely help you get a high salary. At present, international schools would prefer recruiting teachers with teacher qualifications, especially subject teachers. Their salary is around 30,000rmb-40,000RMB. As long as you can meet their conditions and have relevant experience and certificates, they are willing to pay a high salary to attract qualified teachers. In addition, if your undergraduate degree was education, no matter what type of school you are in, your salary can be higher than that of other new teachers.

Working Time:

1) Your teaching time in training institutions and kindergartens is generally 20-25 hours, and the rest of the time you will need to do some training and stay at the office. The salary is generally around 1600-3100USD.

2) The teaching time in public schools is relatively short, and the teaching time varies according to the regulations of each city and school. But since it's easier to work in public schools, the salary is relatively low.

3) The teaching time in international schools is not much. However, you still need to stay at the office for the rest of the day. And they have higher requirements for teaching. Therefore, you need to prepare more during office hours for teaching, and you even need to participate in some teaching and research meetings.


Depending on the salary of each school, you will get different benefits. In some schools, they only provide high salaries but do not provide any other benefits such as air ticket subsidies, renewal contract bonuses, etc. However, the salary structure of most schools is a basic salary plus housing allowances or accommodation. There are also insurance and renewal bonuses. Generally, the housing allowance will be around 2000-3000RMB. You will save money for your rent if the school has provided housing. Everyone has different requirements. Some foreign teachers hope to be able to solve the accommodation before arrival, while some foreign teachers want to find a house by themselves after arrival. At this time, it is best to ask for housing subsidies. Insurance that schools provide is usually social or commercial insurance, depending on what type of insurance the school offers. The renewal bonus usually ranges from 4000-10000RMB.

Part-time Job Opportunity:

In China, there is always a huge demand for native English teachers. They always need part-time ESL teachers. As long as you are diligent, making money in China is always easy. There are many opportunities to earn money. If you want to make more money, you can go to the training center in your spare time, or work as a part-time teacher in kindergarten. You can also go to the student's home as a tutor, and the part-time salary is calculated by the hour. For example, if you work part-time for 5 hours a week, then your monthly income for a part-time job will be around 4000-6000RMB. If your full-time job pays you 18000RMB a month, your income can easily reach 24,000 RMB per month or even more. Compared to Vietnam, Thailand and other countries in Asia, China is a relatively easy place to make money. You can quickly save money for traveling, and also save money to pay off student loans. In other countries, such as Vietnam and Thailand, although their living expenses are lower, the salary is also lower. You need to spend more time working to get the corresponding salary.


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