In Taiwan, English teachers can typically earn between $1,500 and $3,000 per month, with variations based on qualifications and the nature of the position. Major cities like Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Tainan offer numerous opportunities, especially for those with TEFL certification. Given Taiwan's advanced infrastructure and low cost of living relative to salary, many teachers find it an attractive destination for teaching English.
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In Taiwan, TEFL salaries vary based on the school type, prior teaching experience, and qualifications. Typically, foreign teachers can expect to earn from 600 NTD ($20 US) to 1,300 NTD ($40 US) per hour, with those possessing extensive experience at the higher end. Beyond the base salary, numerous teaching positions offer substantial benefits like return airfare, complimentary accommodation, health insurance, and end-of-contract bonuses, making the overall compensation package very attractive.
In Taiwan, the primary employers of English language teachers are privately-operated cram schools known as bushibans. These schools, many of which are part of expansive chains, are widespread and often hire native English speakers, offering rates around $20 US per hour for around four teaching hours daily, five days a week. In addition, numerous kindergartens across Taiwan provide similar compensation and hours.
For seasoned teachers, foreign-operated bushibans present a more profitable opportunity, with pay ranging from $30 to $40 US hourly, along with bonuses. However, due to the attractive compensation, there is stiff competition for these roles. Furthermore, while the pay is notably higher, these schools often have elevated expectations, including a potential proficiency in Mandarin.
The public school system also offers plenty of opportunities for foreign teachers. Salaries range from around 60,000 to 70,000 NTD (currently $1,900 to $2,200 US) per month, with the majority of positions available at high school level. Working hours are often more than in private academies as extensive lesson planning may be necessary. Foreign teachers are also expected to perform extra duties so a typical working day can be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The biggest salaries on offer for English language teachers in Taiwan can be found in international schools that generally follow an American based curriculum. These positions are small in number and usually require a high level of teaching qualifications. Applications for available jobs are highly competitive as salaries can be as high as 200,000 NTD (over $6,000 US) per month.
A combination of high salaries and a low cost of living in comparison to many western countries make it possible for foreign teachers to live a very comfortable lifestyle during their stay in Taiwan. Eating out at local establishments is very cheap, as is transport around the country. The biggest expense is likely to be rent which can range from 5,000 NTD to 15,000 NTD per month for a shared apartment, depending on location. However, many teachers will find that housing expenses are included in their contract making it possible to save a considerable percentage of your salary every month.