Where to Find the Highest Paying Teaching Jobs in Korea

teaching english in korea

teaching english in korea

No matter if you’re looking for a job in Korea or your home country, you most likely want to find the highest paying job you can get. And although teaching English in Korea is decent enough money for entry-level teachers, you can make even more money teaching English in Korea if you know where to look. Most of the major chains will not pay higher salaries, but boutique hagwons will pay enough to let you enjoy life with some savings at the end of every month.

Where Can I Find These Jobs

Easy… Follow the money. In Seoul, that’s Gangnam, and in Gangnam, you’ll want to go to Daechi-dong, the mecca of hagwons (English acadamies). There you will find boutique academies such as Ian EnglishChase Academy, Peai, and Hoyah Academy offering some of the highest paying jobs in Korea. Where else can you find these jobs? Look in the affluent areas of Apgujeong, Cheongdam, Samseong and Bundang.

Tip 1: There are a plethora of these high-paying academies, but most do not advertise on the internet. There are a limited number of positions available and many teachers get in the door through friends.
Tip 2: These are not your typical conversation schools. See “What’s the Work Like?” below.

How Much Money Can I Make?

Entry-level teaching jobs in Korea typically start around 2.0 million won for approximately 8 hours a day. The higher-paying teaching jobs in Korea start their salaries at 4 million won a month for entry level teachers, some for as few as 6 hours of work a day. Those are of course the cushiest of jobs (most places will have a normal 8–10 hour work day). If you are just hoping to make the most money possible, the highest paying jobs in Korea can offer upwards of 10 million won a month. (Teachers at Hackers Education Group are known to make more than 10 million won a month for long/hard work hours).

On top of that, some of these top-tier hagwons offer raises based on performance and contract renewal. If you stay long enough and work hard enough, management positions can start at 6 million won a month (that comes with more work of course).

Benefits (or lack thereof)

The high pay does come at a price. You’ll most likely have to say goodbye to free flights, health insurance, severance pay and free housing — all common benefits for most teaching jobs in Korea. But depending on the school and how much they want you, you may be able to negotiate a plane ticket and/or key money for housing. They have the money, it’s just not usually part of the deal.

What Are the Requirements?

The most basic requirement for any academy in Korea also applies here: a Bachelors degree from a 4-year accredited university, a background check and visa eligibility. For some of these top-tier academies, that’s about all you really need. Teaching experience obviously helps, but there are some teachers that are hired with no prior teaching experience (rare, but it does happen).

Requirements really depend on the academy you’re applying to. Some require bilingual ability, others require a few years teaching experience. It’s all up to the individual schools to decide what they want.

Tip 1: Many of these high paying academies do offer E-2 visa sponsorships, but they also prefer to hire people with their own working visas.
Tip 2: Many of the high-paying academies in Korea value experience teaching debate classes and SAT.

What’s the Work Like?

Be prepared to work weekends as it’s typically part of the deal. Some places even require work on national holidays (but there’s usually a fair trade off for vacation days). Many of the students are highly motivated to learn, but teaching can be easier because the classes are usually all in English. It’s a lot of real work (that take teaching seriously), but rest assured, you will be compensated handsomely!

Check out our friends at koreajobfinder.com to find a job in Korea!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. neko says:

    What about teaching other languages like spanish? Do you know something? It would be nice if you can tell me sth about it. I’m spanish native speaker so I would like to teach spanish.
    Thanks in advance~

  2. James says:

    Spanish-teaching jobs do exist, but they’re pretty rare. You might have to be proactive to find one. There are a few international high schools and middle schools in Korea, so you might want to start by contacting them and asking if they’re looking for a Spanish teacher. I know from talking to the Spanish teacher at my old school that there are also Spanish hagwons, since he said he had worked at one previously, but I don’t know the details. He had gotten his current job through a recommendation from a friend, so I think a lot of Spanish teaching jobs are passed along through word-of-mouth, and might not appear on job websites.

  3. chocoball noona (@chocoballnoona) says:

    I hope I could teach English there one fine day.I am planning to do my PhD in one of the Korean universities in Seoul.they are well known for the world wide ranking for English courses.hence,the plan. Thanks for posting this.it’s very helpful for people lie me.

  4. William says:

    This is exactly what I need. Thank you. I have been planning on teaching English in Korea and this is just great help!

  5. Keith says:

    William, Good luck! :)

  6. Taylor says:

    Thanks for the awesome tips! I’m planning to teach after i graduate from my BSc, but i’ll probably apply for public school jobs just for the added job security. Keep up the informative posts seoulistic team! Fighting!

