Teach English in Mexico

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Kirsten Colquhoun
February 28, 2024

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Other benefits available
Where teachers earn the most
Mexico cost of living
Saving as a TEFL teacher
How to start teaching

In Mexico, TEFL teachers can find jobs in public schools, international schools, language schools, universities, in-company and privately.

In schools the average salary ranges from $7,000 – $18,000 MXN ( $400 – $1,000 USD). 

Language centres generally pay $35 – $100 ($2 – $6) an hour.

Private lessons can earn you up to $200 ($12) an hour.

In addition to salary, what other benefits can be available?

International schools and universities are more likely to offer benefits than other positions. 

These benefits include: 

  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Flight allowance
  • Healthcare

Where in Mexico do teachers earn the most?

The most popular cities to teach in Mexico are Mexico City, Guadalajara and Cancun.

Salaries are higher in international schools and universities, but these positions are usually offered to degreed or experienced teachers. Mexico City is the most well-known for having a high number of positions at these types of institutions. 

Business English teachers are in high demand in Mexico. Teachers with Business English experience or a specialised qualification in teaching Business English can ask for higher rates of pay.

Schools in bigger cities offer slightly higher salaries in comparison to more rural areas, but this is dependent on the area.

How much is the cost of living in Mexico?

Living in Mexico is fantastically cheap. Living in Mexico is cheaper than living in 80% of countries worldwide. 

A single person can expect to pay around $11,000 MXN ($650 USD) per month, excluding rent.

Our top tips for saving in Mexico:

  • Rent in a local neighbourhood rather than a touristy or expat area.
  • Eat at local markets or street stalls. Restaurants and even fast food have higher price tags.
  • Use public transport. Most cities in Mexico offer a range of public transport options, like bus, tram, metro and bike. E-hailing apps are cheaper than taxis. Renting a car is the most expensive option.
  • Learn the language. Speaking Spanish is not essential for living in Mexico but it can save you money. Speaking Spanish enables you to haggle with marketplace vendors, service providers and even your landlord.
  • Vacation within Mexico. There’s no need to take your hard-earned pesos out of the country to enjoy exotic destinations and adventure-filled holidays. 

Is it possible to save in Mexico as a teacher?

Mexico is not the place to be a TEFL teacher if you want to save your pennies. The cost of living is low but so are the salaries. Teaching in Mexico allows you to eat well, live comfortably and travel domestically, but don’t expect to have many pesos in savings. 

Many TEFL teachers offer freelance lessons in their spare time to supplement their income.

How to start teaching English in Mexico

To teach English in Mexico, you need an FM3 work visa, which requires confirmed employment from a school or employer. Mexico is a country which doesn’t require TEFL teachers to have a degree, so a TEFL certificate is a must if you want your job application to stand out. 

Once you have completed your TEFL qualification, apply for teaching jobs through online jobs boards. Or, if you’re a US or Canadian citizen, make use of your tourist visa and pound the pavements, resume in hand.

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In Mexico, TEFL teachers can find jobs in public schools, international schools, language schools, universities, in-company and privately.

In schools the average salary ranges from $7,000 – $18,000 MXN ( $400 – $1,000 USD). 

Language centres generally pay $35 – $100 ($2 – $6) an hour.

Private lessons can earn you up to $200 ($12) an hour.

In addition to salary, what other benefits can be available?

International schools and universities are more likely to offer benefits than other positions. 

These benefits include: 

  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Flight allowance
  • Healthcare

Where in Mexico do teachers earn the most?

The most popular cities to teach in Mexico are Mexico City, Guadalajara and Cancun.

Salaries are higher in international schools and universities, but these positions are usually offered to degreed or experienced teachers. Mexico City is the most well-known for having a high number of positions at these types of institutions. 

Business English teachers are in high demand in Mexico. Teachers with Business English experience or a specialised qualification in teaching Business English can ask for higher rates of pay.

Schools in bigger cities offer slightly higher salaries in comparison to more rural areas, but this is dependent on the area.

How much is the cost of living in Mexico?

Living in Mexico is fantastically cheap. Living in Mexico is cheaper than living in 80% of countries worldwide. 

A single person can expect to pay around $11,000 MXN ($650 USD) per month, excluding rent.

Our top tips for saving in Mexico:

  • Rent in a local neighbourhood rather than a touristy or expat area.
  • Eat at local markets or street stalls. Restaurants and even fast food have higher price tags.
  • Use public transport. Most cities in Mexico offer a range of public transport options, like bus, tram, metro and bike. E-hailing apps are cheaper than taxis. Renting a car is the most expensive option.
  • Learn the language. Speaking Spanish is not essential for living in Mexico but it can save you money. Speaking Spanish enables you to haggle with marketplace vendors, service providers and even your landlord.
  • Vacation within Mexico. There’s no need to take your hard-earned pesos out of the country to enjoy exotic destinations and adventure-filled holidays. 

Is it possible to save in Mexico as a teacher?

Mexico is not the place to be a TEFL teacher if you want to save your pennies. The cost of living is low but so are the salaries. Teaching in Mexico allows you to eat well, live comfortably and travel domestically, but don’t expect to have many pesos in savings. 

Many TEFL teachers offer freelance lessons in their spare time to supplement their income.

How to start teaching English in Mexico

To teach English in Mexico, you need an FM3 work visa, which requires confirmed employment from a school or employer. Mexico is a country which doesn’t require TEFL teachers to have a degree, so a TEFL certificate is a must if you want your job application to stand out. 

Once you have completed your TEFL qualification, apply for teaching jobs through online jobs boards. Or, if you’re a US or Canadian citizen, make use of your tourist visa and pound the pavements, resume in hand.

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