While extensive amounts of information is already readily available on the matter of teachers' salaries, I'd still like to add some of my own opinions for those considering coming here to teach/teaching to come here.
I'm going to state some things that I think are generally true and also give some figures that I believe to be generally accurate.
Feel free to disagree in the comments if you have differing views.
How much do teachers make? If you want to get rich, don't come here. Teachers tend to make about 30 to 60 thousand Baht per month. Compared to the average Thai salary, that's not bad, but you certainly don't want to be making 30K in Bangkok.
40-60 thousand Baht a month actually goes reasonably far, but it's not living the life by any means. If you're in the 40 to 60K range and single/not a big party animal, you should be able to save about a half to a quarter of that every month.
I'm in that range, but don't save much because I have some major expenses at the moment. However, If I were single, I'd probably be saving about 20K a month, living in a big one bedroom, eating/drinking anything I wanted.
For young and unmarried people, I think making 40-60K is incredibly livable.
If you're a young person concerned about saving for the future and living in Thailand long term, I would say 45K is the minimum monthly salary you should be aiming for. However, If you're middle aged with little savings and thinking about moving here to make 40-50K a month, I would highly advise against it.
All this being said, with a Masters of Education or other advanced certifications, you could be making a little more, maybe even significantly more, although I'm not in the position to really speculate on how much that would be.
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