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What Salary Will You Earn Teaching Abroad in the UAE?

The United Arab Emirates is undoubtedly one of the best places to teach abroad. It offers a good salary and benefits package and lots of travelling opportunities across different parts of the world.

The UAE offers various opportunities for certified teachers, from ESL teaching to instructor jobs in any subject. In this article, we’ve defined “What salary will you earn teaching abroad in the UAE?”

Without any delay, let’s begin!

How much do teachers earn in the UAE?

Teachers in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) generally earn around USD 2500-5500 every month. However, the exact salary of an educator depends upon their respective job position, experience, credentials, and company location. For instance, teachers generally earn more money in cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Moreover, the qualifications of the instructor will also heavily impact their salaries. Simply put, teachers with an ESL education background can explore varied opportunities in language schools or vocational colleges. Licensed teachers can even apply for job openings in private/international schools and public schools. In these schools and colleges, teachers with other types of experience may also be appointed to take business, aviation, or technical drawing classes.

4 Main Types of Teaching Positions in the UAE

Here are four teaching positions in the UAE that can be a great opportunity for you.

1. Language Schools

There are a number of language schools in the Emirates that require TEFL-certified instructors to give English lessons to the students. To join these language schools, you must have a bachelor’s degree, TEFL certification, or at least two years of experience.

Here are the required highlights to work here:

  • Monthly salary: $2000-$4,500
  • Weekly hours: 20-30 hours, mostly in the evening and on weekends,
  • Lessons for children, teenagers, and adults after their school lessons.

2. Vocational Schools and Colleges

In the UAE, there is an increasing need for local students to work on resource development projects, which make a considerable contribution to the Emirate’s economy. Therefore, vocational schools and colleges have been formed to provide local students with the necessary skills and education to handle resource development projects proficiently and earn some side projects. Teachers with English are heavily required here, and being skilled in aviation, engineering, or AutoCAD is a plus point.

Here are the required highlights to work here:

  • Monthly salary: USD 3000-4000 
  • Weekly hours: around 20-25 hours
  • Lessons for high school graduates, young adults, and career changers

3. Private International Schools

The United Arab Emirates has a diverse population of people of different nationalities. A number of private and international schools are associated with the board of education of another country or IB (International Baccalaureate) programs. In schools, students generally get an education in English or languages other than Arabic. If you have the basic skills and qualifications, you may also get a teaching job in such schools.

Here are the required highlights to work here:

  • Monthly salary: USD 2,500-5,000 
  • Weekly hours: around 35-40 hours
  • Lessons for: K-12 students across the world

4. Public Schools

Public schools, run by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), heavily require primary and secondary school educators, even those outside the UAE. Only in Abu Dhabi are there 300+ schools with various job openings, diverse placement locations, and school environments. As a certified teacher, you may also apply here for teaching positions and earn a decent salary. 

Here are the required highlights to work here:

  • Monthly salary: USD 3,500-5,500
  • Weekly hours: around 35-40 hours
  • Lessons for: mainly local K-12 Emirati students

Conclusion

As a certified teacher, you can potentially work in Language schools, Vocational Schools and Colleges, Private International Schools, and Public Schools. Your salary will be based on your qualifications and experience in teaching or a related field.

Enrolling in PG courses can help you negotiate and even ask for higher salary packages with additional perks and benefits.

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