Teacher Salaries in Hong Kong
Apr 23, 2021

“Teaching is a calling too. Teachers in their way are holy – angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.” – Jeannette Walls.

The teaching profession is an essential element for the existence of the economy of any country. It's a valuable profession that teaches all other professions.

But is the value of teachers always reflected in their pay?

It's no secret that teachers don't make high salaries and, in many countries, low wages drive some teachers out of the profession entirely because they feel undervalued, underpaid, and underappreciated.

However, teachers in Hong Kong are well paid.

The teacher salary scale in Hong Kong is based on different factors like years of experience, qualifications, locations, private schools HK, local schools, ESF, government NET schemes, etc.

Generally, high school and university teachers in Hong Kong earn a higher income than primary school teachers. English, science, and math teachers earn the most while art teachers earn the least.

If you are a new teacher, you might be thinking if it's still possible to land a teaching job with a good income. It is!

Just expect to be on the lower side of the salary range and top up your income by taking on private tuitions and joining an online teaching platform.

Luckily, this article will give you great insight into teacher salaries in Hong Kong.

How much does a teacher earn in Hong Kong?

The average monthly salary range of teaching staff in Kindergartens is between HKD 22,790 and HKD 40,530, depending on the teaching experience and school type.

Here is the breakdown of salary range of teaching staff in Kindergartens for the school year 2020/2021:

Director HKD 30,400 – HKD 48,140
Vice Principal HKD 37,990 – HKD 53,200
Principal II HKD 43,070 – HKD 59,540
Principal I HKD 50,660 – HKD 67,140

Teachers with two to five years of teaching experience can earn on average 32% more than freshers.

Here is the average annual increase salary rate for each industry in Hong Kong for the year 2020.

Source: http://www.salaryexplorer.com/salary-survey.php?loc=97&loctype=1

The data shows that teachers in Hong Kong are likely to have a salary increase of approximately 4% every 28 months. However, these figures tend to change frequently.
Following are some other perks that teachers (working in private schools, ESF, and under the NET scheme) can enjoy:

• Fee remission for children attend the same school.
• Performance bonus.
• Housing allowance, flights, and accommodation coverage (teacher employed under the NET scheme)
• Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and supper.
• Medical/dental coverage
• Gratuity and pension

Average Salaries of Teacher Per School Type

Primary Schools HK Teacher Salary
The average salary for a primary school teacher is from 22,800 HKD to HKD 40,530 per month.

High School Teacher Salary
The average salary for a high school teacher is HK$420,425 per year.

International Schools Teacher Salary
Teaching in international schools in Hong Kong has great earning potential. A rough ballpark estimate for teacher salaries in the international school in Hong Kong would be from HK$40,000 - HK$70,000.
Smaller International School will probably offer you approximately 28,000HKD to 35,000HKD per month.

ESF Teacher Salary
ESF (English Schools Foundation is one of the largest chains of international schools in Hong Kong. It pays between HK$39,590 and HK$ 69,275 per month to its teachers. Not bad at all!
An assistant teacher in international schools tends to earn anything from HK$18,000 to HK$23,000.

Salary for English Teachers in Hong Kong (NET Scheme)
Hong Kong is an expensive city with the highest cost of living. A reasonable number of teachers travel to Hong Kong with several years of teaching experience to make money as an English teacher. Most teachers in Hong Kong either work for local schools, private schools, or public schools under the NET scheme. The NET scheme promotes innovation in the teaching system and offers a genuine classroom environment for local students.

Type of Schools Salary
Private language schools18,000HKD – 25,000HKD
Public Schools (NET Scheme)25,000HKD – 60,000 HKD
International Schools30,000HKD – 80,000 HKD
Average Salaries of English Teacher Per School type

How to Earn Extra Cash While Teaching in Hong Kong?

Many teachers working in Hong Kong top up their income by taking on private tuitions in their free time and earn between HK$150 and HK$200 per hour. You can easily pull in an extra 15-30 per hour from your schedule to earn an additional cash.

There are also other ways to make money as a teacher in Hong Kong. Join summer camps and teach students from other areas. It will help you build more networks.

You can also join online teaching platforms like Dr-BZ. It connects teachers with students and allow teachers to teach with the best tech tools.

Just sign up as a teacher and start making money, you don’t have to pay any service fee.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, many students have switched to online learning alternatives. If you are a teacher who has students but no method to teach due to COVID, if you have skills but don't have students, or if you are worried that you might not be able to support a family, you can try this online teaching platform to make extra income.

Closing Thoughts

How much teachers are earning isn't enough when compared to the value they're adding to the betterment of the country. They are making a difference in the lives of the world's greatest resource, Children. Although money is not why teachers enter the profession, they need to be able to pay their bills and support their families. As a teacher, you can't make a ton starting out. But if you stick around, there is a potential to earn more.

And at the end of the day, teaching in Hong Kong is a good choice as far as work-life balance goes. You won't make 100K, but you'll be able to see your kids a lot, maybe even at work!

Happy Teaching!


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