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travistan Post time: 2012-3-9 20:48
are u also a foreigner working in china ? beijing?
Hi Travistan, I was a foreign teacher in China for quite a few years. Salaries, while usually more than our Chinese colleagues, for foreign teachers were quite pathetic really. Yes, we usually got a free home and utilities etc and depending on where you taught/teach, salaries ranging from RMB4000 to over 12,000/month. The higher range of slaries were usually in private commercial training centres like WEB or Wall Street and so on. In these companies, you could expect to teach approx' 25 hours/week with 15 oe hours. Salary would be anywhere between RMB7500 to 10,000 + accomodation supplement of up to RMB2000/mth. These, again differed depending on where one taught.
Personally, I hated private training centres because of the hours, work hours, and the rigidity of the owners and leadership. I preferred a lower salary but less classes and a ton more free time that were offered by public schools. Again, depending on where one worked, these salaries could vary greatly. Some colleges/universities in China still only offer the absolutely pathetic salary of 4-4500 RMB/month. These places claim that living is very cheap in those places but really, it isn't and inflation really digs away at such a low salary.
This is a rough idea but, I feel that eachers, both Chinese and foreign, who have the responsibility of teaching and shaping young minds aren't compensated anywhere near enough.
There are those here who'll, inevitably, call me anti-China or even "elitist" for voicing this concern but the facts are the facts. Those who scream loudest here are the first to either deny the facts or be ignorant of them, and in their ignorance, will call those of us who present them, "anti-China amongst other things.
Anyway, good luck with your future position. Enjoy China, don't be quick to judge it and be open to new things because China is full of them! China, and Chinese people is, and are, a wonderful place and people and some here who purport to represent China, are NOT typical!