By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World
China is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for new ESL teachers. It’s a huge country and salary and conditions vary massively from region to region. Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offer the best paying jobs with high quality schools common place. Other major cities in China also offer well paying jobs for EFL teachers, but outside of the main centres wages can be relatively low. The best paying jobs can be equivalent to those in Korea and Japan, upwards of US$15,000 per year whereas those in smaller towns and the countryside are barely subsistence wages, often less than US$5,000 per year.
It really pays to do your research when looking for TEFL jobs in China, not only because of the huge salary range but also because of the huge differences in living conditions and quality of workplace environment. Before you apply for any jobs check your potential employer online and check EFL forums for any positive/negative comments from past teachers. Ideally you should try to get at least one job offer and then ask to speak to native EFL teacher(s) already working for that school to find out what conditions you are likely to expect.
Check out our jobs board here for TEFL jobs in China.
For those of you who have been out/or are working as an EFL teacher in China, please post your comments and advice.
If you have a school out in China, tell our teachers in the comments section about the benefits of working there.
All the best for now!
The Happy Cats team.