How to Get a Job Teaching English in Thailand

June 23, 2013 by

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Thailand attracts more international travellers than any other country in the world because of its growing export and tourism sectors. This has made it necessary for Thais to learn English in order to manage their day-to-day lives. As a large number of Thais work in the tourism and other related industries and many students study abroad, mainly in the US and UK, there is a demand for qualified people to teach English in Thailand.

Teaching English in Thailand

Teaching English In Thailand – Criteria To Be Satisfied

If you are looking to take up teaching jobs in Thailand, then you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • You must have at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • You must have regional teaching certification or license.
  • You must have at least 2 years of relevant teaching experience (for higher paid jobs only but not necessary for lower paid roles).

Native English speakers usually get preference over Asians. If you have a specific teaching qualification like a degree in education, teacher certification from your own country, master’s degree and specific TEFL qualification like CELTA, then you may be better equipped to find English language teaching jobs in Thailand. A majority of the foreigners teaching in Thailand are males. Therefore, there is always a great deal of demand for female teachers, especially for teaching younger kids.

Teaching English In Thailand – Where to find Positions

Teaching positions are available in regular Thai schools, both in the primary and high schools located in every nook and corner of the country. There are several language institutes located in Bangkok and other provinces in the country, smaller private language schools, international schools that follow the UK and US school curriculum and universities and institutes that provide English language training to businesses. These institutions design the course and position teachers at the company premises for short periods of time to teach English to the staff members. Finally, there are a number of agencies that recruit and send English language teachers to schools as well as companies. The English language teaching industry has seen a lot of development over the last two decades.

How Much Is A Teacher Paid In Thailand

Teaching English in Thailand is one of the easiest jobs to do and therefore the payment is also lower compared to other jobs. Typically, salaries are paid on the last day of every month. However, some schools are known to pay salaries twice a month, on the 15th and the last day of the month. Most schools transfer salaries directly to your bank account, but there are schools that pay check (this is just something that you will have to sort out when you get there). If you don’t have a work permit or are doing work on a part time basis, then you may be paid by cash or check.

Salaries vary widely. If you are an unqualified teacher who has little or no experience, then you can expect a salary of 25,000 baht per month. Experienced and qualified teachers earn around 35,000 baht a month. Low-end language schools may pay around 20,000 to 30,000 baht. If you are able to get hold of a teaching job in a better language school, you may earn around 60,000 baht a month. The international schools may pay a salary of 100,000 baht a month. High schools, language schools at The British Council and international schools pay the highest salaries.

Part-timers are paid at the rate of 250 baht per hour at the lower end and up to 1,000 baht per hour by organizations that engage language teachers. However, corporate teaching jobs are generally available after 5 O’clock in the evening when the staff members finish the day’s work.

Dress Code For Teachers

If you are well dressed, you are likely to land up better teaching positions. Dress standards vary from one school to another. For men, it is invariably trousers, shirt and tie. For females, the standards are a little more flexible, but dresses that are revealing are not encouraged. If you present yourself badly, you may not be able to win the respect of students quickly.

Where To Look For Teaching Jobs

Undoubtedly, the best place that you can turn to when looking for a teaching job in Thailand is set up by Ian McMamara in 1999. The website wherein large numbers of jobs get listed every week is now being run by Bangkok Phil. Apart from job listings, the website also provides a great deal of information related to teaching in the country. You can also go door knocking, but you must carry your credentials and a copy of your CV with a photo attached to it. Also, make sure that you’re wearing your best dress.

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About Matthew Barby

There are few things that Matt loves more than to be sitting on a sunny beach with a cold beer, listening to a bit of Joy Division. Alongside this he's a big food-lover and a seasoned pescetarian, a complete Twitter-whore and spends far too long in front of the mirror in the morning. Get in touch with Matt through Twitter, Google+ or on either his pescetarian food blog or his digital marketing blog.

  • Eric Crossley

    Why do you state that 2 years teaching experience is a requirement, and then go on to state that you can earn 25,000 baht with no experience.

    The only actual requirement is a degree.

    TEFL is required to get better jobs, but if you take a lesser job the experience you build will do the same thing.

