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How much can you earn teaching in China?

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This is how much South Africans can earn teaching English in China

South Africans who have completed a TEFL course (Teach English as a Foreign Language), can make serious money teaching in China.

According to data provided to BusinessTech by Global Teacher Recruitment, TEFL teachers can earn anywhere between R30,000 – R45,000 a month depending on where they work and who they teach.

Notably, the data shows that expats often earn higher salaries in smaller and lesser-known cities (Tier 3) in China, compared to more popular Tier 1 cities such as Shenzhen or Guangzhou.

You can find a breakdown of the different courses across multiple Chinese cities below.

TIER 1 CITIES

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Shenzhen 

  • Degree requirement: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Typical contract length: 12 months with the option to extend
  • Typical students: Business professionals, graduate students
  • Average monthly cost of living per single person: 6,862.16 ¥ (R14,139)
  • Average monthly salary: 18,000 ¥ – 20,000 ¥ (R37,095 – R41,299)

Guangzhou

  • Degree requirement: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Typical contract length: 12 months with the option to extend
  • Typical students: Business professionals, graduate students
  • Average monthly cost of living per single person: 5,796 ¥ (R 11,735)
  • Average monthly salary: 18,000 ¥ – 20,000 ¥ (R37,095 – R41,299)
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TIER 2 CITIES

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Hangzhou

  • Degree requirement: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Typical contract length: 12 months with the option to extend
  • Typical students: Business professionals, graduate students
  • Average monthly salary: 16,000 ¥ – 18,000 ¥ (R32,990 – R37,095)

Guiyang

  • Degree requirement: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Typical contract length: 12 months with the option to extend
  • Typical students: Business professionals, graduate students
  • Average monthly salary: 17,000 ¥ (R34,535)

TIER 3 CITIES

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Huizhou

  • Degree requirement: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Typical contract length: 12 months with the option to extend
  • Typical students: Business professionals, graduate students
  • Average monthly salary: 18,000 ¥ – 22,000 ¥ (R37,095 – R44,683)

Zhongshan

  • Degree requirement: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Typical contract length: 12 months with the option to extend
  • Typical students: Business professionals, graduate students
  • Average monthly salary: 18,000 ¥ – 22,000 ¥ (R37,095 – R44,683)
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Hong Kong

  • Degree requirement: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Typical contract length: 12 months with the option to extend
  • Typical students: Business professionals, graduate students
  • Average monthly salary: 23,000 HK$ – 24,000 HK$ (R41,036 – R42,820)

Macau

  • Degree requirement: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Typical contract length: 12 months with the option to extend
  • Typical students: Business professionals, graduate students
  • Average monthly salary: 18,000 MOP – 22,000 MOP (R31,159 – R38,080)

How to get a job teaching English in China

This all sounds pretty amazing, but how exactly can you get a job teaching in one of these cities? The first step is to do a TEFL course, like the 140-hour course we offer. You can also do an online version of the course – but make sure you can complete the practical elements as this is often a requirement in order to get a job.

Once you have completed your TEFL course with us, we can help you find your first job in China – even if you don’t have a university degree! We have partnered up with an excellent recruitment agency that can assist you in finding your first teaching post. And what is even better is that they have helped our graduates find jobs despite the fact that they don’t have a degree. While you may not earn as much as the salaries above, you can still make money while exploring China.


This article originally appeared in BusinessTech on 13 July, 2019.


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