Working in Bangkok

Monthly Earnings 40,000 - 50,000 baht

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

I only teach students on-line so earnings tend to be up and down depending on student cancellations and my own availability, but in an average month I can earn about 50K.

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

I'm not much of a saver to be honest so I tend to spend most of what I earn. I have some funds in the UK which I dip into whenever the need arises such as a flight back home to see family and friends.

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

I rent a two-bedroom town-house (with garden) for a bargain 6,000 baht a month. Firstly, it's in a very Thai area of Bangkok and quite a fair distance from the mass transit systems. Secondly, the house belongs to a very good Thai friend. He doesn't need or use the house so he gives me a nice break with the rent.

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


Because I teach on-line at home, the only time I venture out is to walk to the local market or convenience store or to take a bus into Bangkok at the weekends. So my transportation costs are almost nothing.

Utility bills

I use one bedroom to sleep in and one bedroom as my 'classroom' or work-room. The air-con is always blasting away in my work-room so my electricity bill is about 4,000 baht a month - possibly because it's quite an old machine.

Food - both restaurants and supermarket shopping

I tend to cook at home almost all the time. I would say about 8,000 baht a month on food shopping and the occasional meal out.

Nightlife and drinking

Nothing at all. I'm a good old clean-living lad.

Books, computers

Probably about 500-1,000 baht a month because I like to keep my computer upgraded as much as I can.

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

I used to work for private language schools making about 300-500 an hour, which is OK but far too much time was wasted going to and from school or hanging around between lessons. On-line teaching is just a far easier way to earn the same money in a shorter space of time. So as regards standard of living, I earn enough to keep me happy and I have lots of free time as well.

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

Fresh food shopping and transportation.

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

In my opinion, you need a minimum of 50,000 baht a month in Bangkok. I know many teachers survive on a lot less but I'm really not sure how. I used to earn 30K a month and life was always a struggle. 40K allows you a few treats but it's still not a great salary for Bangkok/

Phil's analysis and comment

I think this is the first cost of living survey we've had from an on-line teacher. A while back I would have said "make a living by teaching on-line? No chance!" But I'm slowly beginning to change my tune as I hear from more and more teachers who are making a go of teaching students via computer. And why shouldn't it be successful? Neither teacher nor student has to waste time battling heat and traffic; it's all done from the comfort of your own homes. And there seems to be plenty of willing students out there. I wonder if this is the future of English teaching? Enjoy Thailand's relatively low cost of living but pick and choose from a pool of students all over the world. Sounds like a winner to me.  

Fancy doing a cost of living survey? E-mail your answers to the above questions to me (

Submit your own Cost of Living survey

Back to the main list

Featured Jobs

English, Science and Math Teachers

฿42,300+ / month


English Conversation Teachers

฿35,000+ / month


NES English Teachers

฿40,000+ / month


Essay Editor, Writing Coach, IELTS/SAT/GMAT Tutor

฿50,000+ / month


ESL Teachers

฿33,000+ / month


Teacher Assistant for Kindergarten and Primary

฿20,000+ / month

Chon Buri

Featured Teachers

  • Pyi

    Myanmarese, 33 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Sujoy

    Indian, 41 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Shirley

    Filipino, 28 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Pett

    Filipino, 33 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Micil

    Filipino, 27 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Ronald

    Irish, 56 years old. Currently living in Thailand

The Hot Spot

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.

The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

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

The Region Guides

The Region Guides

Fancy working in Thailand but not in Bangkok? Our region guides are written by teachers who actually live and work in the provinces.

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.

Air your views

Air your views

Got something to say on the topic of teaching, working or living in Thailand? The Ajarn Postbox is the place. Send us your letters!

The cost of living

The cost of living

How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.

Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

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

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.