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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Korea (South) 2023

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in Korea (South)?

Average Monthly Salary
4,120,000 KRW
( 49,500,000 KRW yearly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in Korea (South) typically earns around 4,120,000 KRW per month. Salaries range from 1,980,000 KRW (lowest average) to 7,520,000 KRW (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Teaching / Education careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor4,350,000 KRW
Academic Coach4,080,000 KRW
Academic Manager4,900,000 KRW
Academic Specialist3,750,000 KRW
Academic Staff3,290,000 KRW
Accompanist3,450,000 KRW
Achievement Coach4,380,000 KRW
Admissions Specialist3,790,000 KRW
Agricultural Sciences Teacher3,180,000 KRW
Anthropology Teacher3,430,000 KRW
Arabic Language Teacher3,170,000 KRW
Archeology Teacher3,330,000 KRW
Architecture Teacher3,680,000 KRW
Archivist2,740,000 KRW
Art Teacher2,950,000 KRW
Assistant School Principal4,260,000 KRW
Assistant Teacher2,830,000 KRW
Biochemistry Professor 6,120,000 KRW
Biology Teacher3,380,000 KRW
Bursary Scheme Manager4,040,000 KRW
Business Teacher3,370,000 KRW
Chemistry Teacher3,280,000 KRW
Child Care Coordinator3,420,000 KRW
Child Care Worker2,800,000 KRW
Clinical School Psychologist5,060,000 KRW
College Aide4,210,000 KRW
College and Career Readiness Specialist4,520,000 KRW
College President7,410,000 KRW
Communications Teacher3,260,000 KRW
Community Education Officer2,830,000 KRW
Computer Science Teacher3,150,000 KRW
Computer Teacher3,080,000 KRW
Creative Writing Trainer4,020,000 KRW
Credit Counselor4,180,000 KRW
Cultural Studies Teacher3,220,000 KRW
Curriculum Developer4,340,000 KRW
Curriculum Specialist4,320,000 KRW
Demonstrator2,880,000 KRW
Deputy Controller of Examinations3,890,000 KRW
Director of Learning Technology4,450,000 KRW
Distance Learning Coordinator3,790,000 KRW
Economics Lecturer5,660,000 KRW
Education Administrator3,870,000 KRW
Education Assistant Director4,200,000 KRW
Education Assistant Principal3,740,000 KRW
Education Assistant Professor4,800,000 KRW
Education Consultant4,690,000 KRW
Education Coordinator3,640,000 KRW
Education Counselor4,060,000 KRW
Education Director5,630,000 KRW
Education Program Specialist4,160,000 KRW
Education Researcher4,760,000 KRW
Education Resource Specialist3,670,000 KRW
Education Services Facilitator3,930,000 KRW
Educational Psychologist5,380,000 KRW
EFL Teacher3,290,000 KRW
eLearning Trainer3,140,000 KRW
Elementary School Teacher2,800,000 KRW
Engineering Lecturer5,530,000 KRW
Engineering Teacher4,700,000 KRW
English Teacher3,150,000 KRW
ESL Teacher3,360,000 KRW
Faculty Assistant4,240,000 KRW
Foreign Language Teacher2,980,000 KRW
GED Teacher2,870,000 KRW
Geography Teacher3,130,000 KRW
Head of Mathematics Department4,700,000 KRW
Head of School5,460,000 KRW
High School Teacher3,710,000 KRW
History Teacher3,420,000 KRW
Infant Teacher2,470,000 KRW
Instructional Assistant3,350,000 KRW
Instructor3,880,000 KRW
Kindergarten Teacher2,700,000 KRW
Language Instructor For Expatriate2,800,000 KRW
Law Teacher4,870,000 KRW
Learning Designer3,840,000 KRW
Lecturer5,560,000 KRW
Librarian2,800,000 KRW
Library Assistant2,250,000 KRW
Library Director3,790,000 KRW
Library Specialist2,850,000 KRW
Life Sciences Teacher3,370,000 KRW
Math Lecturer6,100,000 KRW
Mathematics Teacher3,870,000 KRW
Mentor3,780,000 KRW
Middle School Teacher3,450,000 KRW
Music Teacher3,080,000 KRW
Nursery Manager5,060,000 KRW
Nursery Worker2,120,000 KRW
Paraprofessional4,720,000 KRW
Physical Education Specialist3,640,000 KRW
Physical Education Teacher2,910,000 KRW
Physics Teacher 3,550,000 KRW
Political Science Teacher3,330,000 KRW
Post Doctoral Researcher5,160,000 KRW
Preschool Education Administrator3,670,000 KRW
Preschool Teacher2,660,000 KRW
Primary School Teacher2,860,000 KRW
Principal4,910,000 KRW
Product Specialist3,750,000 KRW
Professor - Accounting6,200,000 KRW
Professor - Architecture6,390,000 KRW
Professor - Biology5,680,000 KRW
Professor - Business Administration5,610,000 KRW
Professor - Chemical Engineering6,240,000 KRW
Professor - Chemistry6,220,000 KRW
Professor - Civil Engineering5,850,000 KRW
Professor - Communication5,880,000 KRW
Professor - Computer Science6,280,000 KRW
Professor - Dentistry6,000,000 KRW
Professor - Drama5,600,000 KRW
Professor - Economics6,130,000 KRW
Professor - Education6,110,000 KRW
Professor - Electrical Engineering6,450,000 KRW
Professor - English5,920,000 KRW
Professor - Environmental Engineering6,420,000 KRW
Professor - Foreign Languages5,460,000 KRW
Professor - Geological Sciences5,730,000 KRW
Professor - History5,870,000 KRW
Professor - Industrial Engineering5,900,000 KRW
Professor - Law6,490,000 KRW
Professor - Legal Support5,860,000 KRW
Professor - Liberal Arts6,200,000 KRW
Professor - Marketing6,240,000 KRW
Professor - Mathematics6,210,000 KRW
Professor - Mechanical Engineering6,160,000 KRW
Professor - Medical Administration6,300,000 KRW
Professor - Medicine7,190,000 KRW
Professor - Music5,570,000 KRW
Professor - Nursing5,800,000 KRW
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences6,190,000 KRW
Professor - Philosophy5,720,000 KRW
Professor - Physical Therapy6,100,000 KRW
Professor - Physics6,380,000 KRW
Professor - Psychology5,880,000 KRW
Professor - Rehabilitation5,560,000 KRW
Professor - Social Work5,530,000 KRW
Professor - Sociology6,120,000 KRW
Professor - Special Education5,710,000 KRW
Psychology Teacher4,780,000 KRW
Public Management Assistant Professor5,060,000 KRW
School Counselor4,650,000 KRW
Science Educator3,320,000 KRW
Science Laboratory Assistant2,890,000 KRW
Science Teacher3,280,000 KRW
Secondary Mathematics Teacher3,520,000 KRW
Secondary School Teacher3,090,000 KRW
Special Education Teacher3,370,000 KRW
Special Needs Assistant2,780,000 KRW
Statistics Lecturer5,760,000 KRW
Student Accounts Coordinator3,240,000 KRW
Student Development Specialist3,780,000 KRW
Student Employment Specialist3,630,000 KRW
Student Services3,010,000 KRW
Student Support Manager4,160,000 KRW
Substitute Teacher2,840,000 KRW
Teacher3,070,000 KRW
Teacher Aide2,640,000 KRW
Teacher Trainer3,820,000 KRW
Training and Development Specialist4,460,000 KRW
Training Coordinator2,860,000 KRW
Tutor3,360,000 KRW
University Teacher5,860,000 KRW
Vocational Education Teacher3,350,000 KRW

