What is the Average Teaching Salary in China?
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With an estimated 390 million English language learners, 100 000 native English-speaking teachers and 1 000 EFL teachers being hired every month, it’s no surprise that teaching English as a Foreign Language in China is popular with TEFL graduates. But one main questions still is what is the average salary in China?
It’s not only the job market that attracts teachers to this country, though. China is a country of superlatives. It has some of the highest buildings in the world, the oldest historical monuments, the most delicious food, the most interesting culture. There are about as many reasons to visit China as there are people living there – and that’s a lot!
Of course, if you are thinking of teaching English in China there are a few things you need to consider. Culture shock is one – because it’s a real thing – but also you new way of life. China is a country like no other, and living there is guaranteed to be different to what you are used to.
In order to fully understand what it will be like living in China, you need to be aware of your potential living situation. Where will you live? What will you eat? What will you do for fun? And most importantly, what will you earn?
The average teaching salary in China
EFL teaching salaries in China range from 8 000 RMB to 20 000 RMB (£915 to £2 200). That might seem like quite a broad range of salaries but bear in mind there are a lot of factors affecting this magical number.
First of all, public schools and language schools are going to pay on the lower end of the scale, while private and international schools will pay more. However, if you are paid a lower salary, you are probably working fewer hours. The higher paying jobs will also require a higher qualification and/or teaching experience. If you wanted to, you could teach private students for about 150 RMB an hour.
Salaries also depend on where you are working. You’ll earn a higher salary in Shanghai (a Tier 1 city) than in Hangzhou (a Tier 3 city). But of course the true meaning of your salary is not in the number, but in its buying power.
Cost of living in China
Even though a salary of £900 might not sound like much, remember that the cost of living in China is probably lower than where you currently are. Again, living in Shanghai is more expensive than Hangzhou but the principle applies in general – according to Expatistan.com, living in Shanghai is 39% cheaper than in London, and living in Hangzhou is 57% cheaper than London.
But let’s look at the cost of living in a bit more detail.
An estimate would be a monthly living cost of 5 500 RMB if you were living in Shanghai. This includes accommodation of approximately 3 000 RMB, eating well (in restaurants rather than street food) and entertainment. If you are willing to buy a bowl of noodles from the street vendor or eat in a dim sum bar rather than eating in an expat restaurant, and you sing karaoke rather than watching movies you’ll save heaps of money and your cost of living would be a lot cheaper – and why wouldn’t you?
But the beauty of your salary for teaching English in China is that it includes so much more than just money.
Benefits of teaching contracts in China
Teaching salaries in China usually include a range of benefits. Flights will be paid for – though you may be reimbursed for one flight when you arrive and your other flight when you finish your contract, but essentially your flights are taken care of. Your visa will also be taken care of and paid for by the school.
Housing is usually included or if it isn’t, you will be given a housing allowance. When you realise that accommodation costs can take up the majority of your salary, this is a big saving.
Meals will often be provided by your school (unless you’re at a language school). This is generally lunch but can include breakfast or dinner as well. Some schools provide all three meals and accommodation on the school premises, meaning you save on commuting costs too.
The cherry on top, though, must be the vacation. As a teacher in China you are given ten days paid vacation, but there are eleven national holidays which are paid as well. As a teacher in a school, you will get a total three months holiday though any days which are not national holidays may be unpaid.
So even if you were earning a very average salary (12 000 RMB) and living in Shanghai, you would still only need to worry about half your meals and your entertainment. If you’re smart, you could save the majority of your salary – for travelling during your holidays, of course.
Ultimately the average teaching salary in China is not a straightforward story. There are a number of elements to consider. The bottom line is that a teaching salary in China might be less than you expected but it comes with its fair share of perks and a cheaper-than-expected cost of living, which makes it much more valuable than just a number. With the added bonus that you are living a life you would never expect in a country like no other.
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- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.