How much money can you earn teaching in China?

Salaries for foreign ESL teachers are generous. They range from about 6,000 RMB to 18,000 RMB per month.

Even if your salary was at the lower end of the scale, you would still be earning more than the average local salary in most Chinese cities.

If you choose to teach in a public school, accommodation is included as part of your salary package. This means that your disposable income will be relatively high and your main expenses will be things like food and transport (both are cheap in China).

The amount of money you can make teaching in China will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The kind of school you teach at
  • The location of the school
  • The subjects you teach
  • How many hours you work
  • Your education and qualifications
  • Your experience.

Here’s what RMB, or renminbi, converts to in your own currency for a number of different monthly salaries (as at May 7, 2018). Go to website XE for the latest rates.

Salary in China (RMB)  USD ($)  CAD ($)  GBP (£ EUR ( AUD ($)  NZD ($) 
6,000 944 1,213 696 788 1,253 1,341
8,000 1,259 1,617 929 1,051 1,670 1,789
10,000 1,574 2,022 1,161 1,315 2,088 2,236
12,000 1,889 2,427 1,393 1,577 2,506 2,683
14,000 2,204 2,831 1,626 1,840 2,924 3,132
16,000 2,519 3,236 1,858 2,104 3,342 3,581
18,000 2,833 3,640 2,090 2,366 3,760 4,028


It’s important not to focus too much on the currency conversion. That’s because the cost of living in China is a lot cheaper than in your own country.

What kind of benefits can you get teaching in China?

Each school we work with offers different benefits. Here are some of the common benefits you could enjoy:

  • Free accommodation
  • Airfare reimbursement
  • Sponsored Z visa
  • Power and water bills
  • Internet access
  • Mandarin lessons
  • Paid holidays and sick leave
  • Career planning.

These benefits are in addition to the generous local salary you’ll earn.

When you apply with us, let us know if there is anything in particular you need in your teaching contract. We’ll do our best to recommend you to a school that offers what you’re looking for.