English Teacher Employers in South Korea
Hagwan, academic institutes, focus on improving skills in certain subjects and serve students and business people.
Many corporations in Korea have their own English programs and hire instructors to teach about 30 hours each week. The majority of the programs require that students live on campus and are intensive three- to six-month sessions. Some programs provide housing for instructors as well, but require that the instructors live on campus. The average salary ranges from 1.5 to 2.1 million won (US$1,820 to US$2,600) per month.
Although it is illegal for teachers to take private students unless they obtain permission from their sponsoring institute and from the Korean immigration authorities, private jobs are the most lucrative so many people seek them out despite the potential for legal hassles.
The majority of universities in Korea hire full-time conversational English instructors, most of whom have at least a master's degree. Most don't provide housing, and some don't provide the same benefits that are standard for English instructors. Instructors teach between 12 and 18 hours each week. The average salary is about W1.5 million (US$1,900) to W2.5 million ($3,100 ) per month. With a university job you are likely to have three to four months of paid vacation per year, which is an exciting bonus for those who like to travel.
Provincial universities may provide housing, better working conditions, and benefits, but they are in smaller areas. While some foreigners may have a difficult time adjusting to the isolation, others love being away from the hustle and confusion of the larger cities.
Jobs at junior colleges are slightly less lucrative and require more hours in the classroom, but the competition isn't quite as stiff as it is for jobs at the larger universities. Most teachers at junior colleges are TESOL or RSA certified, but don't necessarily have master's degrees.