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Academic Specialist Average Salary in Korea (South) 2023

How much money does an Academic Specialist make in Korea (South)?

Average Monthly Salary
3,750,000 KRW
( 45,000,000 KRW yearly)


A person working as an Academic Specialist in Korea (South) typically earns around 3,750,000 KRW per month. Salaries range from 1,730,000 KRW (lowest) to 5,970,000 KRW (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Academic Specialist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Academic Specialist Salary Distribution in Korea (South)

Median and salary distribution monthly Korea (South) Academic Specialist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Academic Specialist salaries in Korea (South) range from 1,730,000 KRW per month (minimum salary) to 5,970,000 KRW per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,050,000 KRW per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Academic Specialist(s) are earning less than 4,050,000 KRW while the other half are earning more than 4,050,000 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 Academic Specialist(s) are earning less than 2,600,000 KRW while 75% of them are earning more than 2,600,000 KRW. Also from the diagram, 75% of Academic Specialist(s) are earning less than 5,410,000 KRW while 25% are earning more than 5,410,000 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

Academic Specialist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Korea (South) Academic Specialist
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Academic Specialist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Academic Specialist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,960,000 KRW per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,620,000 KRW per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,870,000 KRW per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Academic Specialist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,710,000 KRW per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 5,140,000 KRW per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,560,000 KRW per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Academic Specialist average salary change by experience in Korea (South)

0 - 2 Years
1,960,000 KRW
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,620,000 KRW
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,870,000 KRW
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,710,000 KRW
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,140,000 KRW
20+ Years+8%
5,560,000 KRW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Academic Specialist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Academic Specialist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Academic Specialist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Academic Specialist is 2,230,000 KRW per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 3,510,000 KRW per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 5,880,000 KRW per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Academic Specialist average salary difference by education level in Korea (South)

Bachelor's Degree
2,230,000 KRW
Master's Degree+57%
3,510,000 KRW
5,880,000 KRW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Academic Specialist Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Academic Specialist employees in Korea (South) earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,890,000 KRW
3,610,000 KRW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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

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Academic Specialist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Korea (South)

How much are annual salary increments in Korea (South) for Academic Specialist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Academic Specialist

Academic Specialist(s) in Korea (South) are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 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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Academic Specialist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Korea (South)

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Korea (South) Academic Specialist
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An Academic Specialist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job 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.

41% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Academic Specialist Average Hourly Wage in Korea (South)

21,600 KRW per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Korea (South) is 21,600 KRW. This means that the average Academic Specialist in Korea (South) earns approximately 21,600 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.

