Why This Site?
I started ForeignTeacherPay.com to help English teachers in China make informed decisions about pay. The job market in China is pretty opaque when it comes to salaries, and there are no sites like glassdoor or monster that include information about foreign teacher salaries in China.
Many of the other websites that have written about foreign teacher salaries in China are filled with ads from recruiters and sketchy jobs. Such sites don’t have the best interest of the foreign teacher at heart; instead, they want their advertisers to be happy and keep buying ads. As such, my experience has been that you can’t trust pay information on commercial sites. They tend to underreport Chinese salaries and costs of living so their advertisers can get away with keeping salaries low.
I hope you will be able to use the information on this site to see how much others in your city earn and then negotiate a the highest possible salary for yourself in China.
I also hope you will contribute to the site by filling out the “How Much Do You Make?” survey.
Free & Open
ForeignTeacherPay.com is a free resource that does not charge for access. All data submitted is published without editing or revision, and is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution–Non-Commercial–ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, which means that anyone can use the information on the site for non-commercial purposes.
I do reserve the right to remove identifying features or libelous material from submissions.
Why Are Submissions Anonymous?
As many have observed, EFL teacher forums are often not reliable sources of information regarding pay. By requiring all submissions to anonymous, I hope that I have removed incentive to lie about pay and qualifications; similarly, I hope that anonymity will allow those who might not otherwise be comfortable revealing their salary feel secure enough to do so.
Why Don’t You Let People Say What School They Work For?
There are a couple of reasons:
- Unscrupulous employers might make false posts with inflated salaries, hoping to draw in applicants.
- Internet blocking/filtering in China can happen for commercial reasons, as well as political ones. In the past, websites that have been critical of politically-connected schools have found themselves blocked. I’d like to avoid having this happen.
Can You Put Me In Touch With A School? Can You Help Me Find A Job?
No. I have no additional information about the submissions. If you are looking for English teaching work in China, I suggest you investigate the links on the Job Sites page.
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