Top 6 Countries to Make Money as an English Teacher

Are you a native English speaker or you are very proficient in the use of English? If yes, do you know that you can make good income from teaching English abroad?

Ann, a 21 year old American was jobless for over 12 months in Florida, USA, today she earns up to $60,000 annually in South Korea as an English teacher. Please note that the cost of leaving in most countries of the world is significantly lower than US’.

An English teacher earning $40,000 per annum in a country like Nigeria is equivalent to a worker earning about $250,000 in California, US.

Some countries you can make money teaching English abroad

Below are some of the countries you can make good money as an English teacher:

South Korea

South Korea has one of the largest economies in Asia. The country also has a very high per capita income. A lot of the citizens live comfortably well.

The cities and towns in South Korea have a lot of the infrastructure and amenities you can find in western countries like the US and the UK.

South Korea is a country any westerner can live in comfortably.

As an English teacher in South Korea, you are likely to earn between $20,000 – $50,000 annually. You can easily save 50% of your annual salary if you are not extravagant in your spending.

Foreign English teachers in South Korea are normally provided with a free fully furnished apartment and you are guaranteed a free air ticket from your country of residence (to and fro).

Your employer will apply for a work permit for you after you have accepted their offer to come to South Korea to teach English language.Get the Secrets of How to Earn Money from Side Hustles


I am sure that you know that a lot of people living in the People’s Republic of China speak Mandarin. However, you can also see people who are willing to learn English language because China as a country trades with almost all the countries of the world.

In China, you can see a small manufacturing company with thousands of customers in the United Kingdom. This company will need to have members of staff who can speak English language to deal with his English customers.

As an English teacher in China, you can earn up to $2,000 per month, this is after all your expenses and taxes have been deducted.

You will also get free accommodation and air fare to and fro your country of residence.

China has a lot of tourist attractions. You will really enjoy your stay as a visitor or teacher in this Asian country.


Japan is one of the most developed countries in the world. This country is also very prosperous. A lot of its citizens live above the world poverty line.

Japan has a rich culture and so many tourist attractions.

As a visitor in this country, you will enjoy your stay by going around to see monuments and other tourist attractions.

Japan is very safe for westerners as you will hardly hear of a terrorist attack in this Asian country.

As an English teacher in Japan, you will be able to save $1,000 monthly. You are also likely to get free accommodation and free air fare back to your country when your contract expires.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is known as the origin of Islam. This oil rich country has one of the most prosperous economies in the world.

Saudi Arabia has similar conditions of service or work like the United Arab Emirate, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and other countries in the Persian Gulf Area.

These countries are always very willing to engage English teachers from countries like the US, UK and Australia etc.

An English teacher in any of these countries earns about $5,000 every month tax free. These countries do not tax the income of workers because of the religion they practise.

You can also enjoy other benefits like free healthcare, free accommodation and free air fare back to your country.


If you are curious about knowing about religion not practiced in the west. Vietnam may be a place for you to live and work.

Vietnamese practise Buddhism and Confucianism.

Ho Chi Minh City is the most metropolitan and cosmopolitan city in Vietnam.

You are likely to be able to save up to $800 per month as an English teacher in Vietnam

Do not forget to visit the beautiful beaches in Vietnam if you go there to teach English language.


This may surprise you. Yes, Nigeria is an English speaking country but some of the elites want their children to speak the British and American accent.

Nigeria is not as bad as it is portrayed in the western media.

You can earn as high as $5,000 per month in one of the top schools in Lagos or Abuja if you are a foreign English teacher.

You will need to research the country you will like to live and work as an English teacher. Visit their embassy or high commission in your country and make enquiries.

Online job sites in your targeted country can also help you in getting an employer who is willing to employ you and sponsor your work permit.

Do you teach English language abroad, if yes, why not share your experiences with us in the comments’ section.

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