Paid Thailand Teaching Jobs

Jobs and salaries in Thailand

Guaranteed Placement

Entrust TEFL is proudly one of the few TEFL companies in Thailand that "really" places their graduates directly after graduation. Placement is not always easy, especially when factors like nationality, educational status, ethnicity and age play a role. But we have successfully found and facilitated teaching positions for all our graduates, even though we only guarantee positions for degreed TEFL students. It gives us great satisfaction to see our graduates employed, putting their skills to use and start earning an income as a foreign language teacher.

Despite our track record, we encourage students to assume responsibility for their futures; it’s never wise to put all your eggs in one basket. There are hundreds of schools looking for teachers, and so we advocate approaching placement agencies and trawling through specialized job boards like Ajarn.com where schools post vacancies. We recommend that you post your CV online just as soon as you arrive in Thailand, and that you prepare yourself to travel for interviews.

We can honestly say that in Thailand there is no shortage of teaching jobs. We will empower you, encourage you and help you – and then the rest of your adventure is up to you!

We have placed every single Entrust TEFL graduate in a teaching job since inception, regardless of Nationality, Educational back ground, or Age.

- J. Patrick McNaughton, Entrust Program Director

Teacher salaries and living expenses in Thailand

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) of Thailand is fairly low – an average of 45.69 as compared to the USA, which has an average CPI of 77.48. In terms of value for money, the low CPI shows that overall Thailand is a good destination for either a low cost international holiday or a teaching destination. Generally, expats like settling in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Pattaya. Of these three, Chiang Mai has the lowest CPI with a rating of only 42.64. In tourist destinations like Phuket and Koh Samui, expect to pay at least as much as you would in Bangkok (CPI of 51.09). While rural areas are, well, rural, don’t discredit these areas. Living costs are much cheaper and often there are additional perks like the use of a motorbike, substituted accommodation and, on occasion, free lunches from the school. Many teachers supplement their income with additional English tutoring during their free time and run English camps during the holidays.
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What this means for you in layman’s terms

Bottom line, it’s pretty easy to live a financially comfortable life in Thailand, especially once you start teaching. If you’re more adventurous, it’s not difficult to cut back on the comforts of life and bank good money for traveling in and around Thailand.

School working hours are typically way less than your usual 9 to 5 desk job. Imagine! So much more free time to explore your new surroundings! Abundant school holidays will also suit travelers, giving you free months to enjoy your well-earned salaries on new adventures and experiences. Keep in mind though that school breaks are usually unpaid leave, so be sure to save and budget for them. Alternatively, you can look at other avenues for income during these times – English camps, private tutoring and group tutoring are just a few of the many options. There are also various freelance jobs available for native English speakers dependent on your skill set, so get your portfolios and CV in order.


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Your teacher salary and typical expenses

Monthly income: 25,000-35,000 THB starting salary

Fixed costs
Taxation: 7% of your salary
Rent: 2,500THB – 8,000THB
Water: 200THB
Electricity: 1.8THB – 8THB per unit
Living expenses
Weekday meals: 200THB per day
Weekend meals and drinks: 500THB per day
Entertainment Costs & totals

In summary, then, on an estimated starting salary of 25,000THB (non-dergee holder) – 35,000THB (degree holder) :

  • Rent and utilities: 8,000THB Per Month (max)
  • Food and weekend drinks: 8,000THB Per Month
  • Misc. entertainment: 2,000THB Per Month

(Miscellaneous entertainment is up to you, but shouldn’t require more than 2,000THB a month.)

Total Living Expenditure Per Month:11,200THB – 18,000THB
Total Savings Per Month: 13,800THB (non-degree holder) – 23,800THB (degree holder)

This is living like a Rock Star as the average income in Thailand for Thai people is Approximately 8,500 Thai baht per month!!


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