    • Hi Eric, sorry for the confusion – the 2 years experience is only for the higher end jobs that pay better (I’ve updated the post so that it is clearer!).

      • Roel Maraya

        Hi Matthew, I’d like to apply for any teaching position in Thailand. I have been in the teaching arena for 4 years and counting. Next year, I am planning to go abroad (pref. Thailand) to learn and to experience more about teaching and life. DO you have any application methods or ways where I can venture for my future application references? I am a graduate of Bachelor in Elementary and Bachelor of Secondary Education. I finished TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). FYI. Thanks for your affirmative response.

        • Dan

          I can start asap.

      • Dan

        Hi Mathew. I am South African with a teachers diploma, a BA degree with English as a major, an Advanced Certificate in Education with specialisation in English, an Adult Basic Education and Training Certificate as well as a TESOL certificate from WITS. I would like to teach in Thailand. How can I go about applying?


        HI mat, i just want to ask if i have an opportunity to work in your country without any experience yet. im fresh graduate…thank you and im hoping for a response from you.

    • Samuel Nana

      hi eric
      contact me through my email [email protected]

    • gareth vanstone

      Question: Can’t i teach in some places without a degree? I have everything else stated above including the experience, but only have a diploma in Intercultural studies. Do you think that’s enough?

  • emily

    Hello….I would like to teach in Thailand…..I am very well versed in IELTS, TOEFL, BEC, GESE….Where can I submit my resume?…..Thanks…..

  • Fon Blaisee Fru

    Hello, i am an English teacher in Qatar. It will be my pleasure to teach English Languagein thailand. I will be greatful if my request is granted.

    • Enrique Rossi

      Hello….I am languages teacher from Mexico, I would like to work in Thailand…I have my diplomas and twelve years experience. Do you think find a job is easy? My e-mail: [email protected]

  • elsie blonde

    hello am elsie blonde from cameroon i will like to teach english in thailand jus inbox me through [email protected] thanks am waiting

  • Yogho

    hello. please I’d like to apply for any teaching position in Thailand.i am from Cameroon and english speaking with a Bsc in human resource and public economics.DO you have any application methods or ways where I can venture for my future application references? thanks

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  • Sann Seng

    Hello My name is Sann Seng from Cambodia I have 3 years teaching in English I want to teach English in Thailand. if you are interested in me, you can contact me via [email protected] and Mobile: (855)975218522 if you need my CV, I will attach to you later.Now I have been teaching in private school. I finished high level in English and I used to work as Director Assistant of private school. I would like to teach English with students because it is the best favorite in my life. Can you help me? I hope that you will contact soon and look for award to seeing your answer promptly.

  • Sann Seng

    Hello Matthew
    I wait your feedback anxiously but you not reply for me why? I want to know a good news from you soon. I hope you reply soon

    • Hello Sann, we don’t actually place people within teaching job I’m afraid – we’re just sharing our experience in how to go about it.

  • Sann Seng
  • Sann Seng

    how to apply to you

  • Sann Seng

    Mobile phone (855)0975218522

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  • Henny

    Hi – does anyone know any information about Thailand recruitment agencies, i have been offered one with echo english which sounds like a reputable company, however i can’t find many reviews or advice on going with recruitment agencies?? Any information would be helpful,

    • Rem

      Hi Henny, I’m planning to travel from the Philippines to Thailand this April and I have been offered as well by echo English to work with them. I’m just wondering if you can give me some advice. Hope to hear from you soon :)

  • Pak

    Hello to all here! Welcome to Thailand. Here is nice country and thai people very friendly. We need good teacher. Wish You have a nice school in Thailand :)

  • Fred Mallard

    BR Language School, Phetchaburi (Thailand).

    Please be warned: Never sign up with this company! They deduct 20,000 baht
    from your first month’s salary (calling it a deposit). I’ve now completed
    a full year of teaching (May 2013 until February 2014). I have asked for
    my deposit back and now, shock horror, they REFUSE to give it back!

    Also, you will be out of work for 6 weeks in September/October (no pay).
    They don’t pay for sick days either. They are the only teaching agency to
    deduct a percentage of your salary for so called tax…

    If you try to contact them it’s nigh on impossible: they’re rarely at their office; they don’t reply to e-mails; and they very rarely answer the phone or sms u back!

