Pay and Benefits

Pay and Benefits in Asia

The main benefits to teaching overseas are the enjoyment of teaching in an international school, the friends you’ll make, the adventure of living life abroad, and the travel opportunities living overseas brings you. Money should not be your main motivation for teaching abroad and you should know that you won’t get rich doing so. However, we know money is necessary no matter where you are in the world, so below is a brief overview of the pay and benefits you can expect with a teaching job abroad.


Salaries for international school teachers vary widely from country to country depending on the cost of living in each country and the desirability of the location. As such, when considering a teaching job abroad, the best way to compare salaries is to look at how much income is left after expenses.

For example, if you want to teach overseas in a large and touristy city like Hong Kong your saving power will be much lower because, 1) the cost of living in those cities is high and 2) teaching jobs in those types of cities are in high demand, so salaries and benefits are lower. Consequently, your after-expenses disposable income might not be more than a few hundred dollars.

In smaller, off the beaten path cities like Cirebon, Indonesia you can expect to earn more and be able to save more because the cost of living is lower and because teaching jobs aren’t in as much demand, so benefits are more. In cities like these, your disposable income after expenses will likely be significantly higher.

The cost of living in Asia can be particularly inexpensive for the most part. So while it might appear at first that the salaries are a bit lower, in actuality, you can get a lot of “bang for your buck” in Asia, as compared to other developed nations. Salaries will vary depending on the school and location, but overall, you can expect to make a salary that ranges between RMB 9,500 – RMB 16,000 per month (around $1500 to $2500 dollars per month) depending on the location of the job and your experience and qualifications.


In addition to a teacher’s regular salary, most schools we recruit fore offer the following benefits to their hired teachers:

Airfare to and from the host city for the teacher
Health insurance*
Housing or a housing allowance
Summer vacation
Assistance learning the country’s language (we can help with this too!)
Procurement of all appropriate visas and country permits
Local taxes paid (but double check with the school when you sign the contract!)

In addition to the above, many schools offer some or all of the following benefits to teachers hired from abroad:

Career development opportunities
Retirement plan
Life insurance
Sick leave

*While it may sound like a given, some schools don’t provide health insurance for teachers. Fortunately our partner company World Nomads travel health insurance can provide overseas residents and travelers extremely generous coverage for minimal amounts of money and has assured us that teachers will be covered as long as they need (not just on a “travel” basis).