It’s important for all ESL online teachers to figure out how much their time is worth. You have to ask yourself a few important questions when thinking about accepting a job offer…
One of the questions I feel most people are prepared to answer is… How much do I make per hour? What about the ‘other’ job duties no one seems to talk about? How many meetings per week/ month/ year are you required to attend? More times than not online teachers don’t get paid for attending meetings. Are the meetings just a few moments? Or, do they run well over 30 minutes each time? Does your job stability depend on you attending every single meeting? It’s a legit question when your tired and feel like flopping face down on the couch or sipping on and ice cold beer after a long hard day of teaching.
I leave you with this question… What is your time is worth and how much time are you willing to give for what amount of pay?
As with many things in life there are many facets and things to consider when teaching ESL online. One of the main things teachers themselves forget is the most important thing. What is the most important thing you may ask? The answer is an obvious one…
The biggest paycheck will come from the company that gives you the most hours. Now you may be saying that is painfully obvious. But, you will notice I didn’t say the company that gives you the biggest paycheck is the one that pays the most. There is a reason I didn’t say this. It’s because it is not true.
I myself have had jobs that pay $25 usd per hour for online teaching. But, the problem is the hours aren’t available. If the hours aren’t available its not possible to make a large paycheck no matter what you get paid.
At some point ESL online teachers all have to ask themselves, ‘Am I willing to write lessons?’ Lets explore this concept… Should an individual consider writing lessons for the right amount of pay? Is it possible to keep up with the teaching workload and also writing lessons daily? Is the higher pay wroth it if I have to teach and write lessons? My answer to all of the above is simple… No, no and no.
My opinion is based on my first hand experience. And everyone will have a different outlook on this to be sure. Teaching online comes with a list responsibilities that have to be dealt with daily. Online teachers spend a great deal of time, scheduling, in meetings, dealing with technical issues, filtering through student questions and filling out sometimes involved student reports for every single student. If writing lessons is added to an already busy list it can be a lot.
A couple points to keep in mind about online ESL teaching pay. Keep an open mind when reading this because the information may surprise you…
At times companies may offer lower pay. If an individual is from North America that person may be quick to turn down a job position because the pay is ‘too low.’ But, I’d tell anyone to hesitate before turning down a low paying position. Based n experience I would tend to say one of the main things you should look for how many hours the company is willing to fill per week/ month/ day.
If a company is open several hours per day and states they can fill whatever hours your willing to teach its possible to make a great deal of money. Remember, a teacher can make $20 United States dollars per hour. But, if a company can only give an instructor 1 hour every 2 weeks the teacher does not stand to make a great deal of money.
How much online ESL companies pay varies greatly depending on where in the world they are located in the world, how large/ small the ESL online company is, how many paying clients they have, what the company expects out of the teacher and how much the company feels it can get by with paying the teacher to retain their services while still dangling a paycheck just within grasp if the educator accepts their terms of employment.
Having had worked with over 10 ESL online companies over the last 4 years here is a simple breakdown in pay…
- CHINA = pays as low at $8.50 usd per hour and as high as $25 usd per hour. You better believe with the $25 and hour job the pressure is immense, more on that later.
- RUSSIA = $8 – $15 per hour. Anything above $9 per hour in Russia is considered very rare and takes years of experience to demand anything higher.
- TAIWAN = $8 per hour.
- EUROPE = $12 – $13 usd per hour. In my experience I’ve never seen such a mass amount of misinformation as with Europe. As with many things in life there may be some rare instances where certain companies will pay more than $12 – $13 per hour but this is not the norm.
- PHILIPPINES = $7 – $20 per hour. No, the $7 usd is not a typing mistake.
- JAPAN = $12 – $15 per hour.
Most online ESL companies will pay once a month. And most will send the teachers paycheck to PAYPAL. Some companies will use direct deposit which shoots the teachers paycheck right into their checking or savings account at their home bank. Some ESL online companies have started offering payment options of once every 2 weeks but this is rare.
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