Top 5 Countries With The Highest Demand & Salaries For Native English Speakers

If you’re a native English speaker and wish to travel, you’ve never been luckier. The ESL (English as a Second Language) market has exploded in certain countries resulting in increased demand for teachers. It’s rare that someone is able to live in another country for more than a few months, and through ESL, you’ll be able to live in another country for many years.

Top 5 Countries With The Highest Demand (And Salaries) For Native English Speakers

If you’re dying to experience life in another country and get paid to do so, then ESL is for you. Here are a few of the hottest markets in the world right now.

1) UAE –  Home of the Mega-Rich


Life in the United Arab Emirates, specifically Dubai, is unlike life among many places. In Dubai, it’s common to find people driving supercars between freshly constructed skyscrapers. The oil industry has done this country well and now they enjoy the finer things in life.

As a result, the country is becoming an educational powerhouse and is in need of ESL teachers like yourself. The salary can reach a staggering sum of $4,000 a month depending on where you teach. Keep in mind the living costs are astronomical as well, but your work may provide living arrangements. If this is the case, you’ll be able to put away large sums of money quickly.

2) Poland – Eastern Europe’s Shining Gem


If you’re as obsessed with history and architecture as I am, then Poland is your place. The country has boomed since the 1980’s and the ESL market is on the rise. The bulk of the market is spread across their three main cities: Krakow, Warsaw, and Gdansk.

When you teach in one of these cities you can expect a monthly salary of up to $1,100, but keep in mind that living expenses are often half that. This will provide you plenty of extra income to either save, pay back loans, or travel with.

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3) Brazil – South America’s Newest Economic Force


Brazil is now on the world’s radar since hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. It’s also joining the world stage as an economic powerhouse. There are a few options for teaching ESL in Brazil. The first option is to join a private school or organization, but there’s also a rise in independent teachers.

Due to the variation in types of ESL jobs, the pay scale ranges quite a bit – especially for those who hold their own little English school. A salary of around $1,200 per month is pretty average and living expenses are dirt cheap. You should expect to work 25 or 30 hours a week and be able to live an upscale lifestyle.

4) Japan – Ancient Temples & Cherry Blossoms


Few ESL locations are able to rival the history and traditions of Japan. You’ll be able to travel by train and bus out to the countryside to experience lush jungles and rising mountains. Hike along nature paths to hidden temples and even take part in local cultural festivities.

Life in Japan is often exciting and quite comfortable. The monthly salary is also an impressive $3,000 per month. You’ll want to begin looking for jobs early as this market can be competitive.

5) Thailand – Paradise on Earth


An eclectic mix of nightclubs and expansive beaches, Thailand is one of the most exotic locations in the world. It attracts expats from all over the world who thrives in the tropical climate and survive on only $15 or $20 per day.

If you’re looking to save up a lot of money, Thailand should be high on your ESL list. When you teach English in Thailand you’ll begin with a cozy salary of about $1,000 per month. Pair this with the low-cost of living and you’ll be able to live whatever lifestyle you desire.

It’s difficult to choose which country you want to work in. These are by no means the only countries that have great ESL offerings either. It’s best to stick with the country that fits your lifestyle and personality the most. Happy travels!

Guest Author


Dimitris Vlachos: Dimitris works as a full stack marketer at Movinhand. Movinhand helps educators get the salary they deserve. We promote teachers around the world and get them the best possible offer within 10 days of signing up.

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