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Exercises in Big Thinking: 100k+ a year teaching English abroad

I like to admit when I'm wrong, so I'll start with this: Last year, I said that there were high salaries (between $2,000-$4,000 per month) to be made teaching abroad in select markets like China, South Korea, and United Arab Emirates.

I was wrong - sort of. There are absolutely standard, typical salaries in this range - browsing through any typical job board will give you a list of options that yield those salaries. However, this is far from the ceiling and high salaries aren't limited to these regions. In fact, it's possible to make closer to $10,000 a month or even $12,000 a month teaching English, and the opportunities and regions change based on the global economy and business trends.

I'm new to this sector, so I was only thinking in "standard" paths: working K-12 or University working for public schools or private centers. Teaching Oral English or teaching Business English.

The industry is much, much bigger than that. There are subject teaching positions (I work with a soccer trainer who teaches soccer as Physical Education as a high-paid, specialized position). There are niche-industry teaching positions - like aviation english for pilots. I've even come across people who are earning as much as $170,000 a year teaching English abroad.

I've mentioned that it's totally possible to retire early on an ESL teacher salary - and that was assuming a "standard" salary and package. Being one of the top 10% or even 20% of candidates will yield much more lucrative offers that can 5x, 10x or 20x that rate and investment runway.

Think Big.

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