Academic Specialist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Academic Specialist and Teaching / Education monthly Korea (South)
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The average salary for Academic Specialist is 9% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor4,350,000 KRW+16%
Academic Coach4,080,000 KRW+9%
Academic Manager4,900,000 KRW+31%
Academic Specialist3,750,000 KRW-0%
Academic Staff3,290,000 KRW-12%
Accompanist3,450,000 KRW-8%
Achievement Coach4,380,000 KRW+17%
Admissions Specialist3,790,000 KRW+1%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher3,180,000 KRW-15%
Anthropology Teacher3,430,000 KRW-9%
Arabic Language Teacher3,170,000 KRW-16%
Archeology Teacher3,330,000 KRW-11%
Architecture Teacher3,680,000 KRW-2%
Archivist2,740,000 KRW-27%
Art Teacher2,950,000 KRW-21%
Assistant School Principal4,260,000 KRW+14%
Assistant Teacher2,830,000 KRW-25%
Biochemistry Professor 6,120,000 KRW+63%
Biology Teacher3,380,000 KRW-10%
Bursary Scheme Manager4,040,000 KRW+8%
Business Teacher3,370,000 KRW-10%
Chemistry Teacher3,280,000 KRW-13%
Child Care Coordinator3,420,000 KRW-9%
Child Care Worker2,800,000 KRW-25%
Clinical School Psychologist5,060,000 KRW+35%
College Aide4,210,000 KRW+12%
College and Career Readiness Specialist4,520,000 KRW+20%
College President7,410,000 KRW+97%
Communications Teacher3,260,000 KRW-13%
Community Education Officer2,830,000 KRW-25%
Computer Science Teacher3,150,000 KRW-16%
Computer Teacher3,080,000 KRW-18%
Creative Writing Trainer4,020,000 KRW+7%
Credit Counselor4,180,000 KRW+11%
Cultural Studies Teacher3,220,000 KRW-14%
Curriculum Developer4,340,000 KRW+16%
Curriculum Specialist4,320,000 KRW+15%
Demonstrator2,880,000 KRW-23%
Deputy Controller of Examinations3,890,000 KRW+4%
Director of Learning Technology4,450,000 KRW+19%
Distance Learning Coordinator3,790,000 KRW+1%
Economics Lecturer5,660,000 KRW+51%
Education Administrator3,870,000 KRW+3%
Education Assistant Director4,200,000 KRW+12%
Education Assistant Principal3,740,000 KRW-0%
Education Assistant Professor4,800,000 KRW+28%
Education Consultant4,690,000 KRW+25%
Education Coordinator3,640,000 KRW-3%
Education Counselor4,060,000 KRW+8%
Education Director5,630,000 KRW+50%
Education Program Specialist4,160,000 KRW+11%
Education Researcher4,760,000 KRW+27%
Education Resource Specialist3,670,000 KRW-2%
Education Services Facilitator3,930,000 KRW+5%
Educational Psychologist5,380,000 KRW+43%
EFL Teacher3,290,000 KRW-12%
eLearning Trainer3,140,000 KRW-16%
Elementary School Teacher2,800,000 KRW-25%
Engineering Lecturer5,530,000 KRW+47%
Engineering Teacher4,700,000 KRW+25%
English Teacher3,150,000 KRW-16%
ESL Teacher3,360,000 KRW-10%
Faculty Assistant4,240,000 KRW+13%
Foreign Language Teacher2,980,000 KRW-21%
GED Teacher2,870,000 KRW-24%
Geography Teacher3,130,000 KRW-17%
Head of Mathematics Department4,700,000 KRW+25%
Head of School5,460,000 KRW+46%
High School Teacher3,710,000 KRW-1%
History Teacher3,420,000 KRW-9%
Infant Teacher2,470,000 KRW-34%
Instructional Assistant3,350,000 KRW-11%
Instructor3,880,000 KRW+3%
Kindergarten Teacher2,700,000 KRW-28%
Language Instructor For Expatriate2,800,000 KRW-25%
Law Teacher4,870,000 KRW+30%
Learning Designer3,840,000 KRW+2%
Lecturer5,560,000 KRW+48%
Librarian2,800,000 KRW-25%
Library Assistant2,250,000 KRW-40%
Library Director3,790,000 KRW+1%
Library Specialist2,850,000 KRW-24%
Life Sciences Teacher3,370,000 KRW-10%
Math Lecturer6,100,000 KRW+63%
Mathematics Teacher3,870,000 KRW+3%
Mentor3,780,000 KRW+1%
Middle School Teacher3,450,000 KRW-8%
Music Teacher3,080,000 KRW-18%
