Teacher Salary in Hong Kong
Posted 23 August 2009 - 09:28 AM
I have applied for a teaching job in HK. The comapny is looking for qualified teachers and the package looks pretty good. However, since I have never lived in HK I am not sure how good the package is. Here is what they offer:
Monthly Salary HK$22,985 - HK$48,400 (approx. $3,000-$6,500)
Airfare Roundtrip airfare included (reimbursed upon arrival)
Airfare provided to families for up to 5 persons
Accommodation Housing Allowance of HK$14,245/month(approx. $2000/month)
Vacation National holidays, summer vacation(flexible, determined by school)
Medical Insurance Allowance for Family Health Care
Additional Benefits Bonus Pay, Retention Bonus, Cash Advances on Salary
Luggage Allowance, Medical Allowance, Free flight
I have seven years worth of experience and two master's degrees. So I feel I could be on the higher end of the payscale. What do guys think? Is it generous for HK?
Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:05 AM
Depending on what you will be teaching, that package seems quite generous/fair. Will you be living alone (supporting yourself)? Do you know 'where' you'll be teaching? Housing prices can vary greatly depending on location, and access to reasonable commute is crucial.
This will not only look good on your resume, but the life experience(s) that will be had are priceless.
I can't imagine that your salary in the States is going to be too much higher - $5,000 - $8,500 USD/month...?
I don't know where you're currently living in the States, but life in Hong Kong is going to be hard to beat. Aside from the obvious benefits that can be seen/experienced locally, you'll also have the benefit(s) of being able to travel to several other foreign countries easily/cheaply - as HK is an 'international gateway'.
You made mention of being a mom - will you be bringing your children with you? If not, what are you waiting for?
Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:45 AM
Finnacially, I will come out ahead with more available spending money, just not sure how much things cost like cable, gas etc.
I have a sixteen year old son, he's my only child. Believe it or not he is the primary reason I am considering moving he wants to be a chinese translator. I was considering the mainland because they speak mandrian there and mostly because we loved it. But the pay is not sufficent enough (I have student loans). My mother is trying to talk me out of going. She says according to her research my son wont earn as much if he gets a degree from china, that the chinese value a american education more. She wants him to get his degree here than go. Not sure if thats true. However, how will he become fluent in Mandrian and/or Cantonese living in the states?
Not sure where I be yet I am still in the beginning stages of the process. Hopefully before the end of the school year we will be in HK. I have been looking at apartments I have found some 3 bedrooms in the 15,000-20,00hkd range pictures look good wont know if its to good to true till I get there.
Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:31 PM
and no, he will never get fluent enough in the states.. he needs to be around it all the time.. I am trying to learn right now. I am a english teacher. If he wants to be a translator.. do you really think that a AMERICAN degree will look better than a CHINESE one when he is speaking in chinese? I did not think so .. BTW- I don't really hate you
Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:48 PM
Posted 24 August 2009 - 08:27 PM
Have you chosen a school for your son, or will he be home-schooled?
If he's not particular, I would recommend that he learn the Mandarin dialect (simplified, preferably). However, if he plans on living in Hong Kong for the rest/majority of his life, then Cantonese is the obvious choice (or traditional Mandarin - at the very least).
Then again, he's only 16. -He may want to be a fisherman next month (maybe a hockey player?).
And for everything else - I choose to bite my tongue.
Posted 24 August 2009 - 09:43 PM
Posted 25 August 2009 - 03:10 PM
I wanted to tell you. If you are on the higher end then yes, you will be fine. If you need some help once here, I can help and also my wife. My wife is native hong kong, we can teach you all the tricks of the trade :-p. If you are on the lower end, I think it will be a little harder. Together, me and my wife make the higher end of your pay scale. We live a good life, and we spend all out money on food and hookers. I mean.. food
Posted 25 August 2009 - 04:21 PM
We have already researched information about potential colleges and schools. We just need to see the places in person and then dwell on it for a few motnhs be for they apply (or not). My friend has never been to China, so this intial trip will be important for her in making a decision.
Posted 26 August 2009 - 05:02 PM
Posted 27 August 2009 - 12:25 AM
Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:08 AM
Will your son be attending secondary school? I think there's only one Putonghua medium school in HK. Most are Cantonese medium of instruction, although they teach Putonghua and English as well. Only alternative would be an international school, which can be hard to get into and very expensive. You might want to do your research first.
Good luck! HK's a pretty good place to live. Not perfect (pollution, noise, crowds, heat and humidity), but what place is?
Posted 27 August 2009 - 11:04 AM
Posted 27 August 2009 - 02:39 PM
Your right it is a NET position I am looking into. Good info on the schools though. I have been checking into schools for my son. I am thinking about a ESF school for a IB diploma or Keystone National High School its accredited on-line school and students who graduated from this school attend very good colleges back home. however, I still have time to decide.
Posted 01 September 2009 - 01:56 PM
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