Salary and Benefits
Salary and Benefits

Salaries at Thai schools depend on the type of institution (public or private) and the level of instruction (secondary or post-secondary). Since I was a volunteer, my salary was equivalent to that of a first-year Thai teacher with a bachelor's degree teaching at a post-secondary government school. As with most government institutions, the base salary is low-about 5,560 baht per month, or $222. This was not nearly enough money to live on in Bangkok. However, my school provided me with free housing and utilities, which amounted to 4,000 or 5,000 baht per month. They also assigned me 2 or 3 evening classes a week, which earned 2,000 to 3,000 baht per month in overtime pay. Foreign teachers who got jobs at the colleges on their own earned about 10,000 baht, which doesn't speak well for being a volunteer! But they also paid for housing, which can eat your expenses in a city like Bangkok. Private high schools such as Bangkok Christian College also pay about 10,000 baht. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand's pre-eminent educational institution, pays about 25,000.

You can expect about 150 baht per hour at commercial schools. Although I never taught at one, I'm pretty certain they have benefits such as health care, vacation, and visa arrangements and expenses.

Private tutoring is the most lucrative way to teach English-you can earn anywhere from 250 to 500 baht per hour depending on the client. Teaching students pays about 200 to 250 baht, and teaching business people in banking or tourism pays 250 to 500 baht.

These were the approximate rates for English instruction when I was in Thailand from 1991 to 1992. They have probably increased in the past few years.

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