Working in Bangkok

Monthly Earnings 150,000

Q1. How much do you earn from teaching per month?

After tax? Around 150,000 which really is great for Bangkok, but well down on the comparative scale. I’m the principal of a small but well run international school in Bangkok.

Q2. How much of that can you realistically save per month?

I try to put at least 50-70,000 away and manage it most of the time

Q3. How much do you pay for your accommodation and what do you live in exactly (house, apartment, condo)?

I have a nice condo in Bangkok and a house in Pattaya which together costs me around 30,000 a month

Q4. What do you spend a month on the following things?



Utility bills


Food - both restaurants and supermarket shopping


Nightlife and drinking


Books, computers

Very little

Q5. How would you summarize your standard of living in one sentence?

Comfortable. I’ve been lucky to have spend most of the last decade in Thailand or the Middle East which has meant a nice, comfortable lifestyle; far better than I could afford in the UK although being single with no kids probably helps!

Q6. What do you consider to be a real 'bargain' here?

The whole lifestyle is a bargain. From Emporium to Tescos or from The Oriental to Nana, everything is fresh, cheap and available. Tailored clothing, live-in maids, affordable cigarettes, I love it all.

Q7. In your opinion, how much money does anyone need to earn here in order to survive?

For a farang? At least 20,000 baht

Phil's analysis and comment

Richard has earning and saving potential that 99% of teachers in Thailand can only dream about. Thailand's your oyster on 150,000 baht a month and there should be plenty left over for a rainy day as well. What more can you say?

Submit your own Cost of Living survey

Back to the main list

Featured Jobs

English Program Coordinator

฿30,000+ / month

Chon Buri

Filipino Kindergarten Teachers

฿20,000+ / month


Thai University Counselor

฿50,000+ / month


Fun Native English Teachers for Immediate Start

฿42,000+ / month


EP English Teacher for Immediate Start

฿42,000+ / month


English Conversation Teachers for Immediate Start

฿35,000+ / month


Featured Teachers

  • Hunter

    American, 41 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Felisa

    Filipino, 41 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Jeffrey

    Filipino, 40 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Stephen

    American, 26 years old. Currently living in USA

  • Robert

    British, 69 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Irene

    Filipino, 49 years old. Currently living in Philippines

The Hot Spot

Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.

Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.

Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?

The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?

Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.

Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Ricky Batten from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.

Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?