The teaching job type
International school and international kindergarten teaching jobs in China are usually the best-paid positions.
Universities and public schools tend to pay the least. However, you are more likely to get paid accommodation.
Online and training centre teaching jobs can really vary wildly as far as salaries are concerned.
The specific school
By and large, teaching salaries reflect the school’s prominence and reputation. The bottom line is that the very best schools in China pay the highest salaries.
These highly-coveted, well-paid jobs do come with a catch. They are among the most demanding. Your employer will ask for a big commitment if to pay you the big bucks.
Usually, you’ll find China’s best schools in its most prominent cities like Beijing and Shanghai. In Tier 1 cities, your ‘average’ salary will be about USD 3,000 a month. Although you can earn as much as USD 4,000.
In slightly smaller Tier 2/3 cities (still big by Western standards), you can earn between USD 2,000 – 2,500. per month.
Your qualifications & overall teaching experience.
When it comes to teaching in China, you can never have too much experience or qualifications. Even at the best schools, more qualified and experienced teachers get paid more.
Yes, your attitude, presentation and overall ‘dazzle-effect’ can nab you a higher salary, but better to back it up with those skills and experience.