English teacher salary with language schools
The average English teacher salary in China working for a leading language school is very competitive and allows for a comfortable lifestyle. For the jobs we are now interviewing for, the monthly salary is anything between 6,000 – 16,000 RMB (1,000 – 2,500 US dollars) per month. The exact amount is determined by which school you work for, the city you are based in and the number of years of previous teaching experience. Click on the table below for exact salary details for four of the major schools and apply today to discuss the specific benefit packages with us.
Low cost of living
As the cost of living in China is significantly lower than that of the west, an English teachers’ salary goes a long way. Eating dinner at a local restaurant will typically cost between 15-30 RMB per person (roughly 2 – 4.50 US dollars) and most teachers find they can live easily on 100 RMB per day (15 USD). While the cost of living in large cities such as Shanghai and Beijing is higher than other areas in China it is still possible to shop and eat in cheaper areas.
Benefits offered on top of the English teacher salary
Most language schools generally offer a number of additional benefits as part of the compensation package, as detailed below. As a result, the English teacher salary received every month is virtually all disposable income as there are very few expenses. Obviously this depends on spending habits but it is definitely possible to live a comfortable, enjoyable life in China and still build good savings.
It is relatively easy to send a part of your English teacher salary to your home country via bank transfer or through a money transfer company such as Western Union.
Typical benefits in China include:
- Flight ticket allowance
- Furnished housing near the school
- Paid holiday
- Legal ‘Z’ work visa & residence permit
- Comprehensive health insurance
- Performance related bonuses
- Professional development & support
- Mandarin Chinese lessons
Increases in the English teacher salary
Most language schools will offer a 10% increase in the English teacher salary for those signing for a second year teaching, there are also plenty of opportunities for earning more with larger language schools as senior teacher and Director of Studies for those looking to develop their teaching careers.