Entry-Level English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Salary

Entry-Level ESL Teachers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $37K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one-half, and about one in four earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level ESL Teachers is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$23,878 - $51,618
(Median)
$24K
$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,096
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90%

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$12.77 - $34.05
(Median)
$13
$19
$34
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,878 - $51,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,076  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$24,775 - $57,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $34.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.50  
Overtime
$0.87 - $35.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,076  
   
Profit Sharing
$700  
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).
)
$24,775 - $57,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher in El Paso:
"Be yourself in the best way."
Be prepared, know things, use the students' own experiences to build lessons, and manage the classroom atmosphere well;

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher in Cheyenne:
"There is joy in teaching ESL!"
Enjoy the students and learn all you can about their home, family and cultural background. The children I teach are filled with joy and enthusiasm. They and their families have made me a better person and brought great joy and fulfillment in my life. I would never want to teach anyone else besides English language learners.

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

National Average
$38,000

English Language
up arrow 1%

Spanish Language
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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