Tips on How to Get a Higher Pay as an ESL Teacher

Let’s assume that you already have a Bachelor’s Degree and you’re not satisfied with the salary offered to you by a company. Now what?

You may be thinking of finding another job or send your CV indiscriminately.

If you’re certain that teaching is for you—then go start rolling up your sleeves. Remember that everyone starts from scratch, so you start from a mediocre rate to a satisfying one. You can get there not by chance but with persistence and hard work.

Tip #1: Improve your RESUMÉ .

I can’t express enough how important is this tool in a job search. Many tend to ignore the fact that this can be the most crucial step in landing a job. Your resumé is your ticket to getting an interview (at least) . If nobody from a company contacted or invited you about your application, that simply means your resumé is boring. Employers don’t care about what you wrote. They glance at it for a few seconds, read a few lines ,or worst, just look at your face and judge it from there. I know it sounds awful but that’s the way it is. It may not be the case for others but that’s the reality for many of us. If you have the habit of settling to what’s simple, easy, or free —now is the time to change that. Make an effort to improve what you already have. Don’t underestimate the first impression of a prospective employer. There’s unlimited information from the internet on how to make an appealing resumé. Try it!


Having a higher educational attainment correspond to better opportunities. In today’s world, many are hooked up to freelancing. Online teaching is just one of the many jobs you can probably find on the internet and it isn’t slowing down. If you have Masters or PhD, use it as an advantage because you have a very bright future ahead of you. Well, education isn’t everything and just coz you have education doesn’t mean you’ll get what you need. You must learn how to take things slow and leverage with what you have.

Tip #3: Gain more EXPERIENCE.

The more years of experience you have in that line of work, the more likely you get your desired income compared to others. So if you’re new to this industry —have patience and wait for your turn.

Tip #4: Teaching Certification (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, among others)

While many schools still hire teachers without certifications, most of them prioritize those who have. So why not settle for something ‘acceptable’ if you can make your credential ‘highly preferred’. Teaching certification can’t only qualify you to teach but it is also a step to maximizing your earning potential. There is a variety of training and certification programs that you can find and it is never too late to start.

Tip #5: Be Passionate and Consistent

When you love what you’re doing, you’re inspired and driven to do the same thing over and over again. It is almost impossible to thrive to something you know you’re utterly miserable especially when you’re also not good at it. One can’t reach a happy ending only through passion. It has to be paired with consistency. Without it, you’ll never get closer to achieving your goals.

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