Europe Spain Spain Guide Things To Do Essentials Itineraries Getaways All Spain How Much Can You Earn Teaching English in Spain? By Damian Corrigan Damian Corrigan Damian Corrigan is a travel writer who has traveled extensively throughout Spain since moving there in 2003. He has written about the country full time since 2006. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/21/19 Share Pin Email undrey/Getty Images So you want to turn your Spanish vacation into a full-time job? For many, especially those without Spanish language skills, English teaching is the easiest job to get into. But what's it like working as a profesor de inglés? Typical Hourly or Monthly Wage Hourly wages vary hugely for English teachers in Spain. Around 12 to 16 euros per hour is the average, but rates can vary from around 10 euros an hour to 25, depending on the experience required, the level of preparation for each class you're expected to do and luck. Bear in mind that much of an English teacher's time in Madrid is taken up with preparation time and travel to the classes, which often take place at the office of your student(s). This means that a realistic limit to the number of classroom hours you can teach per week is around 20. At the rate of 14 euros per hour, this would leave you with around 1,100€ per month, which is enough to get by on in any city in Spain. You won't be able to fly home very often, but this will allow you to live in the center of the city, eat out regularly (Spanish restaurants are cheap), go out at the weekend and even allows you to take some weekend trips to other cities in Spain. Most teachers in Spain can get a better deal than that in their second year in the city, as they start to learn which schools pay more and as schools offer more money to loyal teachers. In many cases, you can easily reach 1,500€ per month. The holy grail of teaching in Spain is getting "block hours" at a language school. This means no commuting time or waiting around between classes (but you will still need to prepare your lessons). Some schools will offer less money for these classes because they are so highly sought after. Be prepared to teach children to get these classes. A full-time contract with a school with all classes at a single location is even better. Such contracts often come with higher work hours than the more typical business class timetable. Average Salary Sources list the average Spanish salary as 1734€ while stressing that most people earn less than the average, not more. So you can see that an English teach earns low to average for a worker in Spain. Don't Have a Visa There was a time when it seemed half of English teachers in Spain were Americans with no work visa, working "under the table." This has reduced as the Spanish economy has suffered, but it is still possible. However, expect to earn less as an illegal worker than as one with a legitimate work visa. Working Conditions Business classes tend to take place early in the morning, at 8 am, or at lunchtime (1 pm). You won't find any classes between those times. After school is when the block hours start appearing, typically from around 4 pm until 10 pm. This means your workday can be 14 hours long! Vacation Time Unfortunately, teaching in Spain only lasts from mid-September until late June. For the rest of the year, you'll be unemployed unless you're willing to work on a summer camp for kids in July and August. Easter and Christmas also hit most teachers quite hard as few employers pay when there aren't any classes. Bear this in mind when calculating how much money you need to live as an English teacher in Spain. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit These Countries Are Inviting US Citizens to Live and Work Remotely The Best Restaurants in Seville Do I Need a Visa to Visit Cambodia? Costa Rica Just Approved a Two-Year Visa for Digital Nomads The 5 Best Scuba Diving Certification Programs of 2021 48 Hours in Seville: The Ultimate Itinerary Is It Okay to Pull Your Kids Out of School for a Family Vacation? Seville Guide: Planning Your Trip Do You Need a Visa to Visit Germany? Tips for Learning Spanish in Spain Everything You Need to Know About Tipping in Spain How to Get a Visa for Visiting, Working, and Studying in Greece How to Choose a Spanish Language School in Spain When & How Much to Tip in Italy: The Complete Guide Do I Need a Visa to Travel to France? Do You Need a Visa to Visit Finland?