The average salary for an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher is $40,173 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. A skill in Japanese Language is associated with high pay for this job.
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$25,095 - $60,887
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$61K
MEDIAN: $40,173
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$13.03 - $40.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,095 - $60,887  
   
Bonus
$558 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
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$25,818 - $69,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 510
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $40.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.50  
Overtime
$16.03 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$558 - $3,945  
   
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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$25,818 - $69,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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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

National Average: $40,858

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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 Louisville:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Working with a diverse group of students allows me to learn something new each day. The job allows for flexibility and creativity within the curriculum.
Cons: The job is not full time and offers little to no chance of being full time in the future.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher in Seoul:
"Hard Work."
Pros: Kids can be sweet. Teaching is often rewarding. Sometimes it can be fun. Sometimes makes you feel young. Housing paid for.
Cons: Long hours. Exhausting. Frustrating. A lot of extra work. Often feel unappreciated. Bad kids can drive you crazy. Feels like a dead-end job. Salary is low. Crappy apartment.

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
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National Average
$41,000


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

Japanese Language
up arrow 15%

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

English Language
0%

National Average
$41,000

Chinese, Mandarin Language
up arrow 8%

Teaching
up arrow 11%

French Language
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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