We are in the midst of the biggest recession in living memory – salaries are dropping everywhere.
Some realistic information
According to the CFTU, expect a Chinese monthly TEFL salary of 12,000+ RMB ($1881)? That’s around top price and you’ll probably have to pay your own accommodation, electric, water, internet connection . . . If you’re a starter, you’ll be looking in the region of half that.
You are taxed at 10% under 10,000 RMB and 15% at the next level.
The first tier city’s pay more, but that will be swallowed up in the higher cost of living.
In Thailand, expect an average monthly (no tax) of around 30,000 Baht ($837), only accommodation and insurance included.
Japanese and S.Korean salaries have been steadily dropping for years.
You simply can’t compare western salaries with those in Asia, the cost of living is too disparate.
Most of us are TEFL teachers, we do not attract large salaries and no one pays the equivalent of a qualified western teachers salary for a 100 hour study certificate from an obscure TEFL company. Think! How much would a western school pay for someone with a TEFL certificate? That’s right they wouldn’t – don’t expect an equivalent qualified salary elsewhere.
I can't even access the CTFU on the Internet in China without a VPN.
Having said that, it is an informative site, but like any ‘Union’, it tends to get a little carried away with what we actually earn and what it thinks we should and are they who they say they are?http://answers.echinacities.com/question/china-foreign-teachers-union-actually-chinese-run-operation
If at all possible, stay away from private so-called ‘schools’, which is where all the trouble stems from. Try to get into a government school that has a reputation to keep, WILL be licenced and your employment won’t be dependent on ‘red envelopes’ passed under a table.