    I know of many past teachers who have worked for them who have been treated very badly too. It’s much better to apply directly with the schools in the area. Please stay well away from these cowboys!!!

  • MeePee

    Would love to have a new English teacher
    for grade 3 – 5 at Anusorn Suppamas School
    work 19 hr/week

    Please feel free to contact us:
    Tel: +66 86-5515110,
    mail to: 49/174 Wat Tong Rd.
    Muang Samut Sakhon, Samut Sakhon, Thailand 74000
    or e-mail: [email protected]

    สวัสดีครับ ผมเป็นตัวแทนจากโรงเรียนอนุสรณ์ศุภมาศ
    จ. สมุทรสาคร มีความประสงค์จะจ้างครูชาวต่างประเทศ
    เพื่อสอนวิชา English Conversation ระดับ ป. 3 – 5
    จำนวน 19 hr/week
    เงินเดือนช่วงทดลองงาน 15,000 บาท (3 เดือน)
    เมื่อผ่านงาน จะเพิ่มให้เป็น 16,700 บาท

    ภายในวันที่ 10 พ.ค. 2014

    ติดต่อกลับโทร. 086-5515110
    หรือ e-mail: [email protected]

  • yosnun

    Hi , our Eng School is looking for a Native Eng Teacher for Thai students , the school was located in Rangsit. We have Eng class for all level and are expanding program to reach groups of student.

    If you are interested, please kindly send messages to INBOX with your contact number.

    Looking to work with you as Eng professional team !! (facebook : Pharmacist Yosnun Kopphuengton)

  • Rodrigo John A. Olarte

    Hello I’m Rodrigo john A. Olarte. I am from the Philippines and I’ve been teaching English language in High School and College students for more than 15 years. I have certificate assisted by Phoenix English Testing Proficiency attesting if you are qualified to teach English Language in America and Asia and fortunately I passed and I did it well. I have too much certificates merit myself regarding the language. I visited Thailand already and I really want to help the Thai youth to learn English with great fun and enjoyment. Matthew. will you please help me in most legal way how to connect with Colleges and High Schools in Thailand? Stay safe always and i’m glad to know you. My email ad is [email protected] or you can see me better in my FAcebook acct my acct name is Jao Olarte.

  • Guest

    Dressing well and good attitude are definitely the most important for any occupation and especially Teaching in Thailand. The Ajarn forum is excellent for finding positions throughout Thailand. I have found sometimes it is just easier if a telephone number is supplied is to phone rather than send emails. It’s easier for the recruiter to talk to you without having to sort through tons of emails especially if they don’t understand English well. Pay is important too. Most of the time it’s monthly and there are many storers of withheld pay due to varying reasons, deducted pay if there were public holidays in the month etc. However good employers retain their teachers, others are always looking to refill positions due to people coming and going.

  • Dressing well and good attitude are definitely the most important for any occupation. The Ajarn forum is excellent for finding positions throughout Thailand. I have found sometimes it is just easier if a telephone number is supplied is to phone rather than send emails. It’s easier for the recruiter to talk to you without having to sort through tons of emails especially if they don’t understand English well. Pay is important too. Most of the time it’s monthly and there are many storers of withheld pay due to varying reasons, deducted pay if there were public holidays in the month etc. However good employers retain their teachers, others are always looking to refill positions due to people coming and going.

    • ravi

      I came across this post , I found it very interesting and relevant to my qualification and experience.I am teaching English and French in CAMBRIDGE AFFILIATED SCHOOL,(KK CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, AMRAVATI, MAHARASHTRA) for the last two years. I would like to work in Thailand. Please reply me on my email- [email protected]

  • Pratz

    Hi there,

    I see this post was in 2013 and I was just wondering if is still a legit source for finding jobs in Thailand?

