How much does a TEFL teacher earn?


TEFL teacher salaries can vary greatly depending on the country, level of qualifications and experience. You’ve probably heard the saying “you don’t become a teacher for the money” but once you look at the hours worked and the quality of life, teaching English in Spain is perfectly viable for maintaining a comfortable lifestyle and even putting some money aside for a rainy day.

Here we’ve broken down a TEFL teacher’s salary in Spain, assuming they are a new teacher with no experience.

Hourly rates

As a new teacher in a private language academy you can expect 12-15€ per hour (after tax).

If you do private classes you should aim for 20€ per hour, but to make yourself more competitive (without undercutting the local teaching market) you can offer classes at 25€ for 1.5 hours.

If you do in-company classes, i.e. traveling to various business around the city centre and giving English classes, you can expect 18-25€ per hour.

Most teachers work an average of 20 hours per week. This sounds like a part-time job but once you add up all the travel time and lesson preparation it can feel like a full-time job! Teachers in Barcelona will typically do a mixture of academy, in-company and private lessons. A breakdown of their salary could look like:

  • Monday – Thursday: 4 hours of academy work per day, so 4 hours x 4 days x 12€/h = 192€
  • Two lunchtime business classes per week = 2 x 18 = 36€
  • 5 private classes per week, one per day Monday – Friday = 5 x 20 = 100€

The weekly salary is 328€, so just over 1300€ per month, for 23 hours per week of work. This is quite a good salary, given the cost of living in Barcelona, allowing you to enjoy Barcelona city life and even save a little. You could also choose to squeeze all your private lessons in on Monday-Thursday, therefore just working 4 days per week. If you are hardworking and ambitious there is nothing to stop you from squeezing as many (high-paying) private classes as possible into your schedule and making 2000€+ per month.

If you have any questions regarding TEFL salaries feel free to contact us.

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