Nursery Manager5,060,000 KRW+35%
Nursery Worker2,120,000 KRW-43%
Paraprofessional4,720,000 KRW+26%
Physical Education Specialist3,640,000 KRW-3%
Physical Education Teacher2,910,000 KRW-22%
Physics Teacher 3,550,000 KRW-5%
Political Science Teacher3,330,000 KRW-11%
Post Doctoral Researcher5,160,000 KRW+38%
Preschool Education Administrator3,670,000 KRW-2%
Preschool Teacher2,660,000 KRW-29%
Primary School Teacher2,860,000 KRW-24%
Principal4,910,000 KRW+31%
Product Specialist3,750,000 KRW-0%
Professor - Accounting6,200,000 KRW+65%
Professor - Architecture6,390,000 KRW+70%
Professor - Biology5,680,000 KRW+51%
Professor - Business Administration5,610,000 KRW+50%
Professor - Chemical Engineering6,240,000 KRW+66%
Professor - Chemistry6,220,000 KRW+66%
Professor - Civil Engineering5,850,000 KRW+56%
Professor - Communication5,880,000 KRW+57%
Professor - Computer Science6,280,000 KRW+67%
Professor - Dentistry6,000,000 KRW+60%
Professor - Drama5,600,000 KRW+49%
Professor - Economics6,130,000 KRW+63%
Professor - Education6,110,000 KRW+63%
Professor - Electrical Engineering6,450,000 KRW+72%
Professor - English5,920,000 KRW+58%
Professor - Environmental Engineering6,420,000 KRW+71%
Professor - Foreign Languages5,460,000 KRW+46%
Professor - Geological Sciences5,730,000 KRW+53%
Professor - History5,870,000 KRW+56%
Professor - Industrial Engineering5,900,000 KRW+57%
Professor - Law6,490,000 KRW+73%
Professor - Legal Support5,860,000 KRW+56%
Professor - Liberal Arts6,200,000 KRW+65%
Professor - Marketing6,240,000 KRW+66%
Professor - Mathematics6,210,000 KRW+66%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering6,160,000 KRW+64%
Professor - Medical Administration6,300,000 KRW+68%
Professor - Medicine7,190,000 KRW+92%
Professor - Music5,570,000 KRW+48%
Professor - Nursing5,800,000 KRW+55%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences6,190,000 KRW+65%
Professor - Philosophy5,720,000 KRW+52%
Professor - Physical Therapy6,100,000 KRW+63%
Professor - Physics6,380,000 KRW+70%
Professor - Psychology5,880,000 KRW+57%
Professor - Rehabilitation5,560,000 KRW+48%
Professor - Social Work5,530,000 KRW+47%
Professor - Sociology6,120,000 KRW+63%
Professor - Special Education5,710,000 KRW+52%
Psychology Teacher4,780,000 KRW+27%
Public Management Assistant Professor5,060,000 KRW+35%
School Counselor4,650,000 KRW+24%
Science Educator3,320,000 KRW-12%
Science Laboratory Assistant2,890,000 KRW-23%
Science Teacher3,280,000 KRW-13%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher3,520,000 KRW-6%
Secondary School Teacher3,090,000 KRW-18%
Special Education Teacher3,370,000 KRW-10%
Special Needs Assistant2,780,000 KRW-26%
Statistics Lecturer5,760,000 KRW+54%
Student Accounts Coordinator3,240,000 KRW-14%
Student Development Specialist3,780,000 KRW+1%
Student Employment Specialist3,630,000 KRW-3%
Student Services3,010,000 KRW-20%
Student Support Manager4,160,000 KRW+11%
Substitute Teacher2,840,000 KRW-24%
Teacher3,070,000 KRW-18%
Teacher Aide2,640,000 KRW-30%
Teacher Trainer3,820,000 KRW+2%
Training and Development Specialist4,460,000 KRW+19%
Training Coordinator2,860,000 KRW-24%
Tutor3,360,000 KRW-10%
University Teacher5,860,000 KRW+56%
Vocational Education Teacher3,350,000 KRW-11%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bucheon3,220,000 KRW
Busan4,130,000 KRW
Daegu3,790,000 KRW
Daejeon3,820,000 KRW
Goyang3,620,000 KRW
Gwangju3,840,000 KRW
Incheon3,770,000 KRW
Seongnam3,370,000 KRW
Seoul4,100,000 KRW
Suweon3,500,000 KRW
Ulsan3,610,000 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
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