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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Salary (United States)

An English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher earns an average salary of $40,390 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Salary (?
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$25,088 - $62,007
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62K
MEDIAN: $40,389
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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Salary (?
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$13.74 - $43.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,088 - $62,007  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,076  
Total Pay (?
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$27,492 - $74,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $43.02  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.00  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,076  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,492 - $74,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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Job Description for English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

An ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher’s primary function is to teach English to students who are not native speakers. They help students to understand common customs and expectations within American culture In addition, depending on a student's English-language skills and the teacher's institution, the ESL teacher’s job may extend into helping students understand their coursework in other subjects (such as math and science) or even teaching those subjects directly.
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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Tasks
  • Develop curriculums to suit both individuals who need overall education or education in specific skills.
  • Utilize rote pronunciation, quizzes, textbooks, videos, and multimedia education to solidify skills.
  • Teach individuals who are not native English speakers to speak, read, write, and comprehend English.

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Pay by Experience Level for English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Antonio
up arrow 21%
New York
up arrow 17%
Los Angeles
up arrow 10%
National Average
$41,000
Boston
up arrow 1%
San Diego
up arrow 2%
San Francisco
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Seattle
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Washington
up arrow 8%
Denver
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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Reviews

What is it like working as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher?
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher in Fort Worth:
"Work Conditions."
Pros: The ability to teach, encourage and educate adults in a supportive environment.
Cons: The lack of input and influence over course curriculum, choice of classes taught and class levels, changes regarding class structure such as how often and length of time classes meet.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher in Medfield:
Cons: I work at a private ESL school. I should have asked to see the curriculum before taking the job. If I had done that, I would have known that the curriculum was a very rough outline with no lesson plans. I should have asked to see the teacher resource room. Turns out: it's a stack of movies. I should have gotten more information about the exams. I am being paid one hour per class for producing and grading the exams. That means a lot of mandatory unpaid hours. There are cameras in every classroom. It is very big brother. There is a lot of reporting and very little guidance. The owners just want to see a profit: I've never met them.

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Experience Affects English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Salaries

National Average
$41,000
English Language
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 45%