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Korea Public School Salaries

2013 Teacher Salaries - When considering teaching in a public school in South Korea it should be noted that salaries are not negotiable.  Your salary is determined on a set of pre-determined criteria and there are no exceptions.  The following information shows you the breakdown of this criteria for the 2011 Ministry of Education Teacher Placements in South Korea.

EPIK - English Program in Korea - Salary Scale

If you are a level 3 teacher right now and obtain a TEFL certificate, you can move up to a level 2 salary. Please see the salary scale below for details.

  • Level 1

    • 2 years of teaching experience plus one of the following:
      • Master’s degree
      • Teacher’s/TEFL/TESOL/CELTA (100+ hours) Cert.
      • Bachelor’s degree in Education, English Education or English Language/Literature or Linguistics
      • Contract renewal as a Level 2+ at the same POE
        • Busan/Incheon – 2,300,000 KRW/month
        • Other Cities/Jeju – 2,400,000 KRW/month
        • Other Provinces – 2,500,000 KRW/month
  • Level 2+

    • Master’s degree in any discipline, with Bachelor’s degree in Education, English Education or English Language/Literature or Linguistics
    • Master’s degree in Education, English Education or English Language/Literature or Linguistics with Bachelor’s in any discipline
    • 1 year teaching experience with one of the following:
      • Masters Degree
      • Teacher’s/TEFL/TESOL/CELTA (100+hours) certificate
      • Bachelor’s degree in Education, English Language/Literature or Linguistics
      • Contract renewal as level 2 at same POE
        • Busan/Incheon – 2,100,000 KRW/month
        • Other Cities/Jeju – 2,200,000 KRW/month
        • Other Provinces – 2,300,000 KRW/month
  • Level 2

    • Must have one of the following:
      • Teacher’s/TEFL/TESOL/CELTA (100+ hours) Cert.
      • Bachelor’s degree in Education, English Education or English Language/Literature or Linguistics
      • Bachelor’s degree in anything + 1 year full time teaching experience
      • Master’s degree in any discipline
        • Busan/Incheon – 2,000,000 KRW/month
        • Other Cities/Jeju – 2,100,000 KRW/month
        • Other Provinces – 2,200,000 KRW/month
  • Level 3 [Candidates at this level will not be considered]

    • Must have one of the following:
      • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
        • Busan/Incheon – 1,800,000 KRW/month
        • Other Cities– 1,900,000 KRW/month
        • Jeju 2.000,000 KRW/month
        • Other Provinces – 2.100,000 KRW/month
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SMOE - Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education - Salary Scale

If you are a level H teacher right now and obtain a TEFL certificate you can move up to a level G salary. Please see the salary scale below for details.

  • Level A: 2,700,000 KRW/month

    • Must have one of the following:
      • At least FOUR (4) full years of English teaching experience at accredited institutions with Master's degree in TESOL/TEFL or in English Education.
      • At least FOUR (4) full years of English teaching experience in their home country as a present public or private school teacher with a recommendation by the superintendent or the school principal.
  • Level B: 2,600,000 KRW/month

    • Must have one of the following:
      • At least THREE (3) full years of English teaching experience at accredited institutions with Master's degree in TESOL/TEFL or in English Education.
      • At least THREE (3) full years of English teaching experience in their home country as a present public or private school teacher with a recommendation by the superintendent or the school principal.
      • Employed as Level C at the SMOE for ONE (1) full year.
  • Level C: 2,500,000 KRW/month

    • Must have one of the following:
      • At least TWO (2) full years of English teaching experience at accredited institutions with Master's degree in TESOL/TEFL or in English Education.
      • A teacher certification with specialization in English Education with at least THREE (3) full years of English teaching experience at accredited institutions.
      • Employed as Level D at the SMOE for ONE (1) full year.
  • Level D: 2,400,000 KRW/month

    • Must have one of the following:
      • A Master's degree in TESOL/TEFL or in English Education
      • A Master’s degree in Education with at least ONE (1) full year of English teaching experience at accredited institutions.
      • Meet the Level G qualification with at least TWO (2) full years of English teaching experience at accredited institutions.
      • Employed as Level F at the SMOE for ONE (1) full year.
  • Level E: 2,300,000 KRW/month

    • Must have one of the following:
      • A Master's degree in TESOL/TEFL or in English Education
      • A Master’s degree in Education with at least ONE (1) full year of English teaching experience at accredited institutions.
      • Meet the Level G qualification with at least TWO (2) full years of English teaching experience at accredited institutions.
      • Employed as Level F at the SMOE for ONE (1) full year.
  • Level F: 2,200,000 KRW/month

    • Must have one of the following:
      • A teacher certification with specialization in English Education
      • A Master’s degree in Education.
      • In addition to one of the requirements for Level G, ONE (1) full year of English teaching experience at accredited institutions.
      • Employed as level G at the SOME for ONE (1) full year.
  • Level G: 2,000,000 KRW/month

    • Must have one of the following:
      • A valid teacher certification for either elementary or secondary level schools.
      • A Bachelor’s degree in Education.
      • A Bachelor’s degree in English, English Education, English Literature, or Linguistics.
      • A TESOL/TEFL or an English teaching certificate comprised of a minimum of 100 course hours.
      • A Master's degree.
      • A Bachelor's degree with at least ONE (1) full year of English teaching experience at accredited institutions.
  • Level H: 1,800,000 KRW/month [Candidates at this level are rarely considered]

    • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in one of major English-speaking countries with the instructions taught in English.
      • [A TESL/TEFL course is highly recommended for level H teachers to move up to level G].