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How Much Can I Earn?
Monthly Salary:
6,000 - 20,000 CNY
920 - 3,080 USD
Private Tutoring per Hour:
120 - 300 CNY
19 - 46 USD
Income Tax Rate:
3 - 25%
Ability to Save per year:
4,000 - 28,000 USD

What Are My Benefits?
Usually included or allowance given
Reimbursement (full or partial) usually given
Health Care:
Supplementary healthcare recommended
Usually paid

What Will Teaching Be Like?
Teaching Hours:
Typical Contract Length:
One year
Typical Start Date:
Year round
Application Timeline:
1 - 6 months

What Do I Need?
Work Visa:
Employer sponsors
Education Requirements:
High School Diploma (For Internships)
Bachelor's Degree
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
Additional Notes:
Most cities in China require teachers to have a bachelor's degree and 120+ hours of TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification; internships may be available for those without a bachelor's degree
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Financial Snapshot for China
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China: A Financial Snapshot

Salaries for teaching English in China have an extremely diverse range of 6,000 to 16,000 CNY a month; therefore, ESL teachers will want to consider the additional benefits included in the contract, as well as the cost of renting apartments and buying food in China before making any financial commitments. Your Oxford Seminars Job Search Advisor can help you determine the quality of contracts as they vary greatly in this country.

Expected Apartment Costs

In some instances, an ESL teacher may not have accommodations included with their new job. This may not be a concern for some and it usually means the teacher will make more money than those whose housing is provided to cover the extra living expenses. The price of housing is very affordable in China and that includes apartments in major Chinese cities. A nice apartment in a central location of a major city will cost roughly 7,000 CNY/month.

Banking in China

Setting up a bank account in China is a fairly easy process, as most banks will be happy to help out. In order to set up a bank account, bring a valid passport and current contact information. Banking in China is much like America; there is 24-hour ATM access and many banks offer online banking to their customers. Most bank accounts include an ATM card, but it is hard to get a credit card attached to a new bank account. In addition to going to the bank to set up an account, a bank is a great place to convert foreign currency into Chinese yuan.

Food Costs in China

Much of the grocery shopping in China for fresh produce and meat happens at the street market. This can be an exciting place for new English teachers in China as it is not uncommon to see an item with no price information on it; this is usually a ticket for some bartering. It is now fairly easy to find supermarkets in larger cities, but beware: although they may be more convenient, these stores can be much more expensive than the market.

Below are some examples of typical Chinese food prices.

- 1 kg of tomatoes
7.54 CNY

- 1 kg of chicken breast
24.67 CNY

- 1 kg of beef round
73.34 CNY

- 1 kg of apples
12.00 CNY