For my third installation, I will be tackling about the salary of OFWs working as teachers in Thailand.
Knowing how much an aspiring teacher will earn is the most important factor when applying for a job. Adding the fact that we Filipinos usually don’t only work for ourselves but for our families as well. Therefore, the higher the salary the better. It’s most likely then that the applicant will accept the job.
The answer to the question, “How much does a Filipino teacher earn in Thailand?” isn’t fixed. Because there are many variables to be considered, the salary is different for everyone.
Before reading further, let me just say that the content of this post is based entirely on my personal observation and experience, together with some insights from close friends and colleagues.
The minimum salary that a Filipino teacher could earn is 15,000 THB (24,000PHP) a month. Although it isn’t ideal, some teachers working in provinces or under an agency are paid with this amount. In reality, however, 15,000 THB isn’t enough. To think about the teacher’s daily allowances, accommodation, visa fees and money sent to the Philippines, only a penny will be left for herself.
Filipino teachers in Thailand are pushing the minimum up to 20,000 THB (33,000 PHP) as we deserved it to be. New teachers are encouraged and reminded not to settle themselves lower than this rate when looking for a job.
There are factors affecting a teacher’s salary bracket which I will explain more below.
1. Type of school applying
Different types of schools pay differently. A government school for example, which usually hires an agency to find teachers for them, pay their teachers 18,000 THB- 25,000 THB (29,000- 41,000 PHP) for 20 periods of teaching. However, as I mentioned earlier, some government schools in provinces may only offer the teacher 15,000 THB- 18,000 THB (24,000- 29,000PHP) for the same number of periods or more.
An advantage working in government schools is that accommodations for their teachers are already arranged. And sometimes, they provide it for free with meals (e.g. lunch).
On the contrary, in private and International schools (as teaching assistant or learning support), teachers may receive a higher salary than those in the government schools. The initial pay could be from 20,000 THB- 35,000 THB (33,000- 57,000 PHP) but still depending on other factors such as qualifications and years of experience. The school may offer more pay for extra courses or homework club.
Your qualifications will give you more edge than others. Employers expect you to be a graduate of a 4–year degree course. The higher education you got, the higher probability you’ll get higher pay. This is true not only for teachers but to other professionals as well.
For comparison, a licensed teacher with only a Bachelor’s degree will start with 20,000 -25,000 THB (33,000- 41,000 PHP) but if he graduated with a Master’s degree, he’ll get 25,000-30,000 THB (41,000- 49,000 PHP) or more.
This factor has the same value as in any other jobs. The more experienced a person is, the more knowledgeable and skilled he is. Therefore, he can demand more pay. That’s only reasonable and right.
So, say a new teacher applicant has 3-5 years of teaching experience either in the Philippines or in Thailand. He will be entitled to a higher pay as compared to a newly licensed teacher with no working experience.
Filipino teachers who have been continuously working in private and International schools in Thailand for 5-10 years are expected to be earning 30,000- 70,000 THB (49,000-115,000 PHP). Teachers who stay in the same school for a long time will entitle them a salary increase every year.
That is it, guys! I hope it answered your questions about the salary of a teacher in Thailand.
Goodluck to all teachers!
*All conversions to PHP are as of 12/05/2018
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