  7. Kodee says:

    I would love to have the oppertunity to teach somewhere like this. Less so for the money, but the experience. If kids are more motivated and I’m not reciting twinkle twinkle little star it could be a fantastic chance to actually contribute and help students.

  8. miller says:

    i would like to get a factory job or any other job that isnt teching where can i look ?? hope to hear from u soon.

  9. dorathy says:

    Your comment…how about teach malay ? is it possilble ?

  10. sam ram says:

    What about degrees that were only 3 years long? Would you be able to teach English then?

    • Keith says:

      Well I heard UK only has 3 year degrees. If its a “full” college (not junior or other), I think it would be alright. Can anyone from England confirm this?

      • Bilguun says:

        Yes, in UK all degrees are 3 years long, only joint majors and majors with a year in industry are 4 years. So i think it should be alright!

  11. kenneth says:

    is it possible to work as an ESL teacher there in Korea if I am from a country that speaks English as a second language? I am from the philippines, I already am a teacher but I was planning to teach in Korea… please help

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  13. Amina says:

    Your comment… oh i can speak many languages , and i want teach it in Korea, i didnt find how?!! and that is gonna be possible or impossible??!!

  14. Susie says:

    How can i work in the entertainment- music, dance industry in Korea. I have already lived there for 2 years teaching English.

  15. Christine says:

    Do you know if they require a minimum gpa?

  16. Casandra says:

    Hello I was wondering if you knew any deaf schools that are hiring, I’m majoring in Education of the Deaf, and I would one day LOVE to teach in Korea if I can find a job, it would be a great experience for me!

  17. Ken says:

    @Keith Kim Yes, most normal degrees in the UK are only for 3 years and here i am in Korea teaching! 4+ year degrees are rare in the UK unless you take a language course, architecture (6years), or a scientific degree (4+ years).

  18. Scott says:

    Your website is a great help! I have decided I would like to find one of these jobs in Seoul. Your website is a great help. Is anyone hiring?

  19. ciaran says:

    Hi, just wondering if a celta qualification works in place of a degree? I haven’t got a degree but am interested in going to teach.

  20. Bilguun says:

    Hey Keith, thanks for the info. Im just wondering if they hire english/english lit graduates that are not from english speaking countries? Thanks

  21. Albert says:

    I was just wondering if korea is also looking for music teacher to teach student

  22. Ben says:

    Hey there, I was hoping you might recommend other high-paying hagwons like Chase, Peai, and Hoyah Academy, or a place online that might be useful to this end. Thank you!

  23. Sophia says:

    Haha some of these comments crack me up lol.
    Well I am interested In teaching in Korea and probably will know
    Thank you this information was very helpful.

  24. Marco says:


    Pretty awesome site you have here. I currently work in China and after visiting Korea last year have been toying with the idea of working there, teaching English, Portuguese or Spanish.
    Your site and the links you’ve provided have been pretty helpful

  25. Katy says:

    Are the high-end paying academies available through the GEPIK program out of curiousity?

  26. TJ says:

    I can confirm the big pay packages for SAT teachers. I did it last year and vowed never to do it again. Way too much stress, especially in the hypercompetitive daechi market. At my hagwon, the top guys were taking home over 30 mil each month because we can choose to work based on commission rather than hourly pay. But we worked 7 days/week and got no sleep ;(

  27. Lawrence says:

    That’s good. Speaking English nowadays is important. I want to teach in S. Korea.

  28. Obed says:

    Hey am an English/literature graduate and am not from English native speaking counts.can get an English teaching job in korea

  29. Ida says:

    Hey, I was wondering about finding work in South Korea after you have arrived. I am planning to go to South Korea to visit a friend who is teaching English in Seoul. I’m Norwegian so I seem not to qualify for a visa to be an English teacher in any of the advertisements I have seen. However, I would like to work over there. I have an undergraduate and a postgraduate from an English university as well as another BA from a Norwegian university. I now teach English to foreign students at a high school in Norway. I am therefore used to teach English to students who I can’t really communicate with in their own language. My language skills both oral and written are classified as C2 and I speak English with a pure English accent. I find it difficult to understand why I can’t get a work visa to teach in South Korea just because I’m not a citizen of an English speaking country.
    Do you know if it is possible to get work and a visa when you are already in South Korea?

    Best wishes,

  30. Atlas says:

    Thanks so much for such info. I am a professional graduate teacher in Ghana and would like to teach in Korea. what’s the way for me .waiting for ur reply thanks