How Much Can I Earn?
30,000 - 50,000 THB
960 - 1,600 USD
Private Tutoring per Hour:
300 - 900 THB
10 - 29 USD
Income Tax Rate:
0 - 35%
Ability to Save per year:
1,500 - 10,000 USD
What Are My Benefits?
Sometimes included or allowance may be given
Supplementary healthcare recommended
What Will Teaching Be Like?
16 - 37
Typical Contract Length:
One year preferred; short-term may be available
Typical Start Date:
May, November, or year round
1 - 4 months
What Do I Need?
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
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ESL teachers to Thailand can expect to earn between 25,000 - 50,000 Baht per month and enjoy a low cost of living. Meeting monthly living expenses, occasional dining out, and in-country vacationing are all possible with a responsible approach to budgeting. Expected Apartment Costs
As in most countries around the world, the cost of living varies significantly between large and small city centers. For example, expected costs for a bachelor apartment in Bangkok could run between 8,000 - 15,000 Baht monthly and be lower in smaller city centers. Utilities run between 3,000 - 5,000 Baht depending upon how often the air conditioner is used. Banking
ESL teachers should know that ATMs are the best way to exchange or withdraw money while in Thailand. They are readily accessible. Taking traveler's checks is not advised as they would not necessarily be accepted at local restaurants and shops.
To open a bank account in Thailand, one must have a working visa. A 100 Baht deposit is typically required and an ATM card costs approximately 150 Baht. Overseas bank accounts can be accessed from inside Thailand provided that the Debit or Credit Card has a Cirrus or Plus logo on its back.
In the event that an exchange of currency is needed, it will be important to remember that bills must be virtually perfect (not crumpled or torn).
The following table provides ESL teachers with examples of the cost of food in Thailand.
- Restaurant meal - 60 to 100 Baht in a relatively nice restaurant
- 1L of milk - 51.24 Baht
- 1 dozen eggs - 51.13 Baht
- 1 loaf of bread - 37.95 Baht
- 1kg of chicken breast - 94.66 Baht
- 1kg of beef - 324.65 Baht
- 1kg of apples - 92.54 Baht