English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Salary

For ESL Teachers, yearly average wages total $40K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $27K to $70K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most ESL Teachers. Women account for the majority of ESL Teachers who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Although just over two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a little more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and close to a third get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,024 - $62,204

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$13.85 - $40.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,024 - $62,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
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$26,874 - $70,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 444
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $40.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
   
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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$26,874 - $70,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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.

Common Career Paths for English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher


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Many ESL Teachers move into a High School Teacher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. High School Teachers on average bring in a similar salary to ESL Teachers. ESL Teachers most often move into Elementary School Teacher or Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator roles. However, the former pays $1K less on average, and the latter pays $5K less.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as ESL Teachers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Japanese Language can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include French Language and Spanish Language. Many workers who know English Language also know Spanish Language.

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.


ESL Teachers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $38K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, ESL Teachers make a median salary of $47K. As ESL Teachers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, ESL Teachers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. ESL Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+19 percent), New York (+17 percent), Chicago (+3 percent), and Austin (+3 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with ESL Teachers in Miami earning a whopping 49 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Washington (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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 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
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National Average
$41,000


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

Japanese Language
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National Average
$41,000

English Language
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French Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 44%
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