Thailand is a developing country and living costs are much cheaper than in USA, Canada or other developed countries. Typical wages for the local population is often as low as B5000 per month (depending on the location). The minimum legal wage is slightly less than B200 per day!
For a native speaker without experience, a degree and a freshly minted TEFL Certificate the starting salaries can range from B25,000-40,000 and up depending on the region of the country and the type of school. Wages in Bangkok are usually the best in the country. Popular tourist destinations such as Phuket, Samui and Krabi will often pay a bit less as many people will want to work and live there.
Requirements : Sometimes a Bachelor Degree and The Canadian College of Linguistics’ TEFL/TESOL Certification Typical Contract : Up to one year Peak Hiring Season : Year round Teaching Hours/Week : 20 – 30 Monthly Salary* : 25,000 – 55,000 THB Private Tutoring : 500 – 900 THB/hr Cost of Living : Cost of a Big Mac = 70 THB Income Tax : 5 – 37% Accommodations : Sometimes included Airfare : Seldom included Health Care : Usually included Holidays : Paid Visa : Employer assisted Important Notes : Thai housing is readily available and very inexpensive.