The average pay for an English As A Second Language (ESL) Teacher is $20.40 per hour.
|Salary||$24,805 - $61,982|
|Bonus||$202 - $5,087|
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|$25,414 - $69,515|
|Hourly Rate||$12.36 - $39.33|
|Overtime||$15.90 - $33.62|
|Bonus||$202 - $5,087|
|Total Pay (||$25,414 - $69,515|
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.Read More...
In addition to the duties specific to teaching English as a second language, the ESL teacher also has to perform the duties expected of any teacher, such as grading papers, keeping attendance logs, and keeping abreast of the latest educational techniques appropriate to the age of their students. ESL teachers generally work in an indoor environment, and the bulk of their work is mental (versus physical).
As with other teaching jobs, a bachelor’s degree with emphasis in education is required, and a master’s degree is highly desirable. Because there is such a wide range of ages among ESL students, additional coursework in specific areas such as early childhood education or adult education is also sometimes required. Certification by the specific state in which a teacher will be employed is a must. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)
- Teach individuals who are not native English speakers to speak, read, write, and comprehend English.
- Utilize rote pronunciation, quizzes, textbooks, videos, and multimedia education to solidify skills.
- Develop curriculums to suit both individuals who need overall education or education in specific skills.
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Common Career Paths for English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
There are some ESL Teachers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Academic Directors, where earnings are an average $59K annually. ESL Teachers go on to become Elementary School Teachers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $40K. ESL Teachers who move into a High School Teacher role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $44K.
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Pay by Experience Level for English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
Pay by Experience for an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher has a positive trend. An entry-level English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 416 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 272 salaries. An experienced English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 184 salaries. An English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 74 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For ESL Teachers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. ESL Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+20 percent), San Antonio (+17 percent), Austin (+13 percent), and Irvine (+5 percent). Compared to the national average, Chicago ESL Teachers have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Miami and Honolulu also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).
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