English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Salary

The average salary for an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher is $40,341 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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$24,774 - $60,908
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$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,690
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$12.56 - $40.29
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$0$69K
Salary $24,774 - $60,908
Bonus $199 - $5,081
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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$25,450 - $69,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 851
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $12.56 - $40.29
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $15.38 - $34.48
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $199 - $5,081
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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$25,450 - $69,824
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 544

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

  • 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.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Pay By Employer

$0$61K

Berlitz
8 profiles
$42,640

$42,287

EF Education
4 profiles
$42,640

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Job Listings

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

National Average: $41,401

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher?

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher in Sacramento:
"Rewarding, but it requires hardwork."
Pros: I get to interact with students who are from other countries and don't speak English as their primary language. Every day is a new day, filled with new experiences. The cultural diversity in my classroom is the best part about this job. Not only do I teach the students English, but every day they teach me something new about their culture and their language.
Cons: I rarely have any, at most 30 minutes per day, to plan lessons and curriculum. I have to do most of this off work hours. I'm only one teacher, with 50 - 60 students per day. Their English language skills range from low-basic to high-intermediate. The most difficult task at hand is not teaching them the language, but teaching classes with students who all vary in their levels of English proficiency. I can lesson plan for an entire month, but during that month I may have to enroll students who have absolutely no English skills whatsoever, regardless, I'm expected to teach... This can be very frustrating at times...

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:
Pros:
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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Key Stats for English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

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

▲27%

▲10%

National Average
$41,000

▼2%

▼5%

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

Japanese Language
▲13%

English Language
▼0%


National Average
$41,000

French Language
▼14%

Teaching
▼14%

Chinese, Mandarin Language
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 44%