Recently a lot of companies have terminated their workers and a majority of those who are still employed were explicitly told by their employees that the chances of a pay raise in the near to medium term were nil to none. How should teachers feel about this? On one hand, you’re grateful that you are employed but on the other, you feel a bit slighted. You are still that qualified teacher who is exceptional at your job so why should you suffer?While we understand the blow to the economy by the virus has been devastating, some schools, on the other hand, are able to survive and even function better than before. The reasons being; teachers and students are working and studying at home, therefore, the overhead costs have been greatly reduced while in some situations parents are still paying the same fees. Something seems to not add up…
Our advice to you is while this is a time of uncertainty and turmoil, do not lose yourself in the process. Know that you are worth it and so much more. At TeachAbroadGPS we understand this and we have compiled some valuable information to aid you in your search for better opportunities.
SALARY & COST OF LIVING IN CHINA
In China, cities are sometimes grouped in tiers, based on GDP, administrative level, infrastructure, income level, population size, business opportunity, and so on. Tier 1 consists of cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou. In these cities, you’ll find higher-paying jobs but the cost of living is also relatively high. New Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities are somewhat similar to Tier 1 but you have a bit more leeway in terms of savings while still reaping the benefits of living in a somewhat international city. This includes cities such as Chengdu, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Wuhan, and Xiamen. Tier 3 cities are considered a bit more rural, smaller and include cities such as Shantou, Huzhou, Yancheng Weifang, Baoding, and so on.
Table showing the average salary in RMB per tier and the average living expenses.
This can further be broken down based on your place of employment as well as your teaching experience. International and private schools are the top of the echelon and teachers are able to demand some of the highest salaries in the industry. Kindergarten and Training centers are next on the ladder, public schools are considered below training centers and universities are usually on the lower end of the ladder can vary widely based on the city but usually require no office hours and have fewer teaching hours.
TeachAbroadGPS OFFERS THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES
“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.” – Paulo Coehlo
Despite having an idea of what the earning potential in different cities is, many people are still being underpaid because they feel enough opportunities aren’t there. Let us debunk that fallacy now. There are good options available to you right here at TeachAbroadGPS as we try to help you obtain what you rightfully observe. Our system is simple, sound, and secure. We have your best interests and best-earning potential at heart. China is still expanding and even though growth has slowed significantly it is still growing and as such the need for ESL teachers grows as well. Whether you’ve just arrived in China or you’ve been here for a while, there is a place here for you. You just need the nudge in the right direction. Let us be the bridge that takes you to the other side.
Tables showing the average monthly salary in different cities in RMB.
Here is also a helpful App called “Cost of Living” that can give you a more detailed idea of living expenses in your specific city.
We all have an idea of the type of life we want to live, even if we may not know exactly how we will go about achieving that. That’s where we come in. We are seeking hardworking and diligent teachers who want to grow and make the most of every opportunity. The greatest investment you can ever make is in yourself. Will you take a chance today? Your bank account will love you and your future self will thank you.