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salaries in Saudi

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by musikteech, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    I'm currently in talks with a few Saudi employers for TEFL jobs in Saudi. The pay is anything from about 12000SAR to 14000SAR per month I think. I'm curious as to what the salaries are as subject teachers in schools. I only see maths, physics and English advertised in Saudi. I don't see music jobs. Are the salaried more than this? Oh by the way it includes free housing or a housing allowance for these TEFL jobs. I've been rejected after one interview the other day but have some more coming up.
     
  2. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    TEFL jobs will be paid less than teaching positions. However 12k to 14k is quite poor, particularly as it is in Saudi (many jobs pay an extra 30% 'hardship allowance').

    Subject teachers in the UK based schools would be on around 18, 000 to 23,000.
     
  3. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    It's a pity that there aren't any music jobs going then. Having said that 14000Sar is £2611 so that's not poor in my eyes. That's what experienced teachers get in the UK and they have to pay 23% tax on it. I've taught maths before as I have an A level in it but I got rejected from interviews in the UAE cos I'm not PGCE maths. Looks like I'll have to negotiate 14000Sar then that's the best I can do. I'm hoping to save at least £15000 a year.
     
  4. Roseea123

    Roseea123 New commenter

    What should a teacher expect to get roughly if accommodation, flights, medical and transport are all covered. What would be the normal or good monthly pay for Saudi? Anyone know approx.
     
  5. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    stopwatch said it already 18-24K SAR for subject specialists apparently. Mines a TEFL job and I think they pay 13k SAR.
     
  6. Roseea123

    Roseea123 New commenter

    What about primary? I'm looking for someone who can tell me roughly how much to expect after all the benefits. Don't want to ask for more if I'm getting a god amount, don't want to come across greedy! Ha. :)
     
  7. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Here's a job posting for a primary teacher in Riyadh. It also says 13000SAR. I think stopwatch has grossly exaggerated his salaries in Saudi. 13k SAR seems the norm from what I can see.
     
  8. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

  9. wrldtrvlr123

    wrldtrvlr123 Occasional commenter

    I honestly have no personal information on salaries in Saudi bit I seem to recall from posts over the years that qualified and experienced teachers can bring in a fair amount more than 13K, at least at some of the better schools. I would not jump to too many conclusions based on ads for anonymous schools. I have seen some reviews on another site which gave the annual salary at between $50K and $70K which would put it in the range that Stowatch was talking about.

    For example, the that you linked could be a great school but the ad claims that they are a "striving and growing school" AND a school with "an amazing reputation and superb facilities to teach". These two things do not often go together (and the better schools will not generally advertise anonymously through agencies like these). That does not mean it should not be considered, but it does call for much due diligence.
     
  10. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I haven't grossly exaggerated anything. I am speaking from first hand experience and knowledge of salaries for teachers in the better/best schools
     
  11. oldgit

    oldgit New commenter

    I've invited the OP to PM me on another thread. The offer still stands. I am currently in Saudi and have been for a long time - although not in RUH. Also, as it's a TEFL posting, (s)he may even wish to check out an EFL Cafe run by a guy named Dave.
     
  12. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Oh well my mistake then. I've just had the interview for the TEFL job and it's in Taif, near Jeddah I think. I still haven't been informed of the salary yet. There's also a housing allowance. The interview went quite well I thought. Pity there's no music jobs going in Saudi so I doubt I'll be able to attain those higher salaries.
     
  13. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    But there are just as well paid jobs all over the world. Apart from a very select few, ME schools are at the middle to lower end of packages out there, in my experience. If you are a fully qualified music teacher, why are you applying for tefl jobs?
     
  14. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    I prefer teaching English to adults nowadays. It's less hassle than having xylophone beaters thrown around class amongst other things. I thought ME packages were the highest paid. They are for TEFL anyway. European TEFL jobs pay 20euro per 45 min lesson and it's all freelance so nothing is guaranteed. I got offered a job in France the other week but it was only 15hours a week so not worth it. I'm hoping my graduate diploma(4yrs) will pass at the Saudi Cultural bureau if I get this job. It says it's a pass degree status in the transcript and the employer accepts it so hope it will go through ok. It's quite costly getting a Saudi work visa I believe.
     
  15. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    there are a very select few schools that are paying big money now, but generally in my humble opinion it is a bit of a misconception that the ME pays the most. if you did a bit of research you will find that you can earn very big money in some nice countries. international school teaching is always going to pay more than TEFL jobs.
     
  16. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    I haven't taught music since about 2007 so I have no references for music. I only have references for TEFL jobs. They needed a few music teachers in China recently and the UAE. It was on TES jobs. I don't know how much they pay as it didn't state it in the advert. I may have to try and wangle my references somehow and get a music post instead of a TEFL job unless I get this one in Saudi. Not all international jobs school jobs pay big money.
     
  17. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    True, not every school pays big money, but since i left Spain, i cant think of a year where i haven't saved a minimum of £10k. On top of saving that i have also travelled extensively. I am pretty sure not many TEFL teachers could say that. If you pick your country right, with the right package (taking living costs into consideration) then you can live, travel and enjoy some very nice countries. Sign up to Search Associates, they post salaries and saving potential on their jobs, and most of them are the same jobs on here.

    Good luck
     
  18. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    I'd like to sign up with them but I don't have music references. I'm still waiting to hear about whether I've got the Saudi post or not. If I do, then I will have to try and do 2 or 3 years and save 10K a year like you have. I did Libya for a few years and I got paid £1800 a month tax free with free food as well and about 4 hours teaching a day. That was good that was. Libya is off the radar at the moment. There's no jobs going there. I went for a few international schools years ago but although I had an interview or two, I never got the jobs, So I gave up trying and did supply teaching in the UK instead. You can only earn about 18k as a supply teacher per year. This TEFL job in Saudi will be 30K probably.
     
  19. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Well I spoke to the Saudi company today and it is going to be 12500SAR plus 3000 housing allowance and 1000 transport allowance. The problem now is my Graduate Diploma. Will the Saudi Cultural Bureau pass it as a degree pass. That's what the university says it is equivalent to and they sent me an equivalence letter. But whether they will only pass BAs and BSCs I have no idea. The university also has to email the Saudi Cultural Bureau to confirm my qualification. What do people think. Will I pass with a Graduate Diploma in piano performance + a TEFL certificate to teach English (EFL)?
     
  20. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    The Saudi company just called me this morning and they want another chat over Skype today so things are looking good. It's teaching English to the Saudi Airforce cadets so it will be good on my CV. I just hope I can get a work visa with my diploma. The university already emailed the cultural bureau to confirm my degree pass status. if they don't accept then I'm hoping they might employ me on a business visa, which is what I was on last time in Saudi when i was working at a College.
     

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