  • Fred Nelson
  • Fred Nelson
  • Fred Nelson

    Do some online research first about fake job agencies, education scams, schools that don’t pay salary etc… etc…

  • Apinya Chaikul

    We have 2 positions available for NES teachers. Come and teach English to young learners( ages 11 to 18) in scenic Bang Saeng – the closest beach to Bangkok, and not far from Pattaya. Experience teaching in Asia helpful as is a TESOL or CELTA . Lots of vacations with a starting salary of 30,000 Baht + 5000 Baht housing allowance.
    This is a good job. Apply today for an October 20 start. send you resume to [email protected]

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  • Fred Nelson

    WARNING: One of the biggest Education Scams located in Bangkok, Thailand, Google it:
    Kirk Pathumanun
    Suwit Khunkitti
    Axiom Recruitment,
    Double Knowledge,
    Quest Club,
    Sarawittaya School,
    Streesmutprakan School,
    Chanhunbamphen School

  • Yu Kha

    Hi there,

    Firstly, please let me state that I am NOT a recruiter – I am Computer teacher at this wonderful school.

    and I have been asked by my boss to help him find Math teacher for the forthcoming school year starting on 16th May.

    The school is called Srisongluk Vittaya and the role is teaching madtayom 1 students based in the Mini English Program.

    To save time, please read the conditions below. To be considered, you must have a:

    - University Degree holder (in Math,Statistics) with your original certificate and transcript of scores.

    - A passport from the any of the following countries: Philippines, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA

    - No criminal record in Thailand nor your home country (you must provide a criminal check clearance certificate)

    We need someone from the 16th May, 2015 – so please don’t apply if you can’t be here in LOEI(Dansai district)by then.

    So, to tell you a bit about the school and the role:

    What is the Mini English Program? It is a private program set up to give students a feeling of immersion.

    It is not a job teaching the same lesson to 20 different classes of 50 uninterested and poorly behaved students!

    As the MEP teacher, you will teach the M1 and M4 kids English, Math, Science. I can honestly say that it is one of

    the better jobs you will find in the country – you have a homeroom teacher who is in nearly every class you teach,

    so “classroom management” (a nice euphemism for having to tell the kids to ‘shut up and sit down’ every two minutes)

    is almost non existent.

    You teach no more than 18 hours per week. The class size is tiny – 25 kids. You are in an a/c room with a PC hooked up

    to a projector. You have an a/c teachers’ office where you can spend your free time preparing for your classes.

    You are expected to teach engaging and interesting classes. You are given textbooks, but it is expected that you go

    that extra yard and give the kids a rich and fulfilling English language experience. Please don’t think this job is easy,

    it isn’t. The parents pay a lot of money to send their kids here and they are demanding. Homework is expected in every

    subject several times per week. Regular testing as well as the usual final tests are to be written by you and grading

    given accordingly.

    The salary is 25,000 per month. The school pays for your work permit and visa (although you foot the cost for the trip to Laos yourself).

    There is a dedicated assistant who helps you with the annoying 90 day reporting (you don’t have to go yourself). The contract is for 12 months,

    so you get the big holidays paid for. You will be asked to teach for a week or two next year in the summer.

    I hope that I have given you enough information to be going on. You can email me directly at [email protected]

    All suitable CV’s will be seen by me and my boss, with further face to face interviews to follow. If you don’t hear back,

    please assume you have been unsuccessful.

    If you are currently outside of the country but are genuine about wanting to teach here, I can arrange for a

    Skype/Facetime interview too. But please understand that priority will go to those applicants who can make a

    face to face interview.

    Many thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


  • You should also check the Thai school directory prior to teach in a school in Thailand; there are salary info, school details and reviews:

  • Khwanman Puriladapan

    Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University

    3 English lecturers required ( 30,000 baht/month )


    - Native speaker

    - Love to teach

    - Be able to teach 18 periods/week

    - Be able to work in Ayutthaya

    Walk-in Interview and do the teaching test on any topic

    on Mon 12 October, 2015
    / 9.30 a.m. / Room 114

    Please send brief resume about yourself and educational
    background to [email protected]

    More info: 0818524639

  • ObamaLovesUSAlikeOJLovedNicole

    Will they hire a man who refuses to wear his best dress?

  • Rhañela Leaño

    I want to teach english subject for thai soon, but I am confused because I am gay. Are gays accepted in the teaching field in thailand? Thank you for the response