As a TEFL worker, there are key differences you should know about, concerning your expectations for the rate of pay. That’s due to the locations you choose to teach English in, as a foreign language. For the UK, it’s a profession that can give you financial stability, and job satisfaction, as you’ll be working within an area, which is in demand of your specialist skills.
Within the UK, you can expect the same type of salaries of any salaried teaching staff. After you gain the necessary training and qualifications, to become a TEFL worker, you can expect to earn a minimum of £13’000 per annum.
As your career progresses and you gain more experience, you can expect to advance your salary to an average of 18’000 per annum. As you advance in your profession of teaching English as a foreign language with around 5 – 7 years of experience, you’ll be suitable to apply for positions for a senior TEFL worker, or a head of foreign language, specialising in English teaching to foreign students.
Working as a senior TEFL worker, you can expect a remuneration of around £24’000 per annum, and sometimes upwards of that figure, dependent of the needs within the area you work. There is a demand throughout the UK for TEFL staff to assist with teaching English to people whose primary language isn’t English.
Britain does have a diverse range of people from all across the globe, and not many of them will speak native English as their first language. For most going into this career, teachers teach the subject for the job satisfaction of knowing they’re assisting other people to fit into their communities and help them adapt to a different culture and way of life.
In that respect, it’s definitely a rewarding career that you will give you job satisfaction.
There is a downside to being a TEFL worker. When you qualify in the UK, that’s where your qualifications are beneficial to you.
Different countries have different educational curriculums in place, and the standards of teaching will vary too. In the UK, the services of a TEFL worker is needed to teach English to people who need a good grasp of the language in order to adapt into using English as their primary language, for day to day communication.
When you go abroad, things are different, as overseas you’re teaching a second language, therefore the importance of your role won’t be as highly valued as it would be, should you choose to teach in Britain.
There’s no way to put a salary expectation on working abroad, as the UK works with a minimum wage requirement. Overseas, the cultures differ and so too does the cost of living. Jobs will run for 10 months out of the year, so you’ll have to factor in the cost of renting apartments, groceries, fuel bills, and the taxes you’ll need to pay from your income.
As an example, if you were to relocate to teach English in the city of Prague, you could be working full-time for a monthly wage of 20,000 CZK. That would equate to £876 monthly. Then you’d have your deductable taxes to pay at around 15% minimum, leaving you with around £745 walk out wage at the end of the month to live off.
At £186 weekly before rent, food, and fuel, you can’t expect to be able to send money back home for savings, should you teach abroad. The working conditions are different, the salaries will vary, and the employment opportunities as well as the required qualifications, are going to be key factors in the areas you can teach English abroad.
Before deciding to take up work teaching English as a second language abroad, you will need to do your due diligence on the areas you plan to apply to work in. The nature of your teaching profession as a TEFL worker differs from one location to the other, dependent on the country you work. English speaking countries, such as Canada, USA and Australia, will primarily require a TEFL worker to assist people relocating from abroad and registering as a primary resident, living full-time in the country of residence, therefore, a TEFL worker is extremely beneficial to assist people with their standard of living, by teaching them a second primary language.
Overall, the salary expectation of a TEFL worker is reliant on whether you teach English as a primary language or a secondary language.
Teaching as a primary language assists people with their standard of living and ability to fit into communities, whereas when you teach English as a secondary language, the salaries are lower, due to the importance of your role, not having a direct impact on the day-to-day living of your students. The real benefits of a TEFL worker are in terms of job satisfaction, and making a real difference to the lives of people, on a daily basis.