Teaching / Education Jobs Salary Distribution in Korea (South)

Median and salary distribution monthly Korea (South) Teaching / Education
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Teaching / Education salaries in Korea (South) range from 1,980,000 KRW per month (minimum average salary) to 7,520,000 KRW per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,960,000 KRW per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 3,960,000 KRW while the other half are earning more than 3,960,000 KRW. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 2,670,000 KRW while 75% of them are earning more than 2,670,000 KRW. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 5,510,000 KRW while 25% are earning more than 5,510,000 KRW.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Korea (South) costs anywhere from 19,400,000 South Korean Won(s) to 58,300,000 South Korean Won(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Teaching / Education Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Korea (South) Teaching / Education
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Korea (South) who work in Teaching / Education earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

4,260,000 KRW
4,020,000 KRW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Korea (South) for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Korea (South)
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Teaching / Education Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Korea (South)

How much are annual salary increments in Korea (South) for Teaching / Education professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Teaching / Education

Teaching / Education professionals in Korea (South) are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Korea (South) / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Korea (South) is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Korea (South) for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Teaching / Education Bonus and Incentive Rates in Korea (South)

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Korea (South) Teaching / Education
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Teaching / Education is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

49% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Teaching / Education Hourly Average Wage in Korea (South)

23,800 KRW per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Korea (South) is 23,800 KRW. This means that the average person in Korea (South) earns approximately 23,800 KRW for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Teaching / Education VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Teaching / Education and Teaching / Education monthly Korea (South)
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The average salary for Teaching / Education is 6% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bucheon3,820,000 KRW
Busan4,550,000 KRW
Daegu4,390,000 KRW
Daejeon4,310,000 KRW
Goyang3,990,000 KRW
Gwangju4,230,000 KRW
Incheon4,470,000 KRW
Seongnam3,900,000 KRW
Seoul4,630,000 KRW
Suweon4,150,000 KRW
Ulsan4,070,000 KRW

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Korea (South) earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,770,000 KRW
Public Sector+6%
3,990,000 KRW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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