What's the average salary for foreign English teachers in the Middle Kingdom?

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Here is the salary reference for our candidates.

The data is based on the contracts signed in the year 2018.

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The language training center


35 to 40 working hours per week.

2 days off per week during weekdays.

20 to 30 days paid vacation per year (National holiday included).

Class size 8 to 12 students per class

Requirements: Appropriate oral English accent, being patient with kids

Salary 15000 RMB ( 2200 USD ) to 23000 RMB (3300 USD ) with accommodation or accommodation allowance.

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The Kindergarden


30 to 40 working hours per week.

2 days off during weekends

20 to 60 days paid vacation per year (National holiday included).

Class size 15 to 25 students

Requirements: Appropriate oral English accent, being patient with kids

Salary 14000 RMB (2100 USD) to 22000 RMB (3200 USD) with accommodation or accommodation allowance.

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Public schools


15 to 30 working hours per week

2 days off during weekends

Around 80 days vacation per year (National holiday included).

Class size 40 to 50 students

Requirements: Appropriate oral English accent, basic knowledge of education

Salary 9000 RMB (1300 USD) to 15000 RMB (2200 USD) with accommodation or accommodation allowance.

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International schools


30 to 40 working hours per week

2 days off during weekends

Around 80 days vacation per year(National holiday included)

Class size 20 to 40 students

Requirements: Bachelor degree in education or linguistics or teaching experience required.

Salary 20000 RMB (2900 USD) to 30000 RMB (4300 USD) with accommodation or accommodation allowance.


For candidates who are going to teach English in China without an education background or teaching experience. It’s reasonable to start at a training center or public school for 1 year and apply for an international school later with teaching experience. WOOK Talent will help you with this step.


If the school is located downtown in big cities, generally, they will only provide accommodation allowance.

Schools in Beijing offer the highest salary, “popular cities” like Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hainan island etc don’t pay that much.


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