English Teacher Salaries & Wages In Korea
Teacher salaries in Korea haven’t changed much over the years. This is by design. Public schools have set salary rates which are determined by the Education Offices and the Korean government regulates the private schools by placing restrictions on student tuition. Therefore, schools can only allocate so much money to staff salaries because their profits are limited by the tuition caps.
Salaries for first-time teachers with no experience and no credentials
Salaries for candidates with previous full-time teaching experience
People with some full-time teaching experience (minimum 1 year of full-time teaching) can generally expect to make somewhere in the 2.1 – 2.4 million KRW a month range. In most instances a proper reference from your former school will be requested from new schools you are interviewing with. We regret to tell you that most schools don’t view 1, 2 or 3 full years of teaching experience much differently; meaning, people with 3 years of experience are generally in the same salary range as people with 1 year. This is because tuition laws make it difficult for schools to offer more diverse salary ranges. Click here to see current public school pay rates based on credentials.
How much can education majors or licensed teachers make?
Qualified teachers with good references can expect to make somewhere between 2.3 – 2.6 million KRW a month. How much qualified teachers can earn monthly depends on the needs of the schools and market conditions. If schools are receiving lots of applications from qualified candidates then the salaries tend to drop a little. Similarly, the salaries tend to rise when schools aren’t receiving an adequate number of qualified candidates.
Location affects salary level