English Teacher (ESL Teacher) Wages/Pay in Vietnam

Vietnam offers a lot of opportunities for aspiring English or ESL teachers; whether it’s your first try at being an educator, or you want to further your career in education, the country has something for you. The salary differs depending on your skills, experience, number of hours you teach, and the institution you choose to work in, but overall the pay can get relatively high. 

English learners in Vietnam are of a wide range of ages. You can teach in kindergarten and handle small group classes, public and private schools with bigger group classes, and even one-to-one adult classes in language centers(although young learners are the usual demographic for ESL classes).

English/ESL Teacher Pay Range In Vietnam 

Kindergarten - $1,200 to 2,000 per month 

Early Childhood Education - $2,000 - $2,500

Public School - $18 to $25 per hour

International School - $2,500 to $3,000

Language Center - $18 to $25 per hour or $1,500 per month

University - $25 to $30 per hour


As a kindergarten teacher, you get more responsibilities. Your students are quite young, so they must be attended at all times. Before the term starts, some schools ask for a term’s worth of planned activities or lessons, although some mainly focus on cultivating the children’s English language communication skills at a young age. Some schools offer teaching assistants to help you. A kindergarten teacher in Vietnam can get a pay of $1,200 to $2,000 per month depending on the location of your kindergarten (this pay is mostly in Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi).  

Early Childhood Education

Similar to kindergarten, early childhood educators have a lot of things on their plate. They teach much younger children and must establish fun classes for the students to enjoy while learning. The pay is also higher at international schools, given of course that you have proper training and early childhood educator diplomas or certificates. As an early childhood teacher, your responsibilitis include reporting to school at 7:30 in the morning, teaching classes, facilitate parent-teacher and student-led conferences, and completing of report cards. With these responsibilities, early childhood educators in Vietnam can get a monthly salary of $2,000 to $2,500. You also enjoy the vacations observed by the school like summer break and TET holiday with pay. 

Public School

Contrary to homeroom teachers, English teachers at public schools in Vietnam need not stay in school the whole day. You only report to work when you have classes. Most public schools in Vietnam get their foreign English teachers through agencies or centers. You apply at these agencies/centers, and they dispatch you to different public schools in the city. They give you your schedule or number of hours as well as the lessons for the whole year. It is up to you to plan your activities each day, and how to stretch the hour or hour and a half worth of class. You don’t have to take home some workload. Some schools also provide teaching assistants to help you manage a 40 to 50 students class. As an English teacher at a public school, you are paid by the hour at about $18 to $25.   

International School English Teachers

English teachers at international schools in Vietnam get paid differently. Most schools depend on your teaching rate on your certifications and experience. If you have your bachelor’s degree relating to English or education, a TESOL or TEFL, and CELTA certificates, you can get higher chances of getting hired and getting paid well at international schools. Do note that the workload can be a handful as well. You handle either one grade, or several grades or year levels at a time. You conduct lessons in each class and grade all of your students. At times, you also meet the students’ parents to give feedback about their kid/s. The pay matches the responsibilities you have. English teachers at international schools in Vietnam can get paid $2,500 to $3,000 per month. You also have benefits like medical insurance, quality facilities, training, and career development.       

Language Centers

Teaching at language centers has more freedom. You can tweak lessons according to the needs of the student. Some students only want to focus on grammar, only on reading, and the like whereas in schools all skills must be taught. Most classes in language centers are in smaller groups or one-to-one, so you have less workload. You also get to have a say on your schedule; you can take the weekends off, although most language centers have fuller schedules on the weekend since this is when the students are free. Reputable language centers also provide the materials you need for the class; you just need to come to class an hour or a few minutes before your class to prepare. Some language centers in Vietnam offer part-time and full-time positions. As a full-timer, you get at least 40 hours of classes per month. As a part-timer, your hours depend on your availability and the number of enrollees in your center. An English teacher at language centers in Vietnam can get paid $18 to $25 per hour or a basic pay of $1,500 per month.


The hiring process at universities differs from school to school. Some universities require their teacher applicants to have teaching experiences, published journals or articles, teaching certificates like TESOL/TEFL, and CELTA, as well as a bachelor’s degree. Most English teachers at universities in Vietnam get paid from $25 to $30 an hour. This pay can go higher depending on your credentials and experiences. You get to teach your classes, be an examiner, facilitator for different workshops and colloquiums, club facilitator, and syllabus coordinator; these are just some of the responsibilities you could have as a university instructor in Vietnam. 

You can land an  English teaching job without a degree, but you get paid better and enjoy the benefits when you do. These salaries also differ from city to city; big cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are known to pay better than their neighboring cities. Nevertheless, teaching English in Vietnam pays better compared to its neighboring countries.

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